AFC East: Reagan Mauia
Just three years later, one keeper is a lousy return.
But consider how the rest of AFC East drafted in 2007.
Only six of 30 AFC East draftees from 2007 still are with the team that drafted them: two New York Jets, two Miami Dolphins, one New England Patriot and one Bill. (See chart below.)
The Patriots were the least efficient on nine picks, but they had only two selections inside the first four rounds. Their lone keeper was Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather in the first round.
The Dolphins made 10 selections in what was the final draft class for general manager Randy Mueller and the only one for rookie head coach Cam Cameron. They famously misfired on ninth overall pick Ted Ginn, who was traded for a fifth-round pick this offseason, and second-round quarterback John Beck. Still around are defensive tackle Paul Soliai and punter Brandon Fields.
The last man standing from Buffalo's seven-man 2007 draft class is second-round linebacker Paul Posluszny.
So that's a 20 percent retention rate for the AFC East on all draftees and a 40 percent rate for those selected in the top three rounds.
With help from ESPN researcher Keith Hawkins and the Elias Sports Bureau, I wanted to find out how those percentages compared leaguewide.
Poorly, it turns out.
Of the 225 players chosen in other divisions that year, 100 have remained with the teams that drafted them. That's 44.4 percent overall, more than twice the AFC East rate.
When narrowing the field to players taken within the first three rounds, 89 prospects were absorbed into other divisions, and 54 have stuck, a success rate of 60.7 percent.
A few notes turned up by the research:
- The Dolphins are the only team that has gotten rid of their top four picks.
- Twenty-six teams have parted ways with at least one of their picks from the first three rounds.
- Of the 19 teams that had at least one pick in each of the first three rounds, only the Pittsburgh Steelers retained all of them (Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Matt Spaeth).
Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reports Brown was arrested Friday night near Atlanta while on a visit to his hometown. Dolphins cornerback Will Allen was charged with DUI on Feb. 20 in Miami.
Brown's arrest by itself shouldn't be alarming. He has been a role model up until this point. His arrest is inconsistent with everything else we've come to know about him.
But it's the latest in a long line of run-ins with the law for Dolphins since 2008.
Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (domestic violence last month), defensive end Randy Starks (aggravated battery of a police officer), former fullback Reagan Mauia (battery) and former defensive back Will Billingsley (domestic violence) have gotten into trouble.
A man accused Allen of pulling a gun on him in a dispute over gambling debts in the spring of 2008. A couple of months earlier, inside linebacker Channing Crowder drew heat when he wrecked his SUV into a palm tree and, according to the police report, abandoned it by the side of the road with the keys in the ignition and a gun inside.
Several Dolphins players and even an assistant coach were charged with crimes in 2007 -- before the current front office and coaching staff took over.
Is that a troubling amount of indiscretions?
I ask because I'm not sure anymore.
Maybe this is a representative snapshot of the NFL.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lorenzo Booker, Florida State running back: Traded to Philadelphia Eagles at last year's draft for a fourth-round pick.
- Paul Soliai, Utah defensive tackle: Still on the roster ... Zero career starts ... Dolphins gave him two one-game suspensions for undisclosed reasons.
- 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.
"I'm out," Grigsby told ESPN.com. "They said they wanted to go in a different direction and make the position more tight end-ish."
Grigsby was among the new front office's first signings in March. He beat out incumbent Reagan Mauia, the only other FB in camp.
"It just goes to show how short-lived the NFL can be," Grigsby said. "You have to seize your opportunities. I know I seized those four preseason games, but I guess I didn't seize my one regular-season game."
Grigsby didn't make any glaring mistakes in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the New York Jets. He wasn't called upon for much. The Dolphins handed off to running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown 16 times all game and only four times in the second half.
Part of the reason Grigsby won the job was because he was a better receiver than Mauia. Grigsby caught four passes for 36 yards in the preseason.
Grigsby, converted from linebacker last season with the Kansas City Chiefs, is 5-foot-11 and 250 pounds. He apparently he couldn't handle this new role the Dolphins are envisioning.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington completed 26 passes on Sunday, and 12 of them were to tight ends. Anthony Fasano had eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. David Martin had four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Cramer is a more "tight end-ish" 6-2 and 250 pounds. He has played 27 NFL games, mostly on special teams. He has two career catches. Last year for the Titans he played five games, including one of his two career starts.
The Miami Dolphins have revealed their cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit.
CB Will Billingsley
LB Titus Brown
S Courtney Bryan
C Mike Byrne
WR Jayson Foster
LB Maurice Fountain
LB Junior Glymph
T Daren Heerspink
RB Lex Hilliard
FB Reagan Mauia
LB Edmond Miles
TE Matthew Mulligan
TE Justin Peelle
LB Kelly Poppinga
G/T Pedro Sosa
C Matt Spanos
DT Anthony Toribio
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
- CB Leodis McKelvin, the No. 11 overall draft pick, finally arrived to camp and has begun his quest to unseat Jabari Greer as the left-side starter. He made it in time for the first practice in pads Monday.
- Before McKelvin signed his five-year deal, potentially worth $19.4 million, his family was spending his money.
- Playoff talk has been rampant so far at Bills camp, even though they haven't been there since the 1999 season.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero writes the Dolphins are proceeding as though 2007 never happened. An interesting item: Salguero catches up with Don Shula, and the Dolphins icon mentions he still hasn't spoken to new football operations boss Bill Parcells.
- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel columnist Ethan J. Skolnick puts the onus on Nick Saban's draft picks to step up or else further add to the ex-coach's abysmal legacy.
- Dave George of the Palm Beach Post calls the Dolphins "the greatest invasion of outsiders since the replacement roster of the 1987 strike season."
- John Beck had a dreadful day and might have taken a major step back in the QB competition.
- One of the overlooked battles of camp -- let's face it: there are about 22 of them to track -- has been fullback, where converted linebacker Boomer Grigsby and Reagan Mauia are knocking heads.
New England Patriots
- T Nick Kaczur, certainly still smarting from his offseason issues, didn't speak with reporters after returning to practice Sunday. But coach Bill Belichick noted "It's good to get Nick out there."
- New RB LaMont Jordan also made his full-go camp debut. "I definitely know what I'm stepping into, coming to a winning organization and I just want to get in here, make the team, and do my part and ultimately get this team back to the top," he said.
- With OLB Mike Vrabel on the PUP list, Pierre Woods is getting an extended look.
New York Jets
- The Jets signed an AFC East exclusivity agreement with an innovative Web site that, with an Xbox 360 controller, helps them securely access their playbook, video and scouting reports from anywhere in the world.
- Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger suggests if the Jets QB competition between Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens were a pay-per-view event, fans would be livid. It has been lopsided so far.
- New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini writes "Pennington is beating Clemens soundly, but everything could change with one phone call," saying the Jets still are in the Brett Favre hunt.
- Pennington on Sunday made a pointed request for the front office to make up its mind on Favre quickly. "Sooner or later," Pennington said, "the organization has to make a decision one way or the other."