Rodney Peete has one consolation for being ignored until the sixth round of the NFL draft. He's probably the first quarterback taken that late who's been told by his coach that he has a chance to become an immediate starter.

The Southern California quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up, rated by many coaches and scouts behind only Troy Aikman at his position in the draft, didn't go until Detroit chose him as the second pick of the sixth round.But even as the pick was made, Lions Coach Wayne Fontes told him that Detroit's new run-and-shoot offense could give him an edge over Detroit's three current quarterbacks - Chuck Long, Eric Hipple and Rusty Hilger.

The only players from Utah schools taken in the Monday session were Utah State quarterback Brent Snyder, by Chicago, and wide receiver Kendal Smith, by Cincinnati, both in the seventh round; and BYU defensive back Rodney Rice, by New England, and offensive tackle Warren Wheat, by the Rams, both in the eighth round.