Yesterday, FanHouse's Michael David Smith noted that the Dolphins were negotiating with Michigan left tackle Jake Long to be the first-overall pick. For fans, getting a deal done before the draft is anticlimactic; for Miami, it's one less thing they have to worry about heading into the 2008 season.
And although the Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington wrote yesterday that the team hasn't had contract discussions with Virginia defensive end Chris Long, today the Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly reports that Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston is now in the mix too.
Official contract negotiations with Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, and Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston were started this week, according to a source. Coincidentally, Long and Gholston are represented by the same agency, CAA, but have different agents.Kelly points out that in addition to J. Long and Gholston, the Dolphins are seriously considering three other players for the top pick: C. Long, Matt Ryan and Glenn Dorsey. And in case you're curious: Miami hasn't "even sniffed at" the thought of taking Darren McFadden. So Al Davis can quit trying to figure out a way to trade up to the top pick.