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« on: Apr 24, 2008 at 10:23 »

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Jake Long In the Fold; Miami Still Wheeling & Dealing? 
By Rob Rang
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April 22, 2008 - NFLDraftScout.com has learned from multiple league sources that the Dolphins are working the phone lines in an effort to get back into the first round. The purported target: Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

Henne would be reunited with Jake Long, the former Wolverines offensive tackle who agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday and will be the No. 1 overall pick by Miami on Saturday. Moving back into the first round would be similar to the plan orchestrated just last year by the Cleveland Browns, who chose Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas with the third overall pick and moved back into the first round to nab Notre Dame passer Brady Quinn.

The Browns traded their second-round pick of the 2007 draft (36 overall) and their 2008 first-round pick to the Cowboys for the right to move back into the first round for Quinn. The Dolphins -- owners of two second-picks this year (32nd, 57th overall) -- may not be forced to trade any of next year's selections to nab Henne. According to trade charts used by NFL teams, the combination of the two picks could put Miami back inside the top 20.

With the NFL shortening the amount of time allotted for each first-round pick to only 10 minutes, if the Dolphins -- or any other team -- are interested in trading, they'll need to lay the foundation for the deal now. The new timetable has led to unprecedented pre-draft trade rumblings.

Any rush for teams to get back to the bottom of R1 helps us.  If this is legit, Parcells is not enamored of Beck, last year's R2.  Contradicts earlier reports to the contrary, which may be and probably are smoke.  

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Some of the more interesting potential news in the days leading up to the draft:

--With the Rams now essentially "on the clock" with the No. 2 pick, there remains considerable debate internally as to whom the Rams should take. Considering that the Rams gpt only 5.5 sacks from their defensive ends last season, Virginia's Chris Long or Ohio State's Vernon Gholston would appear to be the favorites. Sources within the Rams suggest that the coaching staff is highest on Long. The front office, however, is higher on Gholston and remains quite high on LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, even with the strong play of defensive tackles Adam Carriker and Clifton Ryan, the Rams' picks last year in the first and fifth rounds, respectively.

--The Rams may elect to trade out of the pick -- a possibility that seems to gain momentum with each passing hour. Reports out of New Orleans have the Saints strongly considering trading up for LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. And with so much speculation that Atlanta is leaning toward selecting quarterback Matt Ryan with the third overall pick, St. Louis is actively talking with teams looking to jump ahead of the Falcons to nab the Boston College star. Kansas City and Baltimore have shown some interest, but it is the Chicago Bears that have emerged as a dark horse candidate for a big trade up to get the quarterback, a league source tells NFLDraftScout.com.

--As the only team with multiple first-round picks, much of the pre-draft speculation has centered around the Dallas Cowboys. Many are projecting the Cowboys to address their perceived areas of need -- wide receiver, running back and cornerback -- with these selections. Expect players with return ability to be held in an even higher regard. Why? Dallas and Pittsburgh were the only playoff teams last season who ranked among the bottom half of the league in kick and punt return average. Many believe the addition of a dynamic returner can help a team get over the proverbial hump and into the Super Bowl -- a theory the Chicago Bears used to great success only two years ago with Devin Hester.

--While this year's offensive tackle class has been characterized by many as the deepest in decades, a few of the top-rated tackles appear to be slipping in the days before the draft. Jake Long, Boise State's Ryan Clady and Virginia's Branden Albert are earning top 15 grades from most clubs, but Vanderbilt's Chris Williams, Pittsburgh's Jeff Otah, Boston College's Gosder Cherilus and Southern California's Sam Baker have all slipped a bit in the eyes of teams. Williams has gone from earning top 10 consideration a few weeks ago to now believed to be likely to slip into the late 'teens. One team in the middle of the first round characterized Williams as possessing "legitimate footwork for left tackle, but he just doesn't give you much pop."

--Conversations with teams over the past several weeks have proven there remains great disparity as to which tight end will be the first selected. Some love the speed Purdue's Dustin Keller brings. Others love Texas A&M junior Martellus Bennett's upside. Others point to the Mackey Award winner, Fred Davis from Southern California. Most clubs, however, point to Notre Dame's John Carlson as being the most NFL-ready of the group. In fact, there are teams who have given the Irish tight end a first-round grade.

--One of the more intriguing subplots to this weekend's draft will be the first of the "other" running backs drafted. Every team fully expects to see Arkansas' Darren McFadden, Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall and Oregon's Jonathan Stewart taken in the first round, but with several teams in the mid to late portion of the first round looking for help at the position, many expect at least one other back to make the top 31.

While Arkansas' Felix Jones and Texas' Jamaal Charles have the high profiles to earn public consideration, East Carolina's Chris Johnson and Central Florida's Kevin Smith are quietly soaring up draft boards. Johnson, who led the nation with an average of 227.69 all-purpose yards per game last season, tied the fastest 40-yard dash ever electronically recorded at the Indianapolis Combine (4.24). While not nearly as fast as the Johnson, Smith is one of the few big backs of this draft (6-1, 217 pounds) who combines deceptive speed and power with vision and the patience to allow his blocks to develop. Johnson's ability to impact the game as a kick returner could earn him late first-round consideration, while Smith is getting a lot of attention from teams in the early second round.

 
 
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 24, 2008 at 10:48 »

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...Even better, for those who were chanting Brady Quinn's name last year, or hoping Matt Ryan was the top choice for the Fins this weekend, there is a fairly decent chance the No. 32 pick will finally provide what you have been crying for.

Nothing gets a football fan's imagination racing like drafting a quarterback relatively high in the draft. Especially fans of a football team that has been searching for a franchise quarterback replacement for almost a full decade.

So it is OK to get excited about the possibility of the Dolphins drafting a quarterback with that No. 32 pick.

Actually, it is the way the Dolphins should go with the selection. Because, just like Long, it would be a safe, smart choice.

QUARTERBACK DILEMMA

It is no secret the Dolphins have something of a quarterback quandary. Signing a McCown brother has become the universal sign of quarterback trouble.

At best, Miami has a budding second-year quarterback ready to contribute immediately, with a journeyman backup ready to step in if necessary...

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 24, 2008 at 11:24 »

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--Conversations with teams over the past several weeks have proven there remains great disparity as to which tight end will be the first selected. Some love the speed Purdue's Dustin Keller brings. Others love Texas A&M junior Martellus Bennett's upside. Others point to the Mackey Award winner, Fred Davis from Southern California. Most clubs, however, point to Notre Dame's John Carlson as being the most NFL-ready of the group. In fact, there are teams who have given the Irish tight end a first-round grade.


Great.  I guess we know whom we'll be drafting.
 
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 24, 2008 at 12:07 »

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April 22, 2008 - NFLDraftScout.com has learned from multiple league sources that the Dolphins are working the phone lines in an effort to get back into the first round. The purported target: Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

I'll be shocked if Henne is gone by 2:32. I don't really think they need to move to get him and the Phins, above all teams, need all the draft picks they can get. Most notably 2 second-rounders.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 24, 2008 at 12:08 »

While this year's offensive tackle class has been characterized by many as the deepest in decades, a few of the top-rated tackles appear to be slipping in the days before the draft. Jake Long, Boise State's Ryan Clady and Virginia's Branden Albert are earning top 15 grades from most clubs, but Vanderbilt's Chris Williams, Pittsburgh's Jeff Otah, Boston College's Gosder Cherilus and Southern California's Sam Baker have all slipped a bit in the eyes of teams. Williams has gone from earning top 10 consideration a few weeks ago to now believed to be likely to slip into the late 'teens. One team in the middle of the first round characterized Williams as possessing "legitimate footwork for left tackle, but he just doesn't give you much pop."

Yeah, yeah...

Time to yank up yer pant legs, fellas.  After pimping guys to the max, they're going to spend the next two days telling everybody how "bad" some of these guys are.
 
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 24, 2008 at 12:46 »

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April 22, 2008 - NFLDraftScout.com has learned from multiple league sources that the Dolphins are working the phone lines in an effort to get back into the first round. The purported target: Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

I'll be shocked if Henne is gone by 2:32. I don't really think they need to move to get him and the Phins, above all teams, need all the draft picks they can get. Most notably 2 second-rounders.
I'm inclined to agree with you, but funny stuff happens on draft day.  I'd guess that one of Brohm, Flacco, and Henne will get targeted late R1, and the teams sitting there have no interest.  Every year you see teams trade up to beat other teams with similar interest.  We can call it a reach, but if you need a QB and feel the talent falls off the cliff after the guy you want...
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 24, 2008 at 13:06 »

If the Fins offer up a deal to get back into R1 similar to the Beardy Quinn deal, the Steelers need to do jump on that yesterday. #32 plus a top ten probably 5 pick next year. SWEEEEET!
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