Huskies' Emtman declares for draft Possible top pick says Colts are OK

February 01, 1992

All-America defensive tackle Steve Emtman said yesterday that he will pass up his senior season at Washington to enter the NFL draft.

If Emtman is the first overall selection, as some people expect, he p,14l probably would receive a five-year contract worth between $8 million and $9 million, including a signing bonus of $3.8 million to $4 million.

Last year's top pick, defensive tackle Russell Maryland, got a five-year, $7.9 million contract that included a $3.6 million signing bonus.

"The main deciding factor was that of personal challenge," Emtman said. "I feel I am at the top of my game at the collegiate level and want to challenge myself at a higher level."

Emtman said he would have no problems going to the 1-15 Indianapolis Colts, who have the first two picks.

* Georgia Tech linebacker Marco Coleman, the Atlantic Coast Conference all-time sack leader, declared himself eligible for the draft. Coleman, 6-4, 258 pounds, had 28 sacks in three seasons. He was one of three finalists for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.

* UCLA quarterback Tommy Maddox made himself available for the draft, but wide receiver Sean LaChapelle decided to stay in school, changing his mind 15 minutes before a scheduled news conference. LaChapelle caught 73 passes for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Maddox completed 209 of 343 passes for 2,681 yards.

* SAINTS: Linebacker Brian Forde won a $300,000 award in his $3.5 million lawsuit accusing suburban New Orleans authorities of unnecessarily beating him during a 1990 altercation.

A federal court jury, which got the case Thursday night, returned its verdict about 9 p.m. It ordered a $300,000 payment on behalf of the two Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies who arrested Forde.

NFL draft underclassmen

Player .. .. .. .. Yr. .. Po. ..School

Terrell Buckley .. Jr .. DB .. Fla. State

Marco Coleman.. .. Jr .. LB .. Ga. Tech

Steve Emtman .. .. Jr .. DT .. Wash'tn

Sean Gilbert .. .. Jr .. DL .. Pitt

Keith Hamilton .. .Jr .. DL .. Pitt

Desmond Howard .. Jr .. WR .. Michigan

Chris Hughley .. ..Jr .. TB .. Tulsa

Amp Lee .. .. .. ..Jr .. RB .. Fla. State

Tommy Maddox .. .. So .. QB .. UCLA

Michael Moore .. ..So .. WR .. UCLA

Carl Pickens.. .. Jr .. WR .. Tenn

Todd Pilton .. .. Jr .. DL .. Tenn. St.

Mazio Royster .. ..Jr .. RB .. USC

Bob Whitfield .. ..Jr .. OT .. Stanford

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