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Quagmire
04-22-2008, 12:35 PM
Its official. Jake Long is our pick. Signed a 5 yr contract today. I think the majority of us wanted a trade down,which obviously was not a realistic option. At the end of the day, I would probably have taken Gholston, but Long is a close 2nd in that race for me. Now they have 4/5 of their line set and can work to acquire depth and a potential starter at LG. Time to start thinking about pick #32 and more importantly, trading Jason Taylor. They need picks. I would seriously lower their draft grade an entire grade if they don't trade him. It is that important they acquire more picks.

BigBlueCrew56
04-22-2008, 12:36 PM
Cant even explain how happy I am that the big boy from Ann Arbor is going to be in a Miami Dolphin uniform. I just want to take the time out to tell a few board members a couple of things. I TOLD YOU SO HAHAHHAHAHAHHA and I TOLD YOU SO HAHAHHAHAHA. Now lets enjoy this together WOOOO-HOOOOOO!

Quagmire
04-22-2008, 12:45 PM
Cant even explain how happy I am that the big boy from Ann Arbor is going to be in a Miami Dolphin uniform. I just want to take the time out to tell a few board members a couple of things. I TOLD YOU SO HAHAHHAHAHAHHA and I TOLD YOU SO HAHAHHAHAHA. Now lets enjoy this together WOOOO-HOOOOOO!

Thought you left Blue. Haven't seen you here in a while. We must have posted at the same time. Congrats on being the first on this board to say it. I am glad too. I think it is a good thing. Lets hope the rest of the draft goes as well and that they can Taylor out of there for some picks...

BigBlueCrew56
04-22-2008, 01:00 PM
I have been really busy lately and there really wasnt much left for me to post. Everyone knew why I thought Jake Long was the pick so all that was left was to sit back and wait for his named to be called. I have been fighting the good fight for Jake Long since February. Now it's a reality. I think it's time to quit my day job and get into some real scouting HHAHAHAHA. Yah right!

BigBlueCrew56
04-22-2008, 01:03 PM
It's really time to focus on that 2nd pick now. I am really pulling for Quentin Groves with the top pick in the 2nd. Actually what I am hoping for is a trade of that 1st round graded 2nd round pick for more picks. We have set ourselves up now to draft BPA for the rest of the draft since we really dont have to worry so much about the line. Now dont get me wrong I still think the regime will draft atleast two more offensive lineman. Probably somewhere around the 5th round. We still need to draft another guard and possibly another project Tackle to groom behind Carey just in case he gets any ideas of leaving via free agency.

Quagmire
04-22-2008, 01:28 PM
Blue,
If Groves was there at #32, it would be a miracle. I just don't see it. That would be the ideal scenario. They could be thinking QB there, (though I predict there will be none there worth taking) but my guess is a best player available pick with emphasis on defensive front 7. Pat Sims from Auburn may be a guy there. Maybe a Dan Connor or Curtis Lofton at ILB. I would really love if Philip Merling was to fall all the way down there, though I really see no chance of that happening. I think he can be a prototype Richard Seymour style 3-4 DE.

I will also throw WR out there again. We really need help there and I don't see too many going in round 1.......

Either way, they need some more picks from a Taylor deal to really make an impact with this draft.. Lets hope that happens....

BigBlueCrew56
04-22-2008, 01:39 PM
Blue,
If Groves was there at #32, it would be a miracle. I just don't see it. That would be the ideal scenario. They could be thinking QB there, (though I predict there will be none there worth taking) but my guess is a best player available pick with emphasis on defensive front 7. Pat Sims from Auburn may be a guy there. Maybe a Dan Connor or Curtis Lofton at ILB. I would really love if Philip Merling was to fall all the way down there, though I really see no chance of that happening. I think he can be a prototype Richard Seymour style 3-4 DE.

I will also throw WR out there again. We really need help there and I don't see too many going in round 1.......

Either way, they need some more picks from a Taylor deal to really make an impact with this draft.. Lets hope that happens....



We certainly need some major help in the middle. I like Torbor but I dont think he is an every down linebacker. Dan Connor seems like the hard nosed guy that Parcells likes but does he fit in the middle of the 3-4????


I know we are all juming on Groves but lets not forget guys like Lawrence Jackson or Cliff Avril who will probably have a chance at being there with the late 2nd round pick. I also really like Phillip Wheeler who always seemed to play like a mad man against the U.

Don Vito
04-22-2008, 01:44 PM
We certainly need some major help in the middle. I like Torbor but I dont think he is an every down linebacker. Dan Connor seems like the hard nosed guy that Parcells likes but does he fit in the middle of the 3-4????

I think Parcells would want nothing more than to take two guys like Jake Long and Dan Connor with the Phins first two picks. Those seem like a couple of great players to rebuild a franchise with on both sides of the ball. I think Connor would be a great get for you guys.

Joeyjr09
04-22-2008, 02:33 PM
I've long thought Connor could be an early target as well. We'll see.

I think we'll be seeing another OL before round 4.

BigBlueCrew56
04-22-2008, 03:14 PM
I've long thought Connor could be an early target as well. We'll see.

I think we'll be seeing another OL before round 4.



Someone like Duane Brown would be perfect in the 4th round if he is there because he has experience playing both L and R Tackle. We need someone who is flexible along the line.

Quagmire
04-22-2008, 03:26 PM
Someone like Duane Brown would be perfect in the 4th round if he is there because he has experience playing both L and R Tackle. We need someone who is flexible along the line.

Blue,

I don't think Brown makes it out of round 2. I am thinking they may go G in early round 4. Maybe John Greco or Mike McGlynn. Both fit the big, tough OL they like and I think both (especially McGlynn) could be backup RT's while starting at LG. Also, do not rule out Chilo Rachal if he makes it to low round 2. That would set up our starting OL for a long time. This draft may wind up having an offensive feel to it because of the depth at the TE and WR positions in rounds 2 to 4 as well...

Quagmire
04-22-2008, 03:30 PM
I've long thought Connor could be an early target as well. We'll see.

I think we'll be seeing another OL before round 4.

Agreed that Connor may fit the profile. I agree. One more OL picked by the fourth rd at the latest.....

Finsfan79
04-22-2008, 03:46 PM
I've long thought Connor could be an early target as well. We'll see.

I think we'll be seeing another OL before round 4.

agreed, I want a big time guard,

Lets build these damn oline and dline till people are afraid to play us. I want to dominate the line of scrimage. If Ronnie brown cant run and stay healthy behind this line now we will know it is him that is the issue not the line.

This is the first time since webb and sims that I have felt positive about the miami oline

I am very happy for this pick.


Then again I am the guy that last year got into arguements saying I wanted levi brown for months on end, when folks told me he would be a reach t number 9 hehe. My believe is simple.

Every super bowl miami has gone to contained a HoF olineman. I think we need that caliber oline to get our butts back there

brat316
04-22-2008, 03:49 PM
who do you guys have now

Long
Smiley
Stalete(sp)
some guy
Some guy who was picked three years ago.

BigBlueCrew56
04-22-2008, 04:14 PM
Vernon Carey is going to be a probowl RT he isnt just some guy that signed three years ago.

smittyjs
04-22-2008, 05:29 PM
Great pick IMO, i'm always one that belives in building a team threw it offensive and defensive line.

Joeyjr09
04-22-2008, 05:45 PM
who do you guys have now

Long
Smiley
Stalete(sp)
some guy
Some guy who was picked three years ago.

How about this:

LT: Jake Long (22) - Number 1 Overall pick. Pro Bowl potential.
LG: ???
C: Samson Satele (23)- 2007 2nd RD. Was arguably the best rookie OL in football last season after Joe Thomas.
RG: Justin Smiley (26)- Former 2nd RD with the 49ers. Was on his way to becoming one of the leagues better OGs before his injury last season.
RT: Vernon Carey (26)- 2004 1st RD. Was one of the league best RT before moving to LT last year where he showed promise. Will likely see a Pro Bowl at some point as a RT.

Plus we have one of the best OL gurus in the league with HC Tony Sparano.

Tons of young talent on our line and with some more added depth and growth, we should be among the leagues best OL within a couple of years. Not a single guy picked after RD 2. Lots of talent and money invest at this spot now.

Quagmire
04-23-2008, 01:53 PM
How about this:

LT: Jake Long (22) - Number 1 Overall pick. Pro Bowl potential.
LG: ???
C: Samson Satele (23)- 2007 2nd RD. Was arguably the best rookie OL in football last season after Joe Thomas.
RG: Justin Smiley (26)- Former 2nd RD with the 49ers. Was on his way to becoming one of the leagues better OGs before his injury last season.
RT: Vernon Carey (26)- 2004 1st RD. Was one of the league best RT before moving to LT last year where he showed promise. Will likely see a Pro Bowl at some point as a RT.

Plus we have one of the best OL gurus in the league with HC Tony Sparano.

Tons of young talent on our line and with some more added depth and growth, we should be among the leagues best OL within a couple of years. Not a single guy picked after RD 2. Lots of talent and money invest at this spot now.

Joe,

While I agree with you on Satele and Long, I would not give Smiley & Carey that kind of credit yet. However, I think getting Sparano there along with Carey being on a contract yr is really going to make them better. This unit should be vastly improved.

Joeyjr09
04-23-2008, 04:48 PM
Joe,

While I agree with you on Satele and Long, I would not give Smiley & Carey that kind of credit yet. However, I think getting Sparano there along with Carey being on a contract yr is really going to make them better. This unit should be vastly improved.

Ask any 49er fan and they will tell you Smiley was a very good OG before he got hurt. They rave about the way he pulls from the RG spot. I haven't watched him more then just casually so I'm basing my statements on what I've heard from tons of 49er fans.

Carey was lights out as a run blocker at RT before the switch to LT. He was playing extremely well. And this is coming from a big critic of his as I don't think he has full lived up to what I expected from him coming out of Miami. But he was absolutely on his way to being a top notch RT before his move and has the potential to go to a Pro Bowl there and even more so if he ever moves inside. I think he has elite ability at OG if he ever makes the switch.

BTW...Love the Jason Allen trade. Lowers the chance of Long or Gholston falling to the Jets or Pats as well as lifting the asking price on DEs. I now Jared Allen is 26 but he also has never won defensive MVP, has not been anywhere as good as Jason Taylor, and Allen has tons of off the field baggage as he is close to being suspended for a year. He that can land a mid 1st and 2 3rds, I see no reason why we shouldn't be shopping Jason for at least a 1st rounder in the 22-30 range. Maybe the Jags, Titans, 49ers and Packers could all have interest and use a pass rusher. If the guy they want comes off the board during the draft maybe we entice one of them to pull the trigger?

Geo
04-23-2008, 05:01 PM
Great pick by the Dolphins, giving them a franchise left tackle imo. Congrats, Dolphins fans.

Quagmire
04-23-2008, 05:22 PM
Ask any 49er fan and they will tell you Smiley was a very good OG before he got hurt. They rave about the way he pulls from the RG spot. I haven't watched him more then just casually so I'm basing my statements on what I've heard from tons of 49er fans.

Carey was lights out as a run blocker at RT before the switch to LT. He was playing extremely well. And this is coming from a big critic of his as I don't think he has full lived up to what I expected from him coming out of Miami. But he was absolutely on his way to being a top notch RT before his move and has the potential to go to a Pro Bowl there and even more so if he ever moves inside. I think he has elite ability at OG if he ever makes the switch.

BTW...Love the Jason Allen trade. Lowers the chance of Long or Gholston falling to the Jets or Pats as well as lifting the asking price on DEs. I now Jared Allen is 26 but he also has never won defensive MVP, has not been anywhere as good as Jason Taylor, and Allen has tons of off the field baggage as he is close to being suspended for a year. He that can land a mid 1st and 2 3rds, I see no reason why we shouldn't be shopping Jason for at least a 1st rounder in the 22-30 range. Maybe the Jags, Titans, 49ers and Packers could all have interest and use a pass rusher. If the guy they want comes off the board during the draft maybe we entice one of them to pull the trigger?

Joe,

I agree that the line will be better and I hope you are right about their potential because I still think there is work to be done.

As for the JT trade, I would be STUNNED if they were to land a #1 for him. He is much older than Allen and has a contract that would probably have to reworked. I can't see them doing any better than a #2 and some other considerations (either switching spots in rounds, or some later picks). I hope I am wrong, but I really don't see any way they land a #1 for a 34 yr old unless they throw other stuff in the deal........ Don't get me wrong, I have campaigned that they must trade him, I just think a #1 is unrealistic for a player his age........

Joeyjr09
04-23-2008, 09:41 PM
Joe,

I agree that the line will be better and I hope you are right about their potential because I still think there is work to be done.

As for the JT trade, I would be STUNNED if they were to land a #1 for him. He is much older than Allen and has a contract that would probably have to reworked. I can't see them doing any better than a #2 and some other considerations (either switching spots in rounds, or some later picks). I hope I am wrong, but I really don't see any way they land a #1 for a 34 yr old unless they throw other stuff in the deal........ Don't get me wrong, I have campaigned that they must trade him, I just think a #1 is unrealistic for a player his age........


Reports are that they are asking for something in the mid 1st round. However, They are saying a more likely destination is between picks 26 and 37. I could certainly live with that.

As for the contract. JTs contract is in no way worse then the one Jared Allen got that makes him the high paid Defensive player in the NFL.

Really the only thing Allen has on JT is age. That's all. JT is the better player, has the better career, the better contract, is a better leader, doesn't come with off the field issues. Only hitch is that Allen is 26 and JT is 33. While that's a pretty big deal, to a team like the Jags who are interested and are a top contender heading into next season, it might be worth it for them to give up their low 1st for JT and JT will be better over the next 2-3 seasons then anyone they can get with that pick. There's so much turnover in the NFL that contenders will make moves like that to get a guy they feel could put them over the top. I certainly could see Jacksonville making that deal without a doubt.

I think it'll come down to draft day and who is on the board at the picks that are likely being talked about in a JT trade.

draftguru151
04-23-2008, 09:59 PM
Jason Taylor is not better than Jared Allen right now.

Joeyjr09
04-23-2008, 10:57 PM
Jason Taylor is absolutely better then Jared Allen. Jared Allen is just a hot name right now because he is young and coming off a big year. Jared Allen the year before last had only 7.5 sacks and was pretty ordinary. His career high before then was 11. Solid for sure but nothing to right home about. This stuff happens all the time. Guy has a great year in a contract year, gets a big contract and then returns to form. He's a good DE, he is not special and he is no where near one of the top defensive players in the NFL.

Jason Taylor is what was considered a kinda tough year for him last year still put up 11 sacks and year in, year out gets you 12-13 sacks and has averaged 11.7 over his career. You know what you are getting with JT.


Jared Allen is just a hot name because he's young, he has much coveted pass rush skills, and he was very much avialable and open. JT on the other hand is getting older, and Tuna keeps saying he will be dealt. Allen has just been blown up by the media coming off his best year in a contract season.

Don't get confused Allen having a better season last year with him being a better player overall. Jared Allen has proven to be inconsistent (his stats go way up and down every other year), his motor runs hot a cold at times, and he hasn't been the best leader/clubhouse guy. He has issues despite his upside.

Jason Taylor is consistent, you know what you are getting, he a leader and he gives his effort on every play.

I think the bottom line is this:

Jared Allen is one of the leagues better sack artists.
Jason Taylor is one of the leagues better game changers/playmaker.

One season does not change that.

draftguru151
04-23-2008, 11:05 PM
His motor runs hot and cold? You sure you're talking about Jared Allen? Last season Allen outplayed Taylor and I don't expect that to change. Taylor is declining and Allen is getting better. Allen led the league in sacks and he is also very good against the run. As a part time guy he had 9 sacks, then had 11 and got more attention and his production dropped. Not really up and down. Jason Taylor has had an amazing career but right now Allen is better and you can't expect to get close to the same thing that the Chiefs got for Allen for Taylor.

thebow305
04-23-2008, 11:52 PM
Jason Taylor is absolutely better then Jared Allen. Jared Allen is just a hot name right now because he is young and coming off a big year. Jared Allen the year before last had only 7.5 sacks and was pretty ordinary. His career high before then was 11. Solid for sure but nothing to right home about. This stuff happens all the time. Guy has a great year in a contract year, gets a big contract and then returns to form. He's a good DE, he is not special and he is no where near one of the top defensive players in the NFL.

Jason Taylor is what was considered a kinda tough year for him last year still put up 11 sacks and year in, year out gets you 12-13 sacks and has averaged 11.7 over his career. You know what you are getting with JT.


Jared Allen is just a hot name because he's young, he has much coveted pass rush skills, and he was very much avialable and open. JT on the other hand is getting older, and Tuna keeps saying he will be dealt. Allen has just been blown up by the media coming off his best year in a contract season.

Don't get confused Allen having a better season last year with him being a better player overall. Jared Allen has proven to be inconsistent (his stats go way up and down every other year), his motor runs hot a cold at times, and he hasn't been the best leader/clubhouse guy. He has issues despite his upside.

Jason Taylor is consistent, you know what you are getting, he a leader and he gives his effort on every play.

I think the bottom line is this:

Jared Allen is one of the leagues better sack artists.
Jason Taylor is one of the leagues better game changers/playmaker.

One season does not change that.

I think you are severely underrating Jared Allen. And I'm not sure exactly why.

Joeyjr09
04-23-2008, 11:54 PM
you can't expect to get close to the same thing that the Chiefs got for Allen for Taylor.

Where did I ever say I expected to get close to what Jared Allen fetched? That'd be crazy. Come on now.

Allen got the number 17 overall plus 2 mid 3rd round picks.

I was talking about a single 1st for JT and I even said 26 is the most likely target.

That's not even close to Jared Allen territory. And there's no debating that the Allen trade ups JTs value. The price for DE on the trade market was set and now they can work off that and luckily for us it was set very high. On top of that, there's one less DE on the market which also raises JTs value.

I'm going into this thinking we will likely come out with a mid to high 2nd rounder but I see no reason why we couldn't end up with a low 1st for him and the team is trying for even more. No harm in that.

HEISMANHERSCHEL
04-24-2008, 12:05 AM
You guys are forgetting one important thing. Jason Taylor is also a MUCH better dancer than Allen.

Okay, maybe not the right time to bring this up, but still...:)

thebow305
04-24-2008, 01:05 AM
You guys are forgetting one important thing. Jason Taylor is also a MUCH better dancer than Allen.

Okay, maybe not the right time to bring this up, but still...:)

haha, maybe not. But we could talk about Edyta... I could talk about her all day! :)

Quagmire
04-24-2008, 09:57 AM
Where did I ever say I expected to get close to what Jared Allen fetched? That'd be crazy. Come on now.

Allen got the number 17 overall plus 2 mid 3rd round picks.

I was talking about a single 1st for JT and I even said 26 is the most likely target.

That's not even close to Jared Allen territory. And there's no debating that the Allen trade ups JTs value. The price for DE on the trade market was set and now they can work off that and luckily for us it was set very high. On top of that, there's one less DE on the market which also raises JTs value.

I'm going into this thinking we will likely come out with a mid to high 2nd rounder but I see no reason why we couldn't end up with a low 1st for him and the team is trying for even more. No harm in that.

Joe,

I cannot see them landing a #1 for Taylor unless they throw something else in. You make it seem like #26 is not a lot to give up. If I was running the Jaguars, there is no doubt that Taylor is the guy I would pursue because he really could be the missing piece. But, at most I would drop down from 26 to 32 and then maybe throw my low #2 and maybe a #4 to make the deal.

By the way, good link to an article in this morning's sun-sentinel that nails it


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/football/pro/dolphins/sfl-flspskolnickspec24sbapr24,0,2908097.column

Joeyjr09
04-24-2008, 02:33 PM
You make it seem like #26 is not a lot to give up.]

If your a contending team, would you rather give up a mid 1st and 2 3rds for Jared Allen or a low 1st for JT?

So no I don't think it's a outrageous asking price considering what people have already shown they are willing to pay.

As for the trade up from 32 to 26. Mite as well stop bringing it up every other post. All articles including the one your brought up have neve mentioned a trade down and in fact most mention Miami is asking for a 1st rounder but will likely settle for a high 2nd. We are looking to get more picks, not switch places.

btw... you don't need to post me sun-sentinel articles and stuff to try to prove me wrong, I've read them all man. They are local papers, no way I haven't seen it.

Besides what's so crazy about me thinking they could get a late 1st if reports are we are asking for a mid 1st and then we will only get a 2nd. My projection is right in the middle of what we are asking and what people are offering. It's compromise. It's not anywhere near as crazy as 4 QBs in round 1.

Quagmire
04-24-2008, 08:16 PM
If your a contending team, would you rather give up a mid 1st and 2 3rds for Jared Allen or a low 1st for JT?

So no I don't think it's a outrageous asking price considering what people have already shown they are willing to pay.

As for the trade up from 32 to 26. Mite as well stop bringing it up every other post. All articles including the one your brought up have neve mentioned a trade down and in fact most mention Miami is asking for a 1st rounder but will likely settle for a high 2nd. We are looking to get more picks, not switch places.

btw... you don't need to post me sun-sentinel articles and stuff to try to prove me wrong, I've read them all man. They are local papers, no way I haven't seen it.

Besides what's so crazy about me thinking they could get a late 1st if reports are we are asking for a mid 1st and then we will only get a 2nd. My projection is right in the middle of what we are asking and what people are offering. It's compromise. It's not anywhere near as crazy as 4 QBs in round 1.

Joe,

If you are asking me if I would take Jared Allen over Jason Taylor at this age if the price was equal, the answer is YES. Allen is a better player than Taylor right now. Now, in no way would I have given up the $$ and picks that Minnesota did, but if all things were equal, I take the 26 yr old in his prime.

Everyone is saying that teams basically don't want to give a 2 let alone a 1. I could ask for $20,000 for my 2002 Dodge stratus, but there is no chance I am getting it....

I am not trying to prove you or anyone wrong, just posting an article that I think nailed the need to trade Taylor. Not everyone is in Florida or reads the website for the papers.. If I want to post them, it is because I think it is informative.

IF you still think my 4 qb thing is outrageous, then you obviously have not seen that the interest in Henne and Flacco is skyrocketing. I am more confident than ever about it happening. I think the Jags dropping 6 spots and giving another pick is 10 times more realistic than a 1 straight up for Taylor. Trust me, I hope you are right because we should laugh all the way to the podium if they pull that off.

thebow305
04-24-2008, 10:58 PM
Joe,

If you are asking me if I would take Jared Allen over Jason Taylor at this age if the price was equal, the answer is YES. Allen is a better player than Taylor right now. Now, in no way would I have given up the $$ and picks that Minnesota did, but if all things were equal, I take the 26 yr old in his prime.

Everyone is saying that teams basically don't want to give a 2 let alone a 1. I could ask for $20,000 for my 2002 Dodge stratus, but there is no chance I am getting it....

I am not trying to prove you or anyone wrong, just posting an article that I think nailed the need to trade Taylor. Not everyone is in Florida or reads the website for the papers.. If I want to post them, it is because I think it is informative.

IF you still think my 4 qb thing is outrageous, then you obviously have not seen that the interest in Henne and Flacco is skyrocketing. I am more confident than ever about it happening. I think the Jags dropping 6 spots and giving another pick is 10 times more realistic than a 1 straight up for Taylor. Trust me, I hope you are right because we should laugh all the way to the podium if they pull that off.

I'm kind of thinking that 4 QB's is not so unreasonable anymore. I could definitely see 2 or 3. I just hope we aren't one of them that makes the 3rd or 4th one. That would suck.