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Sacramento Mountain Lions Draft Nine Players Via Twitter In 2011 UFL Draft

The United Football League conducted its annual player draft Monday evening in a rather unique way, announcing all of the draft picks via Twitter. UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue tweeted the first round picks and then each team's coach tweeted the remaining nine rounds of picks. The UFL is represented in the extended Bay Area by the Sacramento Mountain Lions, coached by former NFL coach Dennis Green.

The Mountain Lions used their first pick on Ryan Claburn, a quarterback out of Fresno State. In 2010 he threw for 2,817 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing 63.1 percent of his passes and rushing for three touchdowns. In 2009, he passed for 2,459 yards and 19 touchdowns, and ran for 171 yards and two more scores. Dennis Green was excited about what Claburn could bring to the table for Sacramento:

"Ryan Colburn was the leader of one of the most explosive passing style offenses in college football. His ability to get the ball into the end zone was a key element of his success. Ryan was also Academic All-WAC. We like the idea that we were able to get a player who has performed so well in our area of Northern California."

Here is a rundown of the Mountain Lions nine selections over ten rounds.

1. Ryan Claburn, QB, Fresno State
2. Ugo Chinasa, DE, Oklahoma State
3. Derrick Roberson, CB, Rutgers
4. Robert Davis, DE, Northwest Missouri State
5. Spencer Paysinger, LB, Oregon
6. Jamel Hamler, WR, Fresno State
7. Kainoa Lacount OT, Hawaii
8. Josh Gatlin, CB, North Dakota State
9. Keanemana Silva, S, Hawaii

Beyond the ten round draft, each UFL team also has a roster of 40 protected players and a 10-man unsigned reserve list. The continued NFL lockout would likely mean a variety of fringe NFL players would find their way onto UFL rosters sooner rather than later. Players that might normally be holding out for an NFL training camp invite are likely going to be more inclined to sign with a league that is not in the midst of a labor dispute.