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.
But unlike other positions, quarterbacks will not be selected by teams when the XFL holds its draft on Oct. 15-16. Passers instead will be assigned by the league to each of the eight teams. The organizations will then fill out their 71-man rosters with the draft, which will occur in five phases: skill-position players, offensive linemen, defensive front seven, and open draft for all positions and specialists.
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones became the first player to commit to the league in October.
The XFL said it will add players daily to its list until Oct. 11, when it is expected to reach 1,000 names.
Here are some of the other notable names available for the draft:
RB Trent Richardson — The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft is still trying to revive his career after playing in the AAF. He averaged just 2.9 yards per carry with the Birmingham Iron.