Is Miami looking to drive down the price of the No. 1 pick?
Todd McShay writes that the Dolphins might be looking to gain leverage by opening negotiations with Jake Long, while WR Malcolm Kelly ran disappointing 40s in his individual workout. Todd McShay writes that the Dolphins might be looking to gain leverage by opening negotiations with Jake Long, while WR Malcolm Kelly ran disappointing 40s in his individual workouts.
- The Miami Dolphins have begun contract negotiations with Michigan OT Jake Long and his agent, Tom Condon, and it's possible that everything is as it seems. There's no question the Dolphins want to have a deal in place prior to making the draft's top overall selection on April 26. Plus, as I've been saying for a couple of weeks now, Long makes the most sense for Miami. With the addition of free-agent G Justin Smiley and Long's presence allowing Vernon Carey to move to his more natural spot at right tackle position, the Dolphins would finally solidify their offensive line and give QB John Beck and RB Ronnie Brown far greater chances for success. On the other hand, it seems a tad suspicious that such a tight-lipped organization has allowed this information to go public. It has been common practice in past years for the team drafting No. 1 overall to open negotiations with its second or third choice in order to gain leverage, so even if Miami gets a verbal commitment from Jake Long don't be surprised if the team uses that handshake deal to drive the price down in a negotiation with Boston College QB Matt Ryan, Virginia DE Chris Long or LSU DT Glenn Dorsey. Adding to the drama is the fact that Condon also represents Ryan. Stay tuned on this one.
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2008 NFL DRAFT
The 2008 draft lasted 14 hours, 26 minutes. Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long (above), selected by Miami, was the No. 1 overall pick. This year's Mr. Irrelevant -- the last pick in the draft -- is David Vobora, a linebacker from Idaho selected by St. Louis with the 252nd pick.
Round-by-round, team-by-team picks• Round: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
• AFC East: Buffalo | Miami | N. England | NY Jets
• AFC North: Baltimore | Cinc. | Cleve. | Pitt.
• AFC South: Houston | Indy | Jax | Tennessee
• AFC West: Denver | K.C. | Oakland | San Diego
• NFC East: Dallas | NYG | Philadephia | Wash.
• NFC North: Chicago | Detroit | G.B. | Minnesota
• NFC South: Atlanta | Carolina | N.O. | Tampa
• NFC West: Arizona | S.F. | St. Louis | Seattle
Inside Radio City Music Hall• Panoramic views
Commentary/Features• Wickersham: Bears, Ravens take opposite turns
• Williamson: Remembering Heath Benedict
• Yasinskas: Falcons should be patient with Ryan
• Clayton: Six draft trends
• Chadiha: 10 great marriages
• Walker: NFC East draft review
• Sando: NFC West draft review
• Willamson: NFC North draft review
• Yasinskas: NFC South draft review
• Sando: AFC East draft review
• Williamson: AFC West draft review
• Walker: AFC North draft review
• Yasinskas: AFC South draft review
• Clayton: Day 1 winners and losers
• Williamson: Davis couldn't resist McFadden
• Walker: Ravens had to work for Flacco
• Sando: Long addresses Rams' D-line needs
• Chadiha: AFC East hustle continues on draft day
• Yasinskas: Ryan gives Falcons hope, identity
Mel Kiper• Kiper's team-by-team draft grades
• Day 1 good, bad moves: Questionable Titans
News• 2008 breaks previous trade record
• Jets sign NCAA career rushing leader Woodhead
• Lions pick Smith with first pick of second day
• Miami, Long make it official | NFL Local
Video• Green: First-round pick instant analysis
• Complete draft analysis
• One-on-one with Jake Long
• One-on-one with Chris Long
• One-on-one with Matt Ryan
• One-on-one with Darren McFadden
• One-on-one with Glenn Dorsey
• One-on-one with Vernon Gholston
• Ed Werder on Cowboys
• Norv Turner interview
• Fantasy Spin
Audio• Jake Long | Chris Long | Matt Ryan
• Darren McFadden | Vernon Gholston
• Glenn Dorsey | Keith Rivers | Chris Williams
• Lawrence Jackson
SportsNation• Vote: Best first-round pick? | Potential busts?
• Grades: How did your team fare?
Scouts Inc.• Analysis: Round 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Cheat Sheets: RB | DL | DB | LB | OL | REC | QB
• McShay: Seven-round mock draft
• Revisiting the 2005 draft | 2005 re-draft