Dolphins won't take Chris Long at #1

Despite the speculation of some experts, it turns out Virginia football standout Chris Long will not be the first selection in Saturday's NFL Draft. Today, the Miami Dolphins reached a six-year, $30 million deal with Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long (no relation to the UVA defensive end), thus ending the mystery about whom the Dolphins would choose with the first overall pick. Some had guessed that the Cavalier would go to Miami because of UVA coach Al Groh's close ties with Dolphins head of football operations Bill Parcells.

That means that with the second overall pick, the St. Louis Rams are unofficially on the clock to determine if they, too, will opt to go Long by choosing the 6' 4", 285-pound Charlottesvillian. Should the Rams pass on Long, then he could be hoisting the jersey of either the Atlanta Falcons, the Oakland Raiders (for whom his father Howie played for 12 seasons), or the Kansas City Chiefs, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 picks in the draft are the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the New Orleans Saints.

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It was actually 57.75 million total, of which 30 million was guaranteed.

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That would be cool if he went to the Raiders! But I don't see him lasting that long. Plus I don't think Chris wants to deal with earthquakes because that's why his family moved to the east coast!

Forget the earthquakes - Long doesn't want to go to a team like the Raiders that really, truly sucks and has zero prospects for changing that in the near- or far-term! The Raiders aren't even a shadow of the franchise his dad played for. Al Davis is a kook. How the mighty have fallen.

The Raiders are reportedly looking to trade down due to their lack of overall picks and the woeful state of their roster.