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Florida Tuskers take 12 players in 2010 UFL Draft

There will likely be plenty of roster changes between now and the start of the season in September for the United Football League’s Florida Tuskers.

On Wednesday the Tuskers added seven defensive players and five players on offense in the 2010 UFL Draft.

Florida used its first round pick (No. 4 overall) on linebacker Weston Dacus out of Arkansas and its second round pick (No. 9 overall) on former Georgia linebacker Arnold Harrison, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dacus played in eight games with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and was on their roster in 2009. Harrison played with the Steelers and Cleveland Browns, appearing in 25 NFL games where he recorded 35 tackles and a forced fumble.

“We need to get more speed and athleticism at the linebacker spot and these are two players who will have an immediate impact,” said Tuskers Head Coach Jay Gruden.

Overall, 60 players were selected in the draft, joining players already protected from the team’s 2009 rosters.  In addition, teams receiving free agent commitments were permitted to protect an additional 20 players, taking each team’s provisional roster to the maximum of 52 allowed. From June 3 onwards, teams may increase that number to 70 players.

The expansion Omaha Nighthawks selected defensive end Dewayne White, a former second round NFL Draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Louisville, with the first overall selection of draft.

In the third round the Tuskers selected wide receiver John Standeford out of Purdue and later took Texas Southern wideout Cortez Hankton in the eighth round. Gruden also used his ninth-round pick on former Florida Atlantic defensive back Corey Small. Hankton played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-06, catching 34 balls for 310 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 34 NFL games. Standeford is the Big Ten’s all-time leading reception leader with 266 catches; while Small played under legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger, who was Gruden’s college coach at Louisville.

Other Florida selections included Portland State linebacker Erik Pederson (Round 4, No. 19 overall), former Toledo safety Tyrrell Herbert (Round 5, No. 24), Ohio State lineman Adrien Clark (Round 6, No. 29), Wake Forest fullback Kevin Harris (Round 7, No. 33), Stony Brook defensive end Chris Perri (Round 10, No. 50), defensive end Greg Middleton (Round 11, No. 54) out of Indiana and former Maryland center Melvin Fowler (Round 12, No. 58).

Players selected in Wednesday’s draft shall remain on each team’s Reserved Unsigned List until formally added to the roster by virtue of a negotiated contract.

UFL Draft results are available at UFL-Football

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