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With the first overall selection in the 2008 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select ... Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long?

According to several reports out of South Florida, the Dolphins, who own the first overall selection in the draft, have begun contract negotiations with Long.

Long, a 6-foot-7, 313-pound senior who moved to left tackle in 2006 and started his final 26 games, was an All-America selection and Big Ten lineman of the year in each of his last two seasons.

With the draft just over two weeks away, the Dolphins hope to have a contract agreed with whomever they select with the top pick before they choose.

Long might be one of several players whom the Dolphins negotiate with before the draft. In fact, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the team is also talking contract with Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston.

Gholston, a 6-foot-3, 266-pound senior, set a single-season Ohio State record for sacks with 14 in 2007.

Virginia defensive end Chris Long and LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey are other players who have been linked to Miami as the possible No. 1 selection.

Chris Long had a sensational senior season for Virginia, registering 79 tackles (19 for losses), 14 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Dorsey started all 14 games as a senior last season (at left and right defensive tackle) for national champion LSU, finishing the season with 69 tackles (12.5 for losses), seven sacks, a forced fumble and four pass breakups.

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