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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, April 22, 2006

Great Scott! Cherries Revamp Linebacking Corps

Aussie Punter Tabbed as Delaware Picks 11

by Rip Snorter
The Delaware Cherries looked to last night’s EFL draft to fill two huge openings in their linebacking corps resulting from Ray Lewis’ injury and Terrell Suggs’ move back to end. To that end they used a first round pick, the seventh overall, on Bart Scott, a fourth year pro from Southern Illinois, and their third round pick on Trev Faulk, a second year pro from LSU. Scott will take Suggs’ spot on the outside, and Faulk will share inside responsibilities with London Fletcher.

With their other first round pick, the ninth overall, which they acquired from Philadelphia in the Brett Favre deal, Delaware picked up a guard — second year pro Shawn Andrews from Arkansas, whom they expect will challenge the aging Bennie Anderson for a starting spot.

The Cherries’ picks immediately before and after Faulk are intriguing:

As for the rest of the league, these players were, like Scott and Andrews, taken with first round picks:

Of the eight quarterbacks picked, none is expected to jump right into a starting role. The most noteworthy is Eli Manning, the brother of MWFL icon Peyton Manning. The younger Manning was taken by Pittsburgh in the seventh round. The most experienced signal caller chosen was 37‑year old Brad Johnson, by Washington, who returns to the EFL after several seasons in the SFL. Johnson formerly played with Atlantic City and New York.

After Graham, Delaware selected three consecutive rookies — offensive lineman Junius Coston from North Carolina A & T, defensive back Corey Webster from LSU, and running back Ryan Moats, a speedster from Louisiana Tech. The Cherries hope Moats can succeed Mike Cloud who at age 30 has accumulated wear.

In the eighth round Delaware turned its attention back to the shoring up the linebacker depth chart: They took SFL refugee Chris Draft and followed in the ninth with rookie Marques Harris from Colorado and South Utah State.

Cherries fans waiting to see whether the team would draft a replacement for retired backup quarterback Rohan Davey would have to wait all the way to the 10th round. With their final pick, Delaware took Philip Rivers, a second year pro from North Carolina State.

Before Delaware GM/coach Jon Brams left for the day, he used an 11th round pick to retain the rights to Lewis. Lewis was arguably the highest profile player whose rights would be retained — but not the first.

The draft would go to the 18th round. With the 152nd pick overall, Baltimore ended the festivities, which were held at night for the first time, by taking tight end Mike Sellers. To see a list of all picks check the league’s website.