The inaugural USFL 2022 draft kicked off bright and early as teams were forced to begin drafting at 9 a.m. with the Birmingham Stallions beginning Round 13. After beginning day One as the number One pick MY Michigan Panthers began Wednesday picking a little bit later at pick number six as Wide Receivers were the first position group to begin hearing their name.
Round 13-106th Overall Quincy Adeboyejo Wide Receiver
Going undrafted in 2017 out of Ole Miss, Quincy Adeboyejo is the 3rd Michigan Panther who has played in an NFL game unfortunately after getting a cup of tea in 2017, he hasn’t been able see action in a regular season game. Before joining the Panthers, Adeboyejo has had stops on the practice squads of the Ravens, Jets, and Patriots earning $670,533 per Spotrac.
Round 14-111th Overall Lance Lenior Wide Receiver
Mostly be used as a special teamer in the NFL with the Cowboys, Lance Lenior opens up Camp as the No.2 receiver with the Panthers. At 27 years old, Lenior could be viewed as elder statesmen in a league that has made it clear they are looking to utilize a youth movement.
Round 15- 122nd Overall Jeff Badet Wide Receiver
Badet enters his second go around with a spring league. In 2020, Badet was a part of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades before the league folded. Badet was able to translate his success with the Renegades into NFL contract with the Washington Football Team and was able to appear in three games in 2020 for WFT. Unfortunately, after getting hurt in camp with the Falcons, and being released by the Raiders after Twenty-Four Days on their practice squad, Badet tries his hand with the Panthers, as the most experienced receiver on the team.
Round 16- 127th Overall Ray Bolden Wide Receiver
Ray Bolden put up some great numbers at SUNY Stony Brook and earned All-CAA honors in in 2017. After not getting picked up with the Eagles in 2018 after mini-camp Bolden’s mental health took a turn for the worse, however, an opportunity with the Houston Roughnecks allowed him to recreate and recommit himself to not only his love of football but also his taking care of mental state above everything else.
Round 17- Pass
Round 18- 144th Overall Orion Stewart Safety
The former Baylor Safety like many may be on his last opportunity for professional football. Stewart comes to the USFL after playing in the NFL with five teams, and a stint with the San Antonio Commanders. Hopefully, Stewart is able to maximize the opportunity.
Round 19- 155th Overall Kieron Williams Saferty
The Panthers select with their second Safety draft pick former Nebraska standout Kieron Williams. Williams in college fell off his senior year but was still able to garner interest in the CFL. After missing out on the AAF and XFL, Williams now is making his professional debut in the USFL.
Round 20-160th Overall Sean Pollard Center
Pollard brings a championship pedigree to the Panthers. After working with Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawarence at Clemson, Pollard would join the Ravens upon going undrafted after the 2020 draft. After getting released in Pollard returned home to become a football coach in 2021 in North Carolina. Pollard returns to professional football to now lead an accomplished but young offensive line.
Round 21- 172nd Overall Justin Hughes ILB
Hughes joins the Panthers after going undrafted out Kansas State. A season ending injury in 2019, caused him to be granted a medical hardship redshirt, however, did not garner him much attention upon the completion of his college career. The USFL will be Hughes’ first opportunity with professional football.
Round 21- 176th Overall Taiwan Jones ILB
At one point Jones was highly regarded in NFL circles with some scouts thinking he could be a 5th rd pick, unfortunately Jones would go undrafted in 2015 after leaving Michigan State. Jones would be picked up by the Jets and appear in three games before eventually taking a three-year hiatus from Pro Football. Jones would then spend time with the AAF’s Memphis Express and the XFL’s LA Wildcats before both leagues went defunct. Jones brings a plethora of experience to the Panthers especially on lessons in resiliency due to the many uncertainties of Spring Football.
Round 22- 184th Overall Marquel Harrell Guard
After spending time on the rosters of three NFL teams over the past two seasons, former Auburn guard Marquel is headed for the USFL this spring. Harrell entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Buffalo Bills in 2020. Harrell would join the practice squad of the Bills later in 2020, before bouncing around with the Raiders, Panthers and Bills (again), in 2021.
Round 23- 185th Overall Daishawn Dixon Guard
An alumni of the HUB Football camp Dixion from San Diego State adds a 6’6 330 lb frame to the interior of the Panthers offensive line. Dixion’s previous professional experience consist of being signed by the Ravens and a try-out with the Packers.
Round 24- 193rd Overall TJ Carter Defensive Tackle
Carter was initially signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Carter now joins the Panthers with hopes of seeing his first taste of regular season action for the first time. Carter spent some time with the Steelers in 2021 and also the Saints in 2020.
Round 25- 208th Overall JaQuan Bailey Defensive Tackle
Bailey joins the Panthers after boasting an impressive college career. Bailey earned All-Big 12 Honors in 2020 and 2018, in addition to being named an AP All-American 3rd team. Bailey’s football career came into question after going undrafted 2021 and being cut by the Eagles that same year.
Round 26- 209th Overall Kyhsonn Tyson Defensive Tackle
A smaller school prospect not much is known about Tyson, other than he has spent time at three different schools prior to be drafted in the USFL. Could he be the steal of the draft?
Round 27- 220th Overall Stevie Scott III Running Back
Scott left the University of Indiana as a Top 5 Rusher in school history. Upon going undrafted in 2021 Scott spent time with the Saints and Broncos before joining the Panthers.
Round 28- 229th Overall Reggie Corbin Running Back
The former BC Lions hopeful joins the Panthers after a successful showing at the HUB Football Showcase. Corbin, who didn’t catch on in the CFL, will look to join his first United States based team, as he has yet to play football in the NFL.
Round 29- 237th Overall Terry Myrick Outside Linebacker
Myrick gets to stay home. The undersized three-year starter out of Eastern Michigan just finished his college career this fall and is actually eligible for the 2022 NFL draft. Myrick brings a familiar face to the state of Michigan and joins his new teammate Taiwan Jones as a pair of Michigan linebackers for the Panthers.
Round 30- 244th Overall Frank Ginda Outside Linebacker
The 2017 NCAA leading tackler joins the Panthers as one of the more experienced players on the roster. Ginda spent 2021 out of football but the 24-year-old displays a resume that consists of time with NFL, AAF, and XFL teams. Ginda earns the spring league trifecta as he now will get a chance to play for the USFL’s Michigan Panthers.
Round 31- 252nd Overall Tre Threat Outside Linebacker
After transferring from Auburn to Jacksonville State, Tre Threat a former Tight End utilized the HUB Football showcase to earn an opportunity in the USFL. The Michigan Panthers will be the first opportunity for Threat as he has yet to break camp with any CFL or NFL teams.
Round 32- PASS (Kickers)
Round 33- 263rd Overall Michael Carrizosa Punter
Carrizosa went undrafted out of San Jose State where he earned three All-Conference Selections. Carrizosa is one of three punters who were drafted in the USFL inaugural Draft and has the ability to also be a kickoff specialist as well.
Round 34- 270th Overall Joseph Magnifico Tight End
Magnifico who was recently coaching at his High School Alma Matar before getting drafted by the Panthers, is selected as TE1. Magnifico played at Memphis for several seasons and went undrafted in 2020.
Round 34- 274th Overall La’Michael Pettway
A former Wide Receiver from Iowa State was undrafted in 2021 and has yet to land on an NFL 53-man roster. Pettway joins the USFL after a short stint with the Texans and workouts with the Colts, Seahawks, and Packers.
Round 35- PASS (Long Snappers)
Thirty Five rounds over two days, and 279 picks later and the draft is complete. Right now, the Panthers have thirty-two roster spots filled will need fill six more spots to get to thirty-eight. Teams will also be able to fill seven practice squad spots as well. On March 10th, the USFL will hold its supplement draft where teams will fill any remaining roster spots.
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