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February 22, 2008
On the clock

INDIANAPOLIS – Raiders are already 0-1 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Oakland lost this morning’s coin flip as the Falcons called tails and will pick third in April’s NFL Draft.

“We talked about tails for a while,” joked Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

The Raiders, who host the Falcons this season, will pick fourth. Raiders scout Jon Kingdon was in the room for the Raiders.

Dropping to fourth likely eliminates the Raiders from having the opportunity to draft LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

It’s unlikely the Falcons, who’ve already cut Rod Coleman this month, would let the chance to snag a potential cornerstone of their defensive line pass them by.

That means a certain Arkansas tailback could be available at No. 4.

The J. Jones Mock Draft looks like this right now:

1. Miami: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
2. St. Louis: Jake Long, T, Michigan
3. Atlanta: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
4. Raiders: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

If St. Louis passes on Jake Long and he’s available at four, the Raiders should take him.

McFadden would be the best player available at four, unless the Raiders decide to take Sedrick Ellis to fill the need at defensive tackle, even if most pundits (and what do they know, right?) think that’s too high to pick Ellis.

But the Falcons could draft Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan with the Michael Vick experience over.

Then again, the Raiders could try to save some money and trade down.

But it’s only February and all this guessing can be migraine inducing.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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