NFL draft is a real passing game for quarterbacks

We are the world

There was definitely an international flavor to this draft, with a sprinkling of players from all over the globe.

Among the draft picks were Brigham Young defensive end Ziggy Ansah (No. 5 pick by Detroit) and Valdosta State guard Edmund Kugbila (Carolina, fourth round), both of Ghana; Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner (No. 24 by Indianapolis) of Germany; Southern Methodist defensive end Margus Hunt (Cincinnati, second round) of Estonia; Florida State tackle Menelik Watson (Oakland, second) of England; Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore (Oakland, third) of Liberia; and Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams (Seattle, fifth round) of Australia.

Bashing bookends

The Miami Dolphins are going to be hard on quarterbacks this season — including their own.

When the Dolphins traded up to the third spot in the first round, it looked as if they were moving into position to take Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson, who could replace the departed Jake Long. Instead, they looked to the other side of the ball and took Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, almost lanky at 6 feet 7, 250 pounds.

What that did was give the Dolphins a vise-like pass rush at the edges, starring Jordan and Cameron Wake, similar to a couple of now-broken-up AFC tandems: Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil in Denver, and Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in Indianapolis.

"I've watched him for a while," Jordan said of Wake, "and I've seen the way he bends and the way he finishes at quarterbacks. That's something that I'm looking forward to improving in my game, and you know they brought me in here to do that and take care of the role on the other side."

The Dolphins will have a great pass rush, but will they be able to keep a great pass rush off Ryan Tannehill?


Want to play pro football? Find your way onto Louisiana State's defensive roster. An NFL-record eight LSU players were selected in the first five rounds, all of them defenders. That's four defensive lineman, two cornerbacks, a linebacker and a safety.

Calculated risks

A pair of NFC West teams are hoping to keep two talented but trouble-prone LSU cornerbacks in line.

A day after Arizona selected Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu in the third round, Seattle took fellow LSU corner Tharold Simon in the fifth.

Mathieu was kicked off his college team last summer for breaking rules, including failed drug tests. Simon was arrested in Eunice, La., on Thursday night for public intimidation, resisting an officer, and unnecessary noise.

According to television station KATC in Lafayette, La., Simon's car was blocking a street and he was asked to move it. In their report, police said he told the officer, "I own Eunice, and I'm going to buy these projects and you are going to be mine," before getting into his car.

Simon allegedly spun his wheels and backed up in an aggressive way, then cranked his car radio. Police said that when he was arrested, he told the officer that the mayor was "on my side" and that the officer would be fired for ticketing him.

Getting the boot?

One of the more interesting moves Saturday was Minnesota drafting UCLA punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round.

The Vikings already have a talented punter from UCLA in Chris Kluwe, whose outspoken stance on controversial issues — among them his support of gay marriage — has frequently put him in the spotlight. There is some initial speculation that Kluwe's public positions might have precipitated the latest move.

"I have no idea," Kluwe told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "They've never said anything to me about that. I just know there are things away from football that involves life as well."

Kluwe, in his ninth year, had a career-best net average of 39.9 yards last season. Locke, the first punter selected in this draft, averaged 43.3 yards a punt last season, with 34 of his 77 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

After learning the Vikings had drafted Locke, Kluwe posted tweets congratulating Locke, and — loosely quoting the movie "Dodgeball" — welcomed the competition.

He tweeted: "That's a bold move Cotton. Let's see how it plays."

He's 254

For the second consecutive year, the Indianapolis Colts had the final (and 254th) pick in the draft, nicknamed "Mr. Irrelevant." This year it was Justice Cunningham, a South Carolina tight end. Last year's final pick was Indianapolis quarterback Chandler Harnish.

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