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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, March 28, 2004

Cherries Snag Top Spot in EFL Draft

Management Eyes RB Tomlinson

by Rip Snorter
Lady Luck smiled upon the Delaware Cherries in the EFL draft lottery held at the league office in Exton. After matching the queen card drawn by the Albany Racers in the first set of draws, Cherries coach/GM Jon Brams won the tiebreaker to snag the top position in the upcoming draft. In the tiebreaker draws Albany drew a three leaving Brams needing only a four or better. He drew a four, smiled, and pumped his fists.
EFL Draft Order
123456
Delaware
Cherries
Albany
Racers
Washington
Capitols
Connecticut
Comets
New York
Empires
Philadelphia
Lakers
 
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Providence
Steam Roller
Pittsburgh
Ironmen
Richmond
Rebels
Atlantic City
Seagulls
Syracuse
Crush
Baltimore
Bolts

As Brams accepted congratulations from the front office contingent who accompanied him to Exton from Newark, he hinted that running back LaDainian Tomlinson would be the Cherries' pick. "Of the guys we're looking at, Tomlinson offers the most upside. With the relatively high number of decent quarterbacks, we can probably wait for the second round to get one," he said.

In a lottery in which eight of the twelve picks were decided by tiebreakers, most of the Cherries' Central Division rivals did well. The New York Empires and Philadelphia Lakers competed in a three-way tiebreaker for the fourth pick. The Empires ended up with pick number five while the Lakers fell to the sixth position. The Atlantic City Seagulls got the 10th pick by drawing second best in another three-way tiebreaker for the ninth slot.

The booby prize 12th position went to the Cherries' van mates — the Baltimore Bolts. No doubt Brams and company ribbed the Bolts contingent on the return trip to Newark while also savoring their good fortune and salivating over LaDainian Tomlinson.


EFL Draft Lottery Card Draws
TeamInitialTiebreaker
AlbanyQ3
Connecticut8K
Providence7 
Syracuse54
Atlantic City56
DELAWAREQ4
New York85
Philadelphia83
Baltimore4 
Pittsburgh6 
Richmond510
Washington10