There were some downright interesting football players selected by the Washington Redskins with their 11 picks in last week's National Football League draft, but the one who might end up getting involved in the team's most intriguing drama comes to town with one of the cleanest resumes.
Quarterback Mark Rypien, a sixth-round choice from Washington State who reminds the Redskins of Jay Schroeder, has been given an "excellent chance" to make the team by General Manager Bobby Beathard.
The Redskins are very likely to keep three quarterbacks this season, but right now, they have five: Schroeder, Joe Theismann, Babe Laufenberg, Rypien and free agent Stan Yagiello of William and Mary.
Assuming Yagiello doesn't stay for long, is Theismann, still recovering from his broken right leg, the odd-man out?
"It's the same old thing," said Coach Joe Gibbs. "We'll just let them compete and evaluate them then. With Joe, I don't think there are some things you could answer yet."
But Gibbs went on to say Rypien "is potentially the guy you want to have . . . With Jay and Babe and this guy, you can kind of get them out there and start getting a picture."
A week from Monday, the 11 draftees, the eight free agents signed Friday, other free agents and some of the veterans will begin minicamp, when decisions will start to be made. The Redskins have a pretty good idea that their top three picks -- defensive end Markus Koch, wide receiver Walter Murray and safety Alvin Walton -- will be good enough to make this team, but, then again, they remember Tory Nixon a year ago.
But what of some of these others? The Redskins are convinced Arkansas linebacker Ravin Caldwell, their fifth-round choice, would have been about a third-round pick if he had not fractured his kneecap and missed the last half of last season.
He is expected to be fine, but it's uncertain how much, if anything, he will be able to do at minicamp. Gibbs, who used to coach at Arkansas and still has friends there, said Caldwell will get a shot at outside linebacker but could move to the middle, a valuable switch for the Redskins to add depth behind Neal Olkewicz.
Running back Rick Badanjek was another interesting selection. The Redskins apparently loaded up on "characters," as Gibbs called them, and Badanjek, a short-yardage specialist from Maryland, is no exception. The Redskins like that. Badanjek is likely to challenge veteran Otis Wonsley for the fifth running back/special teams spot.
Brigham Young's Kurt Gouveia, the eighth-round selection, is another linebacking prospect, but would be a longshot to make the team. He was the top tackler at a school known almost exclusively for offense.
The Redskins filled out their draft with a cornerback (Texas A&M's Wayne Asberry), a running back (Henderson State's Kenny Fells) and a wide receiver (Idaho's Eric Yarber).
If you're a late-round pick, you'd probably want to be one of the Redskins', considering recent history: defensive tackle Dean Hamel and tight end Clint Didier were selected in the 12th round and running back Keith Griffin was selected in the 10th, to name a few.
The date of the Redskins' preseason game at New England has been changed to Sunday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Stadium. The game was previously scheduled for Aug. 8 at 8 p.m., but was changed at the Patriots' request.