The XFL will hold its inaugural draft next week, and the initial pool of players features some names that will be familiar to college football and NFL fans.
Perhaps the most notable player listed in Monday’s initial release was quarterback Connor Cook, a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2016 out of Michigan State. A three-year starter who slid on draft day, Cook made his lone NFL start as a rookie in an AFC wild-card loss to the Houston Texans after Derek Carr was injured.
1. Skill Players (QB, RB, WR, 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 XFL announced on Monday that its player draft will take place over the course of two days next week. On Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16, the league’s eight teams will draft 71 players each, but this draft will be unlike that of the NFL or any other professional sports league.
Players will be drafted in five “phases,” according to the XFL’s press release, with teams choosing 10 players apiece during each of the first four phases and the fifth being an open draft where they can choose any player at any position they want. Also, the draft order is different for each phase, and prior to the phases taking place, each team will also be assigned one draft-eligible quarterback.
How does that work? We’ll go into a bit more detail.
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