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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Dolphins among many who missed on Edwards


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Trent Edwards is making a lot of teams regret not drafting him.

Quarterbacks drafted in 2007
PickQuarterbackTeam
1 JaMarcus Russell Oakland Raiders
22 Brady Quinn Cleveland Browns
36 Kevin Kolb Philadelphia Eagles
40 John Beck Miami Dolphins
43 Drew Stanton Detroit Lions
92 Trent Edwards Buffalo Bills
103 Isaiah Stanback Dallas Cowboys
151 Jeff Rowe Cincinnati Bengals
174 Troy Smith Baltimore Ravens
205 Jordan Palmer Washington Redskins
217 Tyler Thigpen Kansas City Chiefs

The Miami Dolphins surely are among them. Yes, the front office infrastructure has dramatically changed since Bill Parcells was brought in 10 months ago. The scouting department and coaching staff have been overhauled.

But John Beck remains. Former Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller, with input from former head coach Cam Cameron, made Brigham Young quarterback John Beck the 40th selection of last year's draft.

When the Buffalo Bills visit Dolphin Stadium on Sunday, Beck will be on the sideline. All season he has been the third-string quarterback behind Chad Pennington and rookie Chad Henne.

Edwards, meanwhile, is on his way to becoming a star with the 5-1 Bills, who snagged him out of Stanford with last year's 92nd selection.

All 31 other teams passed on Edwards, but only a few needed a quarterback. The Dolphins were among the most needy.

"We thought he was pretty good, obviously, because we drafted him in the third round," Bills coach Dick Jauron said Wednesday on a conference call. "We had a better grade on him. So it was a value pick for us. We couldn't go by at the point where he was still available.

"When he came in and we started out [organized team activities], he was everything we thought he would be and probably more. So we did give him more reps and we did spend more time with him. He picked it up. He picks it up very fast."

Like Edwards, Beck became the Dolphins starter last year because of injuries. Unlike Edwards, Beck didn't show much in his rookie opportunity.

 
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 John Beck failed to drive the Dolphins to a touchdown in any of his four starts last season.

Beck played in five games, starting four straight in November and December. Beck failed to drive the Dolphins to a touchdown in any of his starts, the lowlight coming on a bitter Buffalo afternoon. Beck was pulled after eight snap
s -- two three-and-outs and a comical fumble that went for a Bills touchdown.

Afterward, Beck's Mormon values wouldn't allow him to say what most players would've about that performance.

"Crap's going to happen," Beck told me, "and today crap happened."

In that same game, Edwards completed 11 of 23 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

That game was the last time Beck has started. He did make a relief appearance in the season finale and threw his first career touchdown pass.

Edwards has established himself as one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks.

His 98.8 passer rating ranks fourth in the NFL. He has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 1,209 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He came back from a wicked, concussive hit in Week 5 to complete 25 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

"He is the kind of guy you want as a quarterback," said Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo, who played with Edwards at Stanford. "He's not going to show his frustrations. He's well-poised, a good leader and a strong leader. He's a student of the game, and he's going to put everything he has on the field. That's the kind of guy you want in the huddle."