The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by MikeMitchell » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:50 pm

GregParks wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:20 pm
Great analysis, Mike. Enjoyed reading that.
Thanks Greg. I am sure that you have poured all over these names as well. It’s exciting stuff. Seeing so many players get a shot.

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by sergeantcline_vdf » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:08 am

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Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:03 am
This is just my own personal list. A selection of some of the nearly 1,000 players that have their names in the XFL Draft Pool. Over 400 of the players officially named will not be drafted. The overall list of players is good, especially for a first year league. The XFL is most likely a year away from being able to obtain stronger talent. The disadvantage of being a startup league in a field that is littered with utter failure. The XFL is a prove it first league. Which kind of fits the type of player that the league is going to have. The entire league is a proving ground.

Important to note that the league is not finished with their talent search, specifically at the quarterback position. The league is going to continue to talk to agents and players who are currently on NFL rosters and the players who come off the practice squads in January. As Oliver Luck stated on the XFL Show, The 8 Quarterbacks assigned will not be the "end of it".

Here's my best players by position. I am only going by names that have been officially announced and this is not by any particular order. Just draft pool players. I will do the offense first.

Quarterbacks

Connor Cook, Joe Callahan, BJ Daniels, Tyree Jackson, Zach Mettenberger, Tanner Mangum, Phillip Nelson, Jake Heaps, Marquise Williams, Darron Thomas, Austin Allen, Taylor Cornelius & Tanner Lee

- With most teams carrying no more than 3 quarterbacks per roster. It will essentially be a league with 24 total quarterbacks max. There are currently 35 quarterbacks listed as being in the pool. I think Cook might end up being a starter. He never really got a fair shot in the NFL. Daniels has great roster value as a backup. Callahan despite breaking records in college, has never really gotten a fair chance either. I like the upside of Jackson and Mangum. Some team will fall in love with Tyree's size (6'7) and athletic ability. Mangum is a high character guy who seems like an ideal #2 QB.

Running Backs

Cameron Artis Payne, Christine Michael, Matt Jones, JaQuan Gardner, Branden Oliver, Andre Williams, Donnell Pumphrey, Kelvin Taylor, Terron Ward, Jhurell Pressley, Dominick Bragalone, Lance Dunbar, Jonas Gray, Trent Richardson, Akeem Hunt, Storm Johnson, Aca 'Cedric Ware, Trey Williams, Trey Watts, Dimitri Flowers, Jacques Patrick & Taku Lee,

- This is a pretty strong group. Some quality names, I left off. There's not a lot of tread on the tires of these backs who are all in that 25 to 28 year old range. Normally backs in that age frame are almost nearly broken down by that point. I am a big fan of Jaquan Gardner. He has power and breakaway ability. Think young MJD. The player in this group that, I hope gets a shot is Bragalone. He has all the tools. He just needs a shot. Sentimental favorite is Taku Lee. This kid has great agility and open field moves.

Fullbacks

Aaron Ripkowski, Tommy Bohanon, JD Moore & Marquez Williams

- I wish that more teams would utilize the fullback position. The Pats rode James Develin's lead blocking to another championship last year and Kyle Juszczyk, before being injured was paving streets of gold for the entire 49ers ground game. Ripkowski and Bohanon are two quality lead guys who could still be playing in the NFL, if not for the deemphasizing of that position the last few years.

Wide Receivers

Demarcus Ayers, Taivon Jacobs, Tre McBride, Jalen Rowell, MeKale McKay, DeMornay Pierson-El, L' Damian Washington, Ryan Broyles, Reece Horn, Nelson Spruce, KD Cannon, Keith Mumphrey, TJ Jones, KJ Maye, Rannell Hall, Donteea Dye, Dontez Ford, Sammie Coates, Jacoby Ford, Armanti Foreman, Mikah Holder, Daniel Williams, Jalen Saunders, Kasen Williams & Terrance Williams

- I didn't include Robert Meachem, because I don't know how much he has left in the tank. His veteran leadership is worth it's weight in gold but I don't see him as a premiere player anymore. This is the diamond in the rough area. Unknowns will emerge and become stars because of the style of the league's play and it's coaching staffs. Be on the lookout for anyone that June Jones picks. He has a long history dating back to the Gamblers of finding hidden gems. If Jones puts his stamp on a receiver. That player is going to catch a lot of passes. My sleeper is Jacobs. He's very polished with elite speed.

Tight Ends

Khari Lee, EJ Bibbs, Clay Harbor, Weslye Saunders, Adrien Robinson, Evan Rodriguez, Orson Charles, Gerald Christian, Cam Clear, Scott Orndoff, Colin Jeter & Connor Davis

- This position is littered with small school gems. Guys who were very productive in college but fell under the radar. The kid who intrigues me is Connor Davis. He has great size and hands. It remains to be seen how many of the teams emphasize the tight end position. We know that Houston won't but Davis is a diamond in the rough from Stony Brook.

Offensive Tackles

Donald Hawkins, Korren Kirven, Bruno Reagan, Michael Bowie, Andrew McDonald, Randall Harris, Daniel Cooney, Kendall Calhoun, Tayo Fabuluje, John Kling, Voghens Larrieux, Lanard Bonner, Kevin Bowen, Brandon Hodges, Cyrus Kouandjio, Javarious Leamon, Matt McCants, Storm Norton, Kelvin Palmer, Dwayne Wallace & Avery Young

- This is a solid group at an extremely hard position to fill especially in secondary football leagues. This is where the scouting department comes in handy. LA's decision to pick first in this group intrigues me. I wonder who Joey Clinkscales has in mind. The disadvantage of picking first in a snake style draft, is that you don't pick again for a long time. You have to hit with your first pick. I expect Hawkins to be drafted early. He can be a blindside protector in the league. Will he go first? I think Korren Kirven is an ideal RT and instant starter but can he play on the left side? Reagan and Norton have a chance to go early in the phase two draft.

Offensive Guards

Brandon Washington, Nico Siragusa, Kirk Barron, Alex Balducci, Venzell Boulware, Marcus Applefield, Leon Brown, Tre Jackson, Sean Hickey, Lamar Mady, Brian Folkerts, Arie Kouandjio, Robert Myers, Ian Silberman & Damien Mama,

- This is a good group. Especially at the top. Barron and Boulware can be NFL starters in the future. They can both play other positions on the line if necessary.

Centers

Jordan McCray, Patrick Lewis, Alec Oberle, Dillon Day, Oni Omoile, Demetrius Rhaney, Jon Toth, Austin Golson & Michael Montero

- McCray should be in the NFL. He graded out as the AAF's best lineman and yet he is still available. Patrick Lewis has a ton of experience and will be starting in the league if healthy. Omoile has raw ability and very good upside.

Kickers

Nick Novak, Roberto Aguayo, Elliott Fry, Greg Joseph, Cole Tracy, Andrew Franks, John Baron & Ty Rausa

- Aguayo will be the most interesting kicker to follow. He had a massive case of the yips and never recovered, despite his high draft pedigree. Can he salvage his career? Novak is a solid vet. Very reliable. Fry has been on the NFL workout circuit since losing the kicking competition in Chicago. Fry most recently tried out for the Pats.

Long Snappers

Tanner Carew, Nate Boyer, Drew Ferris, AJ Hantak & Scott Daly

- This can be considered a defensive position as well. The position plays a big factor on field goals and punts. No extra point kicks in the XFL. The league has surprisingly or unsurprisingly, depending on how you look at it, invited 18 long snappers into the draft pool. The league needs at least eight quality snappers. The position, you only notice when something goes wrong. Carew and Boyer are two accomplished veterans who are very good at their jobs.
Cameron Artis Payne is an beast great third down running back has the speed and ball control

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by steinerfhc » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:19 pm

MikeMitchell wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:46 pm
steinerfhc wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:26 pm
I love this Mike, great break down of the players by position. Kind of sad not seeing Hakeem Nicks on the players list. Would loved to see him play again and he would be a name fans know as a SB WR that would have drawn interest. I feel he may not because there was not promise he be on the NY team which seems like that was the only team he play on.
Thanks. There is a lot of stuff that has gone on behind in the scenes the last month and a half. Out of respect for info shared in confidence. I can’t divulge everything. There are a lot of players that got invites and wanted to accept but were advised to “hold off” for now by their agents. Some players turned down invites because they are holding out hope for The NFL this year.

There are a few quarterbacks who were on the verge and XFL bound before injuries changed the landscape in the NFL.

Nicks is in a good spot. Veteran with his money saved. A lot of his issues are quality of life because of all the injuries he has had during his career. His medicals are not great. It would be great to see him with Gilbride in New York. I wouldn’t rule him out in the future but it’s not in the cards right now.
I just saw from yesterday on the sites main page the twitter line showing a bunch of ex Giants listing his name. Just interesting to me, can't wait to see the draft.

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by Football_Lover » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:25 pm

I would take a hard look at the Kicker Tyler Basch from Missouri Western. He has a very strong leg, cool under pressure, and very accurate. He kicked a 58 yd fg last year in there bowl game. This kid is flying under the radar and could be the cream of the crop for kickers.

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by MikeMitchell » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:25 am

Football_Lover wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:25 pm
I would take a hard look at the Kicker Tyler Basch from Missouri Western. He has a very strong leg, cool under pressure, and very accurate. He kicked a 58 yd fg last year in there bowl game. This kid is flying under the radar and could be the cream of the crop for kickers.
It’s bound to happen in these leagues. I have followed every alternative pro league since the USFL. Quality players always slip through the cracks. Basch could be one of them for sure.

If I am an NFL talent evaluator. I look at kicker, punter and long snapper differently than I do for other positions. Quality of competition doesn’t factor in as much for those positions as they do for others. If a kicker makes big pressure kicks in adverse weather at Missouri Western or in the CFL or XFL. I am going to sign him. The GOAT of all kickers Adam Vinatieri proved himself in Oliver Luck’s other league NFL Europe before making his legendary journey in the NFL. If you can kick accurately and consistently on any football field. You are capable of doing it in the NFL.

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by nick1091 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:53 am

Very nice and extensive insight.

I'd say the guy who sprung to mind for me when the full list came out was Malachi Jones. He's two time Arena League WR of the Year, and also finished in the top 10 for both receiving yards and touchdowns in the AAF. Also sort of interesting is that he's TJ Jones' younger brother - I wonder if there are any other sibling duos in the pool?

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by triplecrown41 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:50 am

nick1091 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:53 am
Very nice and extensive insight.

I'd say the guy who sprung to mind for me when the full list came out was Malachi Jones. He's two time Arena League WR of the Year, and also finished in the top 10 for both receiving yards and touchdowns in the AAF. Also sort of interesting is that he's TJ Jones' younger brother - I wonder if there are any other sibling duos in the pool?
The Kuandjio (Cyrus/Arie) brothers from Alabama are both in the draft pool. Both are OL.

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by MikeMitchell » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:37 am

nick1091 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:53 am
Very nice and extensive insight.

I'd say the guy who sprung to mind for me when the full list came out was Malachi Jones. He's two time Arena League WR of the Year, and also finished in the top 10 for both receiving yards and touchdowns in the AAF. Also sort of interesting is that he's TJ Jones' younger brother - I wonder if there are any other sibling duos in the pool?
Thanks.

It’s tough leaving players off of the list. Jones has a shot for sure. Both of them. Malachi and TJ.

The original XFL had several arena league receivers who shined and made long pro careers out of the league. Kevin Swayne and Mike Furrey come to mind. Furrey ended up playing receiver and DB in the NFL. Kind of a Troy Brown type of his time. He actually ended up having some good seasons at receiver in the NFL. Catching over 90 balls in one season with The Lions. Swayne had the distinction of playing in the AFL, XFL and NFL all in the same calendar year. An Ironman type season for a football player. Three different leagues no offseason and he carved out a nice career as a backup for The Jets.

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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by GregParks » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:53 pm

FWIW, this is a TJ Jones Tweet from Friday (@IamTJ_Jones):

"Not sure how my name made it onto the XFL draft board but with all due respect that is currently not an option for me. I am still actively pursuing the NFL. Sorry for the confusion."
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Re: The best offensive players in the XFL Draft Pool by position

Post by MikeMitchell » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:08 pm

GregParks wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:53 pm
FWIW, this is a TJ Jones Tweet from Friday (@IamTJ_Jones):

"Not sure how my name made it onto the XFL draft board but with all due respect that is currently not an option for me. I am still actively pursuing the NFL. Sorry for the confusion."
Interesting. Startup leagues have hiccups ups all the time. You worry about the scenario where guys get drafted but they don’t show up. It happens a lot in secondary leagues. I have seen it with the CFL and Indoor leagues. A player will just not show up or change his mind. That could happen with the XFL. It would not shock me.

There are a lot of players on the fence when it comes to the XFL. A lot of them. The salary narrative painted by some doesn’t help either.
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