Ed (Too Tall) Jones may be fortunate that his Dallas Cowboys are not scheduled to play the San Diego Chargers next season. Defensive end Jones might be too small.
Jones is 6-foot-9 but is "only" 265 pounds. Rookie offensive tackle Milton Hardaway of the Chargers is 6-9 and 330. Hardaway, from Oklahoma State, was drafted on the second round.
Hardaway was asked if perhaps he can run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds. "No," he said on the telephone from Stillwater, Okla., "If I did I would be the Six-Million Dollar Man.
"But I was clocked in 5.1 and I am 25 pounds overweight." He said the Chargers want him to play at 300 to 305 pounds. He weighed 309 last season.
Was any opponent able to "handle" him in college?
"Well, my first year (as a junior) there was the techique to learn about offensive blocking. I started out on defense as a nose guard.
"After I got to know my assignments nobody really handled me!"
Hardaway was anything but a freak selection.
Coach Tommy Prothro said, "There may have been better second-round prospects but none with more potential. He not only can be All-Pro, he can become all-time All-Pro."
Before selecting Hardaway, Prothro called in an assistant, former All-Pro offensive lineman Forest Gregg of Green Bay, who was head coach of the Cleveland Browns before joining the Chargers this year.
Gregg looked at Oklahoma State game films and said to Prothro, "You draft him and I'll coach him."
Hardaway said 23 of the 28 National Football League clubs talked to him and "worked me out" before the draft. He said Denver, Houston, Cincinnati, and Green Bay seemed to be most interested. Detroit, Minnesota, Baltimore and Chicago were not interested, he said.
He added that the Redskins had no interest because they did not have a pick until the sixth round. He went to Oklahoma State on a track scholarship (shot put and discus), but wanted a football scholarhsip. He tried out for two seasons before being redshirted as a sophomore, and finally got his chance as a junior.
A native of Seguin, Tex, Hardaway says Texans don't think so big. He has to buy his clothes through a magazine in Massachusetts that advertises "king-size" apparel.