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XFL Draft Begins with 8 QBs Finding Their New Teams

Get ready. The XFL is coming. Eight teams — from the St. Louis Battlehawks to the Dallas Renegades — are ready to take control of the next, great spring football league. Where the Alliance of American Football (AAF) failed, the XFL and commissioner Oliver Luck hope to thrive.

But why in the hell should you bother to watch the XFL? Easy. That's because football is awesome, and the more of it we get, the better off we'll be.

When is the XFL Draft?

From October 15-16, the XFL will hold its first-ever player draft. The league's eight teams will fill 71-man rosters in a snake draft with five phases — skill positions, offensive line, defensive front-seven, defensive backfield, then the "open phase." Each XFL team announces 10 picks in each of the first four phases, then are able to fill their rosters in the fifth. Draft picks are announced in a video conference with the XFL home office in Connecticut, then will be relayed to the public on XFL.com, @xfl2020 on Twitter, and @xfl on Instagram.

The XFL is taking the necessary steps to sustain its growth, including television deals to air games ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1, FS2. The XFL Championship game will live air on ESPN on Sunday, April 26.

XFL Schedule

Who will you get to see in the XFL? Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and the Oklahoma Sooners' all-time leading passer Landry Jones was the first QB to join. Even former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has been rumored to join among many other former NFL players. Just a few days before the XFL Draft begins, the league announced a running list of former college football standouts who will available in the draft.

Sadly, iconic former XFL players like He Hate Me won't be available, but you can be damn sure some former college stars and NFL Draft picks will make a splash in the league's first year.

XFL Quarterbacks

Eight QBs were assigned to each of the teams prior to the start of the draft. Perhaps most notable, Landry Jones reunites with his former head coach at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops.

Here are the first crop of XFL QBs before the live draft kicks off:

Dallas Renegades: Landry Jones

DC Defenders: Cardale Jones

Houston Roughnecks: Phillip Walker

New York Guardians: Matt McGloin

Los Angeles Wildcats: Luis Perez

Seattle Dragons: Brandon Silvers

St. Louis Battlehawks: Jordan Ta'amu

Tampa Bay Vipers: Aaron Murray

XFL Draft Pool 2019


Austin Allen, Arkansas

Connor Cook, Michigan State

B.J. Daniels, South Florida

Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

Zach Mettenberger, LSU

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M

Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan

Darren Thomas, Oregon

Vad Lee, Georgia Tech & James Madison

Running Backs

Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn

David Cobb, Minnesota

Noel Devine, West Virginia

Lance Dunbar, North Texas

Tarean Folston, Notre Dame

Jonas Gray, Notre Dame

Ryan Green, Florida State

Kenny Hilliard, LSU

Akeem Hunt, Purdue

Ty Isaac, Michigan

Christine Michael, Texas A&M

Rajion Neal, Tennessee

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State

Trent Richardson, Alabama

Andre Williams, Boston College

Wide Receivers

Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Sammie Coates, Auburn

Ryan Davis, Auburn

Jacoby Ford, Clemson

Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh

Garrett Johnson, Kentucky

Kahlil Lewis, Cincinnati

Robert Meachem, Tennessee

Vinny Papale, Delaware

Jalen Rowell, Air Force

Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma

Chris Thompson, Florida

Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska

Terrance Williams, Baylor

Tight Ends

Nate Askew, Texas A&M

E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

Orson Charles, Georgia

C'yontai Lewis, Florida

Weslye Saunders, South Carolina

Offensive Linemen

Kirk Barron, Purdue

Leon Brown, Alabama

Kyle Chung, Virginia Tech

Thomas Doles, Northwestern

Eric Eberle, Florida State

Tuni Kanuch, BYU

Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Aria Kouandjio, Alabama

Korren Kirven, Alabama

John Toth, Kentucky

Logan Tuley-Tillman, Michigan

Chasz Wright, Penn State

Avery Young, Auburn

Defensive Linemen

Frank Alexander, Oklahoma

Khairi Clark, Florida

Malik Dorton, USC

Kony Ealy, Missouri

Giorgio Newberry, Florida State

Shawn Oakman, Baylor

Ronald Ollie, Nicholls State

Leon Orr, Florida

Scott Pagano, Clemson

Robert Rose, Ohio State

Dante Sawyer, South Carolina

Sealver Siglia, Utah

Will Sutton, Arizona State


Donnie Alexander, LSU

Brandon Bell, Penn State

Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan

Arthur Brown, Kansas State

Terrance Bullitt, Texas Tech

Khairi Fortt, California

Terence Garvin, West Virginia

Josh Kaddu, Oregon

Reggie Northrup, Florida State

Defensive Backs

Trey Caldwell, Louisiana-Monroe

Jonathan Cook, Memphis

Chris Davis, Auburn

Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

Matt Elam, Florida

Ladarius Gunter, Miami (FL)

Micah Hannemann, BYU

Desmond Lawrence, North Carolina

Raheem Moore, UCLA

Danzel McDaniel, Kansas State

Nick Orr, TCU

Kenny Robinson Jr., West Virginia

Channing Stribling, Michigan

Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers

Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State

Nate Boyer, LS, Texas

Drew Galitz, P, Baylor

Austin MacGinnis, K, Kentucky

Nick Novak, K, Maryland

Cole Tracy, K, LSU

Brad Wing, P, LSU

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