Tag:Jake Long
Posted on: April 23, 2008 6:38 am

So long Shaun

The Seahawks finally got rid of Shaun Alexander on Tuesday, and this is a good thing for several reasons.

Alexander now has a few days to find a new home before the draft, which means Detroit, Chicago, Carolina or some other team in need of a running back can try to sign him without using a high pick and go for another need.

Alexander still has some mileage -- albeit very little -- in his old legs. He can be part of a tandem as the bigger back, which would make sense with the Panthers (DeAngelo Williams) and Lions (Tatum Bell).

Along with the Bears, these three teams should still draft a running back. But now maybe they can wait until after the first round to draft a running back and go for offensive line or help on defense.

For the Seahawks, the job now officially goes to Julius Jones. He will be the starter with Maurice Morris likely in on third downs and T.J. Duckett the short-yardage guy. Jones is a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB with a lot of upside. He will be better than what you saw in Dallas because he will likely get at least 15 touches a game. There will be no Marion Barber looking over his shoulder.

In other news Tuesday, the Bengals have reportedly turned down one and possibly two first-round draft picks for Chad Johnson from Washington. If that offer was out there, which I doubt, the Bengals should have jumped on it. The Redskins are known to make strange decisions, and giving up two first-round picks for Johnson would have been ludicrous.

I know Johnson is an elite receiver. And I know you likely won't get someone as talented as him in the draft. But look at some of the recent trades for receivers, most notably Randy Moss going for a fourth-round pick. Is Johnson better than Moss? No way.

And I like Marvin Lewis telling Johnson if he wants to sit out, do it.

The Dolphins made it official with Jake Long as the No. 1 pick. It's the right move. If he sticks at left tackle and is any good, you have an anchor on your offensive line for several years. And if he fails, you stick him at right tackle and hope he can block. But he should have more shelf life than a defensive lineman, and the Dolphins need to fill several holes, with offensive line the most important.

Posted on: April 11, 2008 1:02 pm

Jake Long should go No. 1

In looking at what the Dolphins should do with the No. 1 overall selection, drafting Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long makes the most sense.

I think we can all agree that Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has the potential to be the best player in this draft. But it's the one spot the Dolphins don't have a need for with Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and Lorenzo Booker already on the team. Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan is not a No. 1 overall selection, and I'm not sold on Virginia defensive end Chris Long or LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey being tremendous impact players.

Jake Long would fill a huge need for the Dolphins since their offensive line is a mess. He can play either tackle spot, and with Miami's quarterback situation -- Josh McCown is the likely starter or second-year John Beck -- they need time to throw. Brown, the Dolphins best player on offense, is coming off a torn ACL and might not be ready to start the year. And if the Dolphins are to have any success on offense, they will need to run the ball well.

If Long can live up to the potential of being the next Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden, the Dolphins will have made the right move. If he turns into the next Robert Gallery, then Miami missed out. But if you have the chance to take a player who can lead your offensive line for 10 years, that's the way to go. And I think Jake Long can be that type of player.

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