John Navarre, who was taken with the first pick in the 7th round (202 overall) by Arizona, enters a situation where he will be able to sit and learn under the tutelage of one of the foremost offensive minds in the game in Cardinals new head man Denny Green. As one of legendary 49er’s coach Bill Walsh’s litany of former assistants, Green has turned programs around at Stanford and the Minnesota Vikings. He’ll be counting on 4th year man Josh McCown to pilot the Cardinal ship this season and with the free agency signing of former Buccaneer Shaun King, Navarre will be looking to make the roster as the third string QB. His experience in a West Coast style offensive system at Michigan should help him in his transition since the Cardinals will utilizing that attack under Green.
The Miami Dolphins took Navarre’s college roommate, Tony Pape, with the 20th pick in the 7th round (221 overall). The Phins entered the offseason seeking desperately to upgrade their offensive line. They suffered an early setback when they lost Damien Woody in the free agent sweepstakes to the Detroit Lions. That, however, didn’t deter them in their free agent search as they picked up Jeno James from Caroline and John St. Clair from St Louis. They continued the offensive line theme in the draft by using three of their six picks on offensive trenchmen. Their first pick was used on versatile Miami lineman Vernon Carey, who played both guard and tackle in college. Pape has a good chance to make the roster, but he’ll definitely have to battle for it.
Six other Wolverines failed to get picked, but all should be invited to NFL
camps during the offseason. They are center Dave Pearson, linebacker Carl Diggs,
defensive end Larry Stevens, wide receiver Calvin Bell, and defensive linemen Grant Bowman and Norman Heuer.