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Famous names called during NFL Europa Free Agent Draft

February 26, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release

Two former NFL starters were among 134 promising young players chosen by the six NFL Europa League teams during Friday's free agent draft.

Running back QUENTIN GRIFFIN and wide receiver RASHAUN WOODS will suit up for the Hamburg Sea Devils this spring after being chosen in the first and fifth rounds, respectively.

Griffin was a fourth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2003. He started five games for the Broncos from 2003-04, rushing for 656 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a knee injury. He rushed for 3,756 yards and 44 touchdowns during a stellar college career at Oklahoma.

Woods, who was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, becomes the sixth former NFL first-round draft pick to play in NFL Europa.

Following are the NFL first-round draft picks to play in the NFL Europa League:

Name Pos NFL Team NFL Europa Team

Rashaun Woods WR San Francisco 2004 Hamburg 2007

Akili Smith QB Cincinnati 1999 Frankfurt 2005

Andre Ware QB Detroit 1990 Berlin 1999

Gaston Green RB LA Rams 1988 London 1996

William Perry DT Chicago 1985 London 1996

Percy Snow LB Kansas City 1990 Rhein 1996

Woods caught seven passes for 160 yards and one touchdown as a rookie in San Francisco. He was a Big 12 record-setter at Oklahoma State, where he caught 293 passes for 4,414 yards and 42 touchdowns.

The Berlin Thunder kicked off the free agent draft by selecting Nicholls State cornerback CHRIS THOMPSON, who played 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, recording 10 tackles as a member of LOVIE SMITH's defense.

After Hamburg grabbed Griffin with the second overall pick, the Cologne Centurions chose South Carolina guard JON ALSTON. The Rhein Fire also took an offensive lineman with their first pick as they snapped up Auburn tackle TROY REDDICK.

The Amsterdam Admirals selected defensive lineman MARCUS WEST, who was a two-year starter and All-Conference USA award-winner at Memphis.

Closing out the first round, the Frankfurt Galaxy chose linebacker ZAC WOODFIN, who saw action with the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. The University of Alabama-Birmingham graduate also boasts practice squad experience with the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

There were also several names familiar to fans in Europe as NFLEL head coaches either protected or drafted stars from previous campaigns.

Amsterdam protected two key offensive performers in running back LARRY CROOM and offensive tackle MARKO CAVKA. Croom, who was a starter for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, rushed for a team-high 427 yards and six touchdowns last spring. Cavka started every game on the league's top-ranked offense.

Cologne added depth to its tight end position with the drafting of BOBBY BLIZZARD, who caught 34 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns as a member of the 2005 Sea Devils.

Frankfurt moved to bolster its defense with the protection of key free agents in linebacker MATT SINCLAIR and cornerback BILL ALFORD. In leading the Galaxy to World Bowl success in 2006, Sinclair recorded 49 tackles and 3.0 sacks, while Alford added 34 stops and four passes defensed.

Hamburg will welcome back 2005 All-NFL Europa League safety SHAWN MAYER, who also played for the team in 2006, while Rhein protected the defensive end pairing of DERRICK STRONG and ZACH VILLE that combined for 7.0 sacks a year ago. Strong was named to the 2006 All-NFL Europa League team.

PROTECTED FREE AGENT PLAYERS (Protected players counted against 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th round picks in the NFLEL Free Agent Draft)

NFLEL team First Name Last Name Pos College

Amsterdam Marko Cavka T Sacramento State

Amsterdam Larry Croom RB UNLV

Amsterdam Abraham Elimimian CB Hawaii

Amsterdam Ben Hall TE Clemson

Cologne Tyler King DE Connecticut

Frankfurt Bill Alford CB Vanderbilt

Frankfurt Justin Brown DE East Central University

Frankfurt Charles Missant C Western Michigan

Frankfurt Matt Sinclair LB Illinois

Hamburg Byron Hardmon LB Florida

Hamburg Shawn Mayer S Penn State

Rhein Derrick Strong DE Illinois

Rhein Zach Ville DE Missouri


Round NFLEL Team First Name Last Name Pos College

1 Berlin Chris Thompson CB Nicholls State

1 Hamburg Quentin Griffin RB Oklahoma

1 Cologne Jon Alston G South Carolina

1 Rhein Troy Reddick T Auburn

1 Amsterdam Marcus West DE Memphis

1 Frankfurt Zac Woodfin LB Alabama-Birmingham

2 Berlin Lauvale Sape DT Utah

2 Hamburg Michael Harden CB Missouri

2 Cologne George Gause DE South Carolina

2 Rhein Wally Dada CB Washington State

2 Amsterdam Norman Heuer DT Michigan

2 Frankfurt Edorian McCullough CB Texas

3 Frankfurt David Jones TE Lousiana State

3 Amsterdam Tim Jones DE South Florida

3 Rhein Jesse Boone C Utah

3 Cologne Cedrick Holt CB North Carolina

3 Hamburg Cliff Washburn T Citadel

3 Berlin Seante Williams DE Jacksonville State

4 Berlin Jabari Levey T South Carolina

4 Hamburg Gary Gibson DT Rutgers

4 Cologne C.J. Brooks G Maryland

4 Rhein Aaron Harris LB Texas

4 Amsterdam Jacob Elimimian CB San Diego State

4 Frankfurt Craig Bailey LB Nevada

5 Frankfurt Ben Sobieski G Iowa

5 Amsterdam Tanuvasa Moe LB Hawaii

5 Rhein Erik Jensen TE Iowa

5 Cologne Bobby Blizzard TE North Carolina

5 Hamburg Rashaun Woods WR Oklahoma State

5 Berlin Chris Harrell CB Penn State

6 Berlin Matt Henshaw TE Florida State

6 Hamburg Marcus Lawrence LB South Carolina

6 Cologne A.J. Harris RB Northern Illinois

6 Rhein DeJuan Skinner T West Texas A&M

6 Amsterdam Sameeh McDonald T Rutgers

6 Frankfurt Brandon Middleton WR Houston

7 Frankfurt Bobby Harris T Mississippi

7 Amsterdam Deandre Eiland S South Carolina

7 Rhein Calvin Carlyle S Oregon State

7 Cologne Devan Long DE Oregon

7 Hamburg Bryan Watje TE San Jose State

7 Berlin Steve Paris S Iowa State

8 Berlin Damien Rhodes RB Syracuse

8 Hamburg Vernell Brown CB Florida

8 Cologne Kellen Davis T Oklahoma State

8 Rhein Ryan Hoffman DE Shippenberg State

8 Amsterdam Donovan Raiola C Wisconsin

8 Frankfurt Robert Ortiz WR San Diego State

9 Frankfurt Kyle Killion LB Indiana

9 Amsterdam Jordan Hicks DE Abilene Christian

9 Rhein Scott Farley S Williams

9 Cologne Rod Olds C Jacksonville State

9 Hamburg Mike Pinkard TE Arizona State

9 Berlin Keon Raymond CB Middle Tennessee

10 Berlin Quartez Vickerson DT Grand Valley State

10 Hamburg Javon Nanton DE Miami

10 Cologne Martin Patterson LB Texas Christian

10 Rhein Earvin Johnson TE UNLV

10 Amsterdam Sam McGrew LB Florida State

10 Frankfurt Josh Sewell C Nebraska

11 Frankfurt Bill Alford CB Vanderbilt

11 Amsterdam Marko Cavka T Sacramento State

11 Rhein Derrick Strong DE Illinois

11 Cologne Tyler King DE Connecticut

11 Hamburg Byron Hardmon LB Florida

11 Berlin Steven Vieira G UCLA

12 Berlin Samario Houston LB Catawba

12 Hamburg Shawn Mayer S Penn State

12 Cologne Ernest Jones DT Tennessee State

12 Rhein Zach Ville DE Missouri

12 Amsterdam Larry Croom RB UNLV

12 Frankfurt Justin Brown DE East Central University

13 Frankfurt Charles Missant C Western Michigan

13 Amsterdam Abraham Elimimian CB Hawaii

13 Rhein Brennan Schmidt DT Virginia

13 Cologne Mario Hill WR Mississippi

13 Hamburg Nick Hagemann T South Dakota

13 Berlin Jameel Dumas LB Syracuse

14 Berlin Jay McCareins CB Princeton

14 Hamburg Michael Ford CB Duquesne

14 Cologne Jon Simmons DE South Florida

14 Rhein Jimmy Dixon FB Georgia Tech

14 Amsterdam Ben Hall TE Clemson

14 Frankfurt Matt Sinclair LB Illinois

15 Frankfurt Charles Anthony RB Tennessee State

15 Amsterdam Lawrence Pinson LB Oklahoma State

15 Rhein Chris Hawkins CB Marshall

15 Cologne Kenton Johnson T Georgia Tech

15 Hamburg Tony Hollings RB Georgia Tech

15 Berlin Robin Meadow T Washington

16 Berlin Sha-Ron Edwards RB Illinois State

16 Hamburg Thomas Smith DT Pittsburgh

16 Cologne Burl Toler WR Cal-Berkley

16 Rhein Taylor Schmidt C San Diego State

16 Amsterdam Greg Carothers LB Washington

16 Frankfurt Ron Rockett S Wyoming

17 Frankfurt Raymond Washington CB Fresno State

17 Amsterdam Larry Dibbles DT Texas

17 Rhein Steve Franklin G Syracuse

17 Cologne Victor Phillips CB Southern

17 Hamburg Justin Jenkins WR Mississippi State

17 Berlin Bernard Opoku S Jacksonville

18 Berlin Bobby Payne DE Middle Tennessee

18 Hamburg Adam O'Connor G William & Mary

18 Cologne Jamar Enzor LB Cincinnati

18 Rhein Michael Franklin RB San Diego State

18 Amsterdam Phil Hawkins G Houston

18 Frankfurt Chris Laskowski S Florida Atlantic

19 Frankfurt Kellen Pruitt LB Syracuse

19 Amsterdam Wendell Hunter LB California-Berkley

19 Rhein Jeff Green DE Florida A&M

19 Cologne Mike Douglas TE Massachusetts

19 Hamburg Robert Durham CB Tuskegee

19 Berlin Daniel Martz C Alabama

20 Berlin Jason Flowers CB Toledo

20 Hamburg Jason Peterson DE North Dakota

20 Cologne Antwann Carter RB Boise State

20 Rhein Quentin Swain LB Florida Atlantic

20 Amsterdam Cole Downer TE Clemson

20 Frankfurt Roscoe Crosby WR Clemson

21 Frankfurt Felton Huggins WR Southeastern Louisiana

21 Amsterdam Jeremy Darveau T Louisville

21 Rhein John Glass T Rutgers

21 Cologne Trenton Jordan DE Central Florida

21 Hamburg Ryan Hamby TE Ohio State

21 Berlin Tim Clarke LB Lenoir-Rhyne

22 Berlin Mike Mendenhall DE Temple

22 Hamburg Charles Hall CB Southeastern Louisiana

22 Cologne Terrance Butler CB Wyoming

22 Rhein Cal Murray RB Miami (Ohio)

23 Rhein Mike Andrews LB Youngstown State

23 Hamburg Ezra Landry WR Southern

23 Berlin Scott Mitchell WR Kentucky

24 Hamburg Kenny Kern LB Delaware State

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