XFL draft from 1,000-player pool is coming next week


The XFL has fallen quiet during the early stages of the NFL’s 100th season, with the only significant announcement being that former NFL quarterback Landry Jones opted to sign with the upstart league.

The XFL will be making some noise next week, with a two-day draft that will allow the eight teams to fill out 71-man rosters. The draft happens on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 15 and 16.

Quarterbacks won’t be drafted, at least not all of them. One quarterback — presumably a perceived starter — will be “assigned” to each team by the XFL. The draft then will proceed with five phases: (1) skill-position players; (2) offensive linemen; (3) defensive front seven; (4) defensive backs; and (5) open draft, for all positions and specialists. The first four phases will result in teams choosing 10 players each; the last phase will continue until the 71-man rosters are filling.

Teams will have only 90 seconds to make their picks, via video conference with the XFL’s main office in Connecticut.

Already, 1,000 players have accepted an invitation to particopate in the draft. The draft pool will be announced on Friday.

The XFL’s second inaugural season begins in February 2020, with teams in Dallas, Houston, D.C., Tampa, Seattle, L.A., New York, and St. Louis. Unlike the AAF, the XFL appears to have the funding to survive for multiple years. Whether it survives long enough to be profitable remains to be seen.

12 responses to “XFL draft from 1,000-player pool is coming next week

  1. I kinda wanna see the team here in DC, but there is ZERO info on the actual cost of season tickets. Just the amount for the non-refundable deposit.

  2. I smell what Vince is cookin’.

    The XFL1, UFL, and AAF were all underfunded, underplanned, and generally failed partnerships. Vince is going all in by himself, not relying on a Dick Ebersol or a Tom Dundon.

    This may be the first league to really have a chance.

  3. Who gets assigned Colin Kaepernick? This is is chance to prove that he deserved to be in the NFL for the past few years.

  4. “Skill-position players” is offensive to the big boys up front. Think they don’t have skills? How about “ball handlers” instead? Or is that too giggly?

  5. This league could be huge if they have enough funding and understand what fans want.

    All it takes is enough early success that would allow them to poach a few high end quality NFL players and the league could be here for good.

    At the very least it will force the NFL to up its quality.

  6. The AAF used the marquee quarterback concept and I think it was a good idea, actually.

    Having said that, while you don’t want to try and make that draft a televised spectacle, you at least want to generate and drive some PR and web content, so I’m really surprised the entire thing is a conference call. I think they’re doing it backwards. Announce the marquee players, do a five round or so open draft, then do the rest via conference call to get some PR out of the whole thing in the home markets.

  7. Was hoping they would concentrate on putting teams in cities that didn’t already have NFL teams….still, football is football, bring it on XFL!!

  8. I wont be tuning in. I have NFL and college football. No need to water it down with a gimmick league.

  9. Ron Jull says:
    October 7, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    First overall pick : Antonio Brown.

    $0.00 signing bonus. $80,000.00 salary cause you know AB just gotta be AB.

    The XFL already said he would not be available to their league. Stay current.

    “An XFL spokesperson tells PFT that the fledgling spring league is not interested in Brown.”

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