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Mock Draft No. 5

Just 17 days out from the 2008 NFL draft, we hold these "truths" to be self-evident:

• The No. 1-sitting Dolphins positively aren't taking a quarterback in that slot, but that doesn't mean that their QB of the future won't come with Miami's first-overall pick in round two (Chad Henne?).

• As much as Falcons owner Arthur Blank might want to sell the fresh hope that quarterback Matt Ryan would represent to his team's fans, he's going to let new Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff build a foundation the way he has been taught -- up front. That spells a lineman for the Falcons, probably LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

• Ryan is going to wind up playing for either ex-Jets coach Herman Edwards in No. 5 Kansas City, or for current Jets coach Eric Mangini in No. 6 New York. Either way, linemen should occupy at least the draft's top four slots, with Ryan and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden being the first skill players taken at No. 5 and No. 6.

• As the picking nears, players climbing up our draft board include USC linebacker Keith Rivers, Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady, Michigan State receiver Devin Thomas and Virginia guard Branden Albert. We've got all of them going in our top 12.(Send comments to siwriters@simail.com)

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