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Re-visiting the 2008 NFL Draft
Posted By Jon Cope On June 14, 2011 @ 12:59 pm In Football | 4 Comments
Ask most general managers or NFL scouts and they’ll tell you that it usually takes about three years to be able to fully evaluate a draft. With that in mind, we take a look back to the 2008 NFL draft in which the Dolphins held the #1 overall selection.
Coming off of a rough 2007 season and with a new regime in town, the #1 overall pick was a selection that the Dolphins couldn’t afford to miss on. Needless to say, the Dolphins chose Jake Long with the pick, and he has been anything but a miss, having played three seasons, and making the Pro Bowl three times.
However, the pick of Jake Long at #1 wasn’t seen as a slam dunk in the weeks leading up to the 2008 draft. Other names that draft analysts tied to the Dolphins were Chris Long, Glenn Dorsey, Matt Ryan, and Vernon Gholston. When looking at those five players three years into their career, it’s quite the mixed bag: you have two instant stars (Jake & Ryan), one good but not great player (Chris Long),one average NFL player (Dorsey), and one complete bust (Gholston).
Let’s further analyze these five possible selections and illustrate how perception of these players has changed three years into their NFL careers:
Many have had the debate since the ’08 draft as to which player they would rather have: Jake Long or Matt Ryan. It’s a complex debate to argue the merits of an elite left tackle versus a very good, but not elite (in my opinon) quarterback. This debate is sure to continue in the coming years, but the larger picture is the Dolphins hit a home run with Jake Long while three of the other five players thought to be in consideration for the #1 pick have proved themselves to not have been worthy of the selection three years into their NFL careers.
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