Monday, July 23, 2007
Beck, Soi signed
According to ESPN's John Clayton, QB John Beck agreed to a four-year contract with the Dolphins that includes $2.25 million in guaranteed money. The contract is essentially a three-year deal, with a team option for the fourth year.
Miami has now signed 9 of its 10 draft picks. Only first-round pick Ted Ginn remains unsigned.
Here is the post-draft analysis that I wrote of John Beck in early May:
Round 2 (40) QB John Beck, B.Y.U.
Beck is the guy that Cameron has put his faith into as the future starter for Miami. Cameron knows QBs so I trust his judgment. The most impressive thing about Beck is his intelligence - he's a true student of the game. If he struggles, it will not be because he hasn't prepared. The next thing that impresses me about Beck is his accuracy and poise in the pocket. He completed 69.3% of his passes last season and if he can translate that into a completion percentage in the mid-60% in the NFL, he will definitely be successful. Some people have knocked Beck's arm strength, which is a criticism I just don't understand. Sure, he doesn't have the arm of Michael Vick, but he's more than adequate. He is slightly shorter (6'2") than most passers which may lead to some passes being knocked down at the line.
Expectations: I don't expect Beck to start right away or at all this season. In fact, I think it would serve him better if he could spend a year on the bench being groomed by Trent Green. Granted, he will be 26 at the start of the season, so I don't think it will take him as long as other less mature rookies to adjust to the NFL. That could lead to him being inserted as the starter as the season progresses. There is certainly the possibility that he will fail at the NFL level, but I think it's much more likely that he eventually turns into an efficient and productive QB in Miami.
On Monday, the team also signed undrafted rookie DT Brian Soi (6'3", 315 lbs.). Soi was a sophomore from Utah State. He was eligible for the Supplemental Draft, but he was not selected. At Utah State, he played one season (2005), playing in 11 games and recording 31 tackles, 7.5 stops for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, and a blocked kick. Academic issues have hampered him throughout his college career.