The Puzzle Begins for the Miami Dolphins with Jake Long

Jeremy McNishCorrespondent IApril 23, 2008

How about those Dolphins? Are they great or what?

This is sarcasm, by the way.

With the first overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected offensive linemen Jake Long. This is a safe pick, a conservative pick, a "just in case something goes wrong" pick.

Jake Long is a great player, but is he player that could have the biggest impact on the Miami Dolphins in the draft? No. Why not choose someone at an impact position such as quarterback?

Jake Long as a rookie offensive linemen cannot carry the Miami Dolphins, and it is hard for great progress to be seen from that particular position or area, let alone in one rookie season.

The Dolphins already knew they had a young O-line that had to develop, and it would take a year or two for that to manifest. So why not let the O-line manifest in a synchronized manner?

Matt Ryan would take a year or two to get into full pro mode but he could win you games on the way to ultimate success. If not quarterback, look at the wide receivers. The Dolphins have a good base with Ted Ginn Jr., but with give them one or two more receivers (cough...Chad Johnson...cough) and you have a dynamic offense.

Then you could look on the defensive side of things. Getting one or two defensive linemen (like Dorsey) and tightening up the secondary, dare I say with Pac Man Jones, and you could have the rendition of the No-Name Defense.

In essence, I am saying Bill you are inheriting a great tradition (that I am sure you are aware of) and this is a fun puzzle to put together just make sure you put all the right pieces in all the right places, and make the next move your best move. I will see you in the playoffs.