The next morning, T Squared's wife, Susan, gave birth to twins.
DR. Z SUMS UP THE DRAFT
The teams that chose best in last week's NFL draft were, in order, San Diego, Buffalo, San Francisco, Minnesota, Green Bay and the Giants. I didn't much care for the Redskins' or Rams' picks, and I'm still scratching my head over Chicago's and St. Louis's.
The key to the Chargers' draft is whether veteran linebacker Chip Banks, acquired from Cleveland on draft day, decides to report. San Diego came up with the draft's best tight end in Rod Bernstine, a terrific cover guy in cornerback Louis Brock and a dedicated pass rusher in defensive end Karl Wilson, but Banks would make the act complete.
The Bills got the defensive people they wanted—linebacker Shane Conlan and cornerbacks Nate Odomes and Roland Mitchell—and also came up with quality in the lower rounds, notably Jamie Mueller, a sleeper big back (6 feet, 218 pounds, 4.61 40) out of Benedictine College. The 49ers, drafting with an eye toward improving their pass blocking, got linemen who can help, Harris Barton and Jeff Bregel.
I like the Vikings' draft because they selected proven players like running back D.J. Dozier, middle linebacker Ray Berry and nosetackle Henry Thomas. Running back Brent Fullwood could give Green Bay some terrific offensive punch, and the Pack did very well down the line, too, grabbing the nation's best punter, Bill Smith, in Round 7. The Giants lucked into a trio of instant-impact people in wide receivers Mark Ingram and Stephen Baker and strong safety Adrian White.
It's unfair to knock the Redskins, who had only two picks in the first four rounds, but the Rams' selections mystify me. They went the Mike Schad route again, taking unknown nosetackle Donald Evans on their first pick, then added to strength by choosing four more defensive guys right away. Chicago's making quarterback Jim Harbaugh its top selection tells me that 1) the Bears are afraid Jim McMahon can't last a full season and that 2) they admit Doug Flutie was a mistake.
If Kelly Stouffer turns out to be the quarterback sensation of '87, I'll eat these words, but right now St. Louis's top pick seems strange. It means Neil Lomax is trade bait, which is no secret, but the team everybody thought would bite, the Raiders, isn't interested. The Raiders figure that Atlanta assistants Rod Dowhower and Jim Hanifan know Lomax best (they had him in St. Louis), and if they aren't interested, that's a bad sign.