Top XFL Players NFL fans might know:

Trey Mcbride                                                                                                                                  Wide Receiver –  LA Wildcats

  • 4.37 40 yard Dash
  • 7th Round Pick by the Titans in 2015
  • He led William & Mary his Senior Year with 1,533 total all-purpose yards

Will Sutton                                                                                                                                      Defensive Tackle – Seattle Dragons

  • Third Round Pick by the Bears in 2014
  • 2× Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Was a Consensus All-American in 2012
  • Has totaled 60 Tackles in his 5 year NFL Career

Matt Jones                                                                                                                                      Running Back – St. Louis BattleHawks

  • Third Round Pick by the Redskins in 2015
  •  Has amassed 964 Yards in his 3 year NFL Career
  •  Four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the 15th best running back in his class

Rashad Ross                                                                                                                                    Wide Receiver – DC Defenders

  • Went Undrafted in 2013 but signed by the Titans after the Draft
  • Was mostly utilized as a Return-Man  in his 5 year NFL Career
  •  Ross Lead the AAF in receiving touchdowns and had AAF’s highest receiving grade from Pro Football Focus in 2018

Luis Perez                                                                                                                                        Quarterback – New York Guardians

  • Harlon Hill Trophy Winner 2017 (Best Player in Division II)
  • Invited to attend rookie mini-camp for the Los Angles Rams in 2018
  • One of the Top Quarterbacks in the AAF in 2018

Tyree Jackson                                                                                                                                Quarterback –  DC Defenders

  • MAC Most Valuable Player (2018)
  • MAC Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
  • He was invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl, named team MVP for South Team
  • Jackson signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2019

Aaron Murray                                                                                                                                  Quarterback – Tampa Bay Vipers

  • SEC Passing Touchdown Leader
  • SEC Career Passing Yards Leader
  • 5th Round Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs

Matt McGloin                                                                                                                                  Quarterback – New York Guardians

  • Burlsworth Trophy Winner (2013)
  • McGloin was rated the 22nd best quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com
  • Has over 1,800 Career passing yards in his 5 year NFL Career

Christine Michael                                                                                                                          Running Back – St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • BIG 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year
  • 2nd Round Pick by the Seahawks in the 2013 Draft
  • Has over 1,000 Rushing yards in his 5 year NFL Career

Jordan Ta’Amu                                                                                                                              Quarterback – St. Louis BattleHawks

  • On August 7, 2019, Ta’amu signed with the Houston Texans
  • Youngest Quarterback in the XFL
  • He finished the season ranked second in SEC passing yards in 2018

Sammie Coates                                                                                                                            Wide Receiver – Houston Roughnecks

  • 3rd Round Pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015
  • Second-team All-SEC in 2014
  • Over 500 yards in his 3 year NFL Career

Connor Cook                                                                                                                                  Quarterback –  Houston Roughnecks

  • Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year (2015)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden arm Award (2015)
  • 4th Round Pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 Draft

Cardale Jones                                                                                                                                  Quarterback – DC Defenders

  • Big Ten Championship Game MVP
  • CFP National Champion
  • 4th Rounds Pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2016 Draft

Landry Jones                                                                                                                                  Quarterback – Dallas Renegades

  • 4th Round Pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013
  • Landry finished his collegiate career with 16,646 passing yards and 123 touchdowns
  • Finalist for the Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year Award in 2007
  • Over 1,300 passing yards in his 6 year NFL career

Kony Ealy                                                                                                                                          Defensive End – Houston Roughnecks

  • First-team All-SEC in 2013
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team NFL in 2014
  • 15.0 Sacks in his 4 year NFL Career
  • 2nd Round Pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2014

Lance Dunbar                                                                                                                                  Running Back – Dallas Renegades

  • In the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame
  • 3x All-Sun Belt Conference
  • Leading rusher in school history with 4,224 rushing yards
  • Over 1000 All-Purpose yards in his 5 year NFL Career

Derron Smith                                                                                                                                Saftey – Dallas Renegades

  • 3× First-team All-Mountain West
  • 6th Round Pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015
  • 17 tackles in his 2 year NFL Career

Antonio Callaway                                                                                                                        Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Vipers

  • CBS Sports First Team All-America
  • 4th Round pick by the Clevland Brown in 2018
  • Over 800 All-purpose yards in 1 year NFL Career

Eli Rogers                                                                                                                                        Wide Receiver – DC Defenders

  • Rogers signed a three-year contract worth $1.575 million as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015
  • Over 800 Receiving yards in his 3 year NFL Career
  • A four-star prospect by Rivals.com and rated as the No. 35 wide receiver coming out of High School

Nick Novak                                                                                                                                      Kicker – Los Angeles Wildcats

  • Ranks 6th on All-Time Chargers Scoring List
  • 2× AFC South Champion
  • 2004 ACC Jim Tatum Award Recipient
  • 182 Field Goals Made in 12 year NFL Career

Jay Bromley                                                                                                                                    Defensive Lineman  – DC Defenders

  • 3rd Round Pick by the New York Giants in 2014
  • 80 Tackles in 4 year NFL Career
  • Third-team All-ACC selection in 2013

Donnel Pumphrey                                                                                                                        Running Back – DC Defenders

  • NCAA Division I FBS All-Time Leading Rusher
  • Super Bowl LII champion
  • First-team All-American in 2016
  • 4th Round Pick by the Philidelphia Eagles in 2017

Quinton Flowers                                                                                                                            Quarterback – Tampa Bay Vipers

  • AAC Record for Career Total Offense
  • CFPA National Performer of The Year
  • South Florida All-Time Touchdowns Leader
  • Flowers was second nationally in ESPN’s Total QBR statistic in 2016

Marquette King                                                                                                                            Punter – St. Louis Battlehawks

  • NFL Second-team All-Pro in 2016
  • NFL Punting Yards Leader in 2014
  • 163 Punts inside the 20 yards line in his 6 year NFL Career

Scooby Wright III                                                                                                                          Linebacker – DC Defenders

  • Unanimous All-American in 2014
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014
  • Lombardi Award Winner in 2014
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Winner in 2014
  • 7th Round Pick by the Clevland Browns in 2016

Nick Deluca                                                                                                                                    Linebacker – New York Guardians

  • Consensus first-team FCS All-American in 2017
  • 2x All-MVFC First Team
  • 12 Tackles and a Forced Fumble in one year NFL Career
  • 4× NCAA FCS National Campion

Donatello Brown                                                                                                                          Cornerback – Dallas Renegades

  • Signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2017
  • Signed with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football in 2019
  • Played as a Punt returner and a special teamer for the Packers in 2017

Tanner McEvoy                                                                                                                              Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Vipers

  • Played Quarterback, Saftey, and Wide Receiver in College at Wisconsin
  • He was ranked the 20th best wide receiver prospect by NFLDraftScout.com
  • The Seattle Seahawks signed McEvoy as an Undrafted Free Agent after he went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft
  • Over 250 Receiving yards in his 3 year NFL Career

Cyril Richardson                                                                                                                            Offensive Lineman – Seattle Dragons

  • 5th Round Pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft
  • Unanimous All-American in 2013
  • 2× Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • Jim Parker Trophy winner in 2013

Keenan Reynolds                                                                                                                          Wide Receiver – Seattle Dragons

  • AAC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Third-team All-American
  • Navy Midshipmen No. 19 retired
  • 6th Round Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens
  • Played Quarterback in College at Navy

Taylor Heinicke                                                                                                                              Quarterback – St. Louis Battlehawks

  • CAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012
  • 2x FCS All-American
  • Walter Payton Award winner in 2012
  • Dudley Award Winner in 2012
  • During the 2018 season, he appeared in six games with the Panthers including being named the starter for Week 16 in 2018

Nick Fitzgerald                                                                                                                              Quarterback – St. Louis Battlehawks

  • Fitzgerald is the all-time leader in rushing yards by an SEC QB
  • 6x SEC Player of the Week
  • School record with 42 career rushing touchdowns
  • Fitzgerald signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft

Josh Johnson                                                                                                                            Quarterback – Los Angles Wildcats

  • 2× PFL Offensive Player of the Year
  • 4× All-Pioneer Football League
  • 4× I-AA All-American
  • Over 1600 Passing yards in his 10 year NFL Career
  • Over 400 Rushing Yards in NFL Career

De’Angelo Henderson                                                                                                                Running Back – Houston Roughnecks

  •  NCAA Division 1 record for touchdowns in consecutive games at 35
  • 6th Round Pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2017 Draft
  • Only nine rushing attempts in his 2 year NFL Career

Malachi Dupre                                                                                                                              Wide Receiver – DC Defenders

  • USA Today High School All-American
  • 7th Round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2017
  • Dupre was rated as a five-star recruit and was either ranked as the first or second-best receiver in his class by numerous scouting outlets

Eric Dungey                                                                                                                                    Quarterback – Dallas Renegades

  • Third team All-ACC in 2018
  • Camping Worl Bowl MVP in 2018
  • Dungey signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2019

Cameron Artis-Payne                                                                                                                Running Back – Dallas Renegades

  • First-team All-SEC in 2014
  • SEC Champion in 2013
  • 5th Round Pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2015
  • Over 500 All-purpose yards in his 3 year NFL Career

Jalen Collins                                                                                                                                    Cornerback – Tampa Bay Vipers

  • 2nd Round Pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 Draft
  • 10 Pass Deflections and 2 interceptions in his 4 year NFL career
  • Four-star recruit by Rivals.com in 2010
  • He was ranked the seventh-best cornerback by NFLDraftScout.com

Jalen Myrick                                                                                                                                    Cornerback – DC Defenders

  • Ran a 4.28 40-yard Dash at the 2017 NFL Combine
  • 7th Round Pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2017 Draft
  • Has a total of 1 pass breakup in his 2 year NFL Career

 

 

Indoor Football General Manager Plan:

Player Acquisition:

Every team that has succeeded in the Arena football league has one thing in common, a great Quarterback. Most of these Quarterbacks have three things in Common, Most lead the league in yards per completion, Most are Dual Threat, and most championship winning Arena League Quarterbacks have a High QB efficiency rating.

 

The other component to a great Arena team is your passing Defense. Most every team that has succeeded in the Arena league has a top 3 passing defense in the league. It’s a perfect benchmark for understanding how good an opposing team is because in most cases the stat “Opponents Passing Yards per Game” matches up precisely with league standings. If you give up the most passing yards per game you are most likely bottom of the standings. The same cant be said for rushing yards per game, you can be one of the worst teams in the league in terms of stopping the run but still be top of the table in terms of overall standings in the league. The way you Win on defense in Indoor football is you disrupt the passing game with pass rushers and make sure you have pure cover corners and  Safeties to clamp up downfield.  So what this tells me is when teams are signing/scouting Defensive linemen and linebackers they should not be worried about “Run Stoppers” or a prototype Nose Tackle or a Run Stopping Defensive Tackle, the only thing coaches and General Managers need to be asking is “Does this player have the potential to get the quarterback on an every-down basis?”.

 

Quarterback Targets:

Jayru Campbell | QB | Ferris State

6’5″ | 215lbs

  • 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy Winner as D2 National Player of the Year
  • Consensus First-Team All-American (2018)
  • Lead the nation in total touchdowns with 49 (2018)
  • Ranked as the nation’s leading rushing quarterback with 1,460 yards (2018)
  • Ranked #1 most of the season in passing efficiency (2018)
  • Ranked in top six in-country in points responsible for, passing efficiency, rushing touchdowns and total offense (2018)
  • 2931 Passing Yards
  • 27 Passing Touchdowns
  • 1460 Rushing Yards
  • 21 Rushing Touchdowns

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Roland Rivers III | QB | Slippery Rock

6’3″ | 230lbs

  • 2019 Harlon Hill Award Winner – DII College Player of the Year
  • 2019 PSAC West Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2019 D2CCA and Don Hansen National Offensive Player of the Year
  • Lead the Nation in Passing Yards (4460) and Passing Touchdowns (52)
  • 700 Rushing Yards and 9 rushing Touchdowns in 2019
  • 2019 D2CCA and Don Hansen Super Region One Offensive Player of the Year

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Jerod Evans | QB | Virginia Tech

6’3″ | 232lbs

  • Transferred from the US Airforce Academy to Virginia Tech in 2015
  • Evans in 2016 set school records for most passes completed (263), most touchdowns thrown (28), most touchdowns thrown in a game (5), most passing yards, and highest completion percentage.
  • Evans announced that he was entering the 2017 NFL Draft but he ended up undrafted
  • Threw for 3,552 yards and rushed for 846 yards in 2016
  • Played in the AFL for the Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade since 2018

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Trevor Knight | QB | Texas A&M

6’1″ | 215lbs

  • Won the Wuerffel Trophy (2016)
  • Was named MVP of the 2014 Sugar Bowl
  • Has four 300-yard passing games and two 100-yard rushing games in his collegiate career
  • Finished first among all quarterbacks in the vertical jump, broad jump, and had a 40 yard dash time of 4.54
  • Has Run for over 1,400 yards in his College career
  • Signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft
  • In November 2018, Knight was selected by the Arizona Hotshots with the sixth-overall pick of the 2019 AAF Quarterback Draft
  • Was a four-star recruit by ESPN.com as a High School Senior

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Skill Position Targets:

 

Corey Felton Jr. | CB/WR/ATH | Virginia University of Lynchburg

5’9″ | 178lbs

  • Nicknamed “Jetrabbit” for his blazing speed, with a 4.3 40-yd dash time
  • Versatility to play all over the defensive backfield and on special teams
  • Compared by an NFL Scout to Chicago Bears’ Cornerback Tim Jennings
    Made NFL Draft Diamond Top Small School List Invited to FCS Bowl
  • I really like this player, world-class speed with all the tools to play anywhere on the field
  • Tore it up in the World Developmental League, Played Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Punt Returner, and Kick Returner starting at 4 positions for his team

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Kolby Listenbee WR TCU

6’1″ | 183lbs

  • Ran a 4.39 at the NFL Combine
  • Was a 6th Round Pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2016 NFL Draft
  • Is now working in Video and Photography
  • Was compared to Texans receiver Will Fuller during the draft process
  • Was last playing football in 2018 on the Indianapolis Colts Practice Squad
  • Also was a Track and Field star for the TCU track team
  • He was ranked the 11th best wide receiver in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com

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Jamarcus King CB South Carolina

6’2″ | 181lbs

  • One of the nation’s top junior college cornerbacks in 2016
  • The four-star athlete was the number-one-rated junior college cornerback in the country (2016)
  • King was a high school receiver before attending Coffeyville Community College
  • King started all 13 games in 2017, posting 41 stops, a sack, two interceptions, and a team-high 12 pass breakups

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Isaiah Wright WR/RB/ATH Temple

6’2″ | 220lbs

  • Was awarded #2 at the beginning of summer practice – Temple awards single-digit jerseys to the toughest players on the team
  • Paul Hornung Award Watch List (Most versatile player in major college football)
  • AAC Special Teams Player of the Year
  • First Team All-AAC
  • Was one of the most Versatile Return men and Players in the Nation
    Can play a Multitude of positions including WR/RB/KR/PR

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Josh Forrest OLB/MLB Kentucky University

6’3″ | 229lbs

  • All-SEC third team (2014)
  • Began his college career as a freshman receiver before moving to defense in 2012
  • As a former wide receiver, he has the speed to play linebacker and also has a good feel for defending the passing game
  • Totals 139 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and has three interceptions in Senior Season Led the team in tackles with 110 stops and ranked third in the SEC in tackles per game … Had double-figure tackles in five games (2014)
  • One of my Favorite players coming into the 2016 NFL Draft, just never panned out in the NFL

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Jared Dangerfield WR Western Kentucky

6’3″ | 216lbs

  • 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
  • 2015 Preseason All-Conference USA First Team
  • Played in the AFL for the Washington Valor quickly becoming a top 10 receiver in the league
  • Caught 70 passes for 629 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2018-19 for Washington in the AFL

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Whats Happening around the NFL Week 8

NFL Week 8 News:

  • Jay Ajayi is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals today. If the visit goes well, it’s been rumored a deal could get done as soon as tomorrow.
  • Mohamed Sanu is on the Trade Block. The Falcons are reportedly are open to offers for the Wide Receiver.
  • Patriots reportedly are trying to trade for OJ Howard. They have contacted Tampa Bay about his availability but were told he is not available at the moment.
  • Kareem Hunt is eligible to return for the Cleveland browns this week. They activated him to the Roster the Morning.
  • The Trade market for Emmanuel Sanders is heating up, the 49ers are reportedly looking to bring in another Wide Receiver and many insiders think they are going to aggressively pursue Emmanuel Sanders.
  • Cowboys, Falcons, Browns and Ravens might have some interest in signing Eric Berry if they feel like they are contenders and need an extra defensive back for the playoffs.

Top Performers (So Far) In the NBA Summer League:

Chris Boucher:

  • Power Forward
  • 6’10”
  • NBA G League MVP
  • NBA G League DPOTY
  • 26 Years Old

Chris has had an amazing first two games in the Summer League, Averaging 23 Points Per game, 13 rebounds per game and 1 block per game. He is currently leading all Summer League participants in Rebounds per game and has also shown his range hitting from beyond the 3 point line multiple times in the tournament already.

 

 

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

  • Shooting Gaurd
  • 6’5″
  • Third Team All-ACC
  • Drafted 17th Overall

 

In his first game, Nickeil put up some jaw-dropping numbers. In just 27 minutes he managed to put up 23 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  I’m looking forward to watching his next game and seeing if he can replicate those numbers.

 

 

 

Terance Mann

  • Small Forward
  • 6’6″
  • Drafted 48th Overall

Through three games Mann has steadily been getting better. Through three games he is averaging 9 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal.

 

 

Quinndary Weatherspoon

  • Shooting Gaurd
  • 6’4″
  • Drafted 49th Overall
  • Arguably the best performer at the 2019 NBA Combine

 

Weatherspoon was one of my favorite players coming out of the second round this year, he is a very high percentage shooter and looked like the best player at the NBA combine this year. His first game in the Summer league, he put up 19 points, 7 rebounds 2 assist and 2 steals. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do in his next game, he might just become the steal of the draft.

 

 

 

 

NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Cardinals: Kyler Murray QB
  2. 49’ers: Nick Bosa EDGE
  3. Jets: Josh Allen EDGE
  4. Raiders: Quinnen Williams DT
  5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Greedy Williams CB
  6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins QB
  7. Jaguars: Jonah Williams OG
  8. Lions: Deandre Baker CB
  9. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf WR
  10. Broncos: Andre Dillard OT
  11. Bengals: Devin White LB
  12. Packers: Devin Bush LB
  13. Dolphins: Garrett Bradbury C
  14. Falcons: Jeffery Simmons DT
  15. Redskins: Drew Lock QB
  16. Carolina: Montez Sweat EDGE
  17. Browns: Jawaan James OT
  18. Vikings: Dalton Rinser OT
  19. Titans: Ed Oliver DL
  20. Steelers: Hollywood Brown
  21. Seahawks: Rashan Gary DE
  22. Ravens: Ravens Campbell WR
  23. Texans: T.J. Hockenson TE
  24. Raiders: Clelin Ferrell DE
  25. Eagles: Julian Love CB
  26. Colts: Dexter Lawrence DT
  27. Raiders: Noah Fant TE
  28. Chargers: Nasir Adderly S
  29. Chiefs: Taylor Rapp S
  30. Packers: A.J. Brown WR
  31. Rams: Erik McCoy C
  32. Patriots: Christian Wilkins DT

 

 

Super Bowl Prediction 2019

Patriots: 34

Rams: 31

 

Reluctantly, I am picking the New England Patriots to win yet another Superbowl. I honestly think the Rams are 100% capable of winning, but I have to stick with the formula that I use for most of my predictions.

In any case, I think this game will be extremely close and will be decided in the last 5 minutes or in the final possession.