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Dan in Lafayette

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Cory J. Bonini / KFFL

The 2008 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and in this week's edition we will take a peek at what could happen during the first five picks of the selection process.

This will be a little tricky with the third, fourth and fifth picks being subject to change after a coin flip at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.

Pick 1: Miami Dolphins (1-15)

Where to begin? The smartest thing for the Dolphins to do is trade this pick. Finding a partner for the deal may be the difficult part, though. If the team can trade this pick, we suspect they will address a core need of their defense by adding an interior presence. Tying up bodies in the trenches is the key in a 3-4 defensive alignment, because it allows for the defensive ends to play containment one-on-one while opening linebackers to roam freely. Any time you get a pass rush you increase your chance of forcing a turnover. Since the defensive linemen rarely apply pressure in a 3-4, the linebackers are responsible for applying the heat. Average, or in this case, below-average, secondaries will look much better and perform above their means if they can rely on the pass rush to send wobbling, errant passes up for grabs. Full Story – KFFL
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