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Projecting The First Round

April 27, 1986

Bo is only a 9.9 this season, but it's OK. It's Bo Jackson of Auburn, not Bo Derek of Hollywood, and in these ratings, there never has been a 10.

This mock NFL draft was done by Mel Kiper Jr. of Baltimore, author of the annual Draft Report. It starts with Jackson, who Kiper says will be taken by Tampa Bay as the first pick, regardless of his baseball and USFL options. Or he had better be taken by Tampa, anyway.

"I'll never give a 10," Kiper said. "The only other guys I rated 9.9 since I started in 1979 were John Elway, Jim Kelly and Eric Dickerson.

"A lot of great running backs lack one thing or another. Maybe they don't always come to play, or they don't play well in big games, or they're not instinctive. Curtis Dickey was a fifth pick overall. He had 4.3 speed but he wasn't instinctive. He wasn't really the guy.

"This guy has everything. Jackson proved in the Cotton Bowl he has good hands. A lot of people make the mistake of questioning his toughness. It was just at Auburn, they had a policy of telling kids if they were 85-90%, to take themselves out of the game. When you get a franchise back like this and you don't pick him up. . . If Tampa Bay trades this pick, I'll write them down as a losing organization for the rest of the time they're in this league. And if they don't draft him, there'll be about five people in Tampa Stadium next season."

Here's the way the draft looks to Kiper, with one proviso: "After the first five picks, it's strictly a guessing game."

There will be only 27 first-round choices this year because Buffalo's first-round selection was acquired by Cleveland and used to take quarterback Bernie Kosar in last year's supplemental draft.

Team Player School Pos. Size 1. TAMPA BAY Bo Jackson Auburn RB 6-0, 225 2. ATLANTA Tony Casillas Oklahoma NT 6-2, 277 3. HOUSTON Jim Everett Purdue QB 6-5, 212 4. INDIANAPOLIS Chuck Long Iowa QB 6-3, 212 5. ST. LOUIS Jon Hand Alabama DE 6-6, 280 6. NEW ORLEANS Brian Jozwiak West Virginia OT 6-5, 300 7. KANSAS CITY Neal Anderson Florida RB 5-11, 21 8. MINNESOTA Leslie O'Neal Oklahoma State DE 6-3, 245 9. PITTSBURGH Gary James LSU RB 5-10, 21 10. PHILADELPHIA Ronnie Harmon Iowa RB 5-11, 19 11. CINCINNATI Jim Dombrowski Virginia OT 6-4, 300 12. DETROIT Reggie Dupard SMU RB 5-11, 20 13. SAN DIEGO Will Wolford Vanderbilt OG 6-4, 275 14. SAN DIEGO Kevin Murphy Oklahoma LB 6-1, 226 16. BUFFALO John Rienstra Temple OG 6-4, 280 17. ATLANTA Earnest Givins Louisville WR 5-9, 170 18. SAN FRANCISCO Keith Byars Ohio State RB 6-0, 245 19. N.Y. GIANTS Tim McGee Tennessee WR 5-9, 175 20. DALLAS Walter Murray Hawaii WR 6-3, 205 21. CINCINNATI Tim Green Syracuse LB 6-2, 245 22. N.Y. JETS James FitzPatrick USC OT 6-7, 280 23. RAMS Doug Williams Texas A&M OT 6-5, 290 24. RAIDERS Kenneth Davis TCU RB 5-10, 21 25. TAMPA BAY Joe Kelly Washington LB 6-1, 217 26. NEW ENGLAND Mark Collins CS Fullerton CB 5-10,190 27. CHICAGO Mike Sherrard UCLA WR 6-2, 186


1. TAMPA BAY Bo Jackson; Don't take trade rumors seriously.

2. ATLANTA Tony Casillas; Minor knee injury this season but a dominating player as a junior. Really tenacious, which is what you're looking for in a nose tackle where the guy is getting blocked from every direction. Falcons going to the 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Marion Campbell.

3. HOUSTON Jim Everett; I think the Oilers will trade this pick and Everett is going here. I think Houston is happy with Warren Moon, and the other talk (the Oilers will keep Everett) is just a smokescreen. Everett has a strong arm, he's mobile. Only major negative is he's not as accurate as Chuck Long.

4. INDIANAPOLIS Chuck Long; There's not much difference between him and Everett. A lot of people say he can't throw long but he worked within the framework of Iowa's offense. He had two wide receivers who ran 4.7 40s and a tight end who ran about a 4.9. They just ran underneath the coverage. When he asked to throw long, he did it well enough.

5. ST. LOUIS Jon Hand; They are going to the 3-4 and they probably have to let Al Baker go. Hand is a good pass rusher, even though he only had one sack at Alabama. When they turn him loose in the pros, he can be a dominating player. Runs in the 4.8 range.

6. NEW ORLEANS Brian Jozwiak; It's between him and Jim Dombrowski for the top tackle. Jozwiak played at West Virginia where they don't teach good technique. He has a defensive lineman's temperament. Talk about a mean kid. I don't like finesse linemen. I like people who blow people off the line.

7. KANSAS CITY Neal Anderson; I like all-purpose backs with the tools he has. He may not be as famous as some but he played in the backfield with Lorenzo Hampton (No. 1 Dolphin pick last year) and John L. Williams. Good speed. He ran under 4.5. Great strength. He benched 365. Caught the football real well. This kid is a better player than Hampton.

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