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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, April 22, 1996 - 9B

,1996 NFL Draft


1st and 2nd Rounds
First-round Selections
1. New York Jets, Keyshawn
Johnson, WR, Southern Cal
2. Jacksonville Jaguars, Kevin
Hardy, LB, Illinois
3. Arizona Cardinals, Simeon Rice,
DE, Illinois
4. Baltimore Ravens,~Jonathan
Ogden, OT, UCLA
5. New York Giants - Cedric Jones,
1DE, Oklahoma
6. St. Louis Rams (from
Washington) - Lawrence
Phillips, RB, Nebraska
7. New England Patriots, Terry
Glenn, WR, Ohio State
8. Carolina Panthers, Tim
Blakabatuka, RB, Michigan
9. Oakland Raiders (from Houston),
Rickey Dudley, TE, Ohio State
10. Cincinnati Bengals, Willie
Anderson, OT, Auburn
11. New Orleans Saints, Alex
Molden, DB, Oregon
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Regan
Upshaw, DE, California
13. Chicago Bears (from St. Louis),
Walt Harris, DB, Mississippi
14. Houston Oilers (from Seattle),
Eddie George, RB, Ohio State
15. Denver Broncos, John Mobley,
LB, Kutztown State
16. Minnesota Vikings, Duane
Clemons, LB, California
17. Detroit Lions (from Oakland via
Houston and Seattle), Reggie
Brown, LB, Texas A&M
18. St. Louis Rams (from Chicago),
Eddie Kennison, WR, Louisiana
19: Indianapolis Colts (from
Atlanta), Marvin Harrison, WR,
20. Miami Dolphins, Daryl Gardener,
DT, Baylor
21. Seattle Seahawks (from San
Diego via Detrdit), Pete Kendall,
G, Boston College
22. Tampa Bay (from Indianapolis),
Marcus Jones, DE, North Carolina
23. Detroit Lions, Jeff Hartings, G,
Penn State
24. Buffalo Bills, Eric Moulds, WR,
Mississippi State
25. Philadelphia Eagles, Jermane
Mayberry, OT, Texas A&M-
26. Baltimore Ravens (from San
Francisco), Ray Lewis, LB, Miami
27. Green Bay Packers, John
Michels, OT, Southern Cal
28. Kansas City Chiefs, Jerome
Woods, S, Memphis
29. Pittsburgh Steelers, Jamain
Stephens, OT, North Carolina
30. Washington Redskins (from
Dallas), Andre Johnson, OT, Penn


Draft full of suipnses

The Associated Press
NEW YORK - It was a predictable draft -
Keyshawn Johnson went first.
It was an unpredictable draft - talented but
troubled Lawrence Phillips fell to sixth.
Most of all, Saturday's NFL draft was deceptive,
with the top teams doing just what they said they
wouldn't do, particularly Jacksonville, Arizona and
Baltimore, the teams with picks two, three and four.
It started straightforwardly enough, with the New
York Jets, using just 10 seconds of their allotted 15
minutes to select Johnson, the flamboyant wide
receiver from Southern California. It was welcome
news to a crowd that was chanting, "Keyshawn!
Keyshawn! Keyshawn!" even before commissioner
Paul Tagliabue officially opened the proceedings.
But then things got strange.
Jacksonville selected Illinois linebacker Kevin
Hardy, who then drew faint praise from Jaguars
coach Tom Coughlin.
"He's got to improve his quickness and some of
his technique," Coughlin said.
Arizona, which had wanted Hardy or offensive
tackle Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, took Hardy's pass
rushingteammate, Simeon Rice, amove that shocked
even Rice.
"I had no communication with them prior to this,"
he said.
And Baltimore, in its first draft since leaving
Cleveland, took Ogden, although every indication
was that they'd grab Phillips, perhaps even trade up
for him.
"We had Ogden and Phillips there together," said
Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' director of player
personnel. "It's obvious who we thought was the
better player."
Better player or better citizen?
Phillips, whose talent is immense, pled no-contest
tomisdemeanorassault on aformergirlfriend. Ogden,
who scored nearly 1,200 on his SAT, won as much
praise for his character as for his blocking skills.
But Phillips didn't have long to wait.
The New York Giants, who thought they'd get
Rice, Hardy or Ogden, settled for Oklahoma defen-
sive end Cedric Jones with the fifth pick rather than
add another running back to an already stocked

position. It was the first time in a decade the Giants
had taken a defensive player in the first round.
Then Phillips finally went - to the St. Louis
Rams, who had obtained the sixth overall pick 10
days ago when they shipped defensive lineman Sean
Gilbert to Washington. Unlike some other teams, the
Rams weren't scared off by Phillips' off-field prob-
"He's probably been through as much scrutiny,"
coach Rich Brooks said, "as a presidential candidate
in the last month leading up to the draft."
Said Phillips: "I feel I'd have been the first pick if
I had no problems, definitely. I feel I'm the best
player in the draft, I think that by far. I think a lot of
teams passed because they were afraid of the off-the-
field situation, and that's fine."
New England, which might have taken Jones,
went instead for Terry Glenn, the wide receiver from
Ohio State, at No.7. That conformed to the wishes of
owner Robert Kraft rather than those of defensive-
minded coach Bill Parcells and gave Drew Bledsoe
the first deep threat he's ever had.
Carolinatook Michigan's Tshimanga Biakabutuka
and Oakland dealt up to grab another Ohio State
player, tight end Rickey Dudley, with the ninth pick.
Then came four predictable choices - Auburn
offensive tackle Willie Anderson to Cincinnati at No.
10, Oregon cornerback Alex Molden to New Orleans
at No. 11,Californiadefensiveend Regan Upshaw to
Tampa Bay at 12 and Mississippi State cornerback
Walt Harris to Chicago, which traded with St. Louis
to get the 13th selection.
Then Houston traded back up and took Heisman
Trophy winner Eddie George, the third Ohio State
player in the top 14. The Oilers sent defensive Glenn
Montgomery and the 17th pick to Seattle for that
Denver ended the first half of the round by taking
Kutztown (Penn.) linebacker John Mobley, a rela-
tively unknown Division II player who bloomed in
all-star games and the scouting combine.
With a lot of equally rated talent, there were five
trades in the first round, four revolving around the
17th pick and the fifth a deal for the last of the round,
which Dallas sent to Washington.
The 17th selection changed hands four times -


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Despite all the surprisesI

in the draft, everyone knew Keyshawn Johnson would be the first pick.

from Oakland to Houston to Seattle to Detroit with
the Lions finally using it for Texas A&M 1inr ba.c
Reggie Brown right after Minnesota had chose u
defensive-end linebacker Duane Clemons of Cali-
After Clemons and Brown went two wide receiv-
ers- Eddie Kennison of Louisiana State to St. Louis
and Marvin Harrison of Syracuse to Indianapolis.
Then Jimmy Johnson made his first pick for Mi-
ami - no trades this time - and took Daryl Gar-
dener, a defensive linemen from Baylor. Gardener is
a classic Johnson pick-an awesome physical talent
who's rarely shown it on the field.
Seattle took offensive linemen Pete Kendall of
Boston College with the 21st pick, Tampa Bay chose
defensive tackle Marcus Jones of North Carolina,
and Detroit chose offensive lineman Jeff Hartings of
Penn State.

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wide rec cn er ! n \Vulo kiPhilaeI phia took often-
sinC t"ike r m arin \ l a hcrr -' Texas A&M-
K insx il W an I 3aitrmore eIursc linebacker Ray Lewis
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Green Bay chose oftensiv e tackle John Michels of
Southern Cal, Kansas City took defensive back
Jerome Woods of Memphis with the 28th pick and
Pittsburgh went for Jamain Stephens, an offensive
tackle from North Carolina A&T.
Washington closed the first round by taking Penn
State offensive tackle Andre Johnson with the 30th
pick it got from Dallas.
The first round was split relatively evenly - 17
offensive players, including eight linemen, and 13
defensive players, six of them linemen. For the first
time since 1988, no quarterback was taken in the
round, not a surprise.

Second-round Selections
1-31. New York Jets, Alex Van Dyke,
WR, Nevada
2-32. Arizona, Leeland McElroy, RB,
Texas A&M
3-33. Jacksonville, Tony Brackens,
DE, Texas
4-34. New York Giants, Amani
Toomer, WR, Michigan
5-35. Tampa Bay (from Baltimore),
Mike Alstott, RB, Purdue
6-36. New England Patriots, Lawyer
Milloy, S, Washington
7-37. Dallas (from Washington),
Kavika Pittman, DE, McNeese
.38. Houston, Bryant Mix, DT,
Alcorn State
9.39. Cincinnati, Marco Battaglia,
TE, Rutgers
10-40. New Orleans, Je'Rom Cherry,
CB, California
11-41. San Diego (from Tampa Bay),
Bryan Still, WR, Virginia Tech
12-42. St. Louis, Tony Banks, QB,
Michigan State
13-43. Carolina, Muhsin
Muhammad, WR, Michigan State
14-44. Denver, Tory James, CB,
Louisiana State
15-45. Minnesota, James Manley,
DT, Vanderbilt'
16-46. San Francisco (from
Oakland), Israel Ifeanyi, DL,
Southern California
17-47. Seattle, Fred Thomas, CB,
18-48. Houston (from Oakland),
Jason Layman, G, Tennessee
19-49. Dallas (from Miami), Randall
Godfrey, LB, Georgia
20-50. San Diego, Patrick Sapp, LB,
21-51. Indianapolis, Dedric Mathis,
CB, Houston
22-52. Chicago, Bobby Engram, WR,
Penn State
23-53. Buffalo, Gabe Northern, DE,
Louisiana State
24-54. Philadelphia, Jason Dunn, TE,
Eastern Kentucky
25-55. Baltimore (from Detroit
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Michigan tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka, who forwent his senior season with
the Wolverines, was picked eighth overall by Carolina. Michigan wide receiver
Amani Toomer went to the New York Giants with the 34th pick.
Fontes likes Lions' picks,
happy to re-sign Glover

The Associated Press
PONTIAC -The late rounds ofthe
NFL draft were producing the usual
long list of no-name football players
yesterday. Yet it didn't matter to De-
troit coach Wayne Fontes.
He was happy because the Lions
had just agreed to a new contract with
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The Lions also continued adding to
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Of the five college players the Lions
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Saturday, the Lions drafted Texas A&M
linebacker Reggie Brown and Penn
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the first round. They took Georgia Tech
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Sunday's activities wrapped up per-
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Lions have ever had during the off-
season. It all started in a trade with
Denver for Pro Bowl return specialist
Glyn Milburn.

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