"All my dreams are answered," Virginia all-America offensive tackle Jim Dombrowski said yesterday after he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints, the sixth choice overall in the National Football League draft.
The same couldn't be said of Eric Dorsey, a former All-Met at McLean High School and defensive tackle at Notre Dame, who never dreamed he would be selected in the first round, the 19th selection overall by the New York Giants.
"I couldn't have hoped for anything better than being chosen sixth, the first lineman," Dombrowski (6 feet 5 and 296 pounds) said in Charlottesville. "It's hard to say which team will draft you, but I did look at the teams that were in need of offensive lineman and they were St. Louis, New Orleans and Kansas City. I hoped to be picked by one of those teams."
In a rather surprising move, the Giants, who had expressed early interest in defensive backs, took Dorsey, 6-5 and 265 pounds. He had not been expected to be a first-round choice.
Because of an assortment of minor injuries, he started only 10 games his first three seasons at Notre Dame. Last season, he had 87 tackles, fourth best on the team, caused three fumbles and recovered two. He had three sacks and 15 tackles for losses.
"I had no indication I would be the Giants' top pick but I'm very happy about it," he said from his dormitory in South Bend, Ind. "I visited the Giants a week ago and they told me they were looking at defensive linemen. But there were a number of linemen there at the same time, I was so I had no idea what they were thinking.
"Allen Pinkett [a teammate] was in his room watching the draft on TV and was calling me every 10 minutes to let me know what was happening," Dorsey said. "Suddenly he stopped. I dozed off until the phone rang. It was Coach [Bill] Parcells, who told me they got me. I thought I might have gone in the second or third [round] until he told me I was the top pick. I thought I was still asleep. After that, I began yelling."
Dorsey said he can cope with his new status. "I had to deal with pressure at Notre Dame," he said, "and I hope I can deal with it in New York. I feel I can fit in with the Giants' defensive schemes because I've played every position on the line."
In College Park, there was some disappointment because the first Maryland player was not selected until the fifth round. All-America J.D. Maarleveld, thought to be one of the best offensive tackles in the country, went to Tampa Bay, the 112th player selected. Terrapins cornerback Donald Brown of Annapolis was another fifth-rounder, taken 129th by San Diego.
Quarterback Stan Gelbaugh was taken in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys. He was the 151st overall choice. The Redskins took running back Rick Badanjek in the seventh round.
Pinkett was chosen by Houston in the third round, the 61st player selected. The 5-9, 181-pound former All-Met running back at Park View in Sterling, Va., rushed for 1,100 yards and scored 11 touchdowns this year. In his career, he had 4,131 yards and 49 touchdowns, both school records.
"I didn't set myself up to be disappointed by thinking I would be a first- or second-round pick," said Pinkett, who, like Dorsey, will graduate in May. " . . .I'm not going down there to replace [Mike] Rozier. I hope to help him and fill any role the Oilers see fit for me."
Dombrowski will be joined in training camp by Virginia teammate and running back Barry Word, taken in the third round. Word set an ACC rushing mark of 1,224 yards in 10 games before missing the season finale because of grades.
West Virginia offensive tackle Brian Jozwiak (6-6, 310) of Catonsville, Md., was the seventh player selected in the first round. He was taken by Kansas City.
"I'm a Kansas City Chief and I'm psyched," he said yesterday. I'm mega-excited about joining the Chiefs."
Navy running back Napoleon McCallum was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Raiders, the 108th player chosen. But he has a five-year commitment to the Navy.
Also in the fourth round, Penn State linebacker Rogers Alexander (6-2 1/2, 210) was picked by the New York Jets. He was All-Met at DeMatha.