Seven years ago, Quinn was a highly-touted quarterback from Notre Dame expected to go in the top 10. The Dolphins had the No. 9 overall pick and desperately needed a quarterback.
Quinn was projected as high as top 5. But if he fell to the Dolphins nearly everyone -- including Quinn -- thought there was virtually no chance Miami would pass up the quarterback in the first round. Quinn said Tuesday he was told by a "very good source" Miami was going to draft him.
However, the Dolphins -- led by general manager Randy Mueller and head coach Cam Cameron -- made the infamous pick of receiver Ted Ginn Jr. at No. 9. Miami fans were shocked and highly upset. The Dolphins went 1-15 in that season in 2007 and Ginn turned out to be a draft bust for Miami. Cameron also was fired after one season.
Quinn fell to No. 22 overall to the Cleveland Browns, where things also didn't pan out. On Tuesday, Quinn finally put on a Dolphins uniform for the first time as a backup quarterback trying to make the 53-man roster.
"To be honest, I thought I was going to Miami," Quinn reflected after practice. "It's crazy to think [seven] years later now, I finally made it here."
Quinn is not your usual "camp arm" signing for the Dolphins. His is not Brock Jensen or Seth Lobato. This aforementioned pair had little chance of making the 53-man roster or challenging incumbent No. 2 Matt Moore.
Quinn actually comes to Miami with a pedigree, a history. He's a former first-round pick who played in 24 career games. If Quinn can learn the offense quickly, he has the potential to make the regular-season roster and even push Moore for the backup job behind starter Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins' signing of Quinn makes a statement. It says the team isn't willing to stand pat at any position. Miami's had the same trio of quarterbacks -- Tannehill, Moore and Devlin -- during head coach Joe Philbin's entire tenure until Quinn shook things up this week.
Moore said after practice Tuesday that he's ready to compete.
"I've been through this so many times, it's nothing anymore," Moore said. "What do you want me to do? I mean, they're going to do what they think they need to do. All I can do is keep going. But it really has no effect. If it does, I'm in trouble. Mentally, I think I need to stay focused and continue to get better."
Quinn's first practice had mixed results. His best throw was a deep ball connection on the sideline to receiver Kevin Cone in team drills. It was a "wow" moment you rarely see from a No. 3 quarterback and showed Quinn's potential. However, Quinn also threw an interception to cornerback Will Davis.
Interest certainly has picked up at the backup quarterback position for Miami. The battle between Quinn and Moore adds more reason to closely watch the second half of Dolphins' preseason games this summer.
Quinn, who put his television career on hold to join Miami, believes he still has good football left in him and can fill a role with the Dolphins.
"It's whatever the team needs me for," Quinn said. "That's the biggest thing is going out and learning the offense and a new system."