TAMPA BAY VIPERS:
Jawill Davis – WR: Davis, a 6 ft. 1 WR that signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Bethune-Cookman, brings some NFL experience to the table. The Wideout played 7 games with the Giants in 2018, compiling 4 catches and 260 return yards on special teams. The WR moved to the Green Bay Packers for 2019 and was recently having a cup of coffee in the Canadian Football League.
Tanner McEvoy – WR: Tanner was a real triple threat in college for the University of Wisconsin, playing Quarterback, Wide Receiver, and even Safety. McEvoy was so good at the Safety position, he had 6 interceptions in 2015. This success on defense was after throwing 5 touchdowns and rushing for 6 touchdowns as a starting QB in 2014. He took that clear athleticism to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. In 2016 and 2017, McEvoy played 29 games with the team, compiling 253 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a long catch of 53 yards.
Marcus Murphy – RB: Marcus Murphy was a 7th round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2015 draft. Murphy immediately steps into the XFL as one of the most experienced RB’s in the league with 28 games played in the NFL. In 2018, Murphy played 11 games and started 1 for the Bills, compiling 250 rushing yards.
ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS:
Harold Jones-Quartey – Safety: Jones-Quartey started 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2016 and brings legitimate NFL experience to the XFL.
Terrance Williams – WR: There you go. Williams immediately becomes one of the most known players in the XFL. Over 6 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Williams compiled 3,377 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns. At just 30 years old, Williams is out to prove that he’s healthy and has a lot left in the tank. Expect Williams to make some noise in the league.
Marquette King – Punter: Oh yes, that Marquette King. The loudest and most stylish punter in the NFL has found his way to the XFL. Hopefully, he can use the 146,000 followers he has on Twitter to bring more attention to the league. He is here for more than just name recognition, having 6 seasons worth of starting experience in the NFL.
Jay Bromley – DT: A 3rd round pick of the New York Giants, Bromley is now one of the most experienced players in the NFL. With 57 games of NFL experience, Bromley can be expected to be a key contributor on defense for the DC Defenders.
Malachi Dupre – WR: Dupre adds to an already super strong receiving core for the Defenders. Dupre was a 7th round pick into the NFL and has bounced around 6 different NFL franchises.
Donnie Ernsberger – TE: The Defenders build on their strong Tight End depth, picking Ernsberger who played a couple of games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018.
Dorian Johnson – Guard: Johnson was a 4th round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 and was disappointingly cut by the team after the preseason. Since then, he has bounced around the practice squads of the Cardinals and Panthers. Johnson hopes to prove what made him a 4th round pick in the NFL, with the Defenders.
Kamrin Moore – Saftey: A 6th round pick of the Giants in 2018, played a couple of games to close out the season.
Eli Rogers – WR: After being impactful for the Pittsburgh Steelers for several seasons, Rogers comes to the Defenders and becomes one of the biggest name receivers in the league immediately. At one point, Rogers was thought to be a rising star for the Steelers, having nearly 600 yards receiving his rookie season.
Brandon Bryant – Safety: Bryant was with the New York Jets as recently as September 10th.
Bucky Hodges – TE: You should probably know Bucky more so for his impact play at Virginia Tech, than his NFL career. Bucky has bounced around the NFL, though, having been on the practice squads of 5 NFL teams.
Godwin Igwebuike – Safety: Godwin played 6 games in the NFL between the 49er’s and Buccaneers in 2018.
NEW YORK GUARDIANS:
Matthew McCrane – Kicker: The Guardians get their kicker in the Supplemental Draft, with McCrane. McCrane played with 3 separate teams in 2018, going 8/12 with a long of 47 yards.
Justin Vogel – Punter: Keeping their emphasis on experienced special teamer’s, the Guardians selected Vogel, an experienced NFL punter. He punted 16 games with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers in 2017.
Antonio Morrison – LB: The Guardians selected Morrison, perhaps the most high profile defensive player in the league. Over 3 seasons in the NFL, Morrison started 27 games and had 209 total tackles. Will be exciting to watch him lead the defense moving forward.
Marwin Evans – Safety: Evans played 32 games for the Green Bay Packers over 2 seasons. He’ll bring more NFL experience to Dallas.
Sergio Castillo – Kicker: Castillo is one of my favorite picks of the draft. Castillo played for the Canadian Football League’s British Columbia Lions in 2019 and had 41 converted field goals of 45. Yes, that is 41/45. I’m excited to see if he brings that consistency from our neighbors up north to Texas.
Hunter Sharp – WR: Hunter Sharp had 5 receptions and a touchdown for the New York Giants in 2017. Sharp is the cousin of Kansas City Chief and 4 time NFL Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Konnor Fulk excelled in the Sports Management Program at Georgia Southern University. He spent several seasons working with the Washington Redskins in fan engagement, strategy, and sales strategy. Additionally, Mr. Fulk continues consulting services across the sport of NASCAR. Konnor has a longstanding obsession with the concept of Spring Football and is looking forward to sharing his expertise and opinions about the XFL relaunch. Connect with Konnor on LinkedIN or give him a follow on Twitter @XFLKonnor
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