Quinn to Dolphins now all but dead
The Dolphins would have to dig deep into their treasure chest of picks or players or both to get high enough to pick Quinn. I don't think that's the strategy these days, so it just isn't going to happen.
Well, look at what has happened in recent days. On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Browns signed Jamal Lewis to become their starting running back next season. That means all the mock drafts that had Adrian Peterson going to Cleveland are now obsolete. The Browns don't need a RB, but guess what?
They very much still need a QB and they have the third pick of the draft.
Other circumstances have changed as well. Remember everyone had LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell going to Oakland with the first pick overall? That was before Russell showed up overweight at last month's scouting combine, causing draftniks to question his commitment.
Russell has lost favor and must wow people at his March 14 workout at LSU to regain it.
Quinn, meanwhile, held his first pro day workout last week. He didn't throw at the combine but he did other things, including pump 225 pounds 24 times, to the awe of everyone watching. The guy is a QB but he was lifting like a linebacker.
Then during his pro day at Notre Dame, Quinn made every throw an NFL quarterback needs to make.
Representatives from all 32 teams were there, most notably the Browns and the Minnesota Vikings (who have the seventh pick). Both teams sent their head coaches and OWNERS to watch the drills.
Quinn completed 60 of 65 passes. "The way I look at it, there were five balls on the ground and one of which I would put on him," Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said.
Quinn, criticized for some inaccuracy on deep passes, completed a post in which he threw the ball 70 yards in the air. He threw off three-step, five-step and seven-step drops. He moved around. He basically solidified himself as a Top 5-7 pick, in my opinion.
Slip to the Dolphins at No. 9? I'm told the team would absolutely love that and would take him in a heartbeat.
But it simply won't happen.