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Ty Parten First Pick in World League Draft

February 20, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Ty Parten, a former defensive end with the Cincinnati Bengals, was the first player chosen in the World League’s 1996 draft today.

Parten, a third-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1993 and a starter for part of the 1994 season, was selected by the Scottish Claymores.

Chosen second from the pool of more than 450 players was former New England Patriots nose tackle Stanley Sylvester, selected by the Rhein Fire.

Running back Russell White, a 1993 third-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams who signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 1995, was selected by the London Monarchs with the third pick.

The Barcelona Dragons used the fourth pick to take linebacker Rick Hamilton, who played with the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Amsterdam Admirals took Jerry Crafts, a former starting tackle with the Buffalo Bills, with the fifth pick.

The league champion Frankfurt Galaxy completed the first round by selecting Mark Byers, a linebacker out of UNLV.

One of the most interesting players drafted was former All-Pro running back Gaston Green, chosen by the Monarchs in the 19th round with the 117th overall pick.

Green, a first-round pick of the Rams in 1988, was traded to the Denver Broncos in 1991. He earned All-Pro honors that season by rushing for more than 1,000 yards. Green has been out of football since being released by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994.

The World League is a six-team European venture backed by the NFL and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Training camp opens March 10 in Georgia, while the regular season starts April 13.

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