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We have known for some time that the Dolphins' 2007 draft class was a major disappointment. The club's decision to trade WR-RS Ted Ginn Jr. for a mere fifth-round pick to San Francisco on Friday simply further drives home the point. None of the Dolphins first four selections from the '07 draft — Ginn Jr., QB John Beck, C Samson Satele, RB Lorenzo Booker — are no longer with the club.
Division rival New England also didn't have a particularly bountiful draft from a players-selected standpoint, with FS Brandon Meriweather, the club's first-round pick, the only player left on the roster. Of course, the Patriots also traded second-, fourth- and seventh-round picks in '07 in trades for WRs Randy Moss and WR Wes Welker; certainly, that worked out wonderfully for New England. (This NESN.com story is a good recap of the Pats' 07 draft.)
The Bills' draft class is also somewhat difficult to grade. RB Marshawn Lynch, their first-round pick, rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2007 and '08, but he disappointed last season. QB Trent Edwards, their third-round pick, was good enough to push J.P. Losman out of the lineup and has played well at points in his career, which includes 30 starts. However, he hasn't been a standout, and he'll likely be in a competition for the starting job this season. The Bills did find a key defender in this draft in MLB Paul Posluszny, who was productive and disruptive last season (111 tackles, four passes defended, three interceptions, three forced fumbles).
In short, it's too early to definitely call the Bills' '07 draft class a success or a failure.
On the other hand, we can safely give the Jets' '07 draft haul a high grade. The Jets drafted but four players, but CB Darrelle Revis (whom New York moved up to acquire in Round One) is a star, and LB David Harris (also acquired in a Jets trade-up, this time in Round Two) is a difference-maker. A third pick from the class, WR Chansi Stuckey, was traded to Cleveland in a trade for Braylon Edwards.
Credit the Jets for two excellent moves. Also, give the Dolphins credit — they have reworked their roster in impressive fashion — and relatively quickly — without the benefit of much help from the top half of their '07 draft class. It should be noted, however, that P Brandon Fields, a seventh-rounder in that '07 class, has developed nicely. Also, NT Paul Soliai, a fourth-round pick in '07, played in 14 games for Miami last season, starting five.
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