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Re: 1987 Draft - Are you up for some analysis
Part One - A pre draft analysis from Sports Illustrated.
I have also added the actual picks.
The speed at running back and wide receiver is breathtaking. And for only the second time in 12 years, a quarterback will be the first player taken ( Tampa Bay, in fact, already has Vinny Testaverde's signature on a contract). But for all that, the scouts still say the greatest quality in the 1987 NFL draft next Tuesday lies in defense. "I've projected 12 defensive players picked out of the first 17," says coach Sam Wyche of No. 17 Cincinnati, which will go for, well, defense. Because the No. 1 choice is settled, trade talk has centered on the Colts' No. 2 slot, where most everybody covets the shot at Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett, the star of this defensive show.
THE FIRST ROUND: HOW THEY'LL PICK 'EM ( Paul Zimmerman 1987)
1. TAMPA BAY, Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami
This makes Steve Young expendable. Watch for predraft trade.
PICK – VINNY TESTAVERDE
2. HOUSTON (from Indianapolis), Cornelius Bennett, LB, Alabama
They're all jockeying for Bennett. San Diego could get the pick, but Oilers have more to offer.
PICK: CORNELIUS BENNETT
3. BUFFALO, Shane Conlan, LB, Penn State
It's Conlan vs. Duke's Mike Junkin. But head coach Marv Levy likes Conlan .
PICK: ALONZO HIGHSMITH
4. GREEN BAY, Reggie Rogers, DE, Washington
Big dispute here. Some Packer brass are said to prefer Auburn RB Brent Fullwood .
5. SAN DIEGO, Brent Fullwood, RB, Auburn
Chargers, as usual, need defense, but this one's too good to pass up.
PICK: MIKE JUNKIN
6. ST. LOUIS, Ron Woodson, CB-KR, Purdue
Unless San Diego decides to grab him first. Woodson wowed 'em at the combine workouts.
PICK: KELLY STOUFFER
7. DETROIT, Jerome Brown, NG, Miami
A real powerhouse in the middle. Lions were 26th in run stoppage in '86.
PICK: REGGIE ROGERS
8. INDIANAPOLIS (from Houston), Alonzo Highsmith, FB, Miami
Highsmith, a multitalented big back, is Bob Irsay's choice, and he pays the bills.
PICK: SHANE CONLAN
9. PHILADELPHIA, Shawn Knight, DT, Brigham Young
Eagles gave up 104 sacks in '86, but Buddy Ryan's still the coach, and he still likes defense.
PICK: JEROME BROWN
10. PITTSBURGH, D.J. Dozier, RB, Penn State
Most-recent clocking was a dazzling 4.45 for the 40, and Steelers need the speed.
PICK: ROD WOODSON
11. NEW ORLEANS, Harris Barton, G, North Carolina
Saints might switch gears here and opt instead for a wide receiver who can return kicks.
PICK: SHAWN KNIGHT
12. DALLAS, John Clay, T, Missouri
A 320-pounder who fits the cowboys' new "big-butt" approach and fills a big hole in Big D.
PICK: DANNY NOONAN
13. ATLANTA, Chris Miller, QB, Oregon
Never saw much of the spotlight, but some scouts like him better than Testaverde .
PICK: CHRIS MILLER
14. MIAMI, Danny Noonan, NG, Nebraska
Boosted his draft status with a 4.71 clocking at the combine workouts.
PICK: DJ DOZIER
15. L.A. RAIDERS, Mike Junkin, LB, Duke
Al Davis and Co. figure to trade for a quarterback rather than draft one.
PICK: JOHN CLAY
16. MINNESOTA, Roger Vick, FB, Texas A & M
Vikes need a big back. This one runs with power and catches the ball as well.
PICK; JOHN BOSA
17. CINCINNATI, Jason Buck, DE, Brigham Young
Bengals will go for need and take the best pure pass-rusher available; Buck fills the bill.
PICK: JASON BUCK
18. SEATTLE, Tony Woods, LB, Pittsburgh
A Lawrence Taylor-type stand-up rusher. Seahawks need the sacks.
PICK: TONY WOODS
19. KANSAS CITY, Ricky Nattiel, WR, Florida
Instant-impact flier who also returns kicks. Chiefs are looking for two-way talent.
PICK: PAUL PAMER
20. INDIANAPOLIS (from Houston), Haywood Jeffires, WR, N.C. State
Assuming the Colts get Houston's second No. 1. Oilers could also pick him here. Has 4.4 speed.
PICK: HAYWARD JEFFRIES
21. N.Y. JETS, John Bosa, DE, Boston College
Once-feared Sack Exchange now a dim memory. Could go for NG Jerry Ball, SMU.
PICK: ROGER VICK
22. SAN FRANCISCO, Paul Palmer, HB, Temple
Niners, with two No. 1's, could well parlay their picks and make a trade upward.
PICK: HARRIS BARTON
23. NEW ENGLAND, Bruce Armstrong, G, Louisville
They're still looking for another John Hannah. Pat runners averaged 2.9 per carry in '86.
PICK: BRUCE ARMSTRONG
24. CLEVELAND, Rod Bernstine, TE, Texas A & M
Ozzie Newsome is 31 and coming off an injury. Browns want added offensive punch.
PICK: ROD BERNSTINE
25. SAN FRANCISCO (from Washington), Jeff Bregel, G, USC
Bill Walsh is concerned with his aging offensive line. Niners will go for big beef.
PICK: TERRANCE FLAGLER
26. CHICAGO, Mark Ingram, WR, Michigan State
Some scouts rate him the best wideout in the draft. Bears also like SMU's Ron Morris .
PICK: JIM HARBAUGH
27. DENVER, Kenny Flowers, RB, Clemson
The fastest running back (4.44) at the combine workouts, he turned some heads.
PICK: RICKY NATTIEL
28. N.Y. GIANTS, Ron Morris, WR, SMU
Might instead fill their most pressing need and take CB Nate Odomes of Wisconsin .
PICK: MARK INGRAM
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