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Issa boogies to Barcelona in NFLEL free agent draft

February 5, 2002
NFL Europe

Jonathan Brown has a new home with the Amsterdam Admirals.Photo:

F.C. Barcelona Dragons head coach Jack Bicknell put on his dancing shoes to make former University of Washington defensive tackle Jabari Issa the first pick of the NFL Europe League's free agent draft.

Issa, who revels in the nickname 'Disco Bear', played for the Arizona Cardinals for two years, posting 39 tackles and 1 sack.

Defensive players dominated the first round of the draft with the Amsterdam Admirals using the second pick to take former Tennessee defensive end Jonathan Brown, who was named Co-Defensive MVP of the NFLEL 2000 season after posting 10 sacks for the Berlin Thunder. Ironically, the Thunder and Admirals have swapped MVPs, with Berlin having already been assigned Chicago Bears defensive end Roshaun Matthews, the 2001 MVP with 9.5 sacks.

The Rhein Fire chose a familiar face with their first round pick in defensive end Derrick Ham, who made the All-NFLEL team in 2000 after posting 9 sacks.

James Brown returns to the Claymores to battle for the starting quarterback position.Photo:
The other first round selections were former Arizona cornerback Jermaine Chatman, who was picked by the Scottish Claymores, ex-Troy State defensive tackle Al Lucas, who is bound for the Frankfurt Galaxy, and former Alabama defensive end Reggie Grimes, chosen by the Berlin Thunder.

A two-time All-NFLEL selction was chosen in the sixth round when cornerback JORDAN YOUNGER, who made the team as a kick returner while with the Rhein Fire, was chosen by Amsterdam.

Defensive domination was demonstrated by only seven offensive players being selected in the first seven rounds.

The Dragons' ninth-round selection was quarterback Josh Heupel, who led Oklahoma University to the 2000 NCAA national championship before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2001.

  • Following the NFL Allocation, the Scottish Claymores were assigned two free agent quarterbacks, former University of Texas play-caller James Brown, who passed for 364 yards and 1 touchdown as the Claymores' back-up last season, and David Priestley, from the University Pittsburgh.


    Round NFLEL team Player Pos College
    1 Barcelona Jabari Issa DT Washington
    1 Amsterdam Jonathan Brown DE Tennessee
    1 Scotland Jermaine Chatman CB Arizona
    1 Frankfurt Al Lucas DT Troy State
    1 Rhein Derrick Ham DE Miami
    1 Berlin Reggie Grimes DE Alabama
    2 Barcelona J�Juan Cherry CB Arizona State
    2 Amsterdam Marcel Howard T Iowa State
    2 Scotland Deveron Harper CB Notre Dame
    2 Frankfurt Fred Jones LB Colorado
    2 Rhein Dwayne Ledford G East Carolina
    2 Berlin Rod Kelly DE NE Oklahoma State
    3 Berlin Daryon Brutley CB Northern Iowa
    3 Rhein Gillis Wilson DE Southern
    3 Frankfurt Dustin Cohen LB Miami-Ohio
    3 Scotland Chris Brown T Georgia Tech
    3 Amsterdam Mawuko Tugbenyoh LB California
    3 Barcelona Anthony Sessions LB Tennessee
    4 Barcelona Antuan Simmons CB Southern California
    4 Amsterdam Damonte McKenzie DE Clemson
    4 Scotland Michael Jennings WR Florida State
    4 Frankfurt Jonas Lewis RB San Diego State
    4 Rhein Shad Criss CB Missouri
    4 Berlin Mark Baniewicz T Syracuse
    5 Berlin Bryon Thweatt LB Virginia
    5 Rhein Lew Thomas RB Vanderbilt
    5 Frankfurt Derick Pack LB James Madison
    5 Scotland Ronald Rogers C Western Michigan
    5 Amsterdam Kenny Jackson LB Nevada-Reno
    5 Barcelona Jerry Johnson DT Florida State
    6 Barcelona Marcus Smith CB Memphis
    6 Amsterdam Jordan Younger CB/KR Connecticut
    6 Scotland Gary Davis LB New Mexico
    6 Frankfurt Deshawn Abram CB Wyoming
    6 Rhein Andre Arnold LB Grambling State
    6 Berlin Calvin Coleman CB Montana
    7 Berlin Setema Gali DE Brigham Young
    7 Rhein Todd Delamielluere LB Hofstra
    7 Frankfurt Calvin Spears CB Grambling
    7 Scotland Chris Ball LB California
    7 Amsterdam Seneca McMillan CB Nicholls State
    7 Barcelona Terrance Dukes LB Grambling State
    8 Barcelona Kenny Harney LB South Carolina
    8 Amsterdam Tony Ortiz LB Nebraska
    8 Scotland Ryan Nielsen DT Southern California
    8 Frankfurt Ennis Davis DT Southern California
    8 Rhein Jonathan Burrough TE New Mexico
    8 Berlin Salem Simon DT Northwestern
    9 Berlin Shannon Wadley LB South Carolina
    9 Rhein Kwazi Leverette WR Syracuse
    9 Frankfurt David Pruce T Buffalo
    9 Scotland Keon Moore CB Southern Mississippi
    9 Amsterdam Bennitte Waddell T Tuskegee
    9 Barcelona Josh Heupel QB Oklahoma
    10 Barcelona * John Feugill T Maryland
    10 Amsterdam * Ryan Collins TE St.Thomas
    10 Scotland * Radell Lockhart DE Catawba
    10 Frankfurt * Chris Cummings CB Louisiana State
    10 Rhein * Greg Brown S Texas
    10 Berlin * Tim Carter CB Tulane
    11 Berlin * Freddie Moore T Florida A&M
    11 Rhein * Corey Callens DE Oklahoma
    11 Frankfurt * Bryan Ray DE Wake Forest
    11 Scotland * DeVonte Peterson DT Catawba
    11 Amsterdam * Rob Gatrell G Fresno State
    11 Barcelona * Rameel Connor DE Illinois
    12 Barcelona * Renard Cox CB Maryland
    12 Amsterdam Troy Grant CB Tennessee Tech
    12 Scotland * Yubranel Isabelle LB Virginia
    12 Frankfurt * Rashidi Barnes S Colorado
    12 Rhein * Jamel Smith LB Virginia Tech
    12 Berlin * Joe Wesley LB Louisiana State
    13 Berlin Jykine Bradley CB Middle Tennessee State
    13 Rhein Jeff McCurley C Pittsburgh
    13 Frankfurt Gregg Kellett TE/FB Marshall
    13 Scotland * Scott Shields S Weber State
    13 Amsterdam Carey Clayton C Texas El Paso
    13 Barcelona * Rashad Harris LB Louisville
    14 Barcelona Kyle Grove CB Norfolk State
    14 Amsterdam Larry Austin CB Virginia Tech
    14 Scotland Giovanni Toccagino TE Menlo
    14 Frankfurt Justin Gallimore CB Colorado State
    14 Rhein Ataveus Cash WR Hampton
    14 Berlin Marvin Coley DE North Alabama
    15 Berlin Michael Cook T Boston College
    15 Rhein Lawrence Story WR Jackson State
    15 Frankfurt Josh Whitman TE Illinois
    15 Scotland Kenny Jackson DT Mississippi
    15 Amsterdam Tito Simpson DT North Carolina
    15 Barcelona Ryan Fisher DT Oklahoma
    16 Barcelona Jason Short LB Eastern Michigan
    16 Amsterdam Damion Wright G Weber State
    16 Scotland Deron Tyler CB Kansas State
    16 Frankfurt Adam Tate RB Utah
    16 Rhein Frank Moreau RB Louisville
    16 Berlin Cedric Pittman DE Nevada Reno
    17 Berlin Aaron Harris RB Penn State
    17 Rhein Kendall Newson WR Middle Tennessee State
    17 Frankfurt Jeremy Beutler LB Ohio
    17 Scotland John Capel WR Florida
    17 Amsterdam Pernell Griffin LB East Carolina
    17 Barcelona Ryan Deterding T Shadron State
    18 Barcelona Zane Gilmore RB Missouri
    18 Amsterdam Dwan Epps LB Texas Southern
    18 Scotland Joey Slayton T Southern Methodist
    18 Frankfurt Corey Mitchell T Massachusetts
    18 Rhein Shane O�Neill S Southern Methodist
    18 Berlin Eli Wnek DE Arizona
    19 Berlin Phil Stambaugh QB Lehigh
    19 Rhein Mike Watkins QB Louisville
    19 Frankfurt Kevin Thompson QB Penn State
    19 Scotland Darnell Robinson LB Oregon State
    19 Amsterdam Billy Newman S Washington State
    19 Barcelona Aaron Dematteo WR Tennessee-Chattanooga
    20 Barcelona Adam Young TE Dartmouth College
    20 Amsterdam Matthew Hatchette WR Langston
    20 Frankfurt Frank Cutolo WR Eastern Illinois
    20 Rhein Bob Dzvonick DT Buffalo
    20 Berlin Kunle Williams DB Pennsylvania
    21 Amsterdam Romaro Miller QB Mississippi

    * Pick used to protect veteran player


    Buck Gurley DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Frankfurt Galaxy (University of Florida)

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