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Malcolm Kelly, 6-4, 224, Oklahoma

Despite often going unnoticed in a run-oriented offense at Oklahoma, Kelly certainly has caught the attention of NFL scouts and could be the first receiver selected in the draft. A tall, athletic target with good hands, Kelly has even drawn comparisons to Houston Texans star Andre Johnson. Lacks an explosive burst and often runs poor routes, but he uses his long stride and deceptive downfield speed to create separation from tacklers. Finished with 821 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior last season at Oklahoma.

DeSean Jackson, 5-11, 170, California

Jackson is a natural athlete with exceptional speed and creative open-field moves. He also has outstanding vision while demonstrating remarkable instinctiveness - talents which should also translate into a role as a kick and punt returner. A touchdown threat every time he touches the ball, Jackson projects into a big-play receiver in the mold of Santana Moss or Devin Hester. His diminutive size and questionable attitude have scared away some scouts, but Jackson should be a first-round pick. Eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark as a sophomore and caught 22 TD passes in three seasons at Cal.

Limas Sweed, 6-4, 215, Texas

Once projected as the top receiver in this draft class, Sweed saw his stock drop due to wrist surgery which cost him most of his senior season at Texas. A speedy athlete who uses his size to shield off defenders on downfield catches, Sweed must improve his route running and show the ability to focus on every play in order to succeed at the NFL level. Could be selected anywhere between the first and third rounds.

Early Doucet, 6-0, 210, Louisiana State

Despite lacking the size and speed possessed by most No. 1 receivers, Doucet is an exceptional route runner with good hands. A physical target who can withstand hits over the middle, he should develop into a solid possession receiver to complement downfield threats. Finished with 525 yards and five TDs during an injury-plagued senior season at reigning national champion LSU.

Devin Thomas, 6-2, 220, Michigan State

Thomas is an outstanding athlete with raw potential whose stock has soared following impressive offseason workouts. A junior college transfer who spent only one season at Michigan State, he has an intriguing combination of size and speed. Thomas is one of the strongest receivers in this year’s draft class, but he needs to refine his route running. Has drawn comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs star Dwayne Bowe. Recorded 79 catches for 1,260 yards and eight TDs last season with the Spartans.

Andre Caldwell, 6-0, 204, Florida

A versatile threat, Caldwell battled injuries throughout his college career. Possesses exceptional speed and runs smooth routes, skills which should translate into a productive NFL career. Reads opposing secondaries very well, but must improve as a downfield blocker. Had 761 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Florida last season.

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Darren McFadden, 6-1, 211, Arkansas

While his character could be called into question following several off-the-field incidents, has explosive, big-play potential that could make him the top running back taken in the draft. Played in a run-oriented offense at Arkansas and surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his three college seasons with 18 career 100-yard games. A two-time Doak Walker winner as the nation’s top running back and also a two-time runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting, finishing second to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow last year. Has exceptional speed and is a versatile athlete who occasionally lined up as a quarterback and wide receiver for the Razorbacks. However, he is fumble-prone and size could be a factor. Still, he rushed for 1,830 yards last season, joining Georgia’s Herschel Walker as the only players in Southeastern Conference to surpass 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior.


Rashard Mendenhall, 5-10, 225, Illinois

Helped key the resurgence of the Fighting Illini last year, setting single-season records for rushing yards (1,681) and touchdowns (17). A compact, power runner who finished with 1,999 all-purpose yards. Has to improve his blocking and does not appear to be much of a threat as a receiver, although he nearly tripled his production in that area last season. Caught 34 passes as a junior, compared to just 12 as a sophomore. Was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season, ranking eighth in the nation in carries with 262. Has deceptive speed and may have improved his stock by rushing for 155 yards in the Illini’s 49-17 loss to Southern California in the Rose Bowl.

Jonathan Stewart, 6-1, 230, Oregon

Could be the best all-around running back in the draft, based on his size, strength and quickness. Boasts excellent size at 230 pounds, but a history of injuries could be a problem. Battled through lingering ankle injuries as a junior and had toe surgery in March. Still, he has played through his various ailments and became Oregon’s primary offensive option last year when quarterback Dennis Dixon went down with a season-ending injury. A powerful runner, he rushed for 1,772 yards last season, which led the Pac-10 Conference. A durable back who accounted for 310 all-purpose yards in a win over Stanford. Carried a career-high 39 times in the regular-season finale against Oregon State, then rushed for a Sun Bowl-record 253 yards in the Ducks’ 56-21 win over South Florida.

Jamaal Charles, 5-11, 200, Texas

Protected as a late first- or early second-round pick, his greatest attribute could be his speed, as he also was a standout on the Longhorns’ track and field team. Won the Big 12 Conference 100-meter dash title in 2006 with a time of 10.26 seconds. Lacks size but is capable of breaking off a long run on every play. Is the only running back in Texas with a run of at least 80 yards and a reception of at least in the same game. In three seasons at Texas, had 102 rushing attempts of at least 10 yards and 31 for more than 20 yards. Might not excel in an offense predicated on a power running game, as he is more suited to outside runs. Probably needs to bulk up, although he did add 15 pounds of muscle last spring, which he spent in the Texas weight room instead of running track.

Felix Jones, 5-10, 207, Arkansas

Was McFadden’s less-heralded running mate in Arkansas’ backfield but has displayed the speed that also could make him a late first-round pick. Developed into one of the SEC’s top outside rushers and became known for his big-play ability, averaging 7.66 yards per carry in his career - second only to Army’s Glenn Davis in NCAA history. Broke the SEC mark of 6.62 formerly held by Bo Jackson. Best chance to make an impact in the NFL probably would be on kick returns, as he averaged 28.2 yards per return, which ranks ninth in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history. Not especially big, probably lacks the size to handle a workload of 20-25 carries per game, but has a knack for shaking off tacklers and bouncing outside.

Chris Johnson, 5-11, 197, East Carolina

Somewhat overlooked while playing for a non-BCS school but was an exceptional open-field runner for the Pirates with a best time of 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Has ability to cut outside but is not considered a strong runner between the tackles. While not adept at blocking, he is athletic enough to occasionally line up as a wide receiver and projects as a third-down back. The explosive and versatile player established himself as one of the premier all-purpose backs in the country last season. He averaged 227.7 all-purpose yards - a mark that led the nation - while bouncing back from turf toe that hampered him in 2006 and neck surgery during the 2007 offseason. In high school, he ran the anchor leg on the fastest 4x100 relay team in the country.

Ray Rice, 5-8, 199, Rutgers

Almost single-handedly put the Rutgers program on the map, helping the Scarlet Knights win their first two bowl games in school history. Size could be a concern but he is a punishing, productive runner who plays bigger than his small frame would suggest. Some teams might be scared off by his lack of size but he impressed with his speed at the combine and has been compared to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who also is not big at 5-7. Ranks as Rutgers’ all-time leading rusher with 4,926 yards and 49 touchdowns and is the only player in the program’s 138-year history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three seasons. He ended last season with eight consecutive 100-yard games and saved his best for last, rushing for a career-high 280 yards in Rutgers’ win over Ball State in the International Bowl.

Tashard Choice, 5-11, 215, Georgia Tech

May not be the most gifted running back in the draft athletically, but is a physical runner who has a knack for breaking tackles and gaining the extra yards after contact. For that reason, he figures to be most effective as a short-yardage back. Durability could be an issue as he battled a series of minor injuries at Georgia Tech, but he returned from knee surgery to rush for more than 100 games in three of four games at the end of last season. Underwent the surgery three days after suffering a right knee injury against Army on October 20 and showed his toughness by missing only one contest. Led the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing in 2006 and 2007, becoming he first player to accomplish that feat since Virginia’s Thomas Jones in 1998 and 1999.

Kevin Smith, 6-1, 217, Central Florida

Lacks blazing speed, only running a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, but seems to possess good instincts and has excellent agility and vision. He is not projected to be taken until the third round, probably because of the speed. Didn’t face the greatest competition at Central Florida but enjoyed a highly productive college career. Last year, he fell just 62 yards shy of Barry Sanders’ NCAA single-season rushing mark of 2,628 in 1988. Was one of the nation’s true workhorses, as his 450 attempts broke the previous single-season mark of 405 set by Southern California’s Marcus Allen in 1981. Is Central Florida’s all-time leading rusher despite playing for only three seasons. Originally announced he would return for his senior year but then changed his mind.
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Steve Slaton, 5-9, 197, West Virginia

His stock may have dropped following a somewhat disappointing 2007 season and his durability and size also could be issues following a series of nagging injuries at West Virginia. Still, he is a versatile back and has been used as a wide receiver and kick returner. As a sophomore in 2006, he rushed for a school-record 1,744 yards despite having to carry the ball exclusively with his left hand due to a right wrist injury that would eventually require surgery. Last season, he barely rushed for 1,000 yards and fumbling became a problem, causing his workload to diminish. After carrying 248 times as a sophomore, he had only 211 attempts a junior. Ran for only 11 yards in 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh that cost Mountaineers a spot in the national championship game.

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Defensive Ends

Chris Long, 6-3, 272, Virginia

One of the most polished defensive ends to enter the NFL in recent memory, Long potentially could be drafted first overall. Possesses tremendous athleticism and versatility, making him a plus defender in both rushing and passing situations. Biggest strengths are his instinctiveness, which allows him to react very well off the snap. The son of Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long, he also plays with a passionate motor. Recorded 79 tackles, including 19 for losses, and 14 sacks as a senior at Virginia last season.

Vernon Gholston, 6-3, 266, Ohio State


Gholston is a pass-rushing specialist with an explosive first step and enough versatility to also line up as an outside linebacker in 3-4 schemes. Has seen his draft stock soar after performing well at the combine and in private workouts. Dominated at times last season and finished with a school-record 14 sacks as a junior at Ohio State. Has a tendency to take plays off, prompting many scouts to question his motivation.

Phillip Merling, 6-4, 276, Clemson

An energetic pass rusher, Merling is one of the strongest defensive ends in this year’s draft class, making him a staunch defender against the run. Merling’s size and strength also allows his to line up as an interior lineman on passing downs. Recorded 51 tackles and seven sacks last season as a junior at Clemson. Underperformed throughout his college career and underwent hernia surgery last month, leaving numerous concerns regarding his draft status.

Calais Campbell, 6-8, 290, Miami

Campbell is a freakish athlete whose potential outweighs his production. An aggressive pass rusher who chases down ball-carriers very well, Campbell has drawn comparisons to Houston Texans star end Mario Williams. Was inconsistent throughout his college career and struggled as a junior last season at Miami, recording just 30 tackles and six sacks.

Derrick Harvey, 6-5, 271, Florida

A natural fit on the outside of a 4-3 scheme, Harvey is a pass-rushing specialist who uses his outstanding quickness to generate pressure off the edge. Can change direction quickly and has very long arms, allowing him to maintain separation from blockers. Lacks instinctiveness and needs to increase his strength in order to become an every-down player.

Lawrence Jackson, 6-4, 271, Southern California

Jackson is a talented and versatile athlete who can line up on both the strong and weak sides. Showed flashes of brilliance but also was wildly inconsistent at USC, raising questions about his motor. Has the speed to also line up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, boosting his value for certain teams. Reached double digits in sacks twice during his four-year career at USC, including a 10 1/2-sack campaign as a senior.

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Glenn Dorsey, 6-2, 297, Louisiana State

Dorsey is the most talented interior defender to come out of college since Warren Sapp. Dominant and explosive, Dorsey fought constant double-teaming and battled various injuries to put up outstanding numbers at LSU. A potential No. 1 overall pick, Dorsey is best suited in a 4-3 scheme, where he can fill multiple gaps against the run while providing a disruptive presence on passing downs. Demonstrated his competitiveness by playing through knee and back injuries as a senior at LSU. Recorded 39 tackles and seven sacks last season, leading the Tigers to the national title.

Sedrick Ellis, 6-1, 309, Southern California

Ellis possesses rare versatility due to his impressive combination of strength and explosiveness. An energetic competitor, Ellis likely will be a first-round pick and projects as an every-down player in the NFL. Lacks elite strength and refined technique but is very difficult to block one-on-one, drawing comparisons to Atlanta Falcons tackle Rod Coleman. Enjoyed an outstanding senior season at USC, recording 8 1/2 sacks.

Kentwan Balmer, 6-5, 308, North Carolina

Balmer struggled to live up to high expectations at North Carolina until his senior season, when he thrived under coach Butch Davis, a former defensive line guru with the Dallas Cowboys. Has an impressive frame and should improve his strength when he fills out. Also is quick enough to play in the 4-3 scheme. Still needs to refine his technique and will have to overcome questions regarding his motivation.

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DRAFT 2008: Profiles of the top players by position:thmbup:


By RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP)—Notable offensive players in the NFL draft, grouped by projected NFL positions.

QUARTERBACK


Position Outlook: There’s no golden boy for everyone to drool over this year, but lots of teams will be hoping to unearth their franchise cornerstone among some of the good, but not flawless, prospects.

MATT RYAN, 6-foot-5, 224 pounds, Boston College: Has all the tools to succeed in the modern NFL. Is tall enough to see over defenses, quick to check down through receivers, and can avoid the rush and throw on the run. His one weakness is the deep ball. Calm under pressure. Showed toughness when dealing with left foot injuries in junior year, but had surgery in January 2007 and a successful senior year.

— Brian Brohm, 6-3, 227, Louisville: Sharp, quick to digest offenses. Makes all throws accurately, but lacks elite arm strength. Some injury and durability concerns.

— Chad Henne, 6-2, 225, Michigan: Four-year starter with good arm strength and vision. Not an improviser; accuracy degrades with any pressure.

— Joe Flacco, 6-7, 236, Delaware: Raw ability is there, but footwork and mechanics need improvement. Comes from shotgun system (after transferring from Pittsburgh). Elite arm strength, and improving vision moved him up boards at workouts and postseason games.

— Andre Woodson, 6-5, 224, Kentucky: Has the smarts and physical tools to be an NFL starter. Was given freedom to call own plays at the line in college. Slow release and quiet huddle presence are drawbacks, as are occasionally crossed-up mechanics.

— John David Booty, 6-3, 213: Southern Cal: Efficient and effective on short and intermediate passes, but to make deep throws he must be flawless in technique. Still learning to make reads effectively. Some injury history there.

RUNNING BACK


Position Outlook: After Darren McFadden, there’s plenty of choice, including a player named Tashard Choice (Georgia Tech). McFadden’s Arkansas teammate, Felix Jones, is a budding star in his own right, as could be Jonathan Stewart and Rashard Mendenhall.

DARREN McFADDEN, 6-2, 210, junior, Arkansas: Has the speed and acceleration to make defenders look foolish, as well as the strength to defeat tacklers and make a strong second effort. Good vision and can run between the tackles or outside them. Excellent skills receiving—and throwing—the ball. Has developed a nice cut move for blitz pickups, but will need to improve stand-up blocks. Possible contributor on special teams, though ball-security was an issue there in college.

— Rashard Mendenhall, 5-11, 210, junior, Illinois: A load who relies on superb vision more than quick cutting or outright speed. Downhill, one-cut style runner, but not totally a runaway truck type.

— Jonathan Stewart, 5-11, 235, Oregon: Compact, agile bowling ball of a back who doesn’t fear contact and doesn’t get brought down easily. Decent speed, but not going to blow people away. Struggled with nagging injuries.

— Felix Jones, 6-0, 200, junior, Arkansas: If he didn’t play on the same team as McFadden, he’d be much more known. As it is, he’s an explosive, shifty back who does his best work in open space. Needs to run with a lower pad level, gain strength to shake initial tacklers. Could be factor on kick returns.

— Ray Rice, 5-8, 199, junior, Rutgers: Size is biggest concern, but durability and lack of top gear are also issues. Keeps legs driving and can change directions quickly. Not easy to bring down.

— Jamaal Charles, 5-11, 200, Texas: Built like a sprinter, and accelerates like one, too. Too easy to bring down right now, but has the frame to add size and strength.

— Chris Johnson, 5-11, 195, East Carolina: Explosive outside runner with natural hands and plenty of experience running routes; he even lined up at WR some. Could be a nice weapon in the right scheme and on kick returns.

WIDE RECEIVER


Position outlook: Judging future booms and busts at this position is difficult, but there’s no doubting the depth at this position. With the pass so in vogue in the NFL these days, look for several wideouts to come off the board in the mid-to-late first round.

EARLY DOUCET, 6-0, 212, LSU: Long strider with excellent hands and the vision to adjust to the ball in flight. Can come down with the jump ball and stay focused in traffic. Not the greatest deep threat, and occasionally rounds off his cuts. Strong, and hard to bring down. Can be an aggressive blocker. Missed half of senior season due to injuries.

— Devin Thomas, 6-2, 215, junior, Michigan State: Major threat after the catch due to superior speed and strength. Needs to improve deep-ball skills and coverage reading.

— Malcolm Kelly, 6-4, 218, junior, Oklahoma: Weak workouts, followed by his complaining about conditions, dropped his value. Can change direction quickly, but more a long strider than actually fast. Great hands. Excellent, aggressive blocker.

— Desean Jackson, 6-0, 178, junior, California: Speedster who is a threat after the catch as well as on deep balls. Good agility, he can cross up defenders who would otherwise overwhelm his because of his small size. Some injury history. Terrific punt returner.

— Mario Manningham, 6-0, 181, Michigan: Wiggly, elusive receiver who’s at his best on deep and outside routes, where he can use his burst to create separation and avoid taking hits. Not a great blocker. Turned off some teams during interviews.

— Limas Sweed, 6-4, 212, Texas: Big receiver who uses his body and arms well, going up for jump balls and overpowering defenders rather than attempting to juke.

TIGHT END


Position outlook: This position lacks the game-changers of drafts past, but teams with specific holes to fill might find their man here.

MARTELLUS BENNETT, 6-6, 259, junior, Texas A&M: Played basketball for the Aggies as well, and has the athletic ability to be a nice red-zone target. Lack of speed means he’s not a deep threat, but once he improves his routes, his strength and size should make him an asset. Needs to improve zone recognition, too. Good, aggressive blocker.

— Fred Davis, 6-4, 248, Southern Cal: Has the burst off the line and eye for defenses to consistently get open, and especially long arms help him snare off-target passes. A strong prospect to develop into a weapon in the passing game.

— Dustin Keller, 6-3, 242, Purdue: Can develop into a productive receiver with more reps. Hands, speed and athletic ability are there. Some durability concerns.

— John Carlson, 6-5, 251, Notre Dame: Uses his body and jumping ability well enough to become a productive short-area receiver. Blocking needs work.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN


Position Outlook: A deep and talented tackle class features two blue-chippers in Jake Long and Ryan Clady, and a couple more players just a small step below them. Guards and centers, especially centers, are going to be harder to find.

JAKE LONG, 6-7, 315, Michigan: Bulldozer of a tackle in the run game who can also be a solid insurance policy for any franchise QB. Has the strength to move the pile and aggressiveness and smarts to clear out second-level blockers. Lacks the nimbleness of the truly great LTs, as he’ll occasionally get beat by quick edge rushers or a strong second move. Could be the first overall pick.

— Ryan Clady, 6-6, 316, junior, Boise State: This tackle’s strengths are mostly the opposite of Long’s. Clady is quick and nimble, but not a great drive blocker. Long arms, intelligence also pluses.

— Jeff Otah, 6-6, 340, Pittsburgh: Bulk and lack of athleticism point to his future as a right tackle for a run-heavy team. Raw, but has the tools (including nearly 3-foot long arms) to become a nice choice.

— Chris Williams, 6-6, 315, Vanderbilt: Nimble feet help tackle in pass protection, but needs to get more aggressive and physical in running game. Smart player who uses good technique.

— Branden Albert, 6-6, 309, junior, Virginia: Guard who is strong in the upper body but needs to add leg strength to be at his best. Skilled at trap-blocking, but struggles to get out to the second level. Could wind up at tackle.

— Gosder Cherilus, 6-7, 315, Boston College: Four-year starter at tackle (first three on the right side) who is better in the running game. Huge arms and hands. Needs coaching to fix poor technique in pass protection.

— Mike Pollak, 6-4, 299, Arizona State: The best center prospect of a thin group. Strong, but limited vs. bigger NTs and struggles to find LBs.

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JAKE LONG, 6-7, 315, Michigan: Bulldozer of a tackle in the run game who can also be a solid insurance policy for any franchise QB. Has the strength to move the pile and aggressiveness and smarts to clear out second-level blockers. Lacks the nimbleness of the truly great LTs, as he’ll occasionally get beat by quick edge rushers or a strong second move. Could be the first overall pick.

Jake Long signs with Dolphins, will be top pick in NFL draft


By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer


Long’s total package is for $57.75 million, said a person familiar with the negotiations who didn’t want to be identified because the Dolphins declined to disclose terms.

The Dolphins were interested in trading the top choice. When no suitors surfaced, they decided to sign Long and avoid a possible holdout. Last year’s first pick, JaMarcus Russell, missed all of training camp before signing a $61 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

“It’s such a great honor to be the No. 1 pick,” Long said. “I’m real glad we got the contract done so I don’t have to worry about any of that.”

The new Dolphins regime led by Bill Parcells began negotiations last week with Long’s agent, Tom Condon.

“Jake was our guy from the beginning,” general manager Jeff Ireland said. “Jake Long was on the top of our board for a long time. There wasn’t a whole lot of debate. We thought it was a very good fit with the Miami Dolphins.”

The Dolphins said they didn’t begin contract talks with any player other than Long.

“It was a very straightforward negotiation,” Condon said. “They didn’t leverage us with other players, and we didn’t tell them we wanted to be on some different team or any of those kinds of things.”

Reaching an agreement before the draft isn’t unprecedented. The Houston Texans signed defensive end Mario Williams as their No. 1 pick on the eve of the 2006 draft.

Condon said there’s enough time for the Rams to reach a contract deal with a prospect before they make the second pick in the draft Saturday.

“My understanding is St. Louis is on the clock,” Condon said with a smile.

Offensive line is considered the biggest need for the Dolphins, who went 1-15 last year, and new Miami coach Tony Sparano coached the offensive line with the Dallas Cowboys.

The only other offensive lineman to be taken with the No. 1 pick since 1970 was Ohio State tackle Orlando Pace, who made the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times after joining the Rams in 1997.

The Dolphins would be thrilled with a comparable achievement by the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Long, who is expected to play left tackle.

“Jake has all the qualities we’re looking for in our linemen,” Sparano said. “He’s very tough, smart and disciplined. Those are the people we want to surround ourselves with here.”

Long started 40 games at Michigan and was Big Ten offensive lineman of the year in 2006 and 2007. He finished to LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in balloting last season for the Lombardi and Outland trophies.

The Dolphins decided to use the top pick on offense rather than take Dorsey, Virginia defensive end Chris Long or Ohio State linebacker Vernon Gholston. It turns out Ireland’s comment last week about drafting “a pillar of your defense” was a slip of the tongue—or a smoke screen.

“That’s for me to know, and you to guess about,” Ireland said with a smile.

Miami has eight other picks and four of the first 64.

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will the Dolphins still take 15 minutes to make the pick?

the draft is way too long, how about making the pick in the first minute? jeez, we already now the pick but they will still take the full alloted time
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I dont think so....And the news yesterday were praising the move...All out of the way early and ready for July work outs ..

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What i don't understand is why did the Dolphins announce it before the draft????? why give competing teams more time to prepare ? they should have just stayed quiet and draft Long without any prior notice

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What i don't understand is why did the Dolphins announce it before the draft????? why give competing teams more time to prepare ? they should have just stayed quiet and draft Long without any prior notice

Because it NEVER was a secret who the Fish were goinn after...The whole NFL knew about who they were goinn to get..so might as well let it out ...

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because they wanted to sign the player. First rounders sometimes can be difficult to sign because of the ridiculous money they ask for without even playing an NFL game.

They didn't want to draft him and then have difficulties dealing with the contract, like Russell with the Raiders last year who wasn't in camp until a few weeks before the season started

But again, I hope Miami don't take the full allotted time, which they will
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After all ..... the hell with the Fish...I wanna know who my Bucs are goinn agter ... Chucky...PLEESE....no more QB's ....... :dielaugh:

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Delaware’s Joe Flacco is rising QB in 2008 draft

NEW YORK (AP)—Joe Flacco sat near Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck and didn’t flinch. He didn’t appear intimidated and he held his own while joking with the star quarterbacks.

Flacco appeared at a quasi-roast for Favre on Friday. One day later, the spotlight was to shift to the NFL draft, and neither the former Green Bay quarterback or the Seattle signal-caller would be a topic.

But Flacco was expected to be. He is the rising QB in this year’s crop, a Division I-AA product from Delaware with a bazooka arm, a calm presence and a ton of leadership.

Flacco has been projected to go anywhere from late in the first round Saturday to early second round. Speculation has had the likes of the Packers (No. 30 overall), or Dolphins, Falcons, Ravens and Chiefs in the second round selecting him.

He’s not worrying about the uncertainty of the draft and where he might wind up.

“Last year at this point, I said I would be happy to be a draft pick, and that hasn’t changed,” The 6-foot-7, 236-pound Flacco said. “All I wanted was the opportunity to be in the NFL, the opportunity that I have now. Just the chance.

“I know whoever picks me wants me.”


It would be hard not too want a quarterback with his college success. Flacco led Delaware to the national championship game, where it lost to Appalachian State.

He comes out of perhaps the best conference in small college football, the Colonial. He left Pittsburgh after two years, transferring to the only school where he could play immediately—and immediately made an impact.

Flacco emphasizes that he was not exactly playing Division II NAIA ball in college.

“Most people don’t seem worried about the level of competition because they understand it is strong,” he said. “My situation, they don’t look down at it too much. We played against a lot of good teams in a conference that is darn good and is deep. We played Appalachian State, which has won three (straight) championships.

“Teams in the CAA are similar in talent, and the NFL is like that. We were able to play mistake-free and win games every week … some big games, and you are not playing any teams a lot worse than you.”

Among the concerns about Flacco is that he played in a shotgun system at Delaware; he didn’t stick around to fight for a job at Pitt, where he was beaten out by Tyler Palko, now with the Saints; and that he has not played against complicated defenses.

But at the NFL combine and in personal workouts, Flacco was so impressive that some teams rate him higher than Louisville’s Brian Brohm and Michigan’s Chad Henne, the other QBs likely to be chosen after the top-rated passer, Matt Ryan of Boston College.

Several NFL personnel directors and scouts have cited Flacco’s composure as a strength. Flacco agrees.

“A lot of things go on that are positive or negative in a game and my demeanor (is an asset),” he said. “The rest of the guys in the huddle have to have confidence you can do it.

“I’m a small-school kid, but don’t think I have anything to prove to myself. But if people say I have something to prove, I’ll go out and play football and prove it.”



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2008 First Round Order '08 Order '07 Player at that overall pick

1. Miami Dolphins JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU (Oakland)
2. St. Louis Rams Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech (Detroit)
3. Atlanta Falcons Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin (Cleveland)
4. Oakland Raiders Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson (Tampa Bay)
5. Kansas City Chiefs Levi Brown, OT, Penn State (Arizona)
6. N.Y. Jets LaRon Landry, S, LSU (Washington)
7. New England Patriots (from S.F.) Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma (Minnesota)
8. Baltimore Ravens Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas (Atlanta)
9. Cincinnati Bengals Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State (Miami)
10. New Orleans Saints Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville (Houston)
11. Buffalo Bills Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi (San Francisco)
12. Denver Broncos Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal (Buffalo)
13. Carolina Panthers Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska (St. Louis)
14. Chicago Bears Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh (N.Y. Jets)
15. Detroit Lions Lawrence Timmons, OLB, Florida State (Pittsburgh)
16. Arizona Cardinals Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee (Green Bay)
17. Kansas City Chiefs (from Minnesota) Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida (Denver)
18. Houston Texans Leon Hall, CB, Michigan (Cincinnati)
19. Philadelphia Eagles Michael Griffin, S, Texas (Tennessee)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aaron Ross, CB, Texas (N.Y. Giants)
21. Washington Redskins Reggie Nelson, S, Florida (Jacksonville)
22. Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland) Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame (Cleveland)
23. Pittsburgh Steelers Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU (Kansas City)
24. Tennessee Titans Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami, Fla. (New England)
25. Seattle Seahawks Jon Beason, OLB, Miami, Fla. (Carolina)
26. Jacksonville Jaguars Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue (Dallas)
27. San Diego Chargers Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee (New Orleans)
28. Dallas Cowboys Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan (San Francisco)
29. San Francisco 49ers Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn (Baltimore)
30. Green Bay Packers Craig Davis, WR, LSU (San Diego)
31. N.Y. Giants Greg Olsen, TE, Miami, Fla. (Chicago)

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The first 10 minutes of the NFL draft? .... Old news.

But after Jake Long is drafted by the Dolphins, a day (and night) of suspense awaits.

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1) Miami Dolphins—JAKE LONG, 6-7, 315, Michigan, OT: Bulldozer of a tackle in the run game who can also be a solid insurance policy for any franchise QB. Has the strength to move the pile and aggressiveness and smarts to clear out second-level blockers. Lacks the nimbleness of the truly great LTs, as he’ll occasionally get beat by quick edge rushers or a strong second move. Could be the first overall pick.

2) St. Louis Rams—CHRIS LONG, 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, Virginia, DE: A versatile prospect at the position who could be a three-down player due to his array of pass-rush moves and nose for the football. Strong and athletic enough to fight off blocks, his one weak spot is a lack of edge-rush speed. Still, his quickness and anticipation usually are enough for him to overwhelm all but the most massive OLs.

3) Atlanta Falcons—MATT RYAN, 6-foot-5, 224 pounds, Boston College, QB: Has all the tools to succeed in the modern NFL. Is tall enough to see over defenses, quick to check down through receivers, and can avoid the rush and throw on the run. His one weakness is the deep ball. Calm under pressure. Showed toughness when dealing with left foot injuries in junior year, but had surgery in January 2007 and a successful senior year.

4) Oakland Raiders—DARREN McFADDEN, 6-2, 210, junior, Arkansas, RB: Has the speed and acceleration to make defenders look foolish, as well as the strength to defeat tacklers and make a strong second effort. Good vision and can run between the tackles or outside them. Excellent skills receiving—and throwing—the ball. Has developed a nice cut move for blitz pickups, but will need to improve stand-up blocks. Possible contributor on special teams, though ball-security was an issue there in college.

5) Kansas City Chiefs—GLENN DORSEY, 6-2, 316, LSU, DT: Explosive and violent, he makes up for lack of size with his strength and energy. Astonishingly quick off the ball, and strong. Quick to diagnose plays and find the ball. Demands attention from blockers, but production could be limited. Also some durability issues.

6) New York Jets—VERNON GHOLSTON, 6-4, 258, junior, Ohio State, LB: Has the speed to get upfield and past blockers in a hurry, but is less effective against the run. Raw, with plenty of potential to become a top speed rusher or linebacker.

7) New Orleans Saints—SEDRICK ELLIS, 6-1, 305, Southern Cal, DT: Sudden off the ball, he can disrupt plays before they develop. Good at sniffing out the ball and pursuing. Probably not ideal for a two-gap scheme.

8) Jacksonville Jaguars—DERRICK HARVEY, 6-5, 252, junior, Florida, DE: Quick to read and react, he could be a linebacker project. Either way, he shows excellent acceleration and speed, as well as football IQ.

9) Cincinnati Bengals—KEITH RIVERS, 6-3, 235, Southern California, LB: Excellent athletic ability, but sometimes can get neutralized, especially in traffic. Persistent effort. Shows promise in pass coverage.

10) New England Patriots—JEROD MAYO, 6-1, 242, Tennessee, LB: Smart and agile athlete who shows good ability to change direction and stay with RBs and TEs in coverage, as well as avoid blockers. Not great in tight spaces, so his blitzing ability is limited to edge rushes.

11) Buffalo Bills—LEODIS MCKELVIN, 5-11, 190, Troy, CB: Elite returner, who shows willingness, if not ability, in run support. Agile and quick. Standout kick returner.

12) Denver Broncos—RYAN CLADY, 6-6, 316, junior, Boise State, OT: This tackle’s strengths are mostly the opposite of Long’s. Clady is quick and nimble, but not a great drive blocker. Long arms, intelligence also pluses.

13) Carolina Panthers—JONATHAN STEWART, 5-11, 235, Oregon, RB: Compact, agile bowling ball of a back who doesn’t fear contact and doesn’t get brought down easily. Decent speed, but not going to blow people away. Struggled with nagging injuries.

14) Chicago Bears—CHRIS WILLIAMS, 6-6, 315, Vanderbilt, OT: Nimble feet help tackle in pass protection, but needs to get more aggressive and physical in running game. Smart player who uses good technique.

15) Kansas City Chiefs (from Detroit)—BRANDEN ALBERT, 6-6, 309, junior, Virginia, G: Strong in the upper body but needs to add leg strength to be at his best. Skilled at trap-blocking, but struggles to get out to the second level. Could wind up at tackle.

16) Arizona Cardinals—DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE, 6-2, 182, Tennessee State, DB: Hard worker with good game instincts and the athletic ability to stick with WRs or close on the ball. Technique is raw.

17) Detroit Lions (from Minnesota through Kansas City)—GOSDER CHERILUS, 6-7, 315, Boston College, OT: Four-year starter at tackle (first three on the right side) who is better in the running game. Huge arms and hands. Needs coaching to fix poor technique in pass protection.

18) Baltimore Ravens (from Houston)—JOE FLACCO, 6-7, 236, Delaware, QB: Raw ability is there, but footwork and mechanics need improvement. Comes from shotgun system (after transferring from Pittsburgh). Elite arm strength, and improving vision moved him up boards at workouts and postseason games.

19) Carolina Panthers (from Philadelphia)—JEFF OTAH, 6-6, 340, Pittsburgh, OT: Bulk and lack of athleticism point to his future as a right tackle for a run-heavy team. Raw, but has the tools (including nearly 3-foot long arms) to become a nice choice.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers—AQIB TALIB, 6-1, 202, Kansas, DB: Great athleticism and ball skills, he has the ability to see time at WR, not to mention in the return game. Needs to improve footwork and technique. Has some off-field issues.

21) Atlanta Falcons (from Washington)—SAM BAKER, 6-5, 312, Southern California, OT: Big and can get bigger. Plays technically sound, with good pop off the ball. Struggles when asked to pull and trap, and getting out to the second level.

22) Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland)—FELIX JONES, 6-0, 200, junior, Arkansas, RB: If he didn’t play on the same team as McFadden, he’d be much more known. As it is, he’s an explosive, shifty back who does his best work in open space. Needs to run with a lower pad level, gain strength to shake initial tacklers. Could be factor on kick returns.

23) Pittsburgh Steelers—RASHARD MENDENHALL, 5-11, 210, junior, Illinois, RB: A load who relies on superb vision more than quick cutting or outright speed. Downhill, one-cut style runner, but not totally a runaway truck type.

24) Tennessee Titans—CHRIS JOHNSON, 5-11, 195, East Carolina, RB: Explosive outside runner with natural hands and plenty of experience running routes; he even lined up at WR some. Could be a nice weapon in the right scheme and on kick returns.

25) Dallas Cowboys (from Seattle)—MIKE JENKINS, 6-0, 200, South Florida, DB: Has the speed to stay with anyone and the strength to play good press coverage. He’s the top CB in the draft, though he needs to improve tackling, especially in run support, as well as ability to read routes.

26) Houston Texans (from Jacksonville through Baltimore)—DUANE BROWN, 6-4, 315, Virginia Tech, OT: Raw, but nimble and athletic, he knows how to use his body to keep defenders at bay. Coaching to improve his technique and motivation is almost a must.

27) San Diego Chargers—ANTOINE CASON, 6-0, 190, Arizona, DB: Quick, but not necessarily fast. Good ability to leap for interceptions and batted balls, as well as a good eye for the game. Hard worker; needs to add some size.

28) Seattle Seahawks (from Dallas)—LAWRENCE JACKSON, 6-5, 268, Southern California, DE: Strong, hard-working player who will put in the extra hours to be a menace on the edge. More of an interior player, he could even bulk up and shift to DT.

29) San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis)—KENTWAN BALMER, 6-5, 298, DT: Good off the snap, and shows impressive ability when the effort is there. Possible underachiever, though, or could just be a project.

30) New York Jets (from Green Bay)—DUSTIN KELLER, 6-3, 242, Purdue, TE: Can develop into a productive receiver with more reps. Hands, speed and athletic ability are there. Some durability concerns.

31) New York Giants—KENNY PHILLIPS, 6-2, 208, junior, Miami, DB: Good speed and ability to read plays. Effective in the running game and in coverage, though isn’t great in man coverage. A playmaker.

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THE BEST REMAINING PROSPECTS:


1. DaJuan Morgan - SS - 6-0, 205 lbs. - North Carolina State
Morgan could develop into an every-down player and maybe even a Pro Bowl performer over time. He also is one of the best special-teams players in this class. He was a borderline first-round pick in our eyes

2. Marcus Harrison - DT - 6-3, 310 lbs. - Arkansas
This tough, athletic tackle has the ability to make an impact at the NFL level if healthy. With proper coaching, the sky is the limit for Harrison. He is a top-five defensive tackle in this class.

3. Erin Henderson - LB - 6-2, 235 lbs. - Maryland
Henderson is a savvy athlete with the speed and talent to make an impact on special teams and compete for the nickel linebacker role as a rookie. He could challenge for a starting weakside spot in a 4-3 set in his first season.

4. Mario Manningham - WR - 6-0, 180 lbs. - Michigan
Manningham has the body type and athleticism of St. Louis Rams star Torry Holt, though he’s not as developed as Holt was at this stage. He ran poor times of 4.60 and 4.68 at the NFL Scouting Combine, though he ran a sub-4.5 time at Michigan’s Pro Day. He will be an excellent value pick on Sunday.

5. Dan Connor - LB - 6-2, 235 lbs. - Penn State
He is an extremely well-developed prospect who can be an every-down performer as a pro - probably as a rookie. He has the frame to get bigger and has good size for the middle or weakside linebacker spots. He carried a mid-second round grade (No. 48 overall). He has good skills and a high level of development.

6. Early Doucet - WR - 6-0, 200 lbs. - LSU
Doucet could become one of the best value picks in the draft. He can play the slot immediately and could develop into a No. 1 receiver. He played against a high level of competition in the SEC, so his transition to the NFL should be smoother than many prospects.

7. Xavier Adibi - LB - 6-1, 225 lbs. - Virginia Tech
Adibi projected as a second-round pick in our eyes. He is the top outside linebacker left on our list. He could contribute immediately as a nickel linebacker and special teams performer. He has the intangibles to become a starter and possible Pro Bowler in the right scheme.

8. Justin King - CB - 6-0, 185 lbs. - Penn State
His lack of experience and height creates problems - especially in jump-ball situations - but he has developed nicely as a coverage corner. King is a third-round prospect who has the talent to surprise. He could be a high-level nickel corner and possibly a starter within a short time.

9. Carl Nicks - OT - 6-5, 330 lbs. - Nebraska
Nicks is a raw prospect with the package to start at right tackle - but only after some critical development in technique. One of the biggest boom or bust linemen in this year’s class, we had him as a late second-rounder (No. 58 overall).

10. Cliff Avril - DE - 6-3, 255 lbs. - Purdue
Avril is a good athlete with fine instincts while playing in space - either vs. the run or the pass. He has the ability to start early in the NFL after some improvement in his lower body strength and overall technique. He should at least contribute early as a situational pass rusher.

THE NEXT 10
11. Pat Sims - DT - 6-1, 320 lbs. - Auburn
12. Tyvon Branch - CB - 5-11, 200 lbs. - Connecticut
13. Reggie Smith - CB - 6-0, 200 lbs. - Oklahoma
14. Jamaal Charles - RB - 6-0, 200 lbs. -Texas
15. Andre Caldwell - WR - 6-0, 200 lbs. - Florida
16. John Greco - OT - 6-5, 320 lbs. - Toledo
17. Charles Godfrey - CB - 6-0, 205 lbs. - Iowa
18. Earl Bennett - WR - 6-1, 200 lbs. - Vanderbilt
19. Anthony Collins - OT - 6-5, 310 lbs. - Kansas
20. Kevin Smith - RB - 6-1, 215 lbs. - Central Florida Only a 3rd Rounder ??? And at the bottom of the pile ??? He should have stayed at UCF for his Senior year ...

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Chiefs emerge as draft-day winner with steal of Dorsey.

The Kansas City Chiefs were bound to catch a break after last season. Few people figured they would catch the biggest - and one of the most talented - breaks in the NFL draft.

The Chiefs landed a proverbial steal in Saturday’s draft when Glenn Dorsey fell into their laps with the fifth overall pick - a selection that instantaneously improved a defensive line which lost Jared Allen earlier this week.

It proved to be the first stroke of good fortune during a day full of blessings for the Chiefs, who reportedly were targeting an offensive lineman with their first pick.

Kansas City’s plans changed dramatically when Dorsey, the top defensive tackle in the draft, was still available at No. 5.

“We’re really excited,” said Bill Kuharich, Kansas City’s vice president of player personnel. “Never in our lives did we think we would get an opportunity to get Glenn Dorsey.”

That opportunity presented itself courtesy of the St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders - all of whom passed on Dorsey to fill more pressing needs.

After St. Louis took defensive end Chris Long at No. 2, speculation arose that Dorsey would go to Atlanta. But the Falcons, desperate for a public-relations boost, selected quarterback Matt Ryan before Oakland grabbed running back Darren McFadden.

That left Dorsey in an unexpected position - still waiting to hear his name called by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I was (surprised that Dorsey slipped),” Kuharich said. “But when you go back and study how it went, Miami took (Jake Long). And then it came down to if Atlanta wanted a quarterback or Dorsey.”

“I don’t look at as I fell to the Chiefs,” Dorsey added. “Each team had what they wanted to do, and I didn’t come in with any expectations.”

The 297-pound Dorsey will bolster a Kansas City defense which ranked 28th against the run last season. Also a ferocious pass rusher, Dorsey should fill the void created when Allen, the reigning NFL sacks leader, was traded to Minnesota.

Dorsey has been widely tabbed as the most talented defensive tackle to enter the NFL since Warren Sapp in 1995. The Sapp comparisons led many draft experts to speculate that Dorsey would go first overall to Miami.

However, those lofty expectations were tempered in past months due to health concerns about Dorsey, who battled knee and back injuries this past season despite playing the entire schedule for LSU.

“When you talk to the coaches, he was wounded halfway through the season,” Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said. “He found a way every week to play. That tells you something about what type of guy he is.”

Dorsey certainly said all the right things Saturday, immediately attempting to endear himself to his new team.

“I bring relentless effort first and foremost,” he said. “I feel like I will come out and give my all no matter what. I am a guy who comes in and works hard. I am going to try and go out to earn the respect of my teammates and coaches.”

By taking Dorsey at No. 5, Kansas City apparently had disregarded its primary need - an offensive lineman. But the football gods evidently were smiling down on the Chiefs, who also drafted guard Branden Albert after trading up to get the 15th pick.

“I think both of our picks, obviously, can come in and compete and help us right away,” said general manager Carl Peterson, who acknowledged that Albert could ultimately plug the Chiefs’ hole at left tackle.

“I’ll be fine at left tackle,” added Albert, who was used primarily as a guard collegiately at Virginia. “I’m a good athlete for my size, and I’ll be fine at left tackle.”

A franchise defensive lineman and a left tackle in the first 15 picks? Most teams would cash in their chips at that point.

But the Chiefs punctuated their outstanding day by grabbing cornerback Brandon Flowers, considered by many to be a first-rounder, with the fourth pick of the second round - 35th overall.

Flowers, who had 10 interceptions in an outstanding career at Virginia Tech, could also start as a rookie and figures to bring a game-changing presence to a veteran Kansas City secondary.

“(Flowers) is a guy who I frankly didn’t think would make it to us,” Kuharich said. “We thought there were a couple of teams in the bottom of the first round who had targeted him. I feel very good that he was there.”




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What a beautiful draft by the Chiefs. They get three of the top 30 players

Also, can someone tell me why my Packers drafted two QB's? I understand taking Brohm (I still have no idea how he slid that far to us), but why draft Flynn?.

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Teams: INTER & Tottenham Hotspur
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darren mcfadden a raider!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he will be as good as adrian peterson next season...




My heart = INTER...No Matter Win or Lose...


Zanetti : I still remember my first day at Inter. I arrived with a plastic bag with my boots inside and I crossed the crowd of fans who were asking who I was. That's where it all started.....
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