Donald Laster, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle from Tennessee State, thought he would have been snapped up by the fourth round at the latest in the recent NFL draft. Arkansas linebacker Jeff Goff, one of only two players drafted out of the state, didn't expect to be drafted at all and was set to sign as a free agent somewhere.
Thus, both were surprised when they ended up being selected by the Washington Redskins on the 12th and final round.
Despite being selected so low--Laster the 309th player picked, Goff the 322nd--both are optimistic at their chances of making the team.
"I was a little disappointed at going in the 12th round after I was a projected third- or fourth-round pick," said Laster yesterday after the first day of a weeklong minicamp for 57 rookies and free agents at Redskins Park.
"I don't know what happened. I had a good year. . . But I'm very pleased to be here. I've been waiting for this for a long time. I'm ready for the NFL."
Goff also is happy to be in camp.
"This is quite a change (from college football), but it's about what I expected," said the 6-1, 208-pounder. "I don't care if I was picked in the 12th, I'm just glad to get a chance to play."
Coach Joe Gibbs said it was much too early to form an opinion about any players but he was pleased with what he had seen thus far.
"You can only get so much done in two days. We're throwing a lot of information at them and they're picking it up quickly," Gibbs said.