Tick Tock Tuna

Apr 16, 2008

The NFL Draft is ten days away.  Assuming Miami doesn’t move down (why would you when you have to pay through the nose to sign the top pick) in the draft, they have some options with their first pick.

The Sexy

If they want to inject life into their fan base, they could go with Darren McFadden, perhaps the most electrifying player in the draft, with the 1st pick.  He has been compared to Adrian Peterson, and if he lives up to the high expectations he’ll walk…errr…run away with the Rookie of the Year Award.  It is risky drafting a running back this high though.  Their shelf lives aren’t the greatest.  The also seem to be more prone to injury.  However, they can energize a city.

The Legacy
If he goes #1, hopefully his career doesn’t follow the path of the last Virginia Tech player chosen with the top spot.  If he follows the path of his father, Howie Long, Miami would be very happy.   Improving your pass rush is a big deal.  If you can get pressure on the QB, then the linebackers have an easier job of making plays.  Plus, the secondary doesn’t have to cover their man as long if the QB is forced to get rid of the ball earlier. 

The Logical

If Miami wants to improve, their best best would be to take Jake Long, the behemoth (6’7″, 315 lbs) OT from Michigan. Sure, selecting a lineman is not the sexiest way to use your first pick, but improving your line helps open up the run game and takes pressure off the quarterback, which helps your passing game.  I’m sure Bill Parcels took notice of what Joe Thomas did for Cleveland’s offense last year.  Granted, Cleveland has quite a bit more playmakers on offense, but Joe Thomas was a vital part of the turnaround.  Financially it makes sense because Left Tackles can play a decade or more at very high levels. 

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Joe Z
    April 16th, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    Lester, its Joe Z. My big issue with Long at #1 is that he doesn’t seem to be a top level number one overall level LT at draft time in the way that Ogden, Pace, or Borelli were. How many years out of the last ten would Jake Long have been the best LT available? It just seems like biggest “settle” pick I’ve seen in a “Long” time. Pun intended.

  2. Ryan Lester
    April 16th, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    Joe Z – You could be right. He could end up a Robert Gallery type. Do you think the Raiders would be this bad if Gallery met expecations? I doubt it. That’s why holding that #1 pick isn’t what it’s supposed to be. It is more of a burden than anything unless a true franchise savior is out there a la Peyton Manning.

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