LONG DAY FOR DOLPHINS

The Dolphins spent as much as any other team around the war room on Saturday, but they did a lot more waiting than anybody else. Without a pick in the first or second round, the Dolphins had to wait until after 10 p.m. to finally make a selection.<P>It sure made for a different draft for Coach Dave Wannstedt and the rest of the Dolphins front office and coaching staff.

"Tomorrow is going to be a lot more fun," Wannstedt said at the end of a long day. "We'll have a lot more action."

While they waited for their turn to pick with the 90th overall selection, Wannstedt and Co. spent time watching film on several prospects and also worked the phones.

Vice President Rick Spielman said he began calling teams after possible move-up or move-down trades by the middle of the second round. But mostly, this was a day about sitting back and watching.

It didn't help the Dolphins' cause that the first round lasted a draft-record 5 hours, 48 minutes. When asked if anything surprised him about the draft, Wannstedt replied: "Yeah, the length of thing. Of all the days to have a record first down. I talked to Jimmy (Johnson) a couple of times during the day and it must be tough on him. He's usually in bed by 8 o'clock."

Spielman said the Dolphins had some offers for the 90th overall selection and would have moved down had they not found anyone to their liking at that spot. But they wound up sticking with the pick and grabbed Texas A&M center Seth McKinney.

The Dolphins have some ammunition on Sunday, starting with the 16th pick in the fourth round. Miami also has two picks in the fifth round and one in the seventh.


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