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WHEELIN' AND DEALIN'

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.

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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.



THINKING DEFENSIVE

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.


THE STREAK LIVES ON

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

PICK PLAYER POSITION TEAM
1. Dan Wilkinson DT Bengals
2. Marshall Faulk RB Colts
3. Heath Shuler QB Redskins
4. Willie McGinest OLB Patriots
5. Trev Alberts LB Colts
6. Trent Dilfer QB Buccaneers
7. Bryant Young DT 49ers
8. Sam Adams DE Seahawks
9. Antonio Langham CB Browns
10. Jamir Miller LB Cardinals

Source: www.nfl.com/draft

DID YOU KNOW?

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.

YEAR PLAYER, TEAM POS. COLLEGE
1939 Ki Aldrich, Chicago Cardinals C TCU
1949 Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia C Penn
1961 Ken Rice, Buffalo (AFL) G Auburn
1968 Ron Yary, Minnesota T So. Cal.
1997 Orlando Pace, St. Louis T Ohio St.
2008 Jake Long, Miami OT Michigan

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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