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    Shaw had major influence in selection of Long?

    DID SHAW DRIVE RAMS’ DECISION AT NO. 2?
    Posted by Mike Florio on April 29, 2008, 8:14 p.m.

    In a Tuesday afternoon chat on the STLtoday.com web site, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch addressed the Rams’ decision to select Virginia defensive end Chris Long instead of LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

    Thomas explains that Dorsey was clearly ranked ahead of Long on the team’s draft board last week, and that “something happened” on Thursday. Thomas points out that Thursday was also the day that team president John Shaw came to town.

    Though Thomas says that Shaw and team officials deny the existence of any connection between Shaw’s arrival and Long’s ascension, the fact remains that the large gap between the two players suddenly was closed.

    Thomas also points out that “some top-ranking veteran personnel people” wanted Dorsey, as did “most of the scouts” and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

    Dorsey ultimately was picked by the Chiefs with the fifth overall selection.

    Did Shaw drive Rams decision at #2?

    Personally I believe this is all bologni and Long was really the one they were targeting since Jake was confirmed as the top pick. I remember reading something on SI.com saying that Linehan had told one of the writers at the League Meetings that "we'll take whichever Long falls to us". And that is what we did, no?


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    Re: Shaw had major influence in selection of Long?

    another writer backtracking after reporting Dorsey was the Rams No. 1?

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    Re: Shaw had major influence in selection of Long?

    Florio, for those who don't know, is the main "writer" for ProFootballTalk, which is known for publishing things like "Jerry Jones was on the Grassy Knoll when Kennedy was Assasinated" (okay, so they never wrote that, but a lot of their stuff is equally based in fact).

    Ultimately, none of this stuff matters. If Chris Long is an average player, and Dorsey goes to the Hall of Fame, I'm certain that many will say "I told you so." If the reverse is true, I doubt any of those people will concede that they were wrong.

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