Dolfans should root for Oakland to take Johnson
Not JaMarcus Russell.
The sources say the Raiders are not convinced Russell, for all his considerable talents and extraordinary potential, is a good fit as a west coast offense quarterback. They also contend that that Johnson is simply rated higher on the Oakland board than Russell and that the team can always use their first pick of the second round to get a quarterback like Stanford's Trent Edwards or BYU's John Beck.
So how does that affect the Dolphins, you ask?
Are you kidding me, I respond. It would be great news for Miami.
If Russell doesn't go first, it is possible he'll go third to Cleveland. That means Brady Quinn, who might have otherwise ended up in Cleveland if Russell is taken first, could be within trading distance for the Dolphins when the Redskins are on the clock at No. 6
The Redskins are said to value LaRon Landry but are looking for trade partners to drop a couple or three spots because they think they can get the LSU safety later in the first round. The Dolphins would need to get that high to get ahead of No. 7 Minnesota, which would scoop up Quinn if he's on the board when they pick.
The difference between No. 6 and No. 9 overall in draft value charts is about 300 points, so that is what the Dolphins would have to give Washington in this scenario.
It may be coincidental but Miami's second pick in the second round (60th overall), which it got from the New England Patriots in the Wes Welker trade, comes with a value of about 300 points.
So what do you think? Are you now rooting for the Raiders to pass on Russell? And would you give up a second-round pick (the 60th overall selection) to move up to No. 6 and get Brady Quinn?
God, I love this draft intrigue!