Beck goes from future star to dud in 24 months

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
While I was flying back to South Florida from my draft weekend in Buffalo, the Miami Dolphins announced Monday night they released quarterback John Beck.

The Dolphins have given up on a decorated college quarterback the previous front office drafted with the 40th overall selection a mere 24 months ago. Beck was supposed to be the quarterback of the future.

Monday's move underscores what the Dolphins emphasized after they drafted West Virginia's Pat White: They consider him a quarterback who also will play some receiver, not a ballhandler who can throw a little.

But what stands out to me is how abysmal Miami's 2007 draft class turned out to be. Conventional wisdom states a draft class should be evaluated after three years. This one has been gutted after two years.

That was former general manager Randy Mueller's last year and the only draft head coach Cam Cameron participated in before Wayne Huizenga hired Bill Parcells to handle football operations. Parcells fired Mueller and Cameron.

Of the 10 players Miami drafted in 2007, only three remain on the roster: a receiver, a punter and a reserve defensive tackle.

First round

  • Ted Ginn, Ohio State receiver: Still on the roster ... A sometimes-flashy receiver and return man but has done little to prove the Dolphins didn't reach by taking him ninth overall.

Second round

  • John Beck, Brigham Young quarterback: Released on Monday.

  • Samson Satele, Hawaii center: Traded to Oakland Raiders in March for a sixth-round draft choice and flopped fourth-round picks.

Third round

Fourth round

  • Paul Soliai, Utah defensive tackle: Still on the roster ... Zero career starts ... Dolphins gave him two one-game suspensions for undisclosed reasons.

Sixth round

  • Reagan Mauia, Hawaii fullback: Failed to make the team out of training camp last year.

  • Drew Mormino, Central Michigan offensive lineman: Failed his physical and was waived in May 2008.

Seventh round

  • Kelvin Smith, Syracuse linebacker: Played four games in 2007 ... Waived during 2008 training camp.

  • Brandon Fields, Michigan State punter: Still on the roster.

  • Abraham Wright, Colorado defensive end: Didn't play as a rookie. ... Waived in May 2008.