- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008


1. Kansas City: The Chiefs had six of the first 84 picks and seem to be committed to rebuilding. They drafted the best-rated player (defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey) and an immediate offensive line starter (Branden Albert) in the first round. Later, they added cornerback Brandon Flowers and running back Jamaal Charles.

2. Miami: Bill Parcells’ first draft with the Dolphins netted several potential starters. They signed offensive tackle Jake Long on Tuesday and scooped up defensive end Phillip Merling, who had dropped out of the first round because of hernia surgery. Parcells then picked Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

3. Dallas: Jerry Jones gained an additional first-round pick by trading his team’s 2007 pick to Cleveland. The Cowboys use their picks to address depth at running back (Felix Jones), cornerback (Mike Jenkins), tight end (Martellus Bennett) and running back again on Day 2 (Tashard Choice).


1. Jacksonville: It’s one thing to draft for need in the first round; it’s another to trade three picks to move up 18 spots … and draft for need. That’s what the Jaguars did Saturday, moving up to draft Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey. Its second-round pick — Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves — is only 259 pounds.

2. Cincinnati: The Bengals were unwilling/unable to acquire picks in a trade for wide receiver Chad Johnson. Linebacker Keith Rivers was a solid choice in the first round because he’s ready to start, but in the second round the Bengals passed on Limas Sweed and Malcolm Kelly to take Coastal Carolina wide receiver Jerome Simpson.

3. Chicago: In the first round, the Bears opted for offensive tackle Chris Williams instead of the higher-rated Branden Albert or Jeff Otah. They also could have chosen running back Rashard Mendenhall. At some point it would have made sense to take a quarterback since Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton don’t excite anybody.

Ryan O’Halloran

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