Most of the league—and even some of the Dolphins, like Jason Taylor—thought that Miami was crazy to draft Ted Ginn Jr. at No. 9.
The Dolphins badly needed a quarterback, and Brady Quinn was almost gift-wrapped to them. Instead, they waited on the signal caller and got the heir-to-be-named-later a weapon to throw to.
The problem was that no one was really sure he’d be a weapon anywhere but the return game. Ginn was fast, but would he be a good wide receiver?
Yeah, the Ohio State product was fast, and he would definitely be dangerous in the return game. However, no one was really sure that he’d actually be a very good wide receiver. That didn’t stop Miami from making a big gamble that backfired horribly.
As expected, the world was right, Ginn was a bust on the whole and the geniuses who drafted him were relieved of their duties after a 1-15 season.
In three years in Miami, Ginn caught a whopping 128 balls for 1664 yards and five touchdowns—bad output for an alleged No. 1 receiver over one-and-a-half seasons, let alone three full ones.
Not only did his numbers stink, so did his hands; Ginn dropped balls that even Featherstone from Necessary Roughness would find laughable. While some of his foibles could be pinned on his self-admitted learning disability, motor skills are not included in that category.
Luckily for the Fins, the Ginn era ended last week when he was traded to San Francisco for a fifth-round pick that will probably net Miami something exponentially more useful—like, perhaps, a JUGS gun or a year’s supply of Gatorade powder.
Adding insult to insult, the quarterback waiting game didn’t even work out either. The Dolphins took their man in Round Two—BYU’s John Beck, who played in five games as a rookie, spent all of 2008 as the third-stringer and was straight-up released in April of 2009.
Sure, Quinn isn’t much better, but at least he knows where the field is.