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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, April 21, 2007

Cherries Draft Trio, Anticipate Owners’ Meeting

Locals to Seek QB, OL, and WR in June

by Rip Snorter
Unlike recent off-seasons, when the Delaware Cherries were able to rely almost totally on the draft to fill holes in their line-up, this off-season they will have to wait to fill some until the EFL owners’ meeting in June. A record low number of retirements and defections to rival leagues kept Delaware from participating beyond the third round in yesterday’s 2007 draft. With the draftees in the Cherries fold, these holes are left for the Cherries to try to fill at the owners’ meeting:

Back to the draft … the first player taken was linebacker A.J. Hawk. He was picked by Philadelphia. Three wide receivers were picked in the first round — Keyshawn Johnson, by Baltimore at number three, Santonio Holmes by Atlantic City at number six, and Donte Stallworth by Richmond at number seven.

No quarterbacks were taken until the third round when Richmond selected PCFL veteran Jeff Garcia with the 26th pick overall to be Donovan McNabb’s new backup. That was it for signal callers for several rounds. Then in the eight round, Albany drafted SFL defector Steve McNair and Syracuse took journeyman Charlie Batch, the latter mentioned as a possible subject of interest by the Cherries.

These injured players had their rights retained:

None of the teams retaining rights were forced to use draft picks for that purpose.

The league has posted the list of all picks on its website.