Five Who Went Later Than Expected

(By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Phillip Merling, Dolphins

Clemson, DE, 6-5, 272

Projected: Late first round.

Selected: Second round (32nd overall).

The skinny: With speculation that DE Jason Taylor may be on his way out of town, the Dolphins filled a need. Even if Taylor stays, he is near the end of his career. Merling fell a bit because he is recovering from sports hernia surgery, but when healthy he has excelled as a run-stopper on the outside.

DeSean Jackson, Eagles

California, WR, 6-0, 178

Projected: Late first round.

Selected: Second round (49th).

The skinny: Jackson could help the Eagles immediately as a kick returner. He showed game-breaking speed in college and an ability to change direction similar to Ted Ginn. The Eagles needed another big-play threat on offense -- last season it was just Brian Westbrook -- and could wind up inserting Jackson as the slot wide receiver.

Calais Campbell, Cardinals

Miami, DE, 6-8, 282

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