UFL to Hold Player Draft on May 2

The head coaches of the five United Football League teams will announce their selections in the 2011 UFL Draft through their respective accounts on Monday, May 2.  Round by round selections will then be posted at and on team facebook groups.

“We believe this will be a social media first as our head coaches announce their selections exclusively to their Twitter followers,” said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE, who will announce the First Round selections from his Twitter account before the head coaches take over.

“The UFL Draft plays an important role in stocking our teams’ rosters and we hope fans enjoy this innovative means of communicating each pick.”

Leading off the 10-round UFL Draft at 8pm ET on Monday evening will be Hartford Colonials Head Coach and General Manager JERRY GLANVILLE, whose team holds the first pick by virtue of a 3-5 finish in 2010.

Omaha Nighthawks President and Head Coach JOE MOGLIA holds the second pick after the Nighthawks also posted a 3-5 regular season record in 2010, and will be followed by DENNIS GREEN, whose Sacramento Mountain Lions went 4-4 last season.  The Virginia Destroyers, having inherited the protected player rights of the former Florida Tuskers, claim the fourth pick based on the Tuskers’ 5-3 record and defeat in the 2010 UFL Championship Game.

Head Coach and General Manager MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER will make his selection ahead of two-time UFL-Champion Head Coach JIM FASSEL, whose Las Vegas Locos went 5-3 in 2010 and won the season finale.

Selections will be posted at the end of each round at the website and will be detailed on each UFL team’s facebook page along with biographical information and highlight videos.

UFL Head Coach Twitter handles:

UFL Commissioner                 Michael Huyghue                    @UFLCommissioner

Hartford Colonials                   Jerry Glanville                         @JerryGlanville

Omaha Nighthawks                Joe Moglia                              @UFLJoeMoglia

Sacramento Mountain Lions   Dennis Green                          @UFLDennisGreen

Virginia Destroyers                 Marty Schottenheimer                        @DestroyersMarty

Las Vegas Locos                    Jim Fassel                               @LocosJimFassel

The Draft will be held over a period of 10 rounds during which each of the five UFL teams will be allowed one pick per round.  During Rounds One, Two and Three each team will have five minutes to make their selection of a player.  During Rounds Four through Ten, each team will have three minutes to make their selection of a player.

The Draft selection order will be as follows:

Rounds 1-10  Selections will be based on 2010 final record:

1.    Hartford Colonials                         (3-5 in 2010)

2.    Omaha Nighthawks                      (3-5 in 2010)

3.    Sacramento Mountain Lions         (4-4 in 2010)

4.    Virginia Destroyers                       (Florida Tuskers were 5-4 in 2010)

5.    Las Vegas Locos                          (6-3 in 2010)

* 2010 Player trades affecting the 2011 UFL Draft will be announced on draft day along with a full draft order.

Players selected in the draft shall remain on each team’s Reserved Unsigned List until formally added to the roster by virtue of a negotiated contract.  Each UFL team already had an opportunity to protect a maximum of 40 players from 2010 rosters and this week added a further 10 street free agents by submitting a Reserved Unsigned list.

A period of free agency will begin following the 2011 UFL Draft, allowing teams to bring rosters up to a maximum of 70 players heading into training camp.

UFL roster breakdown (70 maximum):

  • Up to 40 protected players (announced April 6)
  • 10 additional Reserve Unsigned players (announced April 26)
  • 10 drafted players (May 2)
  • Free agency (begins May 3)

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