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Cleveland Selects Joe Minucci With Top Pick In Dispersal Draft

October 26, 2007 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK - Cleveland acquired four additional draft picks via trades with Colorado, Chicago, New York, and Utah for future considerations to select DL JOE MINUCCI (6-3, 298, Delaware) with the top pick and WR OTIS AMEY (5-10, 192, Sacramento St.) with the 11th pick of the dispersal draft.

Minucci recorded 3.5 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in seven games in 2007. Now entering his fourth AFL season, Minucci has totaled 48.5 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and nine passes defensed.

Amey ranked fourth amongst rookies in receiving yards (1,035), and fifth in receptions (88).

The Grand Rapids Rampage selected All-Arena First Team DB AHMAD HAWKINS (5-10, 188, Virginia) with the third overall pick and All-Rookie Team WR KENNY HIGGINS (6-1, 187, Toledo) with the 16th selection.

Hawkins, entering his sixth AFL season, tied the single-season interceptions record with 13, while ranking second on the Kats defense with 71.5 tackles. Hawkins has the third-most interceptions over the past two seasons with 17.

National Conference Champion Columbus Destroyers selected 2007 Kicker of the Year MARK LEWIS (5-9, 180, Florida International) with the sixth overall pick.

Lewis ranked second in points by a kicker (155), connected on 15-of-25 FGs (60%), and 110-of-118 PATs, including a season-high of 48 consecutive on his way to his first Kicker of the Year award in only his third AFL season. Lewis currently has the second-most field goals converted over the past two seasons (37).

All undrafted players will become free agents. Free agency officially begins on Monday, October 29, 2007.

FIRST ROUND DISPERSAL DRAFT SELECTIONS

PICK SELECTING TEAM PLAYER POS HGT WGT COLLEGE

1 Cleveland AFL Joe Minucci DL 6-3 298 Delaware

2 Arizona Rattlers Lang Campbell QB 6-1 210 William & Mary

3 Grand Rapids Rampage Ahmad Hawkins DB 5-10 188 Virginia

4 Los Angeles Avengers Clay Harrell OL 6-2 300 Northern St.

5 New Orleans VooDoo Keon Raymond DB 5-10 190 Middle Tenn. St.

6 Columbus Destroyers Mark Lewis K 5-9 180 Florida International

7 Colorado Crush Aaron McConnell DL 6-3 295 Pittsburg St. (KS)

8 Utah Blaze Liam Ezekiel LB 6-1 255 Northeastern

9 Grand Rapids Rampage Terrell Browden FB/LB 6-3 265 Southern Mississippi

10 Philadelphia Soul Jonathan Ingram OL 6-3 300 San Diego St.

11 Cleveland AFL Otis Amey WR 5-10 192 Sacramento St.

12 Tampa Bay Storm Brian Howard DL 6-4 282 Idaho

13 Kansas City Brigade Delmonico Montgomery DB 6-0 195 Houston

14 Cleveland AFL Sakeen Wright WR 6-3 225 Rowan

15 San Jose SaberCats Toure Carter WR/DB 5-10 183 Ashland

16 Grand Rapids Rampage Kenny Higgins WR 6-1 187 Toledo

17 Dallas Desperados Mike Williams DL 6-3 245 Texas College

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