Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Apr 2008

ESPN: Rams to select Chris Long

ESPN's Michael Smith is reporting that the Rams have opted to make Virginia defensive end Chris Long the No. 2 overall selection in the draft. This would be the second year in a row that the Rams have spent a first-round pick on a defensive lineman. (They selected DT/DE Adam Carriker of Nebraska with the No. 13 overall pick last year.) We once again see that the NFL is a copycat league, as teams saw what a dominant four-man rush did for the Giants and try to follow suit.

This also means Atlanta at No. 3 will have the opportunity to pick between Glenn Dorsey and Matt Ryan. Personally, I don't think it makes sense to pick a quarterback at No. 3 and throw millions of dollars his way when your offensive line is just going to get him killed anyway.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 26 Apr 2008

17 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2008, 2:56pm by MJK

Comments

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by TomHat (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 1:56pm

I dont think this shows the NFL is a copycat league at all. If you draft "best available" I think Long, Long, and Dorsey are the best players, and since Jake Long is gone, that leaves 2 defensive linemen. I mean, i think if the best player available were a QB or a saftey or something, they would probably have considered taking them.

Copycat league would have been if Darren McFadden were selected earlier than expected because of Adrian Peterson's success.

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by Theo, Netherlands (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:09pm

"as teams saw what a dominant four-man rush did for the Broncos, Packers, Buccaneers, Panthers, Eagles, Colts and Giants and try to follow suit."

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by Postal RAge (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:13pm

Do the Raiders have a shot at Darren McFadden now? I think they shiuld draft him.

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by Tom D (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:23pm

Re 1:

Adrian Peterson didn't really go earlier than expected, a lot people thought he would be the best player in the draft. He went to an unexpected team, but that is a separate issue.

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by PaulH (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:32pm

Do the Raiders have a shot at Darren McFadden now?

PFT is reporting that they plan to take him.

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by PaulH (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:34pm

And the Falcons taking Ryan at #3 is pretty dumb.

But since when did the Falcons stop making dumb decisions?

If but for that reason alone, I firmly believe the Falcons take Ryan at #3. It's just so dumb they have to do it.

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:44pm

Whoever the Raiders draft you know he is going to be great. This current regime is making great moves all over the roster. I want the Raiders to draft D Mcaffen, K Rivers, or V gholston.

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by G_Man (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 2:48pm

I don't think this is a case of the Rams being copycats. I think this is a case of the fact that the Rams defense is awful.

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 3:17pm

sorry meant McFadden

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by Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabbadu (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 3:18pm

The Chiefs would lo-o-ove to see Dorsey available at #5.

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 4:05pm

Raiders going to have do,minant offense and defense this year.

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 5:57pm

iM GOING TO BE CELEBRATIN TONIGHTS WITH SIERRA NEVADA AND A COUPLE OF 40S

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by TomHat (not verified) :: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 6:16pm

Raiders reached, shouldve taken Dorsey. Of course Atlanta shouldve too.

What is up with the trades? Maybe its just me but they dont even report what the freaking trades are. I dont even know what happened to the redskins first round pick. Its like they need to have more time for the talking heads to mumble incessantly about the "best available" and to guess who the team is going to pick.

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by Jimmy in Oz - Hawk Fan (not verified) :: Sun, 04/27/2008 - 2:42am

13: Maybe they assume that anyone following the draft is also following on-line and that the people watching are the ones who want to hear from the talking heads.

click my name for the trades.

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sun, 04/27/2008 - 11:23pm

Chaz Schilens likely to be steal of draft. excllent pickup by Raiders on day 2. Next Marqcues Colston- Wr out of nowhere and to shock league with high number of catches as rookie. J Walker with Drew Carter and Schilens and R Curry and J L Higgins. Lets see that is maybe best Wr tandem in league.

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by Theo, Netherlands (not verified) :: Mon, 04/28/2008 - 6:39am

Lets see that is maybe best Wr tandem in league.
:: Raiderjoe — 4/27/2008 @ 10:23 pm
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Dude. You make me laugh out of my chair.
If they morph into each other like Sadam Hussein and his dog in Hot Shots 2 - those 5 guys would make an excelent tandem.

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by MJK (not verified) :: Mon, 04/28/2008 - 2:56pm

Wow! I've figured it out! Raiderjoe is actually the Iraqi Minister of Information! Remember him? Now we know where he's been hiding out since "Shock and Awe"...