Walsh, Rosenbach to Bypass Regular NFL Draft
Quarterbacks Steve Walsh of Miami and Timm Rosenbach of Washington State will bypass the April 23 National Football League draft, adding drama to the supplemental draft in early summer.
The announcements in New York Monday might make both drafts more interesting because of a chain of events set off by the departure of Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson for the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson was replaced at Miami by Washington State Coach Dennis Erickson, prompting Rosenbach to pass up his senior season and eventually leading Walsh to make a similar decision.
Rosenbach and Walsh, who each have a season of college eligibility left, were expected to have been first-round choices in the regular draft. They are rated behind only Troy Aikman of UCLA, who is expected to be the first pick--either by the Cowboys or by another team if Dallas decides to trade the top choice.
In the supplemental draft, the order of the first nine choices will be determined by picks from a drum in which there are 28 slips for 3-13 Dallas, 27 for 4-12 Green Bay, down to 20 for 6-10 Miami. The second nine are then determined by the same process, starting with 19 slips for 7-9 Phoenix down to 12 for 10-6 New Orleans. The third tier involves the 10 playoff teams.
A team making a pick in the first round of the supplemental draft loses its pick in the first round the next year.