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    Tuesday
    Apr222008

    Letting in the Draft

    Saturday marks the NFL Draft, the most heralded of all professional sports drafts. I'm not one to travel to New York to watch it live,  because unless they serve frosty cold ones in the auditorium it can't be much more fun than watching mold grow. Still, I do like to watch it on ESPN, not only because of the groovy music they play with each player's highlight, but because it's hard to find so much in-depth analysis at any other time of the year. Last year I even taped it on the DVR because I had to work and didn't want to miss it. It was worth it, too, because I got to see Mel Kiper act like a 6-year-old brat when the Miami Dolphins didn't do what he said and passed on Brady Quinn. Of course, Cam Cameron and Co. aren't looking to swift now, what with a 1-15 record last year and the 2nd-shortest stint as head coach in Dolphins history., but Quinn isn't looking so hot either, sitting on the bench for the Browns behind Derek Anderson and doing Jared Fat-Boy testimonials for Subway. With the first pick of the draft this year, the Dolphins are hinting at taking big Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, which isn't very glamorous, but the offensive line has been a sore spot for the team over the past few years. There's sexier picks out there like QB Matt Ryan and DE Chris Long, but real thing to do would be to trade the pick to a team like the Detroit Lions who are hungry for Ryan, and load up on 2nd and 3rd rounders for the rebuilding effort, but deals like that are hard to come by these days.

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