New Orleans Saints: Making sense of Ted Ginn Jr.’s roller coaster of a career
Ted Ginn Jr. prior to joining the league
Coming into the 2007 draft, many scouts had high expectations for Ginn. Almost every draft profile on the Ohio State wideout highlighted his blazing speed.
Based on his speed alone and his ability to get behind opposing secondaries, Ginn was projected to go in the first round of most mock drafts. It was a consensus that he was the second-best wide receiver talent in this class, only behind Calvin Johnson.
When draft day finally arrived, not only did Ginn go in the first round, but he cracked the top 10.
In a draft class that contained talents like Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, and Darrelle Revis, Ginn was seen as more valuable than most of these Hall of Famers. His speed was seen as such a valuable asset that the Dolphins couldn’t resist taking him at the ninth spot in the draft.
Ideally, the Dolphins were hoping to get a Steve Smith Jr. type of player who was undersized but could be used for rushing and receiving purposes.
Ginn did manage 798 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns in his final season with the Buckeyes. Ginn has constantly bragged of his ability to beat anyone in a foot race and Miami was willing to take his word for it.
Aside from Megatron, the 2007 class was actually fairly devoid of talent at the wide receiver position.
Considering the fact that he’s still around and still scoring touchdowns for the Saints, it’s not a stretch to say that Ginn was worthy of being the second receiver taken in his draft class. The draft was 12 years ago now, and how has Ginn done in over a decade in the league?
Well, it’s kind of a complicated career to say the least…