More on that in a moment. The math was supposed to be approximately 100 players per showcase, with 5 of them potentially being current college players. I had a few current college players, that reached out to me about how to apply for a showcase. This after the XFL made public their showcase info, and their open door policy for current college players. I know that the XFL reached out to PFT, to give details about their showcases, but the league still has an awareness problem. From agents like Nicole Lynn, who represents Quinnen Williams, asking Twitter, who the contact was for the league. I have had at least a dozen agents reach out to me since mid May, asking how they can get their players invites. Sometimes, when you get a chance to peak behind the curtain, you are amazed with what you find. Even prominent college football writers, didn't know that current college players can apply.
The XFL still has some kinks to work out moving forward. There are certainly a lot of challenges, when it come to an upstart league. Just getting the entire operation running as a well oiled machine is not easy. The XFL has had a few hiccups in the last few weeks. The big picture still looks very promising, but the league has had some issues with the smaller details.
For example..... By now, most of you have seen the original Houston Showcase roster, that was handed to Stephan Rachuk from XFL2K.com. By the time, XFL Houston posted an official list of participants. There were some subtractions and additions. It didn't help matters that the only showcase roster that was posted by the league on any of their accounts, was hardly legible.
By my count, 6 players that were on the original list, were not on the official list of players. Some notable names too, Quarterbacks Brandon Silvers and Zach Mettenberger, NFL veteran DE Sam Montgomery and Birmingham Iron Linebacker Beniquez Brown. Two other players Tray Mitchell, S from Eastern Illinois and International Linebacker Maximo Sanchez were also on the original list. The latter two names may have had travel or injury issues. Not so sure, if that's the case with the other 4 players. There's no doubt in my mind that Silvers and company received invites. Otherwise, they wouldn't have been on any list. Whether or not, their participation has been delayed for other reasons, remains to be seen, but they obviously were originally slated for this, and ended up not participating. Luis Perez is another AAF QB, who should accept an invite, if he gets one, but some of these agents, don't know what they are doing.
Not every veteran that has been sent an invite, will accept it. That's the reality when it comes to the XFL. Especially when it comes to prideful premiere vets, who have a high value placed on themselves. Junior Galette received an invite from the XFL, through his agency, but he has no interest in showing up. He is pretty upset with his current standing. In 2018, Junior was a free agent in the NFL, he was offered a two year 10 million dollar deal to resign with Washington. Galette turned it down, a decision, he admitted that he regrets now. Galette's a very good player but unfortunately a year later, he is still currently a free agent. Galette is upset that no team has made him an offer and that he is still stranded on the open market. It was a good idea by the XFL, sending him an invite. It was worth a shot. I personally would also have done it. Here are some of Junior Galette's comments from last September.
I think the Showcase talent moving forward will be interesting to watch. Especially with CFL players, who just got cut like QB Bryan Bennett, getting invites. I know only a handful of names for Friday's showcase, which I will be at. There's defensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli. He was a 6th round pick by Seattle in 2015. He played alongside Khalil Mack in college. Freakishly strong. The young man has been jerked around since he turned pro. Seattle attempted to convert him to the offensive line. That didn't work out. A year after being drafted, Sokoli is cut. The Colts sign him and put him back to defensive end. He ends up on their practice squad for the entire season. A year later, he's cut again. The Saints pick him up, put him back on the offensive line. He lands on that practice squad, and ends up getting cut again. Rinse and repeat. The Giants sign him, put him back on the defensive line. He lands on their practice squad and then tears his ACL in the summer of 2018.My agent and I thought we could get a lot more money on the open market, which I basically regret right now,” Galette told Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan. “I should be in someone’s facility right now. It was clearly a bad call.”“They brought Pernell McPhee in, who’s a lot cheaper and probably, I guess, around – I wouldn’t say same type of player, but for the role that they need, I guess he could fit it,” Galette said. “They signed that and it basically was kind of me now waiting, thinking that I had the Rams. I thought we had a deal with them, but that never panned out, so here we are. I’m at home now, regretting that I just should have took the Redskins’ deal.
A few other names that I am aware of for Friday, Undrafted rookie center from Purdue, Kirk Barron. He's really good. Tight Ends, Adrien Robinson and Evan Rodriguez. Both were recently in the AAF. There's also WR Tyrell Goodman, who started out as a dual threat QB coming out of high school. Converted to wideout, and has been a star arena league player. He's a local kid from Yonkers. I think we will continue to get a wide variety of players moving forward in these showcases.