XFL releases initial draft pool list which includes many former (and one current) CFL players

The XFL player draft for the 2020 season will be conducted October 15-16, 2019.

Vince McMahon’s league released the player list teams will be able to choose from during the pick-fest.

A pair of former Saskatchewan Roughriders are available in quarterback Jake Heaps and running back David Cobb, as well as one-time Edmonton linebackers Dexter McCoil, Taylor Reed and Terrance Bullitt. Former Montreal offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers and former Ottawa linebacker Quentin Gause are also eligible to be selected.

One current CFL player is on the list in Montreal offensive tackle Chris Schleuger.

Receiver Matt Hazel was in Bombers training camp in 2019, Mekale McKay’s rights are held by Winnipeg and the Argos have quarterback Joe Callahan on their neg list.

First Name Last Name Pos College Group No.
Khalid Abdullah RB James Madison 1
Devin Abraham SAF South Florida 1
Jude Adjei-Barimah CB Bowling Green 1
Jordan Agasiva OT Utah 1
Roberto Aguayo K Florida State 1
Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma 1
Donnie Alexander LB LSU 1
Austin Allen QB Arkansas 1
Floyd Allen WR Ole Miss 1
Julian Allen TE Southern Miss 1
Dejon Allen OG Hawaii 1
Ty Allen OC Tennessee State 1
Anthony Amos WR Middle Tennessee State 1
Siupeli Anau DT Northern Arizona 1
Ryan Anderson P Rutgers 1
Jonathan Banks RB Tulane 1
Kirk Barron OG Purdue 1
Eric Beisel LB Missouri 1
Mitchell Bell OG Louisiana Tech 1
Brandon Bell LB Penn State 1
Dashawn Benton SAF East Carolina 1
Jonte Berry OT NW Oklahoma State 1
EJ Bibbs TE Iowa State 1
Noah Borden LS Hawaii 1
Jordan Bradford DE Louisiana Tech 1
Latarius Brady DT Memphis 1
Dominick Bragalone RB Lehigh 1
Ray Buchanan Jr CB Northern Iowa 1
Terrance Bullitt LB Texas Tech 1
Kaelin Burnett LB Nevada 1
Dontez Byrd WR Tennessee Tech 1
Trey Caldwell CB Louisiana Monroe 1
Joe Callahan QB Wesley 1
Shakir Carr OG Central Michigan 1
Kyle Chung OG Virginia Tech 1
Michael Cirino SAF Adams State 1
Darion Clark TE USC 1
Khairi Clark DT Florida 1
David Cobb RB Minnesota 1
CJ Collins QB SW Assembly of God 1
Connor Cook QB Michigan State 1
Jonathan Cook SAF Memphis 1
David Cornwell QB East Central (OK) 1
Qua Cox CB Jackson State 1
Chris Davis CB Southern Illinois 1
Chase DeMoor DE Central Washington 1
Thomas Doles OT Northwestern 1
Malik Dorton DT USC 1
Kurtis Drummond SAF Michigan State 1
Jessamen Dunker OG Tennessee State 1
Berkley Edwards RB Michigan 1
SaQwan Edwards SAF New Mexico 1
Andrew Erbes OG UNLV 1
Drew Ferris LS Florida 1
James Folston LB Pittsburgh 1
Khairi Fortt LB UCLA 1
Jordon Gandy WR Murray State 1
Quentin Gause LB Rutgers 1
Youhanna Ghaifan DT Wyoming 1
Justin Gibbons CB Aurora 1
Kennan Gilchrist LB Appalachian State 1
Jonas Gray RB Notre Dame 1
Ryan Green RB Florida State 1
Antoine Griffin WR West Florida 1
Tony Guerad DT UCF 1
Ladarius Gunter CB Miami (FL) 1
Rannell Hall WR UCF 1
Micah Hannemann SAF BYU 1
AJ Hantak LS Eastern Illinois 1
Randall Harris OT Towson 1
Jay Hayes DT Notre Dame 1
Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina 1
Jake Heaps QB Kansas 1
Jerrod Heard WR Texas 1
Dominique Heath WR Appalachian State 1
Roderick Henderson DT Alabama State 1
Zuril Hendrick SAF Edinboro 1
Jeremy Hickey OT Eastern Michigan 1
Sean Hickey OG Syracuse 1
Darnell Holland RB Kennesaw State 1
Nick Holley RB Kent State 1
Deion Holliman WR Missouri State 1
Reece Horn WR Indianapolis 1
Garrett Hudson TE Richmond 1
Trevin Huff OG Bethune Cookman 1
Demontre Hurst CB Oklahoma 1
Ty Isaac RB Michigan 1
Vontae Jackson RB West Georgia 1
Eric Jackson DE Central Arkansas 1
Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky 1
Taivon Jacobs WR Maryland 1
Courtel Jenkins DT Miami (FL) 1
Garrett Johnson WR Kentucky 1
Alexis Johnson DT Tennessee 1
Jalen Johnson LB Georgia Tech 1
Stephan Johnson SAF Texas State 1
De’Shawn Jones RB Campbell 1
Seantavius Jones WR Valdosta State 1
Ulric Jones DE South Carolina 1
Avery Jordan OT New Mexico 1
Junior Joseph LB UConn 1
Josh Kaddu LB Oregon 1
Tuni Kanuch OG BYU 1
John Keenoy OC Western Michigan 1
Anthoula Kelly CB Fresno State 1
Carter Kirk TE SW Minnesota State 1
Korren Kirven OT Alabama 1
Fred Lauina OT Oregon State 1
Desmond Lawrence CB North Carolina 1
Vad Lee QB James Madison 1
Taku Lee RB International 1
Khari Lee TE Bowie State 1
Jovann Letuli OG Akron 1
Kahlil Lewis WR Cincinnati 1
C’yontai Lewis TE Florida 1
Kavika Luafatasaga LB Utah 1
Keevan Lucas WR Tulsa 1
Devin Lucien WR Arizona State 1
Tim Lukas WR Illinois 1
Max Lyons SAF SE Louisiana 1
Austin MacGinnis K Kentucky 1
Miguel Machado OT Michigan State 1
Johnny Maxey DT Mars Hill 1
Riley Mayfield OT North Texas 1
Willie Mays DE Tiffin 1
Tre McBride WR William & Mary 1
Dexter McCoil SAF Toledo 1
Ty McCulley OT Colorado State-Pueblo 1
Marcus McDade QB Sacramento State 1
Danzel McDaniel SAF Kansas State 1
Mekale McKay WR Cincinnati 1
Julian McKnight DT North Carolina A&T 1
Octayvius Miles WR Alabama A&M 1
Michael Miller OG Washburn 1
Harlan Miller CB SE Louisiana 1
C.J Moore CB North Carolina Central 1
Keith Mumphery WR Michigan State 1
Pace Murphy OT Northwestern State 1
Najee Murray CB Kent State 1
Rajion Neal RB Tennessee 1
Durron Neal WR Oklahoma 1
J.R. Nelson CB Montana 1
Giorgio Newberry DE Florida State 1
Cameron Nizialek P Columbia 1
Reggie Northrop LB Florida State 1
Storm Norton OT Toledo 1
Sydney Omameh DE Grand Valley State 1
Leon Orr DT Florida 1
Nick Orr SAF TCU 1
Scott Pagano DT Clemson 1
Tyler Palka WR Gannon 1
Jacques Patrick RB Florida State 1
Joe Powell SAF Globe Tech 1
Jhurell Pressley RB New Mexico 1
Sean Price TE South Florida 1
Raysean Pringle CB Southern Utah 1
Joseph Putu CB Florida 1
Devine Redding RB Indiana 1
Cedric Reed DE Texas 1
Taylor Reed DE SMU 1
Darryl Richardson TE San Diego State 1
Edmond Robinson LB Newberry 1
Naty Rodgers OT Houston 1
Evan Rodriguez TE Temple 1
Robert Rose DT Ohio State 1
Bunmi Rotimi DE Old Dominion 1
Jalen Rowell WR Air Force 1
Weslye Saunders TE South Carolina 1
Dante Sawyer DE South Carolina 1
Chris Schleuger OG UAB 1
Matt Schmidt OC Furman 1
Al-Hajj Shabazz SAF West Chester 1
JaCorey Shepherd CB Kansas 1
Brandon Shippen WR Temple 1
Sealver Siliga DT Utah 1
Yawin Smallwood LB Uconn 1
Patrick Smith WR Tennessee State 1
Nelson Spruce WR Colorado 1
Channing Stribling CB Michigan 1
Jake Sutherland TE Morehead State 1
Handsome Tanielu DT BYU 1
Darron Thomas QB Oregon 1
Brett Thompson TE Tennessee Martin 1
Lenard Tillery RB Southern 1
Marvin Tillman SAF West Carolina 1
Jack Tocho CB NC State 1
Nick Tompkins DT Dartmouth 1
Josiah Tonu OT Oregon Tech 1
Cole Tracy K LSU 1
Logan Tuley-Tillman OT Michigan 1
Prince Unaegbu DE Pace 1
Azeem Victor LB Washington 1
Trey Watts RB Tulsa 1
Ian Wells CB Ohio 1
Shaquille Wiggins SAF Louisville 1
Omari Williams CB Samford 1
Chasz Wright OT Penn State 1
DeAngelo Yancey WR Purdue 1
Avery Young OT Auburn 1
Joseph Zema P Incarnate Word 1


The infamous Johnny Manziel made June Jones’ list of quarterbacks who are going to be distributed to each team prior to the draft. But Manziel must meet the standards set forth by commissioner Oliver Luck.

Over the two-day draft, each XFL team will populate a 71-man roster by selecting players from a set of positional groupings. One quarterback will be assigned to each team prior to a five-phased draft as follows:

  1. Skill players (QB, RB, REC, TE)
  2. Offensive line (OT, OG, OC)
  3. Defensive front seven (DL, LB)
  4. Defensive backfield (CB, NB, SS, FS)
  5. Open draft (all remaining players after positional drafts, in addition to P/K/LS)

The draft pool will include approximately 1,000 professional football players, all of whom accepted a commissioner’s invitation and passed a standard background check. In phases 1-4, each team will choose 10 players for a total of 40 players. In phase 5, each team will choose from the pool of remaining players to complete its initial roster.

Using a snake format, the selection order within each phase reverses after every round: the team selecting first in the first round will pick eighth in the second round, first in the third round, eighth in the fourth round and so on. The order of selection was determined by lottery under the supervision of Luck.

The coaches and scouts for each XFL team will gather in their local markets to draft their initial rosters. Teams will be given 90 seconds to make a selection and declare their picks through a video conference with the XFL home office in Stamford, Connecticut.

In August the XFL announced team names for their eight franchises. The league has been progressing towards kick-off in February 2020 the week after the Super Bowl.

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