I like Ted Ginn (the title of this, after all), so go ahead and dump. I'll take it.
We took a guy in the first round who was a late-second round prospect. We did not get Jerry Rice out of it. But, we got a guy who does have hands if not the most disciplined mind, and speed that no CB can handle. Revis is the best in the league this year. He destroyed the Mosses, the Smiths, the Ocho-stinkos. He owned them. The only guy who smoked him...was Ginn. If you even recall, he had help on Ginn's TD, and that dude was as toasted as Revis.
It's the same thing everyone seems to ignore as it has been for two seasons.
Whatever we ask him to do, he does pretty decently. Rush, Receive, Return, doesn't matter. He's hit the home run from all of them.
I wonder how many All-purpose yards other Dolphins who are treated with far more affection have their first three seasons? Hmmm? Well, I guess we find out, since I have little to do today and feel a bout of print-diarrhea approaching.
Here are the Dolphin's first-3 round draft choices for the last quarter-century, and what they did with the Dolphins in their first three years or less:
Patrick Turner, 2008 3rd Rd - 1 year (87th) Well, he's well on his way, with 0 catches, 0 rushes, 0 TDs and 0 yards.
Derek Hagan, 2006 3rd Rd - 2 years (82nd) A whopping 50 catches for 590 yards, and two returns for 50 yards. Three TDs. Scintillating.
Chris Chambers, 2001 2nd Rd (a) - 3 years (52nd) 164 catches (54.75 per season), 36 returns for 811 yards (22.5 avg.), 3488 all-purpose yards (15.8/rec) and 18 TDs. Made the tough catch look routine, and dropped the sure-fire pass.
Yatil Green, 1997 1st Rd - 3 years (15th) 18 catches, 234 yards (13.0/rec), 0 TDs. An injury waiting to happen. 1 game started, and that was his third year.
OJ McDuffie, 1993 1st Rd - 3 years (25th) 118 catches (39.33 per season) for 1504 yards, 9 rushes for 38 yards (4.22 avg.), 84 punt returns for 708 yards, 91 kick returns for 2086 yards, 13 total TDs and 4219 all-purpose yards. One of my all-time favorite Dolphins.
Randal Hill, 1991 1st Rd - 3 years in two visits (23rd) 33 catches, 14 returns for 291 yards, 960 all-purpose yards, 4 TDs. Ho-hum. 'Thrill hill' wasn't the same force as in college at the U.
Scott Schwedes, 1987 2nd Rd - 3 years (52nd) 13 catches for 304 yards, 81 combined returns for 793 yards, 2 TDs. Scrappy little dude who probably made the most of what little he had.
So, with ease OJ McDuffie is obviously the best of the bunch, right? Is that where you see it clearly?
Followed by Chambers probably?
Ginn a distant third?
Ted Ginn, 2007 1st Rd - 3 years (9th), 128 catches (42.6 per season) for 1664 yards, 16 rushes for 124 yards (7.8 avg.), 170 returns for 3698 yards (combined), 5486 all-purpose yards and 10 TDs. So, our distant third has more catches for more yards and more returns for more yards than our obvious no.1?
Big whoop. It's not like being ranked 3rd on a list that has Chambers at number 2 is all that great.