A very good week, draft for Randy Mueller
How else to describe what Randy Mueller has accomplished so far.
This week coach Cam Cameron named John Beck Miami's starting quarterback and that means five rookies will start for the Dolphins on Sunday, with four of them playing on offense.
Think about that sentence you just read. The Dolphins are starting five rookies Sunday -- receiver Ted Ginn Jr., center Samson Satele, fullback Reagan Mauia, punter Brandon Fields, and Beck.
This while rookies Paul Soliai and Lorenzo Booker get some fill-in duty as they get their heads out of their butts and try to catch on to the Pro game. Anyway, they're another post for another day.
The point is in the inexact science of NFL drafting, Mueller is already maximizing 50 percent of his 10 picks from his first Miami draft class. You've got appreciate the guy for making that happen.
Now, have there been mistakes? Sure. The Joey Porter signing is still curious. And I grant you, none of the rookies are Pro Bowl players yet. None are even rookie of the year candidates, although Satele will be somewhere in the conversation.
But all mentioned in that compelling sentence are already good enough that they are starting for their team by the midway point in their rookie seasons. I challenge you to find another NFL team that can match that.
I understand if the Dolphins were a great team, the talent level would be so high that it would be more difficult for a rookie to break into the lineup. But if Mueller comes close to matching his current success in future years, if he finds three or four starters in next year's draft, and three or four more in two years, the Dolphins will be a very, very, very strong team in three or four years.
Based on that future hope, which is based on this draft class's early accomplishments, you have to believe Randy Mueller is the right man to remain Miami's general manager. You have to believe that despite mistakes -- and there undoubtedly will be some -- Mueller can turn the Dolphins around.