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Busy Bartering in Fourth Round

April 21, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ If NFL fans thought most of the trading of draft picks takes place in the top two rounds, they should look at Sunday’s fourth round.

The first five choices in that round were dealt by the teams that originally owned them. The Jets sent their pick to Tampa Bay, which took tackle Jason Odom of Florida to begin the second day of the draft. Minnesota got Arizona’s pick and selected Hunter Goodwin, a tight end from Texas A&M.

Jacksonville owned the third choice of the round, but it was traded to Miami, then to Kansas City, which took linebacker Donnie Edwards of UCLA.

Things got even wilder with the next spot, originally owned by the New York Giants. It went from Dallas to Miami to Jacksonville to Seattle _ yes, five teams owned one pick. The Seahawks drafted DE Phillip Daniels of Georgia.

Denver acquired the next pick from Baltimore and used it for quarterback Jeff Lewis of Northern Arizona.

Later in the fourth round, five successive picks, Nos. 109-113, were traded. In all, 14 fourth-round picks were dealt.

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PEDIGREES: Defensive back Anthony Dorsett of Pittsburgh, son of Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, who also went to Pitt, was taken 177th by Houston. His father was the second overall pick in 1977.

New England’s fourth-round selection was Heath Irwin, a guard from Colorado. His pedigree is in another sport: Heath’s uncle is Hale Irwin, the golfing star who has won three U.S. Opens and won Sunday’s PGA Seniors’ Championship.

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JUCO PICK: Juran Bolden, who last played college ball at Mississippi Delta Junior College, was taken with the 127th choice. Bolden played in eight games for Winnipeg of the CFL last season and led the Blue Bombers with six interceptions. He also has been timed at 4.36 in the 40, a tremendous time.

``He’s a great athlete,″ Falcons coach June Jones said. ``He’s going to be a project, but he has a possibility of developing into a starting choice in the NFL. We’ll work out a deal with Winnipeg to work out a contract.″

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ONE KICKER: The first kicker chosen in the draft was Brian Gragert, by Denver on the 236th pick, late in the final round. Gragert of Wyoming had a 40.6 net average.

Gragert also was the last kicker chosen.

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MR. IRRELEVANT: The last player chosen in the draft Sunday, No. 254 overall, was linebacker Sam Manuel of New Mexico State. He was taken by San Francisco, which also drafted his identical twin brother, tight end Sean, earlier in the seventh round.

Both Manuels played two years at Laney (Calif.) Junior College before going to New Mexico State. Sam played both outside linebacker and defensive end as a senior, when he had 73 tackles, 15 for losses, and 5 1/2 sacks.

As the last pick in the draft, Samuel Manuel becomes the latest ``Mr. Irrelevant,″ a tag arising from annual festivities later this summer in Newport Beach, Calif., for the final selection of the draft.

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