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Monday, April 27, 2009
Beck goes from future star to dud in 24 months

Posted by'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.

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