Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Territorial allocations could have strong impact on A11FL teams starting out

A new professional football league isn’t going to have a territorial allocation just to have local players playing on hometown teams. It will have a territorial allocation to place high-quality National Football League-caliber local players on hometown teams.

The A11 Football League is going to kick off its first season in the spring of 2015, and when it does, the majority of its players will be allocated among its eight teams via four drafts over 60 days through January of 2015:

-       A territorial allocation of players who were eligible for the National Football League Draft from 2009-14.
-       A common draft of non-territorial players who were eligible for the NFL Draft from 2009-14.
-       A territorial allocation of players eligible for the NFL Draft in 2015.
-       A common draft of non-territorial players eligible for the NFL Draft in 2015.

The territorial allocations will afford each A11FL team the opportunity to reserve the rights to both players not under contract to any other professional football league and those who are from the schools to which they are assigned.

As a “for instance,” let’s look at the Florida franchise.

There are seven Florida Football Bowl Subdivision football programs – Florida International, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Miami, South Florida and Central Florida. Not knowing how many colleges will be assigned to each team, let’s look at who the Florida team would have the opportunity to select in a territorial allocation:

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL – It is unlikely Indianapolis Colts wide receiver/punt returner T.Y. Hilton and Jacksonville Jaguars safety John Cyprien would be available, but defensive end/linebacker Tourek Williams (San Diego Chargers) and tackle Caylin Hauptmann (Seattle Seahawks), both from the 2013 draft class, might be.

FLORIDA – How about the quarterback duo of Tim Tebow and John Brantley reuniting in the A11FL? They could throw to former fifth-round tight end Cornelius Ingram, or the dual receiving-return threat of 5-foot-6 lightning bolt Brandon James. Running back Chris Rainey, who spent the entire 2012 NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, would be a good option in the backfield, out of the backfield and on returns. A current Gator with great A11FL potential is senior Trey Burton, who could be a quarterback, running back or wide receiver with success.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC – Florida’s A11FL team won’t get a crack at Washington Redskins running sensation Alfred Morris, but former United Football League linebacker Frantz Joseph and longtime Tennessee Titans third-quarterback Rusty Smith would be nice additions.

FLORIDA STATE – If he could balance pro football and medical school, safety Myron Rolle would be a very good addition. Former second-round defensive end/linebacker Everette Brown may be available after a journeyman NFL career to date. A good receiving target would be current Canadian Football League wideout Greg Carr. On special teams, punter Shawn Powell has 18 games of recent experience with the Buffalo Bills.

MIAMI – “The U” also would be able to provide the Florida A11FL squad with top talent, such as CFL quarterback Jacory Harris and running back Javarris James, who ran for six touchdowns as a rookie for the Colts in 2010, but would need to clear up some off-field legal issues. Outside linebacker Spencer Adkins played three seasons (2009-11) with the Atlanta Falcons.

SOUTH FLORIDA – Rookie third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels (Seattle) could be a strong candidate thanks to his run-pass abilities, and wideout Carlton Mitchell has been in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and now is in the CFL. Defensively, inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie has 19 NFL games under his belt after being a third-round pick in 2009.

CENTRAL FLORIDA – At 36 years old, and not having played in three years, quarterback Daunte Culpepper isn’t realistic now, let alone in the spring of 2015. However, someone who might be coveted and available is free agent nose tackle Torell Troup, a second-round pick by the Bills just three years ago. Joe Burnett, a fifth-round selection of the Steelers in 2009, is a cornerback/return specialist in the CFL.

This just scratches the surface of the type of talent the territorial allocations could bring to the A11FL. Imagine what the draft lists will look like in just more than a year’s time!

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