XFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT SET FOR
One Territorial Protection Possibility
Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas
(Reported By the GrandonGang)
LAS VEGAS (Wednesday, December 27, 2000) - The Las
Vegas Outlaws will participate in their first XFL supplemental
draft, to be held Friday, December 29, via conference call between
league headquarters in Stamford, Conn., and the eight XFL teams.
purpose of the XFL supplemental draft is to allow teams to add
players who were not eligible when the league staged its inaugural
draft on October 28. At the time, XFL teams stocked their rosters
with 70 players, including those taken during the draft's open
phase and others acquired via territorial selection.
then, Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner and his colleagues around
the league have had the opportunity to review and evaluate talent
at two one-week mini-camps: a November "skills camp"
that featured only players who normally handle the ball (quarterbacks,
running backs, tight ends, receivers and centers) and a December
session that brought together full 70-man squads.
is an excellent opportunity for us to bolster an already deep
roster with a handful of quality players," said Las Vegas
Vice President/General Manager Bob Ackles. "While we are
very pleased with our current roster of 69 guys going into training
camp, we are excited about the possibility of adding some exciting
players to the mix."
the supplemental draft, teams will be able to add an unlimited
number of players, all of whom must meet XFL eligibility criteria,
which includes being free of contracts to other football leagues.
Players who were part of the league's original draft pool are
Friday's supplemental draft, which will begin at 6:00 a.m. (PT)
and will be carried live on XFL.COM, teams will have 24 hours
to trim their rosters to 70 players. All eight XFL teams open
preseason training camps next week, with the entire Western
Conference (Los Angeles Xtreme, Memphis Maniax and San Francisco
Demons) joining the Outlaws in Las Vegas from January 2 - 28.
that coaching staffs have had the opportunity to see the players
in mini-camps, they have a much better idea of what their needs
are," said Mike Keller, the
XFL's Vice President of Football Operations.