XFL continues to look at possibility of signing players not eligible for NFL draft

AP

The XFL won’t be the NFL, in one very important way: The XFL won’t rule out signing players who are less than three years removed from high school.

Appearing on Monday’s #PFTPM podcast, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck was asked whether the XFL has heard from college players who’d like to leap to the XFL in 2020, even if they can’t be drafted by NFL teams until 2021.

“I would say this there has been as you know a number of guys who’ve sort of talking about it,” Luck said. (Indeed they have.) “I think our launching point, February of 2020, is still down the way a little bit. We’re not actively talking to anybody at this point, but it is something that we are looking at. As I have said many times before I would only do that if I believe and our coaches believe [that] a young man who is not eligible enough for the NFL but nonetheless has the physical, the emotional, the mental sort of maturity to play professional football, because we’re gonna have 26-, 27-, who knows, 28-, 30-year-olds playing in our league. . . . It’s something that’s certainly in our playbook. At this point we really haven’t spent much time thinking about it.”

They’ll surely be thinking about it in time, especially if true sophomores or redshirt freshmen decide after the 2019 college season to leave school and enter the XFL. The question then becomes whether the XFL would structure their contracts to allow them to leave after the 2021 season, for the NFL draft.

15 responses to “XFL continues to look at possibility of signing players not eligible for NFL draft

  1. No college kid with NFL potential would ever be dumb enough to leave a NCAA school with a built-in hardcore fanbase of millions for an XFL team with maybe 5,000 spectators.

    NCAA will march on and just hype the next star players while XFL players get zero exposure and become an afterthought.

  2. It’s risky for the player, if they get hurt or perform poorly. But I’d have to imagine that they’d get paid by the XFL more than what a year of tuition would be? I’d love to see a minor league put the NCAA outta biz.

  3. Top prospects should stay in college as the injury rates for top tier guys is a lot lower facing sub-quality physical competition than it is when you’re doing against a man your size regularly. Guys who project in the later rounds I could see a year in the XFL against tougher competition being a good choice, though you might get exposed and fall out of the draft entirely.

    Overall a tough call even if it seems alluring to get paid during college.

  4. No kid in his right mind would waste his chance to play in the NFL to join this fly by night operation.

  5. Let me play devils advocate.
    Remember Marcus Lattimore, a player who had 1st round ability but 2 devastating knee injuries basically ended his career and he got drafted but never played a game. Now Marcus got an education but he played those games for free. And who’s to say other players might have money issues maybe a parent needs surgery or a parent needs to help pay the bills.

    Top players will stay on college but there’s a percentage of players who could care less about college because they are waiting for the NFL so with the NFL you can give players another option.

  6. Fun fact: a 19-year old wide receiver who is 6’5″ and 235 pounds is every bit as physically qualified to compete against NFL defenders as a 25-year old wide receiver at 6’5″ and 235 pounds.

    The NFL’s policy requiring a player be two years out of high school is squarely and solely negotiated to keep the NCAA’s best cash cows in college so they can generate revenue at an extremely low level of compensation for their efforts. Even when (in many cases) a player has no business being in college otherwise.

    If you don’t believe me that college is a sham for a lot of these big football stars, keep in mind this one fact: Dez Bryant was an academic all-American. Mull that over for a minute, and imagine all the time and effort that went into faking those credentials that could have been instead put into a student (or students) who actually were in college to get an education.

  7. I find it hilarious that the total failure AAF, which was obviously a scam from day 1, had nothing but positive articles and overwhelmingly positive message boards. Yet here is the XFL, funded by a billionaire, who took 2 years to launch the league in order to do it right based on lessons learned and appears to be targeting the right crop of athlete (the unknown) rather than the washed up, and everyone is NEGATIVE.

    Makes no sense. Only explanation from the media side is $$, you know who butters your bread (NFL). Only explanation from the fan side is bias, because you don’t like Vince McMahon.

  8. upperdecker19 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    It’s risky for the player, if they get hurt or perform poorly. But I’d have to imagine that they’d get paid by the XFL more than what a year of tuition would be? I’d love to see a minor league put the NCAA outta biz.

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    You think tuition is all NCAA players are getting? I have ocean front property in Kansas for sale if you want it too.

  9. The league will have to establish itself first. The best stars are still better in the NCAA because of the exposure. The XFL will first have to prove to the player, his family and agent is the league will be there for them to even play in. If you are top H.S. recruit you don’t want to ruin your NCAA eligibility by joining a pro league that shuts its doors after year 1. If the XFL becomes a success and shows it can sustain itself for multiple years you might start to see players take that route. Probably not many, just look at basketball. There are avenues for players to go get paid but they find the NCAA to be the better option.

  10. Why would any top tier guys leave for the XFL? They’d make more staying in the NCAA.

  11. If they can get some of the young collegiate linemen to come to the league, they will have some exciting football.

  12. douglascoleman534283588 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Why would any top tier guys leave for the XFL? They’d make more staying in the NCAA.
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    They would leave if they could make money right away rather than have to wait years to be eligible for the NFL draft & still go to the NFL after the XFL and make big money.

    They would leave if they were academically ineligible to play in college and still be able to play football and get paid for it.

    Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence should be in the NFL draft right now but has to wait another 2 years because of the rule of having to be out of high school 3 years to enter the NFL draft.

  13. What about allowing players who have played semi pro football and played arena football. They are in there early 40 and can still run a 40 in 4.4 sec

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