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PORT Boston Evening Globe Tuesday, February 1. 1972 JEKKV NASON Analyzing the draft Surprise, surprise! Bill Thomas, Boston College's injury-reduced fullback was picked ahead of the famous Ed Marinaro .... way ahead. Jerry Tagge, rollout passer for Nebraska's national champions, was selected ahead of the Heisman winner, formal dropback stylist Pat Sullivan. Again . . . 'way , ahead. The Patriots traded away their first-round shot t the Giants for Fred Dryer, only 25 and with three "varsity" seasons behind him as a defensive end. Surprise? Yes! Good move? Bad move? Only time can supply the answer because when the Giants came around to take the Patriots (Rams) No. 17 choice two of the best defensive tackles, two of the finest wide receivers were still available: Mike Kadish of Notre Dame, Larry Jacobsen of Nebraska, Tom Siani of Villanova and Tom Reynolds of San Diego. Thomas and Tagge were the big, and only, individual surprises in a first-round NFL draft that progressed automatically through the relatively few "blue chip" college players of the '71 season. Three ball carriers were selected in the first round and one of! 'em wasn't Marinaro, Cornell's three-year yardage machine who narrowly lost the Heisman ballot- ing to QB Sullivan of Auburn. Big Franco Harris, fullback of Penn State's Cotton Bowl champions, was the first to go No. 13, Pittsburgh Steelers. Hard-hitting Jeff Kinney of Nebraska was next No. 23, to K.C. Chiefs. Then came Thomas, No. 26 and last selection of the . opening round to the Super Dallas Cowboys. Hampered by injuries, Thomas had been only No. 2 on his own team, to leading carrier Tom Bougus. But he isbig, mobile, and a fine "pursuit blocker," When you have a scrambling QB like Roger the Dodger Stauback, a strong, quick "pursuit blocker" such as Thomas has his significance to that team. It was easy to see why Dallas Cowboys selected Bill Thomas of BC ahead of Marinaro, ahead of Lydell Mitchell, ahead of Bob Newhouse. This wasn't to be a strong draft "in depth." Most of the thin '72 crop weakest since 1967 in pro opinion was going fast by mid-second round. The first round was an even split of football's basic phases: 12 offensive and 12 defensive players being chosen and two (Lionel Antoine of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bears, and Eldridge Small of Texas A-I, N.Y. Giants) who might play either way. Antoine was the plum, and the third player to be tapped in the entire draft. He is a known offensive-defensive tackle talent, and the pros rate him a "possible" also as an outside pass rusher or offensive tightend. Green Bay packers made two beautiful picks in the first round, making the most of their No. 11 snot from San Diego (deferred payment of a trade) and their own No. 7. The picked, first, defensive back Willie Buchanon of San Diego State, rated by the professionals as the best college operative at that position in the past four years; second, the Packers grabbed off QB Tagge of Nebraska. It wasn't that much of a surprise, that Tagge should be the first QB to go . . . and not the dropback type the ""pros prefer. He is big, strong, intelligent and competitive. "Coachable," the pros call it. And he has a strong arm and quick "pass identification." The people who went quickly in the first round in whom the local Patriots had strong interest were: No. 1, Walt Patulski, pass rusher, Notre Dame; No. 2, Sherman White, pass rusher, California; No. 3, Antoine; No. 4, Bobby Moore, flanker, Oregon; No. 5, Riley Odoms, tightend, Houston; No. 6, Greg Sampson, pass rusher, Stanford. ' The Patriots had no false hopes . for those "blue . chippers" ever drifting down to their deep No. 17 position, and that made trading it to the Giants for Dryer a pretty sensible alternative. Patriots finally got the wide receiver they wanted Tom Reynolds of San Diego, rated'1-2-3 in the nation late in the second round. It was an unexpected windfall. Pride was taking a fall deep in this round. The two Heisman Trophy adversaries of '71 winner Pat Sullivan and bitter loser Ed Marinaro were left in morose contemplation of their press clippings.. Sullivan was the 40th player picked, but the THIRD passer in line (selected by Atlanta), a prestige jolt. And Marinaro was even passed over by the Patriots, who grabbed Reynolds. That made Marinaro the 50th player to be drafted, by the Minnesota Vikings. Dryer expected trade, hopes By Leigh Montville Globe Staff FOXBORO Fred Dryer says the Patriots are getting a young body but an old mind, "Mentally I'm 50 years eld after playing in New York," the third-year defensive end said yesterday afternoon after being traded from the Giants to the Patriots. "But I think I have the capabilities of being as good as anyone in this game." Dryer, 25, obviously leaves the Giants with bitter feelings. He started with them for two seasons and always was a vocal critic. "My problem was that in the Giants' opinion I overemphasized the will to win," he said over an amplified phone hookup. "I told them they had to have personnel to win. They, had some good talent, but they had to get more. "They had to get a defensive line; they had to get FRED DRYER: LANDED Patulski No. 1; United Press International NEW YORK Huge Walt Patulski of Notre Dame, a defensive end, was the No. 1 choice in the annual National Football League player draft today, picked by the Buffalo Bills who announced they now expect to "move out of the cellar." Three Notre Dame players and three players from the national champion Nebraska team; were among the cream of the collegiate crop picked by the pros in the first round of their annual grab bag session in a New York hotel. . Patulski, first Notre Dame player in 22 years to be the No. 1 choice, said in Buffalo he is "happy" to be playing for the lowly Bills and is;aiming to make his contract "a big one." ; (The first area player chosen was halfback Bill Thomas of Boston College. Thomas was the first-round choice of the world champion Dallas Cowboys.) Patulski, a 6-foot-6, 250- ; pounder from Liverpool, N.Y., started every game in Ms three varsity seasons at Notre Dame and was one of the main reasons why the Fighting Irish ranked among the nation's top 10 defensive teams. He ranked fourth on the club in tackles last season with 74, threw opponents for 129 yards in losses and broke up six games. Despite the fact that Notre Dame has traditionally been one of the lead-ing producers of pro talent, -Patulski, who was selected lineman of the year last play, is the first Fighting , Irish player to be made the first pick since Heisman Trophy winner Leon Hart in 1950. - The Cincinnati Bengals, seeking to bolster their defensive ' line, took Sherman White, a 6-5, 245-pound defensive tackle from California. White arrived at California as a basketball player before turning his interest to f oot-baU. He never played high school football but is regarded as one of the best pass rushers in the collegiate ranks. Chicago, using a choice obtained from the New York Giants, took Lionel personnel for Fran. Tarkenton to work with. I told them, Fran told them. "What happened? Fran is now in Minnesota. I'm in Boston." Dryer was awakened with the trade news at 7:30 ajn. He received a call from Giants' personnel director Joe Trimble "It wasn't a shock," he said. "It was only a matter cf where I was going to go." He said he had played out his option with the Giants, but hadn't talked about contract with Pats general manager Upton BelL He was, in fact, still trying to sort out his feelings about the Patriots. "The thing is that in my lifetime I want to go to a Super Bowl," he said. "I don't want to look back at my career and see that I've just played football and never been a winner. That's what it's all about. "Does New England have a chance to go to the Super Bowl? I don't know. Upton Bell told me they do. This is BY PATRIOTS FOR NO. 1 Antoine, a 6-7, 240-pound offensive tackle from Southern Illinois. Antoine was a star tight end until the 1971 season when he moved to offensive tackle. A rugged blocker, he is also a possibility for the defensive line. St. Louis selected Bobby Moore, the multi-talented performer from Oregon. Moore (6-2, 212) finished eighth in rushing last sea- -son with 1211 yards and scored 17 TDs. An exceptional pass receiver, Moore also ' played flanker at Oregon .as a junior and is rated highly in both positions. 'He is the first Oregon back to surpass the . 1000-yard mark in a season. Moore was chosen as both wide receiver and running back. The Denver Broncos took Riley Odoms, a 6-4, 230-pound tight end from the University of Houston. Odoms, who has been compared to Baltimore's John Mackey, ' caught 45 passes last year for 730 yards and eight TDs. Odoms high-jumped 6-9 in high school and also was a member of Houston's freshman basketball team. Greg Sampson, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive tackle from Stanford, was taken Pats on path to Super Bowl AND NO. 6 DRAFTS THIS Cowboys FRANCO HARRIS . .. ,. bound for Pitt by Houston. Sampson played in relative obscurity but his speed and size made him a top pro prospect. He has been timed in 4.8 for 40 yards,, almost unheard-of; for a lineman. Green Bay took Willie Buchanon, a defensive back from San Diego State. Buchanon, a 6-1, 179-pound-er who was timed in 9.4 for the 100 as a track man, was so impressive as a collegian that opposing passers stimply stopped "throwing in : his area. He had three interceptions in one post-season . game and blocked a field , goal that was returned for a score in another. As a . junior, he allowed . only II comple-tipns in 11 games,; intercepting four passes and returning two for " touch-" downs. New Orleans selected Royce Smith,, a 6-3, 251-lb. guard from Georgia, called by many the best offensive lineman in the nation. Smith, noted for his pulling ability, added extra weight last season to prepare himself for the pro game. He still rates as an exceptionally ' fast lineman.' The New York Jets chose Jerome Barkum, a 6-4, 213-lb. tight end-wide receiver from Jackson State. Barkum, a cousin of Detroit's Len Barney, caught 36 passes for 616 ' yards last season as a tight a funny game. A lot of things can happen." Dryer's weight has fluctuated in his two-year va-reer. He has been as high as 250 pounds, as low as 200. "When I'm heavier, I think I'm a little stronger," he said. "I don't want to look like a football player, though, I want to be a football player. I don't want to put on weight just to put on weight" How did he term last year's performance? "I thought I had a super year," he said. "This last year was really depressing for us, but I think I played as well as I could. "I think" my progress has stayed constant. It hasn't gone down." He then made his 50-year-mentality remark. Pats president Billy Sullivan, standing near the phone, laughed. "What's wrong with being 50?" he said. -"Nothing," Fred Dryer said, "As long as you've lived that many years." YEAR AND NO. 2 NEXT tap EC's Thomas J ,r jrfr Ihl.' I 1 Tk ' MIKE SIANI 1 . Raiders' pick end in" the run-orientated offense. His four-year reception total was 128, for 2130 yeards and 27 tds. Minnesota, using a choice obtained from New England, named Jeff Sie-mon, 6-3, 240-lb. middle Ifhebaeker , from Stanford. Siemon was one of the stars of the' Indians' two Rose Bowl upset victories. . . Green Bay, making a choice obtained from San Diego its second selection of the round, took Jerry Tagge, a home town boy who quarterbacked Nebraska to the national title this season. Tagge, 6-2, 218-lb. hit nearly 60 percent of his passes, completing 143 of 239 for 17 TDs. and 2019 yards. He set ca- reer passing and total of- f ense records at Nebraska and did not lose a game. . Chicago, also making its second choice of the round, took Craig Clemons, a 6-1, 193-pound cornerback from Iowa, considered the best defensive back in the Big Ten. Pittsburgh took Franco . Harris, Penn State's bruis--. ing 6-3, 220 lb. fullback. Harris, a punishing runner and blocker, was hampered by injuries through most of his senior year after gaining more than 1200 yards in his two previous seasons. Philadelphia selected John Reaves, the record-setting quarterback from Patriots obtain Giants' Dryer TRADE Continued from Page 1 "He's a guy that's a known quality," Pats general manager Upton Bell said. "I didn't think we'd get him. We've been talking with the Giants on this deal for a while." Dryer, an outspoken bachelor who is a surfer, motor-cyle rider and presumably a guy who will like to ski when he hits New England, started the trade almost by himself. Like quarterback Fran Tarkenton he blasted the Giants organization and coaching and like Tarkenton, he evidently was dealt. Dryer could be a contract problem for the Pats because on May 1 he will have played out his option and will be a free agent. Hit by the wage-price freeze situation at the beginning of last season, he never signed a 1971 contract. "I'm not sure of whether he played it out or not," Bell said. "He didn't say anything about contract when we talked this morning. He didn't say much of anything because I'd just woken him up and he still was sleepy." Coach John Mazur said Dryer definitely would be used as a defensive end and added that Julius Adams, last year's defensive line surprise at tackle, also probably will be tried outside. That would leave the Pats with six ends. "And they'll all be in competition," Mazur said. ., "Even Dryer. He has to win a job like anyone else." Patriot fans BILL THOMAS . . . to Cowboys Florida.. Reaves, . 6-3, 207 lb. who broke Jim Plun-kett's career record for passing yardage, finished third nationally in passing, completing 193 of 356 for 2104 yards and 17 TDs. Atlanta chose Clarence Ellis, 6-0, 178 lb. considered by many the finest defensive back ever produced at Notre Dame. Ellis won "Most Valuable Player" honors in the 1971 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas and had seven interceptions as a junior. Detroit followed by1 selecting Herb Orvis, a 6-3, 235 lb. defensive lineman from Colorado. AOrvis, a Marine Veteran,, played defensive end and tackle at Colorado and was noted for his relentless prusuit. San. Francisco took Terry Beasley, the elusive wide receiver from Auburn. Beasley (5-11, 185) was fifth in receiving last year, with 55 for 846 yards and 12 TDs. He caught 52 passes the previous season and is regarded as the fin-est receiver in the school's history. . The Oakland Raiders temporarily passed on their first-round pick and the New York Jets, using a choice obtained from Washington,, selected Mike Taylor, a 6-foot-l, 224-pound linebacker from Michigan: Oakland then made its first-round choice and selected Mike Siani, a 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide receiver from Villanova. Siani caught 49 passes last season for 960 yards and 14 TDs despite double and even triple coverage. Baltimore took Tom Drougas a 6-foot-4, 257-pound offensive tackle from the University of Oregon. Drougas received little recognition since Oregon did not have an outstanding season, but he was considered a major reason for Moore's success. Kansas City named Jeff Kinney, the running star for national champion Nebraska. Kinney (6-foot-2, 210-pound) carried 222 times for 1037 yards and 16 TDs. The Giants, using a pick react Page 27 TERRY BEASLEY . . . . . grabbed by 49ers obtained from' Minnesota as their second choice of the round, 'named Larry Jacobson, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive tackle who became the third member of Nebraska's team to be named on the first round. Miami named Mike Kadish, a 6-4, 260 pound defensive tackle from Notre Dame. Kadish, the third ND player taken on the first round, led the Irish with 97 tackles last season. . The world champion Dallas Cowboys completed the first round by naming Bill Thomas, a rugged 6-2, 230-pound running back from Boston College, who had been plagued by injuries throughout his varsity career. Despite the fact that he didn't rate highly in statistical categories, Thomas' size and strength was enough to impress pro scouts. Pats draft Reynolds in 2d round The Patriots didn't make their first move in the draft until 2 :30 when they selected wide receiver Tom Reynolds of San Diego State. '. Reynolds is a 6-foot-2. 203 pound kid who played an extra season this year after missing the 1970 season with a knee injury. He led the nation in pass receiving this year with 67 catches for 1070 vards. "At the start of the 1970 stason he was rated by TROIKA, a scouting combine that included the Dallas Cowboys, as the third best football player in thr country," Pats director of player personnel Bucko Kilroy said. "Plunkett. of course, was rated first and Reynolds was third. "We had him rated behind only Bobby Moore as a wide receiver this year, Kilroy said, "And we thought of Moore more as a running back." Drafts in scoreboard

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