September 28, 2016

On The Clock: First Round Starts Early?

by Scott Benson
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Various sources have reported early this afternoon that the first four picks of the NFL Draft have already been determined.

ESPN’s Michael Smith and NFLN’s Adam Schefter, among others, have reported that the Rams will select Chris Long, the Falcons will choose Matt Ryan, and the Raiders will grab Darren McFadden with the fourth pick.

Of course, this could all be a new kind of smokescreen too, brought upon by the later start.

If its all true, though, that leaves only the Chiefs and the Jets between Glenn Dorsey, Vernon Gholston and Sedrick Ellis, along with offensive linemen Branden Albert and Ryan Clady.

The linemen are significant in that Kansas City has been rumored to be in the market for one at the top of the draft. They could also take advantage of being presented with Dorsey, who is being called the best player in the draft, either through choosing him or trading their pick to someone who will. But if they elect to stand pat and grab their choice of Albert or Clady, that sets up a mindroasting ten minutes with the New Yorks, my friends.

If the Jets are offered their choice of Dorsey or Gholston, who will they take? And what will it mean for the Pats? If through a series of unforseen event Glenn Dorsey slides all the way to number 7, would the Atlanta rumor of the other day (three second round picks for #7) be revived? It was based in the Falcons’ reported desire to own both Ryan and Dorsey. Or would the Patriots find Dorsey irresistable after six others have not?

Schefter is back again, claiming the Rams say a deal with Baltimore for the second pick is close. The Ravens deny it. That would be for Ryan, which would change Atlanta’s direction, as well as, perhaps, New England’s.

One thing for sure, there every chance that Sedrick Ellis will be on the board when the Pats pick, and there are teams behind them that covet the Trojan behemoth. That may end up being the most realistic possibility.

Just a few minutes left now.

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