The spring homes of seven New England Patriots were learned Tuesday following the NFL Europe allocation draft.
The players were among the record 254 allocations submitted by the 32 NFL teams, including the expansion Houston Texans. Defensive end Radell Lockhart was the first Patriot selected, going to the Scottish Claymores with their first-round pick. Joining him on the Claymores roster is wide receiver Scott McCready, who earlier this month became the first Englishman to earn a Super Bowl ring after finishing the season on New England's practice squad.
Guard Mike Clare, a Harvard product, and center Patrick Downey will work together on the Frankfurt Galaxy offensive line. Cornerback Cecil Deckard will suit up for the Berlin Thunder, while linebacker Maugaula Tuitele and safety Mark Washington will play for the Rhein Fire and Amsterdam Admirals, respectively.
Teams are required to send at least six players overseas, with Houston being the lone exception. The Texans contributed one player, punter Aron Longley, but his destination has yet to be determined. San Francisco and Chicago each sent a league-high 14 players.
In addition to the players New England allocated, several former Patriots also will play in the 10th season of NFL Europe. Tight end Chris Eitzmann (Cleveland) will play in Frankfurt, as will cornerback Corey Ivy. The other Khori Ivy, a wide receiver, will represent Chicago in Barcelona.
Others with New England ties are linebacker Antico Dalton (Atlanta; Berlin); wide receiver Ronney Daniels (Miami; Amsterdam); guard Adam Davis (Chicago; Amsterdam); offensive lineman Rob Gatrell (St. Louis; Amsterdam); wide receiver Dane Looker (St. Louis; Berlin); and guard Kendall Mack (Tampa Bay; Amsterdam).