The Washington Redskins do not have a pick in the first five rounds of the draft today because of deals to obtain Dave Butz, Tim Stokes and Joe Lavender, General Manager Bobby Beathard indicated yesterday he is still not certain all the transactions were worth it.
To compensate St. Louis for Butz, the Redskins gave up their No. 1 pick in 1977, this year's first-round choice and next year's second-round selection, Stokes, obtained from Los Angeles, second-, third-and fourth-round picks this year and a No. 5 in 1979. The Eagles received a No. 6 in 1977, No. 5 in 1978 and No. 4 in 1979 for Lavender.
"I think the trade for Lavender (the Redskin starting cornerback the last two seasons) was a real good deal," Beathard said yesterday. "The other trades still could be good if the players involved would do the things they have to do to make themselves the best possible players they can."
Though Stokes has started at offensive tackle the last two years and Butz has been a spot starter at defensive tackle, Beathard made it clear he was not at all pleased with the progress made by the two players.
"Stokes should be spending every day making himself stronger and running," he said. "When I was in Oregon last week I checked up on him and that was not the case.
"And Butz should be re-evaluating the whole thing and be willing to become the player he's capable of becoming."
"I don't want it to come out like I'm rapping anyone. But I can tell you it's going to be a lot more demanding of the players physically under Jack (Pardee). He's a real believer in strength and stamina to play, and in some cases here, that hasn't been the case. You need endurance to play in the fourth quarter, and Jack is going to demand that of every player."
In other Redskin developments yesterday, Beathard said the club had come to terms with two veterans who had played out their options in 1977, linebackers Pete Wysoki and Mike Curtis. He also said he was close to signing a third option playout, defensive tackle Bill Brundige.
Curtis and Wysocki have agreed to two-year contracts, with no option clauses. Brundige is close to signing a three-year pact, Beathard said.
"I've also spoken with Charley Taylor," Beathard said. "We still have to work some things out with him, but he wants to play and I'm sure we'll get it taken care of."
Beathard spent most of yesterday hudding with his personnel aides and calling around the league to talk about trades that might improve the Redskin position in the draft.
They will pick in the sixth round, a choice that came from San Francisco two weeks ago in the trade that sent wide receiver Larry Jones to the 49ers for veteran tight end Tom Mitchell.
The Redskins also choose in rounds eight through 12, with six total choices in the draft. "I hate to say it, but we'll take the best guy there is, regardless of position," Beathard said yesterday.
"No, there's not a lot of depth in this draft. It gets thin fast, but I still think there will be some players down there. There always are."
Beathard also indicated he was pleased with the results of the Redskins' first minicamp last weekend for free agents and injured veterans off the 1977 team.
Of the newcomers, he said he was impressed with running back Tommy Reamon, guards Jim Harlan and Mike Horton, corner back Chuck Rogers and defensive end Johnny Owens.
He said he has spoken with former Dallas cornerback Mel Renfro, now a free agent, and expected Renfro to contact him again in the next few days to set up more talks.