Longing for a fresh start


Forget the intrigue at the top of the draft. The NFL invited a half-dozen players to Saturday's draft, and they went in the first six picks.


Then things went a bit crazy. The bartering began at the seventh spot, and eight of the next 15 picks were involved in trades.

New Orleans moved up to No. 7 to get defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis of Southern California. The Saints gave up their No. 10 overall spot to New England, and its third-round slot, and got a fifth-rounder along with Ellis.

Jacksonville moved up from 26th to eighth to grab Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey. The Jaguars gave the Ravens four picks to get to that spot.

After using its 22nd pick to get Arkansas' Felix Jones, Dallas swapped its 28th pick with Seattle to get South Florida's Mike Jenkins.


Defense was on the mind of teams entering this year's draft. It was the first year since 1994 that at least seven defensive players were chosen among the top 10 draft picks. A look back at the Class of 1994.


It was the last pick of the first round, but the Miami Hurricanes streak continues.

For an NCAA-record 14th consecutive year, the Hurricanes had at least one player selected in the opening round. The Super Bowl champion New York Giants took free safety Kenny Phillips with the 31st and last pick of Round 1.

"It doesn't really matter how high I get drafted," Phillips told The Miami Herald earlier this week. "What matters is what I do once I get there. I want to be one of the best who ever played the game. It's kind of cool to see your son go to the NFL and achieve the dream he's been bragging about his whole life."

The streak started in 1995 when Warren Sapp, who recently retired after playing four years with the Oakland Raiders, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TOP 10

1.Dan WilkinsonDTBengals
2.Marshall FaulkRBColts
3.Heath ShulerQBRedskins
4.Willie McGinestOLBPatriots
5.Trev AlbertsLBColts
6.Trent DilferQBBuccaneers
7.Bryant YoungDT49ers
8.Sam AdamsDESeahawks
9.Antonio LanghamCBBrowns
10.Jamir MillerLBCardinals

Source: www.nfl.com/draft


Jake Long joined a select group Saturday when he was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. Since the draft's inception in 1936, there have been only six offensive players that were not a quarterback, running back or wide receiver.

1939 Ki Aldrich, Chicago CardinalsCTCU
1949 Chuck Bednarik, PhiladelphiaCPenn
1961 Ken Rice, Buffalo (AFL)GAuburn
1968 Ron Yary, MinnesotaTSo. Cal.
1997 Orlando Pace, St. LouisTOhio St.
2008 Jake Long, MiamiOTMichigan

Source: Associated Press

ON TELEVISION WHAT: Third through seventh rounds WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today on ESPN; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on NFL Network


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