The UFL draft is underway

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Barely two days after the conclusion of the NFL draft, the UFL has started a draft of its own.

And at a time when the UFL hopes to lure undrafted free agents who can’t sign with NFL teams until the lockout ends, the first round has been devoted not to big-name guys that weren’t drafted but to players who may be more likely to join the UFL.

The first pick, by the Hartford Colonials, was Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson.  Next in round one, the Nighthawks laid claim to veteran cornerback Reynaldo Hill, who played for the Nighthawks in 2010.  Third, the Sacramento Mountain Lions picked Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn, who was among the undrafted incoming rookies.

Next, the Virginia Destroyers selected Martail Burnett, who played college football at Utah and who has spent time with a couple of NFL teams.  Fifth, and finally in the first round, the Las Vegas Locomotives picked former Furman tackle Joel Bell, who was NFL draft-eligible in 2009.

The draft is still unfolding, with all picks being announced on Twitter.  Selections include former NFL defensive tackle Ryan Sims, the eighth overall pick in 2002, by the Destroyers in round two and former Tennessee State center Cecil Newton, Jr., the brother of Cam Newton.

30 responses to “The UFL draft is underway

  1. Wow the lockout has sunken our profootball talk to this. This lockout sucks!!!

  2. I know which Newton has a better chance to succeed. Hint, he doesn’t have Jimmy Clausen as a teammate (yet at least)

  3. I know some people dont respect the UFL, but I’m one that does – thanks for keeping up the UFL news.

  4. There should be a website where you can go to see if you were drafted. I’m actually kind of excited!

  5. j0esixpack says: May 2, 2011 9:18 PM

    So if the last guy taken in the NFL draft is “Mr. Irrelevant” – what do you call the last guy taken in the UFL draft?
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    Mr. Suck-All

  6. So, I guess these guys take a bit of a risk if they actually sign with a UFL team. If they do, I don’t think they can sign with an NFL team as an undrafted FA.

  7. You know what? If the UfL aded more teams, and the lock out continues, I may become a UFL fan. Its stll guys playing the sport we love, football. And… I guess I kinda, sort of, at times have liked watching Jeff Garcia. And they got rid of that franchise that used a damn tree as their logo. Step in the right direction!

  8. I am betting very few undrafted free agents will make NFL rosters this year. At this point it is hard to see the labour dispute being resolved within the next month.

    That means the who off-season/training camp/pre-season process is going to be shortened leaving UFAs with less time to acclimatise and prove themselves. Coaches are going to be tempted to play safe and fill their rosters with as many veterans as possible. Undrafted players might well be better off trying to secure a season in the UFL or CFL rather than gambling on the NFL giving them a fair shot.

    There is always next year, and a season in professional football (albeit at a much lower level) might help them stick on a roster in 2012.

    Even if the court removes the stay, I doubt it will mean business will be conducted as it was under the CBA. There is nothing in anti-trust that proscribes when a business needs to start looking for new employees or how to run a sports league, just that a cartel cannot conspire to limit employee rights. The league will stall and provarocate because, absent the CBA it wont be able to do anything. Even attempting to sign draft picks could lead to an anti-trust violation, if just one draft pick decides he would rather play for another franchise and takes it to court.

    If AJ Green says he wants to play elsewhere the owners would have a hard time convincing a court that not one other franchise other than the Bengals would want him on their squad.

  9. So if the last guy taken in the NFL draft is “Mr. Irrelevant” – what do you call the last guy taken in the UFL draft?

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    Mr. Makes more than most people and plays a game.

  10. “j0esixpack says:
    May 2, 2011 9:18 PM
    So if the last guy taken in the NFL draft is “Mr. Irrelevant” – what do you call the last guy taken in the UFL draft?”

    Pat White?

  11. Tennessee State will soon be under NCAA investigation, and the right reverend Papa Pimp Newton allegedly demanded a BBQ meal, an oil change and a 5 hour energy drink for his services….

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    jw731 says:
    May 3, 2011 9:35 AM
    Tennessee State will soon be under NCAA investigation, and the right reverend Papa Pimp Newton allegedly demanded a BBQ meal, an oil change and a 5 hour energy drink for his services….
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    Yeah, shame on Cam’s father for agreeing to take money from a two-bit wanna-be hustler who was passing himself off as an agent so he can get Cam to go to his former Alma-Mater.

    Cecil should have been like those other parents and coaches who just wait for the school’s real agent to come and offer him money. That seems to be more acceptable. Especially if the school is a on the ESPN list of favorite vendors.

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