Developmental league holds first draft

2008-01-27T00:00:00Z Developmental league holds first draft Arizona Daily Star
January 27, 2008 12:00 am

ATLANTA — Bryan Randall and Eric Crouch still long to play professional football.

Though the two quarterbacks might not earn another NFL paycheck, Randall and Crouch are grateful that the All American Football League will debut in April.

Former college standouts Randall and Crouch were the second and third picks in the league's first draft on Saturday, with Randall going to Tennessee and Crouch going to Texas. Former Troy offensive lineman Zarah Yisrael was drafted No. 1 overall by Arkansas.

Randall, a former Virginia Tech standout who spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, went to training camp last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn't make the team.

Crouch, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy at Nebraska, is eager to show American fans that he can still play quarterback. Crouch was an NFL receiver for St. Louis and Green Bay.

The league will fill the void created when the NFL shut down NFL Europe earlier this year after 16 seasons.

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