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Dolphins high on Joe Flacco?

Here's an interesting tidbit from East Coast Sports News about the Dolphins and what they might do in April's draft:

Talk is cheap these days especially regarding the NFL Draft where smokescreens are a plenty, especially when scouts and NFL personnel talk about their own teams intentions in the Draft, but I have reason to believe that the Dolphins will pass up Matt Ryan with the first overall pick.  A very good friend of mine in the scouting industry told me this morning that the talk around the scouting community is if the Dolphins aren't able to trade their first round pick, they will take either Chris Long or Vernon Gholston to play the rush end (or OLB) in their 3-4 scheme or use the pick on OT Jake Long of Michigan.  My source also told me that he expects the Dolphins to take a quarterback with their pick in the second round, with that quarterback being none other than Deleware's Joe Flacco. The talk around the scouting community is that Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells is said to be enamored with Flacco, a New Jersey native just like Parcells.

Incase you haven't been able to tell, I'm really against the Dolphins drafting Matt Ryan #1.  I'd much rather prefer either Chris Long or Jake Long if the Dolphins can't trade down.  And I'm not totally against Vernon Gholston.  I'm just not sure he's worthy of the #1 pick.  But hey, if Parcells and company like him enough to take him #1, then that says something about the kid.

As far as the QB situation goes, I've said it before and I'll say it again:  John Beck is going to be a good quarterback in this league.  But with that said, I'll all for bringing in a rookie QB to compete with John, as long as it isn't in the first round.  And Joe Flacco is an intriguing prospect.  He's got a big arm and can make all the throws.  Some question his footwork and mechanics, but that's nothing that good coaching can't take care of.  So I'd be all for bringing in Flacco and letting him challenge Beck.  However, I will say this:  I got a "feeling" that John is working his butt off this offseason and that he's really going to look much improved come training camp.  

But, hey, it's always good to have 2 good QBs on the roster.  If Parcells and Jeff Ireland feel Flacco can be a good quarterback, then bring him on.  But spending $35+ million in guarantees on Matt Ryan would be a bad move, in my honest opinion.