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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, April 25, 2004

Tomlinson, Favre to Lead Cherries Offense

Defense Rests with Dawkins and Lewis

by Rip Snorter
Leading off the EFL draft with the selection of running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Delaware coach/GM Jon Brams built a Cherries team that promises to make a strong bid for the Central Division title. In the second round of the draft, which was held at league headquarters in Exton, Brams tabbed veteran quarterback Brett Favre to lead the offense.

Brams then turned to stocking the defense. Applying the baseball adage that a defense needs to be strong up the middle to his drafting task, Brams went for hard-hitting free safety Brian Dawkins in the third round, followed in successive rounds by menacing inside linebacker Ray Lewis, hulking nose tackle Kelly Gregg, and agile cornerback Champ Bailey.

The specialists are at opposite ends of the experience continuum: kicker John Kasay has been a fixture while punter Dirk Johnson is a relative newcomer to pro football. Backup wide receiver Dante Hall will be a breakaway threat returning both kickoffs and punts.

Cherries Projected Starters
89Travis TaylorWR6-1210
69Jordan GrossOT6-4300
66Bennie AndersonG6-5345
63Hank FraleyC6-2300
74Ruben BrownG6-3300
76Bryant McKinnnieOT6-8335
82Daniel GrahamTE6-3257
83Bobby ShawWR6-1185
4Brett FavreQB6-2224
21LaDainian TomlinsonRB5-10221
49Tony RichardsonFB6-1238
90Julius PeppersDE6-6283
97Kelly GreggNT6-0310
95Terrell SuggsDE6-3260
51Carlos EmmonsLB6-5250
59London FletcherLB5-10245
52Ray LewisLB6-1245
55Dhani JonesLB6-1240
24Champ BaileyCB6-0192
22Travis FisherCB5-10189
32Michael LewisS6-1211
20Brian DawkinsS6-0210
8Dirk JohnsonP6-0205
14John KasayNT5-10198
18Dante HallKR-PR5-8187

For their 29th pick, the Cherries took the ageless sackmeister Bruce Smith. Not projected as a starter at defensive end, Smith is expected to play only one year before retiring. He should be a fan favorite.

Brams defended the selection of 34-year old Favre as starting quarterback. “Brett has the attitude and arm of a much-younger player. He was in the top tier of available quarterbacks. He's a great leader, and I was thrilled he was available in the second round. If his legs begin to give out Drew Brees [selected in the 27th round] should be ready to step in and be our guy for many seasons to come.”

Asked about the most pleasant surprise of his drafting day, Brams at first said Favre's availability in round two but quickly changed his mind. “Come to think of it, we were surprised Ray Lewis was even available in the third round. We almost took him then but decided Brian [Dawkins] has more years left. When Ray was still on the board at four it was hard to keep from grinning.” Curiously, former Lewis sidekick Peter Boulware was the first round selection of the Baltimore Bolts and furthermore, the first defensive player selected by any team.

EFL Draft Rounds 1-5
DELAWARERB LaDainian TomlinsonQB Brett FavreS Brian DawkinsLB Ray LewisNT Kelly Gregg
AlbanyQB Trent GreenLB Jessie ArmsteadWR Santana MossOT Matt LightCB Troy Vincent
WashingtonQB Daunte CulpepperWR Hines WardDE Michael StrahanK David AkersLB Willie McGinest
ConnecticutQB Tom BradyLB LaVar ArringtonLB Takeo SpikesWR David BostonRB Tony Fisher
New YorkRB Stephen DavisTE Tony GonzalesQB Jake DelhommeCB Chris McAlisterCB Antoine Winfield
PhiladelphiaRB Jamal LewisLB Edgerton HartwellRB Moe WilliamsLB Tedy BruschiS Adam Archuleta
ProvidenceRB Priest HolmesWR Torry HoltC Kevin MawaeWR Eric MouldsQB Marc Bulger
PittsburghRB Ahman GreenRB Najeh DavenportS Rodney HarrisonS Ed ReedOT Mark Tauscher
RichmondQB Donovan McNabbWR Steve SmithS Corey ChavousWR Amani ToomerS Aeneas Williams
Atlantic CityRB Onterrio SmithQB Vinny TestaverdeWR Isaac BruceLB Shawn BarberS Jerome Woods
SyracuseWR Laveranues ColesRB Brian WestbrookRB Duce StaleyDT Corey SimonDE Mike Rucker
BaltimoreLB Peter BoulwareWR Randy MossG Kevin DonnalleyRB Curtis MartinFB Nick Goings