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THE NFL
Peter King
September 17, 1990
COLLECTIVE LOSS
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September 17, 1990

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1. Todd Lyght, CB, Notre Dame.
2. Russell Maryland, DL, Miami.
3. Huey Richardson, LB, Florida.
4. Craig Erickson, QB, Miami.
5. (tie) Nick Bell, RB, Iowa, and Alfred Williams, LB, Colorado.

Lyght and Maryland were named on all eight ballots. The meteor of the group: Bell, who might be another Christian Okoye. He stands 6'3", weighs 255 pounds, runs a 4.55 40 and has played fullback and tailback at Iowa.

CAGED CAJUN

Quarterback Bobby Hebert, unhappy and unsigned, has told friends that if New Orleans doesn't trade him by midseason, he may go deep-sea diving in Australia. Hebert says he wants to go down in one of those undersea cages and commune with sharks. Until then, he will stay home in Mandeville, La., and stew.

Hebert, who was paid $850,000 in the final year of his contract in '89, was benched late last season, and he has refused to return to the team. The word is, two weeks ago the Raiders offered the Saints a first-round draft pick for Hebert, but New Orleans general manager Jim Finks is holding out for more.

Recently, Hebert's agent, Greg Campbell, and his client, a rags-to-riches Louisiana kid who survived a tough adolescence to quarterback his home-state team, discussed the possibility of Hebert's sitting out the season and forfeiting as much as $1.5 million in potential salary. "I was on food stamps eight years ago," Hebert told Campbell. "I'll survive."

LOOK WHO'S BACK
Green Bay right tackle Tony Mandarich, the much-ballyhooed second pick in the '89 draft who had a terrible rookie year, opened 1990 as a starter and did a good job blocking Rams sack specialist Kevin Greene. His run-blocking was so-so. The Packers ran over the right side 15 times for 42 yards in their 36-24 victory Sunday.

DISPATCHES

The Raiders think they have their best rookie class in a while, even though first-round pick Anthony Smith, a defensive lineman, is lost for the year with a knee injury. Agile linebacker Aaron Wallace and speedy corners Torin Dorn and Garry Lewis will contribute right away. L.A. hasn't had a winning season since '85, but San Diego general manager Bobby Beathard thinks the Raiders are the best team in the AFC West....

By the way, the Chargers' offensive line is all messed up, and it could cost them a chance to have a winning record. San Diego is starting three players—left tackle Eric Floyd, left guard Courtney Hall and center Frank Cornish—at positions they have not previously played in the NFL. Floyd, whom the Chargers signed as a free agent, was not even drafted. Half the guys in the locker room call him Pink, the others call him Sleepy....

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