If it weren't for the harsh impact of George Allen's legacy on Washington fans, the temptation would be to quip that the Redskins are pretty much "exempt" from the "4-F" in Tuesday's draft.

They will not get a shot at any of the college players until the sixth round and there usually are only seven rounds of selecting the first of the two days. Then comes a pick in the eighth round before they use four from the ninth through the 12th rounds.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals will have two selections in the first round - their own, which will be the 15th choice of the round, and Washington's, the 19th choice. That will be in payment for defensive tackle Dave Butz.

Super Bowl champion Dallas is accustomed to picking far down in the draft and it has a full hand of 12 choices to play with.

Some of the suspense involving big names has gone out of the annual ritual, with Tampa Bay already having traded off the overall first pick to Houston.

The Oilers have made it clear they intend to choose Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell of Texas, a fullback.

There is litle difference of opinion as to how good a crop of draftees this will turn out to be - mediocre - but there are two other excellent runners, halfback types Terry Miller of Oklahoma State and Elvis Peacock of Oklahoma.

Two wide receivers will go quickly, Wes Chandler of Florida and James Lofton of Stanford. Tight end Ken McAfee of Notre Dame may go sooner, according to a particular team's needs.

Teams seeking quarterbacks do not figure to find a Ken Stabler or a Bert Jones, but there is enough quality to hope that a Ken Anderson type may develop from among Matt Cavanaugh of Pittsburgh, Guy Benjamin of Stanford and Doug Williams of Grambling.

Up front, the players with "can't miss" tags are defensive ends Ross Browner of Notre Dame and Art Still of Kentucky and, on offense, guard Chris Ward of Ohio State and tackle Gordon King of Stanford.

For those coaches worried about the revised bump-and-run rules favoring speedball receivers once they clear the first five yards, cornerbacks Luther Bradley of Notre Dame and Keith Simpson of Memphis State and safeties Ron Johnson of Eastern Michigan and Dwight Hicks of Michigan may be the answers.

Placekicker Steve Little of Arkansas ranks all by himself.

Teams with deficiencies will be depending on the draft since no veterans who played out their options and received qualifying offers from their old clubs were signed by new NFL clubs.

One of the ironies of George Allen trading away draft choices to do a hurry-up rebuilding for the Redskins is that he has inherited with his new job at Los Angeles not only a team that has won five straight NFL West titles but a full ration of draft picks.

Yet, there are signs now that the Rams may be getting pressure from the swapping of General Manager Joe Thomas of the San Francisco 49ers.

Thomas has acquired the game's best runner, O.J. Simpson, and more speed in Freddie Solomon from Miami and Larry Jones from the Redskins to shore up his special teams. A "sleeper" may be running back Greg Boykin, obtained from New Orleans. He was handicapped by injuries last season as a rookie.

More important in the draft, Thomas has two selections in the first round, the 49ers' seventh pick overall and Miami's 24th pick, for Delvin Williams. The 49ers have 16 choices in the 12 rounds.

It is felt at Oklahoma that halfback Peacock, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, will be a better professional player than a collegian because of certain circumstances.

Because he was in a better-balanced backfield, he did not get as many carries as Campbell or Miller.

"If Elvis had run out of the I formation or the pro set he would have gained much more yardage," the spokesman noted. "Running out of the wishbone formation, we have to take what the defense gives us and frequently those defenses did not favor Elvis running the ball.

"He had to block a lot in that offense. He showed that he had good hands and caught two touchdown passes in his senior season."

Several NFL management figures agreed that clubs will not draft to offset the new rules changes.

Peter Hadhazy of the Cleveland Browns said it does not stack up as one of the more productive drafts.

"Past the third round, it will be a 50-50 chance as to whether those selected will make the team" he said. "It will be an offense-oriented draft, dominated by wide receivers, running backs and offensive linemen. There are four or five quarterbacks of about equal ability.

"They may not be great but they are good. There doesn't seem to be a Bert Jones or a Terry Bradshaw or a Jim Plunkett or a Dan Pastorini."

Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers said, "It will be an average-to-good draft. A lot of players are better at their positions than some of the quarterbacks."

Gil Brandt of the Cowboys said, "It is not a good draft. When you get past the third round, the mortality rate is going to be high."

Al LoCasale of the Oakland Raiders said, "It's a relatively lean draft, particularly at the top. The new bump-and-run my help wide receivers with great speed, but teams always wanted wide receivers to have that.

"Since they moved the hashmarks a few years ago and more running resulted, more tackling was required rather than mostly pass defense, and that favored bigger, stronger defensive backs. Then the use of more zone defenses made people look at bigger receivers to take the chucking and jamming."