Kevin Dyson's only problem with the Tennessee Oilers is that he can't report to work immediately.
"I was kind of disappointed they're not having a camp for rookies so I could have a learning experience, see who's here, put the faces with the names," their first-round draftee, from Utah, said Sunday."I hear the names `Willie Davis' and `Chris Sanders.' I've never seen them before or anything."
Dyson, who is only three classes short of a second undergraduate degree, had hoped the NFL would let draftees that have graduated join their teams before June 1.
Instead he will have to satisfy himself by studying the playbook and breaking down film. He also met with the strength coach for a workout plan and asked for game films.
The Oilers came into the draft saying they wanted the best athletes available. They wound up with a wide receiver and two linemen on offense and three cornerbacks, a lineman and a linebacker to help a defense that ranked 27th in the NFL last year.
"It worked out pretty much the way we wanted," said general manager Floyd Reese. "We got some big guys. We got some fast kids. We got some high character kids. All in all, we have to feel pretty good."
Dyson should play right away, teaming with free agent signee Yancey Thigpen to improve quarterback Steve McNair's targets downfield. Davis led the receivers with just 43 catches as the Oilers' passing game was 29th in the league.
Running precise routes is a trademark of Dyson's. The 6-foot-1 receiver also is known for acrobatic catches and grabbing the ball in a crowd.
He set a school record with 192 career catches, including 60 for 824 yards last season in earning All-Western Athletic Conference honors for a second straight year.
But the Oilers are even happier with how Dyson, the oldest of four children, acts off the field. He has worked with the sheriff's department each of the past three summers, has been a peacemaker for teammates and appreciates that people look up to him.
"I can't be on the streets drinking and smoking. I have people that look up to me, let alone the little kids that watch me," Dyson said.
Samari Rolle, the 46th pick overall in the second round, also is expected to contribute early to a defensive secondary that struggled. Rookie Denard Walker ended up starting 11 games in a defense that puts a lot of pressure on corners.
"That's something I'm looking forward to," Rolle said. "That's mostly what we played at Florida State - a lot of blitzing, man-to-man."
The Oilers, who also drafted 6-0 corner Dainon Sidney of Alabama-Birmingham in Saturday's third round, went heavily for defense Sunday. They picked tackle Joe Salave'a of Arizona in the fourth, cornerback Lee Wiggins of South Carolina in the sixth and linebacker Jimmy Sprotte in the seventh.
They tried to add some depth on the offensive line with guard Benji Olson of Washington (fifth round, No. 139 overall) and Florida State center Kevin Long (seventh round, 229th overall).
"I think it's going to be a real solid draft," Reese said. "I can see almost everybody coming in and helping in some way."