Brady Quinn has already arrived in Cleveland, but it was a long stay in New York before the Irish QB found out where his new home would be.
On Saturday, Quinn found out he wouldn't be picked #1. Then he found out he wouldn't even be picked in the top 10. Then he fell out of the top 20.
Opinions were high that Quinn would go #3 to Cleveland---the team he idolized growing up. But the Browns instead chose OT Joe Thomas of Wisconsin. But as teams kept passing on Quinn, the Browns decided to move back into the race. They traded their 2nd round pick and their 2008 1st round pick to the Cowboys to select Brady Quinn with the 22nd overall selection.
According to a league source, Quinn lost somewhere from $20-$25 million from dropping from the third pick to the 22nd pick.
In the end, it all worked out for Quinn---minus several millions of dollars for falling so far in the draft.
After Cleveland passed on Quinn with the third pick, Tampa Bay was up at #4. Buccs Head Coach Jon Gruden worked Quinn out last week here in South Bend and when speaking to the media, was very high on what he saw from Brady. But Gruden too passed, selecting Gaines Adams, DE from Clemson.
Then came Arizona and Washington at 5 and 6, both of which had quarterbacks. Minnesota was up with the 7th pick. The Vikings, with a number of unproven, unheralded quarterbacks passed on Quinn as well.
The big shocker came when the Dolphins were up at 9 with Quinn on the board. Quinn worked out with Terry Shea in Arizona to help get ready for the NFL Draft. Then in February, Shea was hired by the Dolphins as its new quarterbacks coach. It seemed like it was the perfect fit for Quinn and Miami. But the Dolphins selected WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Everyone---Quinn, fans, the ESPN on-air talent---were in complete shock at this point. Then the guessing game began. And the waiting game.
It got so bad, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered Quinn---the last remaining player at the Draft-- a private suite so he could get out of the public spotlight and away from the media cameras.
Quinn then remained waiting as teams with established quarterbacks began picking.
In the end, Brady couldn't have been happier. He will play for team he grew up as a fan of after all.
He could also be looking forward to week 6---when the Browns face the team that gave him the big snub--the Miami Dolphins.