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Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:10 PM.
Boulder Welcomes Bees

The news in late February that the OS South's Oxnard Warthogs would be moving to Boulder was the biggest news this town's seen since Rashaan Salaam was winning Heismans. Citizens of Boulder have been wanting a pro team for a long, long time.

And with an ACFL team comes an ACFL South draft. Here's our breakdown:

1: Nick Buoniconti, LB (Franchised)
2: James Lofton, WR
3: Dexter Manley, DE
4: Charlie Waters, SS (traded for E. Robinson, FS)
5: Eric Green, TE; Bart Starr QB (acquired for 6th, 7th round picks)
8: Carnell Lake
9: Brian Bosworth
10: Eric Martin
11: Charley Taylor, RB/WR; Reggie White DE

Team looks to be potent on offense with 5 offensive players, including a Gold and two Silvers. Defensively, much will rely on the front seven's ability to get pressure, and the ability of unknown CB's to slow down the prolific WR's in this league.

Bees were very lucky to get the dual threat Taylor so late, along with Reggie White. Probably the most potent 11th round in the entire draft. White has been dropped for Deacon Jones, who Coach Skids feels will give more consistent pressure.

After the trade for Starr, the Bees watched as each OLB was taken off the board, along with every FS. This forced two reach picks, with Lake and Bosworth. The Boz will play ROLB in the 3-4, but Skids may have been wiser to draft that last WR earlier instead of ending up with a decision between Eric Martin, Willie Gault, and Rick Upchurch.

"We couldn't believe teambayern jumped for Starr in the 5th. He was a must have for our offense, and we gave up a lot to get him," said Coach Skids. The organization just wasn't prepared to go with Joe Theismann as a replacement with similar attributes, due to his lack of arm strength.

The first five rounds went swimmingly, as the Bees got each player they targeted. The coaching staff is excited to test the defenses of the league with their Shotgun heavy offense within the South. Only time will tell if this Boulder squad is playoff bound.

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