Parcells' Preference

Bill Parcells' penchant for big, physical players is pretty well established, and that has led everyone to believe the Dolphins will go for an offensive lineman or a front seven defensive player with the first overall pick in this year's draft. But what does Parcells' draft history suggest?

Parcells made four stops in the NFL before joining the Dolphins last December -- with the New York Giants, New England, the New York Jets and Dallas.

Parcells had some say in personnel matters at every stop, but with the Giants, it was George Young who had the final say. In New England, owner Robert Kraft overruled Parcells and had the Patriots take Ohio State wideout Terry Glenn with the seventh overall pick of the 1996 draft. After leaving New England, Parcells said, "If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries."

Parcells did all the shopping for the Jets from 1997-99 and a lot of the shopping in Dallas from 2003-06, although owner Jerry Jones certainly made his voice heard as well.

In those three drafts with the Jets, Parcells wound up with four picks in the first or second round. Two of those were spent on defensive tackles, and one each on a linebacker and a guard.

With Dallas, Parcells had nine picks in Round 1 or 2 in his four years there. With those, he selected four front seven players and two offensive linemen.

Notice a trend there? Yep, Parcells like the big guys.

He also likes defense. That's evidenced by the fact that eight of his 10 first-round picks in his last three stops were spent on defensive players.

The two that weren't were spent on Glenn in 1996 (remember, Parcells objected because he wanted to take a defensive playmaker) and on quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was the first overall pick of the 1993 draft.

So if Parcells is to follow his pattern with the Dolphins (and it's clearly him who will make the call), then Jake Long wouldn't be the choice because he's an offensive tackle.

Then again, Parcells likes his offensive linemen and he likes Big Ten players (his teams have selected seven in the first round in 19 years).

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