The Cowboys, coached by Jimmy Johnson, who was Walsh's coach at the University of Miami last year, took the 22-year-old quarterback even though Dallas made UCLA's Troy Aikman the No. 1 pick in the regular 1989 draft. Walsh led Miami to a 23-1 record and the 1987 national championship in two years as a starter.
The other eight teams in the first tier of the supplemental draft passed on Rosenbach, a quarterback from Washington State, and Humphrey, a running back from Alabama, before Rosenbach was taken by Phoenix and Humphrey by Denver in the second phase of the first round.
Green Bay, Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Miami--teams that won six or fewer games in 1988--passed in the first round, opting to keep their 1990 first-round picks.
The two quarterbacks and Humphrey were the only prime players of the 12 eligible for the supplemental draft.