Tick Tock Tuna
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.
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.
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.
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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