by Chris Shashaty, Columnist

Click Here To Contact Chris


"; echo "Printer-Friendly Version"; echo "\n"; ?>


Raise your hand if you thought the Miami Dolphins would pass on drafting Brady Quinn with their 9th overall selection.




Didn’t think so.


As I wrote last week, predicting the draft is like predicting the weather.


Or spitting into the wind.


I don’t know if John Beck will be a better a quarterback than Brady Quinn.


Neither do you.


But these truths are evident:


Add it all up, and it is harder to disagree with the decision to take Ginn and go with Beck as the future QB.


Let’s also give Mueller and Cameron credit for sticking to their convictions in the face of popular public opinion. Good leaders do what they believe is right, not what is popular. Yes, they might have been able to trade down a few spots and still get Ginn. But the Dolphins didn’t feel the compensation was worth the risk. In fact, the general overall lack of trades in the upper half of the draft is a testament as to how risk adverse teams in general have become.


If there is one thing that stands out about Ginn, aside from his extreme speed, it is his reputation for being a huge playmaker for three years versus major competition.


Ginn helps the Dolphins address several urgent needs:


Yes, there are real questions about Ginn. Will he heal completely from his foot injury? Is he durable enough to withstand the rigors of the NFL? We shall see.


As for Beck, he probably won’t see a lot of action in 2007. But there are three things about the BYU quarterback that immediately catch the eye:


As expected, the Dolphins addressed their dearth of quality offensive lineman by drafting Hawaii’s Samson Satele with the second rounder they got from the Patriots via the Wes Welker trade.


Satele played center last year but is almost certain to see most of his snaps at guard while backing up Rex Hadnot at center. Coming from a run-and-shoot scheme (Hawaii), his pass pro skills should be pretty good for a rookie. He certainly has the size, frame, and mean streak to be a good interior run blocker. As such it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Satele earn a starting job by the end of training camp.


In the third round the Dolphins tapped FSU RB Lorenzo Booker. Booker is a very talented player but underachieved in college. Some believe that he was not properly utilized by former offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden. It is interesting that Jets RB Leon Washington, Booker’s former teammate, has really blossomed as a pro. The Dolphins are hoping for the same with Booker.


Booker does his best work in space and would appear to be a good fit for Cameron’s offense. However, Booker has a bad habit of dancing between the tackles. He will have to be much more decisive to be effective as a pro.


Booker does have experience as a kick returner and is likely to get a chance to contribute in that regard, or in some other capacity on special teams. His impact on Ricky Williams’ expected role is not clear; we’ll know more once Ricky is reinstated.


Some general observations about the Day Two picks: