With part 1 of the XFL draft concluding yesterday, we thought it would be a good idea to throw out some draft notables from each phase. Here is one notable defensive lineman from each XFL team.
Tampa Bay Vipers- Obum Gwacham DE (No. 1 Overall)
The 6′ 5″ 250 pound Defensive End out of Oregon St. actually played on the opposite side of the ball as a wide receiver for the beginning of his college career. In his freshman year, he caught 8 passes for 147 yards. In his senior year, Gwacham played 12 games in which he tallied 28 tackles, 5.5 TFL’s and 4 sacks. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL draft.
St. Louis Battlehawks- Jamell Garcia-Williams DE (No. 31 Overall)
In just one year at UAB, Garcia-Williams racked up 43 total tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 TFL’s. The 22-year-old has tremendous size standing at 6′ 8″ and weighing in at 260 pounds making him a nightmare to line up against. Expect him to meet opposing RB’s in the backfield often.
Seattle Dragons- Jacquies Smith DE (No. 35 Overall)
Back in 2015, Smith ended the NFL season with 7 sacks putting him in the top 40 for most sacks that year. in his 4 year career at Missouri, Smith finished with 142 total tackles, 21 TFL’s and 9.5 sacks as well as 5 forced fumbles. He is good veteran presence on the Dragons defensive line.
Los Angeles- Wildcats Anthony Jackson DT (No. 4 Overall)
As a DT at LSU, Jackson boasted 22 TFL in just 3 seasons. He has the ability to line up anywhere on the defensive line making him the perfect pick for the Los Angeles Wildcats. When Coach Moss called to tell Jackson about the good news, he also said he expected him to get 20 sacks this year… let us see what happens.
DC Defenders- Scooby Wright LB (No. 28 Overall)
During his 3 year career at Arizona, Wright recorded 164 tackles, 31 TFL’s and 15 sacks…Did I say he did that in 3 years? Sorry, that was a typo. He did it in 1. (I am being serious look at this stat line!)
He was the second LB taken by the Defenders which shows that they will expect a lot from him. If he can do half of what he did in 2014 this will be looked at as the steal of the draft.
Houston Roughnecks- Corey Crawford DE (No. 11 Overall)
Corey Crawford, in his career at Clemson proved to be a dominant force on the D-line. The 6’5″ 270 pound DE logged 123 tackles, 25.5 TFL’s and 5.5 Sacks in his 4 years with the Tigers. He can be very versital on the line which will play to the Roughnecks advantage. Overall a solid pick.
New York Guardians- D’Juan Hines LB (No. 42 Overall)
In his senior year with the Cougars, ranked 3rd in total tackles in the American Conference with 110 and 1st in forced fumbles with 3. At 6’1″ and 230 pounds, Hines can tackle just about anyone (finished 10th in Solo Tackles in the American Conference with 57.
Dallas Renegades- Sealver Siliga DT (No. 9 Overall)
Siliga can bring a veteran presence to the Renegades Defense. The former Superbowl Champion spent 3 years at Utah racking up 97 total tackles and 11 TFL’s before going to the NFL. In 44 games played over 6 seasons, Siliga collected 114 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
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