The first steps of the XFL comeback started yesterday with quarterback announcements. The second was the first day of the XFL draft. As we saw names that had played in the NFL, USFL, CFL, TSL, AAF, and all the other leagues as well as names we didn’t know. Let’s take a look at the XFL draft day one recap of offensive players.
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XFL Draft Day One Recap Of Offensive Players – Skill Positions
XFL Quarterbacks From The Previous Day
To start the XFL each team announced who their initial quarterback room would contain. The Renegades are rolling with Drew Plitt and former USFL New Orleans Breakers’ quarterback Kyle Sloter. The Vipers announced they’d have Jalan McClendon and another USFL quarterback, Luis Perez. The Guardians are going to start camp with Quinten Dormady and Deondre Francois. The Roughnecks announced they would have Kaleb Eleby and Brandon Silvers. Brahmas went with Jawan Pass and Anthony Russo. The St. Louis Battlehawks are starting with Ryan Willis and former Cincinnati Bengal quarterback A.J. McCarron. The Sea Dragons are going with former XFL quarterback Ben DiNucci and Steven Montez. And finally, the Defenders are rolling with former Syracuse Orange quarterback, Eric Dungey. Defenders currently only have one as their other assigned quarterback D’Eriq King was picked up by Carolina Panthers.
Now let’s get a look at who they will be working with on offense as we break down the XFL draft day one recap of offensive players.
|1||D.C. Defenders||Abram Smith||Baylor||Running Back|
|2||St. Louis Battlehawks||Marcell Ateman||Oklahoma State||Wide Receiver|
|3||San Antonio Brahmas||Jacques Patrick||Florida State||Running Back|
|4||Orlando Guardians||Charleston Rambo||Miami||Wide Receiver|
|5||Vegas Vipers||Martavis Bryant||Clemson||Wide Receiver|
|6||Seattle Sea Dragons||Kevin Shaa||Liberty||Wide Receiver|
|7||Arlington Renegades||Sal Canella||Auburn||Tight End|
|8||Houston Roughnecks||Adrian Killins||Central Florida||Running Back|
Round One Breakdown
Starting our XFL draft day recap of offensive players with the first round, the first player selected in the new XFL was running back Abram Smith out of Baylor. Smith had 1601 yards in his last year at Baylor in 2021. Second, taken in the XFL draft, and the first receiver taken Marcell Ateman out of Oklahoma State. Marcell had 1156 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2017. Ateman is a 6-4 receiver who spent time with the now Las Vegas Raiders up until 2021. Third was Jacques Patrick, running back out of Florida State. Patrick was in the 2020 version of the XFL and has since bounced around NFL camps. Charleston Rambo out of Miami was taken fourth. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Panthers this year but later released. Rambo had 1,172 receiving yards and seven touchdowns his last year at Miami.
The fifth player taken was Martavis Bryant, out of Clemson and former Pittsburgh Steeler. NFL fans are familiar with Martavis Bryant having flashes and now he gets another shot in a professional league. Sixth was Liberty receiver Kevin Shaa. Shaa was an interesting pick as he doesn’t have a superior stat-filled resume as some of the others. Seventh was USFL standout tight end Sal Canella. Canella set a record for single-game receiving yards last year beating out all receivers. The last selection of the XFL draft day one was Adrian Killins, running back out of Central Florida. Killins spent time on the Eagles and Broncos the past two years.
Round One Winner: I really wanted to pick the Renegades for the Sal Canella pick but the ground game feels more important. We’ll give this round to the Brahmas for their selection of Jacques Patrick.
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|9||Houston Roughnecks||Garrett Owens||Duquesne||Tight End|
|10||Arlington Renegades||De’Montre Tuggle||Ohio||Running Back|
|11||Seattle Sea Dragons||T.J. Hammonds||Arkansas||Running Back|
|12||Vegas Vipers||John Lovett||Penn State||Running Back|
|13||Orlando Guardians||Andrew Jamiel||Stonehill||Wide Receiver|
|14||San Antonio Brahmas||Calvin Turner||Hawaii||Running Back|
|15||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jamarcus Bradley||Louisiana-Lafayette||Wide Receiver|
|16||D.C. Defenders||Jequez Ezzard||Sam Houston St||Wide Receiver|
Round Two Breakdown
Continuing into the second round of the XFL draft day recap of offensive players, the second tight end fell off the board when the Houston Roughnecks selected Garrett Owens out of Duquesne. He’s listed as a tight end but played running back in college, making him a versatile player. The second player taken in the second round was running back De’Montre Tuggle out of Ohio. Tuggle had 1851 career rushing yards for the Bobcats. Running back T.J. Hammonds out of Arkansas was taken next. Hammonds is another interesting choice as he had limited stats in college. Next was running back John Lovett out of Penn State. Lovett originally played for Baylor and finished 16th overall for career rushing yards for them with 1,803 rushing yards.
The first wide receiver of round two was Andrew Jamiel out of Stonehill. Jamiel has played in the FCF twice and the TSL. The sixth selection of round two in the XFL draft was running back Calvin Turner from Hawaii. Turner is a difference maker on the field who has played at both the running back and wide receiver position. The Battlehawks selected receiver Jamarcus Bradley out of Louisiana-Lafayette. Bradley has some experience in the NFL for the Browns. The last player in the second round was wide receiver Jequez Ezzard out of Sam Houston State. Ezzard had 2,529 yards and 27 receiving touchdowns in three years of college football.
Winner: The Brahmas win this one with their selection of Calvin Turner due to his versatility and speed.
|17||D.C. Defenders||K.D. Cannon||Baylor||Wide Receiver|
|18||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jaylen Smith||Louisville||Tight End|
|19||San Antonio Brahmas||Kendrick Rodgers||Texas A&M||Wide Receiver|
|20||Orlando Guardians||Stephen Guidry||Mississippi State||Wide Receiver|
|21||Vegas Vipers||Brandon Dillon||Marian||Tight End|
|22||Seattle Sea Dragons||Juwan Green||New York St-Albany||Wide Receiver|
|23||Arlington Renegades||Lujuan Winningham||Central Arkansas||Wide Receiver|
|24||Houston Roughnecks||Cedric Byrd||Hawaii||Wide Receiver|
Round Three Breakdown
Next, round three of our XFL Draft day one recap of offensive players, and it was filled with all pass-catchers. The Defenders started by selecting K.D. Cannon out of Baylor. Cannon has professional experience with the XFL, TSL, and CFL. The Battlehawks selected tight end Jaylen Smith out of Louisville. Smith played receiver in college but his 6-2 frame makes him a speedy tight end that is hard to cover. Brahmas took Kendrick Rodgers next out of Texas A&M. Even with limited exposure at Texas A&M Rodgers garnered NFL interest. The Guardians took Stephen Guidry out of Mississippi State. Even after only amassing 49 receptions and 827 yards, Guidry had eight touchdowns. He’s a big 6-4 redzone target.
The Vipers’ third choice was tight end Brandon Dillon out of Marian. The 6-5 Dillon spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and was only the second player in the history of Marian University to make an NFL Roster. Wide receiver Juwan Green out of New York St-Albany was selected next. Green spent time with the Titans even after playing at such a small college. He’s used to proving himself. The Renegades took Lujuan Winningham from Central Arkansas. Winningham spent some time with the Jacksonville Jaguars this year. the last player in round three was receiver Cedric Byrd out of Hawaii. Byrd had 1,097 receiving yards his last year.
Winner: The Defenders win this one with their selection of K.D. Cannon who has a lot of experience at the professional level.
|25||Houston Roughnecks||Deontay Burnett||USC||Wide Receiver|
|26||Arlington Renegades||Brandon Arconado||Washington State||Wide Receiver|
|27||Seattle Sea Dragons||Jahcour Pearson||Mississippi||Wide Receiver|
|28||Vegas Vipers||Sean Price||South Florida||Tight End|
|29||Orlando Guardians||Ryan Becker||SMU||Tight End|
|30||San Antonio Brahmas||Jalen Tolliver||Arkansas-Monticello||Wide Receiver|
|31||St. Louis Battlehawks||Mataeo Durant||Duke||Running Back|
|32||D.C. Defenders||Jazz Ferguson||Northwestern State||Wide Receiver|
Round Four Breakdown
Continuing into the fourth round of the XFL draft day recap of offensive players the Roughnecks selected receiver Deontay Burnett. The former USC wideout has spent time on the practice squad of the Titans, Jets, 49ers, and Eagles. The Renegades selected Brandon Arconado out of Washington State. Arconado had 1,109 receiving yards his senior year and spent some time with the CFL. Mississippi receiver Jahcour Pearson was selected next by the Sea Dragons. Pearson is another player with limited exposure but big potential. The Vipers took tight end Sean Price out of South Florida. Price broke USF career records for tight ends with 75 catches and 897 receiving yards.
The second tight end in the fourth round of the XFL Draft was Ryan Becker out of SMU. The 6-5 Becker spent some time with Cardinals and Falcons. The Brahmas selected Jalen Tolliver out of Arkansas-Monticello. Tolliver has had success in the CFL this year with 383 receiving yards and four touchdowns. The Battlehawks selected round fours only running back Mataeo Durant out of Duke. Durant had 1,241 rushing yards last year at Duke. The last player in round four was Jazz Ferguson out of Northwestern State. Ferguson has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks.
Winner: This one goes to the Brahmas with their selection of Jalen Tolliver, who is in game shape having played as recently as a few weeks ago for the Edmonton Elks.
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|33||D.C. Defenders||Briley Moore-McKinney||Kansas State||Tight End|
|34||St. Louis Battlehawks||Darrius Shepherd||North Dakota State||Wide Receiver|
|35||San Antonio Brahmas||Dylan Parham||North Carolina State||Tight End|
|36||Orlando Guardians||Jah-Main Martin||North Carolina A&T||Running Back|
|37||Vegas Vipers||Matt Jones||Florida||Running Back|
|38||Seattle Sea Dragons||Brenden Knox||Marshall||Running Back|
|39||Arlington Renegades||Keith Ford||Texas A&M||Running Back|
|40||Houston Roughnecks||Justin Smith||Norfolk State||Wide Receiver|
Round Five Breakdown
Almost halfway to through the XFL draft day one recap of offensive players and the Defenders kicked it off by selecting Moore-McKinney out of Kansas State. The big tight end spent time with the Titans last year. The Battlehawks took Darrius Shepherd out of North Dakota State. Shepherd has spent time with the Packers, Chiefs, Vikings, Steelers, Broncos and played for the USFL New Jersey Generals last year. Next, the Brahmas took Dylan Parham out of North Carolina State. Parham spent brief time with the Raiders earlier this year. The Guardians selected Jah-Main Martin out of North Carolina A&T. Martin’s best year came in 2019 when he ran for 1,246 yards and 20 touchdowns.
The Vipers selected Matt Jones out of Florida. A former third-round draft pick Matt Jones has 964 rushing yards in the NFL. He’s also played for the TSL and the XFL. The Sea Dragons took running back Brenden Knox who was expected to be selected in the NFL draft earlier this year. Behind him, Keith Ford out of Texas A&M was drafted by the Renegades. Ford has experience in the NFL as well as in the XFL. Last drafted in the fifth round was wide receiver Justin Smith out of Norfolk State. Smith had 1,655 career receiving yards.
Winner: The winner of this round goes to the Battlehawks for getting a talented receiver who has contributed in the USFL and the NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) August 23, 2019
|41||Houston Roughnecks||Max Borghi||Washington State||Running Back|
|42||Arlington Renegades||Shaun Beyer||Iowa||Tight End|
|43||Seattle Sea Dragons||Damion Willis||Troy||Wide Receiver|
|44||Vegas Vipers||Jeff Badet||Oklahoma||Wide Receiver|
|45||Orlando Guardians||Dontez Byrd||Tennessee Tech||Wide Receiver|
|46||San Antonio Brahmas||Kalen Ballage||Arizona State||Running Back|
|47||St. Louis Battlehawks||Brian Hill||Wyoming||Running Back|
|48||D.C. Defenders||Ryquell Armstead||Temple||Running Back|
Round Six Breakdown
Over halfway through the XFL draft day one recap of offensive players in the skill positions and into the sixth round. The Roughnecks started by selecting running back Max Borghi out of Washington State. Borghi was a hard runner at Washington State, having two seasons of double-digit touchdowns. Next was tight end Shaun Beyer out of Iowa. Beyer has played tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, safety, and punter and spent time with the Vikings. Next was Damion Willis out of Troy. Willis has bounced around a lot of NFL squads and now gets a shot to earn a starting position. The Vipers went with Jeff Badet out of Oklahoma. No stranger of the XFL after playing for the Dallas Renegades in 2020. He was drafted in the USFL but never played due to injury.
The Guardians selected Dontez Byrd out of Tennessee Tech who’s played in the AAF, TSL, CFL, and the IFL. The Brahmas had another very good selection in Kalen Ballage out of Arizona State. Ballage has played in the NFL and scored seven touchdowns in the NFL. The Battlehawks selected former Wyoming running back Brian Hill. Hill ran for 465 yards in 2020 for the Atlanta Falcons. The Defenders selected Ryquell Armstead. Armstead was supposed to push for playing time on the Jaguars. However, he got covid and it was serious enough to sideline him for the whole year. It’s exciting to see him get another chance.
Winner: This is one of the harder rounds to declare a winner due to multiple excellent selections like Borghi, Ballage, Hill, and Armstead. However, we’ll give the Vipers the nod due to getting such a promising receiver, Jeff Badet.
|49||D.C. Defenders||Pooka Williams||Kansas||Running Back|
|50||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jordan Thomas||Mississippi State||Tight End|
|51||San Antonio Brahmas||Alize Mack||Notre Dame||Tight End|
|52||Orlando Guardians||Devin Darrington||Virginia||Running Back|
|53||Vegas Vipers||Isiah Macklin||NC Central||Wide Receiver|
|54||Seattle Sea Dragons||Rashard Davis||James Madison||Wide Receiver|
|55||Arlington Renegades||JaCorey Sullivan||Central Michigan||Wide Receiver|
|56||Houston Roughnecks||Jontre Kirklin||Louisiana State||Wide Receiver|
Round Seven Breakdown
More talent was taken in round seven in our XFL draft day recap of offensive players. The first player in the seventh round was D.C. Defenders Pooka Williams out of Kansas. Williams had two seasons over 1,000 receiving yards and was a kick returner for the Bengals. The Battlehawks took tight end Jordan Thomas. A former sixth-round draft pick, the 6-5 pass-catcher gets a chance to shine in the XFL. The Brahmas also took a tight end in Alize Mack out of Notre Dame. Mack spent some time with the Green Bay Packers. The next taken player was Devin Darrington out of Virginia. Darrington had limited carries at Virginia but averaged a 7.4-yard average per carry.
Next, the Vipers selected receiver Isiah Macklin out of NC Central. Macklin has a smaller resume but will look to make an impact. Davis was supposed to play for the Bandits last year but never joined the team. He’s spent time in the NFL and the CFL. The Renegades took JaCorey Sullivan out of Central Michigan. Sullivan was expected to make an impact in the MLFB for the Alabama Airborne. The last draft pick of the seventh round was Jontre Kirklin out of Louisiana State. Kirklin was on the Cardinals’ practice squad.
Winner: Let’s give this one to the Sea Dragons for getting a high-potential receiver in Rashard Davis.
|57||Houston Roughnecks||Aaron Nelson||Delaware Valley||Wide Receiver|
|58||Arlington Renegades||Alex Ellis||Tennessee||Tight End|
|59||Seattle Sea Dragons||Tayvian Cunningham||Arizona||Wide Receiver|
|60||Vegas Vipers||Mathew Sexton||Eastern Michigan||Wide Receiver|
|61||Orlando Guardians||Octayvius Miles||Alabama A&M||Wide Receiver|
|62||San Antonio Brahmas||Terry Wright||Purdue||Wide Receiver|
|63||St. Louis Battlehawks||Deonteea Dye||Heidelberg||Wide Receiver|
|64||D.C. Defenders||Ethan Wolf||Tennessee||Tight End|
Round Eight Breakdown
On to round eight in our XFL draft day one recap of offensive players and it starts with the Roughnecks selecting Aaron Nelson out of Delaware Valley. Nelson has had limited exposure but has good potential. The Renegades took Alex Ellis out of Tennessee. Ellis has spent time with the Eagles, Chiefs, and Patriots. The Sea Dragons took receiver Tayvian Cunningham out of Arizona. Cunningham was limited in action each week but is considered to have great potential. The Vipers took Mathew Sexton out of Eastern Michigan. Sexton has played in training camps in the NFL for the Steelers and Chiefs.
The Guardians took Octayvius Miles out of Alabama A&M. Miles is a speedy receiver with big play potential. Next off the board was Terry Wright out of Purdue. Wright has spent time in the XFL and the CFL. Donteea Dye out of Heidelberg was taken next by the Battlehawks. Dye may have played for a small school but has spent time in the NFL, AFF, and XFL. Last in the eighth round was Ethan Wolf out of Tennessee. Wolf has been all over the NFL on eight different teams.
Winner: It’s hard to pick a winner in a round where it seems a lot of limited exposure but high-upside players were taken. We’ll give this one to the Battlehawks for their selection of Deonteea Dye.
|65||D.C. Defenders||Josh Hammond||Florida||Wide Receiver|
|66||St. Louis Battlehawks||Abdul Adams||Syracuse||Running Back|
|67||San Antonio Brahmas||TJ Vasher||Texas Tech||Wide Receiver|
|68||Orlando Guardians||Patrick Smith||Tennessee State||Wide Receiver|
|69||Vegas Vipers||DeAndre Torrey||North Texas||Running Back|
|70||Seattle Sea Dragons||Joshua Perkins||Washington||Tight End|
|71||Arlington Renegades||Jackson Anthrop||Purdue||Wide Receiver|
|72||Houston Roughnecks||Darece Roberson||Wayne St-Mi||Wide Receiver|
Round Nine Breakdown
Round nine of our XFL draft day one recap of offensive players starts with Josh Hammond out of Florida. Hammond spent time in the NFL for the Jaguars, Eagles, and Patriots after having 1,138 yards for Florida. The Battlehawks selected running back Abdul Adams out of Syracuse. Adams played five years in college. And even with limited stats he is very familiar with the game. Next taken was TJ Vasher out of Texas Tech. Vasher was on the Cowboys briefly and will look to prove himself at the next level. Patrick Smith was next out of Tennessee State. He had 2,545 yards and 31 touchdowns in three years in college.
The Vipers selected DeAndre Torrey out of North Texas. His last year at North Texas, Torrey ran for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. The only tight end of round nine was Joshua Perkins out of Washington. Perkins bounced around the NFL on the Falcons, Eagles, 49ers, and Jets. The Renegades took Jackson Anthrop out of Purdue. Anthrop had experience at rushing, receiving, and at quarterback at Purdue. The last player taken in the ninth round is Darece Roberson out of Wayne St-MI. Roberson has very limited experience but will look to prove himself on the next level.
Winner: The winner of this round belongs to the Vipers. They selected DeAndre Torrey, a very successful running back who will produce at the next level.
|73||Houston Roughnecks||B.J. Byrd||Morehead State||Wide Receiver|
|74||Arlington Renegades||Dexter Williams||Notre Dame||Running Back|
|75||Seattle Sea Dragons||Scottie Phillips||Mississippi||Running Back|
|76||Vegas Vipers||Saeed Blacknall||Penn State||Wide Receiver|
|77||Orlando Guardians||Dieuly Aristilde||Bethel-Tn||Wide Receiver|
|78||San Antonio Brahmas||Travis Jonsen||Montana St||Wide Receiver|
|79||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jovani Haskins||Rutgers||Tight End|
|80||D.C. Defenders||Kahale Warring||San Diego St||Tight End|
Round Ten Breakdown
Almost to the end of our first section of the XFL draft day recap of offensive players and the first in this round is B.J. Byrd out of Morehead State. Byrd had 1,305 receiving yards his last year at Morehead and received an NFL training camp invite from Washington. Next drafted was Dexter Williams out of Notre Dame. Williams was signed late in the USFL year due to injury but previously played for both Chiefs and Packers. The Sea Dragons took Scottie Phillips out of Mississippi. Phillips spent two years on the Houston Texans after amassing 1,470 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns in two years. The Vipers took Saeed Blacknail out of Penn State. Blacknail has spent time on NFL rosters for Raiders, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Steelers as well as in the XFL.
Next in round ten of the XFL draft was Dieuly Aristilde out of Bethel-Tennessee. Aristilde spent time in the CFL and will look to prove himself. The Brahmas took Travis Jonsen. He spent time with Tampa Bay after playing running back and wide receiver for Montana State. The Battlehawks selected Jovani Haskins out of Rutgers. Haskins has limited stats in college. Last in round ten was tight end Kahale Warring out of San Diego State. Warring was drafted by the Texans in the third round two in 2019. Injuries set his career back, but he’ll look to get it back on track in the XFL.
Winner: The Renegades win this one with their selection of Notre Dame who has experience at the professional level.
|81||D.C. Defenders||Lucky Jackson||Western Kentucky||Wide Receiver|
|82||St. Louis Battlehawks||Austin Proehl||North Carolina||Wide Receiver|
|83||San Antonio Brahmas||Deandre Goolsby||Florida||Tight End|
|84||Orlando Guardians||Cody Latimer||Indiana||Wide Receiver|
|85||Vegas Vipers||Grayson Gunter||Southern Miss||Tight End|
|86||Seattle Sea Dragons||Jaylon Redd||Oregon||Wide Receiver|
|87||Arlington Renegades||Jordan Smallwood||Oklahoma||Wide Receiver|
|88||Houston Roughnecks||Brycen Alleyne||Delaware St||Running Back|
Round Eleven Breakdown
Last in the skill positions in round 12 of the XFL draft day recap of offensive players and the first one off the board was Lucky Jackson out of Western Kentucky. Jackson had 2,691 receiving yards in college and has spent time in the CFL. The Battlehawks took Austin Proehl out of North Carolina. Son of Ricky Proehl, Austin has spent time in the NFL and the XFL. Next selected was Deandre Goolsby out of Florida. Goolsby had limited stats in college but is a big 6-4 target. The Guardians took Cody Latimer out of Indiana. Latimer had a promising start for the Denver Broncos before injuries set him back. He gets his second chance in the XFL.
The Vipers took Grayson Gunter out of Southern Miss. Gunter had some NFL looks and now gets another chance to make it at the professional level. The next player taken was Jaylon Redd out of Oregon. Redd had 1,435 yards and sixteen receiving touchdowns at Oregon. The Renegades drafted Jordan Smallwood out of Oklahoma as their last skill positions player. Smallwood spent time with the Chiefs even though he had limited playing time in college. The last skill position player taken was Brycen Alleyne out of Delaware State. Alleyne was coaching prior to his XFL draft and will look to make the most of his second chance running the football.
Winner: The Guardians easily win this one with promising wide receiver Cody Latimer, who gets another chance to prove himself now that he’s healthy.
XFL Draft Day One Recap Of Offensive Players Lineman
The big guys up front may not be as flashy as the quarterbacks or skill positions. They may also not be as talked about. However, football is won in the trenches and these offensive linemen are just as important.
|34||1||Houston Roughnecks||Jack Snyder||San Jose St||Offensive Line|
|34||2||Arlington Renegades||Cameron Hunt||Oregon||Offensive Line|
|34||3||Seattle Sea Dragons||Chris Owens||Alabama||Offensive Line|
|34||4||Vegas Vipers||Antonio Garcia||Troy||Offensive Line|
|34||5||Orlando Guardians||Brandon Murphy||Memphis||Offensive Line|
|34||6||San Antonio Brahmas||Luke Juriga||Western Michigan||Offensive Line|
|34||7||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jaryd Jones-Smith||Pittsburgh||Offensive Line|
|34||8||D.C. Defenders||T.J. Storment||Texas Tech||Offensive Line|
Round 34 Breakdown
All the way into the 34th round the XFL draft switched its focus back to offensive players. Therefore, our XFL draft day one recap of offensive players continues with the first offensive lineman selected Jack Snyder. The 6-4 Snyder spent time on the Los Angeles Rams after playing 55 games, mostly at tackle, in college. The next lineman taken was guard Cameron Hunt. Hunt excelled in the USFL and spent some time on the Chargers. He’ll look to keep finding success at the professional level. The next lineman taken was Chris Owens. The 6-3 lineman started 20 games for Alabama. Next was Antonio Garcia out of Troy. Garcia played tackle for the Patriots and Jets and stands at 6-7 with a massive wingspan.
The Guardians selected their first lineman in Brandon Murphy out of Memphis. The 6-6 offensive tackle has played in the TSL even though he spent most of his college days playing basketball. The Brahmas took Luke Juriga out of Western Michigan. Juriga was the first center taken and has spent time with the Eagles. The Battlehawks Jaryd Jones-Smith out of Pittsburgh. Jones-Smith is a 6-7 tackle who spent time on the Texans and Raiders. The last lineman taken in the first offensive line round was T.J. Storment out of Texas Tech. Storment was a full-time starter at left tackle his last year at Texas Tech.
Winner: These were all good starts to the offensive line however the Renegades win this won for selecting Hunt who just finished doing well in the USFL.
|35||9||D.C. Defenders||Cody Conway||Syracuse||Offensive Line|
|35||10||St. Louis Battlehawks||Shane Carpenter||Louisiana Tech||Offensive Line|
|35||11||San Antonio Brahmas||Darius James||Auburn||Offensive Line|
|35||12||Orlando Guardians||Kamalie Matthews||Murray State||Offensive Line|
|35||13||Vegas Vipers||Ben Petrula||Boston College||Offensive Line|
|35||14||Seattle Sea Dragons||Michael Menet||Penn State||Offensive Line|
|35||15||Arlington Renegades||Garrett McGhin||East Carolina||Offensive Line|
|35||16||Houston Roughnecks||Desmond Noel||Florida Atlantic||Offensive Line|
Round 35 Breakdown
The XFL Draft day one recap of offensive players continues with round 35, the second offensive linemen round. The Defenders took Cody Conway, a 6-6 tackle out of Syracuse. The Battlehawks took their second lineman Shane Carpenter out of Louisiana Tech. Carpenter is a massive 6-7 tackle that also has experience at guard. The Brahmas took Darius James out of Auburn. James is a 6-5 tackle who spent some time with the Jets. The Guardians took Kamali Matthews next out of Murray State. The shortest tackle taken so far, the 6-2 Matthews is an excellent run blocker.
Next, Ben Petrula out of Boston College was taken. Petrula spent some time on the Browns and is a 6-5 tackle. Next was Michael Menet out of Penn State. Menet was the second center taken in the draft and was previously drafted in the seventh round of the 2021 draft by the Cardinals. The Renegades then took Garrett McGhin out of East Carolina. The 6-6 offensive tackle bounced around the NFL before playing for the New Jersey Generals last year in the USFL. The last player in round 35 was Desmon Noel out of Florida Atlantic. Noel has played both guard and tackle.
Winner: The winner of this round goes to the Sea Dragons. Menet should have stuck in the NFL but now gets a second chance.
|36||17||Houston Roughnecks||Shamarious Gilmore||Georgia State||Offensive Line|
|36||18||Arlington Renegades||Mike Horton||Auburn||Offensive Line|
|36||19||Seattle Sea Dragons||Jacob Capra||San Diego St||Offensive Line|
|36||20||Vegas Vipers||Dohnovan West||Arizona State||Offensive Line|
|36||21||Orlando Guardians||Jachai Baker||South Alabama||Offensive Line|
|36||22||San Antonio Brahmas||Willie Wright||Tulsa||Offensive Line|
|36||23||St. Louis Battlehawks||Steven Gonzalez||Penn State||Offensive Line|
|36||24||D.C. Defenders||Ty Clary||Arkansas||Offensive Line|
Round 36 Breakdown
The XFL draft day recap of offensive players continues with round 36. The first player drafted this round was Shamarious Gilmore out of Georgia State. Gilmore is a 6-3 guard who was first team All-Sun Belt his last two years. The next player taken was Mike Horton out of Auburn. Horton had 32 career collegiate starts at guard. The Sea Dragons took Jacob Capra out of San Diego State. Capra is a 6-5 lineman who has experience at both guard and tackle. Next went Dohnovan West out of Arizona State. West is a 6-4 center who spent time with the 49ers camp.
The next player drafted was Jachai Baker out of South Alabama. Baker is a 6-6 monster who will get a chance to develop at the professional level now. The Brahmas took Willie Wright out of Tulsa. Wright is a 6-3 tackle who has spent time in a handful of NFL camps. The Battlehawks took Steven Gonzalez out of Penn State. Gonzalez is a 6-4 guard who spent time with the Bills. The last player of round 36 was Ty Clary out of Arkansas. Clary stands at 6-4 and has played both guard and center.
Winner: The Vipers win this one with their selection of center Dohnovan West. Many thought West would get drafted in the NFL draft and now he gets a shot to show teams what they missed.
|37||25||D.C. Defenders||Greg Long||Purdue||Offensive Line|
|37||26||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jay Williams||Florida A&M||Offensive Line|
|37||27||San Antonio Brahmas||Marcus Tatum||Central Florida||Offensive Line|
|37||28||Orlando Guardians||T.J. Bradley||Maryland||Offensive Line|
|37||29||Vegas Vipers||Jamil Demby||Maine||Offensive Line|
|37||30||Seattle Sea Dragons||Julien Davenport||Bucknell||Offensive Line|
|37||31||Arlington Renegades||Darta Lee||UTEP||Offensive Line|
|37||32||Houston Roughnecks||Sam Cooper||Merrimack||Offensive Line|
Round 37 Breakdown
Moving along in the XFL draft day one recap of offensive players, round 37 started with Greg Long out of Purdue. The 6-3 guard spent some time with the Arizona Cardinals. The Battlehawks took Jay Williams out of Florida A&M. Williams was the number eight offensive tackle in the country as a JUCO transfer. The Brahmas took Marcus Tatum out of Central Florida. Tatum started all 13 games for UCF his last year. Next was T.J. Bradley out of Maryland. Bradley is a massive 6-9 tackle who was ranked the number one tackle out of Virginia as a prospect.
Continuing in round 37 of the XFL draft was Mail Demby out of Maine. Demby was drafted in the sixth round by the Rams but was waived after an injury. Next drafted was Julien Davenport out of Bucknell. Davenport is a 6-6 tackle who was drafted by the Texans and started 15 games at tackle. The Renegades took Darta Lee out of UTEP. Lee is a 6-3 tackle who started plenty of games in college. The last player in round 37 was Sam Cooper out of Merrimack. Cooper is a 6-2 guar who was a captain of his team in college.
Winner: The Sea Dragons win here for drafting former NFL fourth rounder Julien Davenport. Davenport exited the NFL due to an injury he never got back on track from, but now gets a chance to show he’s healthy again.
|38||33||Houston Roughnecks||Tommy Champion||Mississippi State||Offensive Line|
|38||34||Arlington Renegades||Cam Carter||Murray State||Offensive Line|
|38||35||Seattle Sea Dragons||Liam Jimmons||USC||Offensive Line|
|38||36||Vegas Vipers||Clayton Bradley||UNLV||Offensive Line|
|38||37||Orlando Guardians||Joshua Frazier||Alabama||Offensive Line|
|38||38||San Antonio Brahmas||Malcolm Bunche||UCLA||Offensive Line|
|38||39||St. Louis Battlehawks||Jon Toth||Kentucky||Offensive Line|
|38||40||D.C. Defenders||D’Marcus Hayes||Georgia||Offensive Line|
Round 38 Breakdown
Continuing the XFL Draft day one recap of offensive players with round 38, the Roughnecks drafted Tommy Champion out of Mississippi State. Champion is a 6-5 guard who spent time on Seattle’s camp. Second in round 38 was Cam Carter out of Murray State. Carter is a 6-5 tackle with a lot to prove. Next up was Liam Jimmons out of USC. Jimmons started his collegiate career on the defensive line, but the last three years of college played at guard and tackle. The Vipers selected Clayton Bradley out of UNLV. Bradley is a 6-5 tackle who will provide great depth.
The Guardians took Joshua Frazier out of Alabama. Frazier is a versatile player who actually played on the defensive line in college and retired from football after an injury. However, now healthy he gets another hance. The Brahmas took Malcolm Bunche out of UCLA. Bunhce is a 6-6 tackle who has previous XFL experience. The Battlehawks took Jon Toth out of Kentucky. Toth is another former XFL center and also has NFL experience. Last in round 38 was D’Marcus Hayes from Georgia. Hayes is a 6-5 tackle who has plenty of experience.
Winner: Both teams that took a former XFL lineman made good choices, but the Brahmas win this one with their 6-6 tackle Malcolm Bunche.
|39||41||D.C. Defenders||Michael Maietti||Missouri||Offensive Line|
|39||42||St. Louis Battlehawks||Tison Gray||South Carolina St||Offensive Line|
|39||43||San Antonio Brahmas||Roubbens Joseph||Buffalo||Offensive Line|
|39||44||Orlando Guardians||Zeveyon Furcron||Southern Illinois||Offensive Line|
|39||45||Vegas Vipers||Michael Miller||Washburn||Offensive Line|
|39||46||Seattle Sea Dragons||Paul Grattan||UCLA||Offensive Line|
|39||47||Arlington Renegades||Boe Wilson||Western Kentucky||Offensive Line|
|39||48||Houston Roughnecks||Kary Kutsch||Colorado||Offensive Line|
Round 39 Breakdown
Round 39 of the XFL draft day one recap of offensive players started with Michael Maietti out of Missouri. Maietti is a 6-1 center who spent some time with the Steelers. The Battlehawks selected Tison Gray out of South Carolina State. Gray is a 6-4 lineman with limited experience who looks to prove himself at the next level. The Brahmas took Roubbens Joseph out of Buffalo. Joseph is 6-4 and has experience in the NFL, CFL, and IFL. The next player taken was Zeveyon Furcron out of Southern Illinois. Furcron is a 6-2 guard who started 46 straight games in college.
The Vegas Vipers took Michael Miller out of Washburn. Miller may have played for a smaller school, but he has experience starting at guard and tackle. The Sea Dragons drafted Paul Grattan out of UCLA. Grattan is 6-4 and spent some time with the Steelers. The Renegades took Boe Wilson out of Western Kentucky. Wilson was the highest pass blocking graded guard in the Conference USA his senior year. Last in the 39th round was Kary Kutsch out of Colorado. Kutsch was still developing in his last season at Colorado but has a lot of potential.
Winner: The Renegades win this round with Boe Wilson. Wilson is an excellent pass blocker and will likely earn a starting position.
|40||49||Houston Roughnecks||Dareuan Parker||Mississippi State||Offensive Line|
|40||50||Arlington Renegades||Jake Stetz||Boise State||Offensive Line|
|40||51||Seattle Sea Dragons||Frank Ball||Virginia State||Offensive Line|
|40||52||Vegas Vipers||Quinterrius Eatmon||South Florida||Offensive Line|
|40||53||Orlando Guardians||Jordan Ighofose||Grambling||Offensive Line|
|40||54||San Antonio Brahmas||Norman Price||Southern Miss||Offensive Line|
|40||55||St. Louis Battlehawks||Daishawn Dixon||San Diego St||Offensive Line|
|40||56||D.C. Defenders||Dwayne Wallace||Kansas||Offensive Line|
Round 40 Breakdown
The XFL draft day one recap of offensive players roles to the 40th round where the Roughnecks started by selecting Dareuan Parker out of Mississippi State. The 6-4 guard Parker owned the most pass blocking snaps with 571 per PFF. He was tied seventh overall for in pass blocking grades. The Renegades took Jake Stetz out of Boise State. The 6-2 guard spent time with the Broncos after college. Next was Frank Ball out of Virginia State. The 6-3 linemen played 38 games in college and will look to make an impact in the XFL. The Vipers selected Quinterrius Eatmon out of South Florida. The 6-6 guard has gained experience in the NFL and FL.
Next was Jordan Ighofose out of Grambling. Ighofose has limited experience and will look to develop at the next level. Next was Norman Price out of Southern Miss. Price is a 6-4 guard who spent time with the 49ers and the Panthers. The Battlehawks then took Daishawn Dixon out of San Diego State. The 6-5 guard has bounced around some NFL teams. The last player in round 40 was Dwayne Wallace out of Kansas. Wallace is a 6-4 guard with starting experience at Kansas.
Winner: The Roughnecks win this one after drafting Parker, a highly graded college guard.
|41||57||D.C. Defenders||Tyler Witt||Purdue||Offensive Line|
|41||58||St. Louis Battlehawks||Bryce Foxworth||Southern Miss||Offensive Line|
|41||59||San Antonio Brahmas||Kohl Levao||Hawaii||Offensive Line|
|41||60||Orlando Guardians||Jalen Spady||Florida A&M||Offensive Line|
|41||61||Vegas Vipers||Avery Young||Auburn||Offensive Line|
|41||62||Seattle Sea Dragons||Tyrin Arceneaux||West Georgia||Offensive Line|
|41||63||Arlington Renegades||Brian Folkerts||Washburn||Offensive Line|
|41||64||Houston Roughnecks||Dylan Pasquali||Ferris St||Offensive Line|
Round 41 Breakdown
The XFL draft day one recap of offensive players with round 41 where Tyler Witt out of Purdue was drafted. Witt is a 6-2 guard who played 901 snaps his last year of college. Next, the Battlehawks drafted Bryce Foxworth out of Southern Miss. The 6-3 lineman is a good pass blocker. The Brahmas then selected Kohl Levao out of Hawaii. Levao is a 6-6 guard who has some experience at the professional level in the CFL. The Guardians took Jalen Spady out of Florida A&M. Spady is a 6-3 center with limited experience who will look to make a big impact on the next level.
The next player taken was Avery Young out of Auburn. Young is a 6-5 offensive tackle who has bounced around the NFL. The Sea Dragons took Tyrin Arceneaux out of West Georgia. Arceneaux was in line to play in the MLFB prior to its shut down. The Renegades took Brian Folkerts out of Washburn. Folkerts is a 6-4 center who’s played in the NFL, the AFL, and the AAF. Last in round 41 was Dylan Pasquali out of Ferris St. The 6-5 lineman was first team in his conference.
Winner: The Renegades win this one with their selection of Brian Folkerts. Folkerts has a lot of professional experience which will help him at the next level.
|42||65||Houston Roughnecks||Alex Mollette||Marshall||Offensive Line|
|42||66||Arlington Renegades||Keenan Forbes||Florida A&M||Offensive Line|
|42||67||Seattle Sea Dragons||Jovann Letuli||Akron||Offensive Line|
|42||68||Vegas Vipers||Tony Adams||North Carolina State||Offensive Line|
|42||69||Orlando Guardians||Shawn Page||Merrimack||Offensive Line|
|42||70||San Antonio Brahmas||Jonathan Irizarry||Mississippi Valley St||Offensive Line|
|42||71||St. Louis Battlehawks||Christian Olmstead||Findlay||Offensive Line|
|42||72||D.C. Defenders||Liam Fornadel||James Madison||Offensive Line|
Round 42 Breakdown
The XFL draft day one recap of offensive players gets close to the end with the 42nd round. It started with the Roughnecks drafting Alex Mollette out of Marshall. Molette is a 6-2 guard who has spent some time with the Vikings. The Renegades then drafted Keenan Forbes out of Florida A&M. Forbes is 6-3 and spent time with the Seahawks. The Sea Dragons took Jovann Letuli out of Akron. Letuli is a 6-5 tackle who has experience in the CFL. The Vipers then took Tony Adams out of North Carolina State. Adams is 6-2 and has bounced around many leagues after finishing with 2,472 collegiate snaps.
The next player was Shawn Page out of Merrimack. The 6-3 lineman got some NFL interest even after playing for such a small school. Speaking of small schools Jonathan Irizarry out of Mississippi Valley State next. Irizarry can play both guard and center. The Battlehawks drafted Christian Olmstead out of Findlay. Olmstead has a lot to prove to show he belongs with more well-known names. Last in round 42 was Liam Fornadel out of James Madison. The 6-5 tackle started eight games his last year of college.
Winner: It’s hard not to call the Roughnecks the winners after drafting former Minnesota Viking Alex Mollette.
|43||73||D.C. Defenders||Pass||Offensive Line|
|43||74||St. Louis Battlehawks||Pass||Offensive Line|
|43||75||San Antonio Brahmas||Pass||Offensive Line|
|43||76||Orlando Guardians||Sunday Deng||Northwest Oklahoma State||Offensive Line|
|43||77||Vegas Vipers||Tre Johnson||Jackson State||Offensive Line|
|43||78||Seattle Sea Dragons||Pass||Offensive Line|
|43||79||Arlington Renegades||Pass||Offensive Line|
|43||80||Houston Roughnecks||Pass||Offensive Line|
Only two players were drafted in round 43. Sunday Deng out of Northwestern Oklahoma State and Tre Johnson out of Jackson State.
|44||81||Houston Roughnecks||Pass||Offensive Line|
|44||82||Arlington Renegades||Pass||Offensive Line|
|44||83||Seattle Sea Dragons||Pass||Offensive Line|
|44||84||Vegas Vipers||Fernando Frye||East Carolina||Offensive Line|
|44||85||Orlando Guardians||Pass||Offensive Line|
|44||86||San Antonio Brahmas||Pass||Offensive Line|
|44||87||St. Louis Battlehawks||Pass||Offensive Line|
|44||88||D.C. Defenders||Pass||Offensive Line|
Most of the teams passed to get more picks in the supplemental draft later on or tomorrow’s picks. However, the Vipers did draft Fernando Frye out of Eas Carolina.
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