Why are people still ripping on the Dolphins for taking Ted Ginn Jr. at No. 9? SI.com's Michael Silver reported today that several Miami veterans were upset the team didn't draft quarterback Brady Quinn.
Here are five reasons the condemnation of Ginn makes no sense:
1. This team's most glaring need is not quarterback. It's lack of offensive speed. Running back Ronnie Brown is lumbering. No. 1 receiver Chris Chambers has decent speed but averaged just 11.5 yards per reception last year. And No. 2 receiver Marty Booker is a possession guy. The Dolphins need to do something to keep defenses from stacking up against the run.
2. Quinn obviously wasn't a no-brainer, since the next 11 teams passed on him as well. Besides, no rookie coach wants to start out with a rookie quarterback. Cam Cameron probably had a good idea Trent Green was coming to Miami. His life will certainly be easier with a veteran quarterback.
3. There were no logical offensive choices left in the first round and Miami already has a rock solid defense. The only offensive player who went between Ginn at No. 9 and Quinn at No. 22 was Buffalo RB Marshawn Lynch and Miami had already drafted a running back at No. 2 overall two years ago. Yes, the 'Fins could use offensive line help, but after Joe Thomas and Levi Jones were gone, there wasn't anyone left who was worthy of being a top-10 pick.
4. Ginn wasn't lasting anyway. Some of the quotes in Silver's piece made it sound like the Dolphins reached on a potential second-rounder. Ginn was rumored as a possibility at No. 7 to the Vikings and there's no way he would have fallen past the teens.
5. Ginn sprained his foot; he didn't have a leg amputated. Even if the injury slows down Ginn's rookie season, there's no reason to think this will short-cut his career. I keep thinking of the 49ers' Frank Gore, who rightfully fell in the draft because of injuries, but looks like a bona fide star in the NFL. Coming into last season, Ginn was generally thought of as a potential top-10 pick and he did nothing last year to hurt his stock before the injury. Although it's not a very scientific approach, take a minute to check out some Ginn highlights on YouTube. There's obviously something special there.
If Ginn never gets healthy and Quinn is the next Joe Montana, I'll feel bad. But I'm very confident that won't happen.