What each team should be looking for NFL DRAFT

April 26, 1992|By Vito Stellino

1. Indianapolis Colts (1-15)

The Colts could use help everywhere but at quarterback, where Jeff George is the future of the franchise. Their most pressing needs are on defense and this is a defensive draft. For weeks, they had been talking about making Steve Emtman and Quentin Coryatt the first two picks in the draft. But when they couldn't come to terms with Coryatt, they switched to Sean Gilbert, who's close to agreeing to a five-year $9.375 million pact at $1.875 a year for the second spot. Emtman is still supposed to be the first pick even though they're far apart on terms with him. Getting two good defensive players could help turn around this sad sack franchise. NOT!

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)

The Bucs have had the first or second pick in the draft three times in the past six years and have only Vinny Testaverde to show for it. They couldn't sign Bo Jackson in 1986 and traded what turned out to be the second pick in this year's draft to the Colts for QB Chris Chandler, who's no longer with the team. That helps explain why this team is always going nowhere. It also means Sam Wyche starts a rebuilding program without a first-round pick. He needs help on defense, but also could go for a quarterback to groom for the future on the second round.

3. Los Angeles Rams (3-13)

Chuck Knox starts off his second term as Rams coach desperate for help on defense. He had been expecting to get Gilbert, but he'll switch to Coryatt or cornerback Troy Vincent if the Colts sign Gilbert.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (3-13)

David Shula takes over as the Cincinnati coach knowing he needs a lot of help on defense. If Coryatt falls this far, he'll grab him. If not, he'll chose between the two best cornerbacks -- Vincent or Terrell Buckley -- or trade down. The Dallas Cowboys want Buckley and could offer two No. 1 picks to move into this slot to take Buckley.

5. Green Bay Packers (4-12)

The Ron Wolf-Mike Holmgren regime takes over in Green Bay looking for help in both offensive and defensive lines, cornerback and wide receiver. They'll be looking at Buckley, Bob Whitfield and Desmond Howard. The Redskins tried to trade up to get Howard in case Green Bay decided to go for him. But the Packers could pass on Howard for Buckley.

6. San Diego Chargers (4-12)

Bobby Beathard traded his first-round pick to Washington, but got Houston's first-round choice (the 23rd pick) for Lee Williams. Beathard is getting flak in San Diego because he wound up trading the sixth pick in the draft, but he's the Picasso of draft day and often makes unorthodox moves pay off. He's looking for a pass rusher, a cornerback and a wide receiver. Don't be surprised if he trades his 1993 first-round choice during the draft. Beathard still believes in his system.

7. Phoenix Cardinals (4-12)

The Cardinals traded their first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Randall Hill last year. Since the Cardinals so often blew first-round picks (remember Eric Swann last year?) in the past, it may not have made any difference. Their most pressing needs are defensive and offensive linemen and a quarterback. They're also trying to trade offensive lineman Luis Sharpe, who's been the subject of drug allegations.

8. New England Patriots (6-10)

The Patriots have a pressing need in the offensive line, so they're likely to take Leon Searcy, who just happened to play at Miami, where Sam Jankovich used to be the athletic director. It would seem to be difficult for the Patriots to pass on QB David Klingler of Houston, but they seem sold on Hugh Millen and Jankovich likes Searcy.

9. Cleveland Browns (6-10)

The Browns need help just about everywhere but at quarterback, where they have Bernie Kosar. They've still taken a long look at Klingler, but may decide for more immediate help. TE Derek Brown of Notre Dame, if he gets past Washington, or S Dale Carter of Tennessee could help.

10. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)

Tom Flores takes over as coach looking for help in the offensive line. Whitfield and Ray Roberts of Virginia could help, as he tries to build an offensive line in the image of the old Raiders.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9)

The Steelers are looking for help at running back, and they're hoping that Vaughn Dunbar of Indiana, the top-rated running back in this year's draft, drops this far. If he does, they'll grab him.

12. Miami Dolphins (8-8)

The Dolphins, who have the seventh and 12th picks -- because they got the Cardinals' pick -- want defensive help. They've tried to package their two No. 1 picks, but the Colts and Rams rejected their offers. They also wanted to take DL Bill Johnson of Michigan State, but he injured his knee in an off-the-field scuffle with former teammate Percy Snow. If they can't make a deal, DL Alonzo Spellman of Ohio State and DB Kevin Smith of Texas A&M are two players who would help them.

13. Minnesota Vikings (8-8)

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