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USFL 2022 Draft Recap: New Orleans Breakers

The USFL’s inaugural draft is in the books, and the league’s eight teams have taken shape!

The draft featured 35 rounds, with coaches selecting players in a modified snake format. Each round of the draft featured a specific position group, and each team was given the first pick at two different position groups.

The New Orleans Breakers, led by head coach Larry Fedora have built up the core of their team, and any remaining roster spots will be filled in the league’s supplemental draft on March 10th.

Quarterbacks

Kyle Sloter (Southern Miss/ Northern Colorado/ Denver Broncos/ Minnesota Vikings/ Arizona Cardinals/ Detroit Lions/ Chicago Bears/ Las Vegas Raiders)

Kyle Sloter has gained experience with multiple NFL teams and now rejoins his former college coach Larry Fedora on the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers.

In May 2017, Sloter got his first NFL opportunity after signing with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. He’d complete 31 of 43 passes in the preseason for 412 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions for a passer rating of 125.4, the highest of any rookie quarterback that season. Sadly, Sloter was waived by the Broncos in September 2017 after only a few months with the team.

Sloter spent the next 6 and a half seasons being signed and released from various NFL practice squads. He’d make a few more preseason appearances in that time but never got an opportunity to play in the regular season.

Most recently, Sloter was signed to the Minnesota Vikings active roster in December of 2021 after the team’s backup quarterback Sean Mannion was placed on the Reserve/Covid-19 list. The Vikings released Sloter in January 2022.

College Stats: 198/319 (62.1% comp) – 2,656 yards – 29 TDs – 10 ints

NFL Preseason Stats: 111/150 (74% comp) – 1,222 yards – 11 TDs – 1 int


Zach Smith (Tulsa)

Zach Smith was a two-year starter for the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes after transferring from Baylor in 2018. In 40 games between Tulsa and Baylor, Smith completed 615 passes for 8,223 yards, 53 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions. He finished his collegiate career ranked 8th in Tulsa’s career passing list and went on to play in the 2021 Hula Bowl All-Star Classic after his senior year. Since then, Smith’s had a few workouts with different NFL teams but remained unsigned until now.

College Stats: 614/1089 (56.4% comp) – 8,223 yards – 53 TDs – 34 Ints


Running Backs/Fullback

Larry Rose (New Mexico State/ Tennessee Titans/ Los Angeles Rams/ Arizona Hotshots/ Winnipeg Blue Bombers/ Los Angeles Wildcats)

Larry Rose III is a running back out of New Mexico state who’s gained experience in the NFL, CFL, AAF, and XFL. Rose played 4 seasons at New Mexico State, appearing in 41 games and taking 770 rushing attempts for 4,558 yards and 37 touchdowns, also hauling in 133 receptions for 1,117 yards and 5 touchdowns.

After the 2018 NFL Draft, Rose signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent but was waived only a few weeks later. He’d be claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams, but his time with the team did not last as he was released that September.

Rose signed with the AAF’s Arizona Hotshots for the 2019 season but was waived after 1 game. He signed with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in February 2019 but was released a few months later after bouncing on and off the team’s practice squad. After his release from the CFL, Rose signed with the XFL and was selected by the Los Angeles Wildcats in the 5th round of the draft. Unfortunately, his contract was terminated when the league suspended operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Jordan Ellis (Virginia/ Cincinnati Bengals)

Jordan Ellis is a running back out of Virginia who also has experience with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

After being redshirted in 2014, Ellis played 45 total games for the Cavaliers, starting 25 of them. He ended his college career with 460 carries for 1,997 yards and 19 touchdowns, also hauling in 29 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown.

Ellis signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent and appeared in every preseason game. In 4 preseason games, Ellis took 29 carries for 95 yards, also bringing in 13 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. He’d be moved to the practice squad in early September and was released later that month.


Wide Receivers

Shawn Poindexter (Arizona/ San Francisco 49ers)

Shawn Poindexter is a wide receiver who played his college ball at Arizona. He played in 35 career games for the Wildcats, starting every game of his final 2 seasons, and racked up 67 receptions for 1,135 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In 2020, He signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent and saw some preseason action. Unfortunately, he’d suffer a knee injury, spent his entire rookie season on IR, and could not earn a roster spot with the 49ers. He’d spend the next few months bouncing on and off San Francisco’s practice squad before being placed on the practice squad injured list in December of 2020 and later released. Poindexter had a workout with the 49ers in 2021, but the team did not sign him.


Johnnie Dixon (Ohio State/ Houston Texans/ Arizona Cardinals/ Dallas Cowboys)

Johnnie Dixon is a wide receiver out of Ohio State University, who’s also spent time with the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys. He’d battle injuries in his first 2 seasons with the Buckeyes, but ended his college career with 67 receptions for 1,146 yards and 16 touchdowns, also rushing the ball 5 times for 25 yards and a touchdown. Dixon also handled kick return duties on occasion, returning 13 kicks for a total of 240 yards.

Dixon signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2019 NFL Draft, making an appearance in the preseason, but was released with the team’s final roster cuts. He had stints with the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys over the next 2 seasons but did not see playing time in the regular season.


Jonathan Adams Jr (Arkansas State/ Detroit Lions)

Jonathan Adams is a wide receiver out of Arkansas State who’s also had a brief stint with the Detroit Lions. He’d play in 44 games with the Red Wolves, starting every game in his final 2 seasons. Adams racked up 166 receptions for 2,306 yards and 21 touchdowns. Adams was also named Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2018 and Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2019. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions after the 2021 NFL Draft but was released before training camps after being suspended for 6 games.


Taywan Taylor (Western Kentucky/ Tennessee Titans/ Cleveland Browns/ Houston Texans)

Taywan Taylor is a wide receiver who played college football at Western Kentucky and has spent the last 4 seasons with various NFL franchises. In 39 games with the school, Taylor totaled 155 receptions, 2,497 yards, and 24 touchdowns. Additionally, he was named First Team ALL-C-USA in 2015 and 2016, also earning an invite to the Senior Bowl.

In 2017, Taylor was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft and signed a 4-year contract with the team. He went into the season as the 4th receiver on the depth chart and finished his rookie season with 16 receptions for 231 receiving yards, 43 rushing yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. He remained with the team through the 2018 season before getting traded to the Cleveland Browns for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick.

He’d spend the season with the browns, getting some playing time, but not making much of an impact outside of the first few weeks of the season. In 2020, Taylor was sent to the Browns practice squad and would be put on injured reserve in December of that season with a neck injury. Taywan Taylor signed a 1 year deal with the Houston Texans in May 2021 but was placed on injured reserve in August and later released.


Chad Williams (Grambling State/ Arizona Cardinals/ Indianapolis Colts/ Kansas City Chiefs)

Chad Williams is a wide receiver out of Grambling State who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He appeared in 46 games at Grambling State and totaled 209 receptions for 3,059 yards and 28 touchdowns, also rushing 11 times for 56 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Williams was drafted to the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 and remained with the team for 2 seasons. He saw a bit of playing time and caught his first touchdown on a 22-yard throw from Josh Rosen. He was waived by the Cardinals in August of 2019. Williams had a brief stint with the Indianapolis Colts and spent the 2020 season on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad, but was released in August of 2021.


Tight Ends

Sal Cannella (Scottsdale CC/ Auburn/ Miami Dolphins)

Sal Cannella is a tight end out who played college ball at Auburn after transferring from Scottsdale Community College (SCC). In 10 games at SCC, Cannella recorded 29 receptions for 443 yards and 7 touchdowns. After transferring, he’d play 3 seasons at Auburn and hauled in 25 receptions for 330 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Cannella had a brief stint with the Miami Dolphins after the 2020 NFL Draft but was waived only 4 days after initially signing.


Offensive Tackles

Paul Adams (Missouri/ New York Giants/ Tennessee Titans)

Paul Adams is an offensive tackle out of Missouri who started every game for the Tigers from 2016 through 2018. He’d help lead Missouri to have one of the most dominant offensive lines at that time in the SEC, and by his senior year, his unit was ranked 9th nationally (second in the SEC). In 2019, Adams signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent, but most recently spent time on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans.


Donnell Greene (Minnesota/ Jacksonville Jaguars)

Donnell Greene is an offensive tackle out of Minnesota who’s had some experience playing in a few NFL preseason games. In his senior season at Minnesota, Greene played in 11 games, starting 10 at left tackle, and blocked for an offensive unit that averaged 28.9 points per game. Additionally, his offensive unit accounted for 20 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing touchdowns.

Greene signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of the 2019 season and played 103 snaps in the preseason, allowing 1 sack and committing 1 penalty before being injured with an undisclosed injury. He spent the remainder of the 2019 season on the team’s injury reserve and was waived in April 2020.


Marquis Lucas (West Virginia/ Buffalo Bills/ Minnesota Vikings/ Atlanta Falcons/ Tampa Bay Buccaneers/ Orlando Apollos/ Tampa Bay Vipers/ Massachusetts Pirates)

Marquis Lucas is an offensive tackle out of West Virginia who’s gained experience from a handful of NFL practice squads, the AAF’s Orlando Apollos, the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers, and most recently, the IFL’s Massachusetts Pirates.

Lucas signed as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills following the 2016 NFL Draft but was released in early September of that season. Lucas bounced around to various NFL practice squads for the next two seasons before signing with the AAF’s Orlando Apollos in 2018. His contract with the Apollos was terminated when the league financially collapsed. The Tampa Bay Vipers later drafted Lucas in the 2020 XFL Draft, but his contract was terminated when the league ceased operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently, Lucas played with the Massachusetts Pirates of the IFL in 2020 and was part of an offensive unit that allowed less than 1 sack per game on average.


Offensive Guard

Steven Rowzee (Troy/ Arizona Rattlers/ Spokane Shock/ Iowa Barnstormers)

Steven Rowzee is an offensive guard who played college ball at Troy. He was a leader on the team and part of an offensive line that led the NCAA in the fewest sacks allowed in 8 on the season. Rowzee started all 13 games of his senior season at Troy and gave up only 1 sack in over 800 total snaps. Additionally, his offensive unit was responsible for paving the way for running back Jordan Chubb to become the 9th 1000 yard rusher in the school’s history, and blocking for the Sun Belt’s leader in rushing touchdowns (Chunn), passing touchdowns (Brandon Silvers), and receptions (Emanuel Thompson).

In 2019, Rowzee signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League and spent the 2020 season with the Spokane Shock. He was traded to the Iowa Barnstormers for the 2021 season, then re-signed with the Arizona Rattlers for 2022 before entering the USFL’s draft pool.


Liam Dobson (Main/ Texas State/ Winnipeg Blue Bombers)

Liam Dobson is an offensive guard out of Texas State who’s also gained experience in the CFL. He began his collegiate career at Maine and started every game of the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Dobson averaged 12 knockdowns per game in 2019 and was named CS Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-CAA. Additionally, he was part of a unit that averaged 134.4 yards rushing per game and helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher. Before the 2020 season, Dobson was named HERO Sports Preseason All-American Third Team and Phil Steele’s 2020 Preseason All-CAA First Team.

In 2021, Dobson was drafted to the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers with the 3rd overall pick in the CFL Draft, but now joins the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers in 2022.


Jalen Allen (Charlotte/ TSL Lineman)

Jalen Allen is an offensive guard out of Charlotte who’s also gained experience with The Spring League’s Lineman. He appeared in 26 games over 3 seasons, averaging 1.6 sacks allowed per game and paving the way for running back Benny LeMay to average 98.4 rushing yards per game, ranking them send in the C-USA in rushing and 24th in the nation.

In 2021, Allen signed with The Spring League, where he helped quarterback Ryan Willis and the Linemen win the league’s championship game.


Center

Jared Thomas (Northwestern/ Massachusetts Pirates)

Jared Thomas is a center out of Northwestern. He appeared in 43 total games for the Wildcats and helped protect quarterback Clayton Thorson as he threw for 3,183 yards. Additionally, he’d help pave the way for the team’s first-year running back, Isaiah Bowser, who averaged 108 rushing yards over the last 8 games of the year.

Thomas went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft and most recently played for the IFL’s Massachusetts Pirates.


Defensive Tackle

Shakir Soto (Pitt/ Denver Broncos/ Oakland Raiders/ San Diego Fleet/ Dallas Cowboys/ Seattle Seahawks/ BC Lions)

Shakir Soto is a defensive tackle out of Pitt who’s also gained experience in the NFL, CFL, and AAF. He played in 52 games while at Pitt and totaled 120 tackles (74 solo/ 46 assisted), 18 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and 1 pass deflection.

Soto signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2017 NFL Draft and made an appearance in the preseason, but he was cut that September. He spent most of the 2018 season bouncing on and off the Oakland Raiders practice squad before signing with the AAF’s San Diego Fleet. Through 3 games with the Fleet, Soto recorded 8 tackles and 2.5 sacks, which tied him for 3rd most in the AAF.

Following the financial collapse of the AAF, Soto spent most of the 2019 season with the Dallas Cowboys. In September 2019, he was cut by the Cowboys. He’d sign to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad two months later but was cut in May 2020. Most recently, Soto was signed with the BC Lions for the CFL’s 2021 season.


Kamilo Tongamoa (Merced Junior College/ Iowa State/ TSL Generals)

Kamilo Tongamoa is a defensive tackle who played college ball at Iowa State after transferring from Merced Junior College. He’s also gained experience playing for The Spring League’s Generals in 2021.

In 18 games at Merced, Tongamoa recorded 126 total tackles (69 solo/ 57 assisted) and 16.5 sacks, earning Golden Coast League Co-Defensive Player of the Year and getting named CCCAA First-Team All-American in 2016. After transferring to Iowa State, he appeared in another 13 games, this time as a reserve defensive lineman, and recorded only 3 tackles over his final 2 seasons.


Connor Christian (Savannah State/ Jacksonville State/ TSL Lineman)

Connor Christian is a defensive tackle who played college ball at Savannah State before transferring to Jacksonville State. In 10 games as a junior at Savanna State, Christian recorded 37 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hurries, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. After transferring, he sat out in 2016 and made an immediate impact when he hit the field in 2017. He saw action in all 12 games as a senior and racked up 21 total tackles (11 solo/ 10 assisted), 9 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and 2 blocked kicks.

In 2021, Connor Christian signed with The Spring Leagues Linemen and helped lead the team to a championship victory.


Chris Okoye (Ferris State/ Cincinnati Bengals/ Los Angeles Chargers)

Chris Okoye is a defensive tackle out of Ferris State who’s gained experience from a few NFL teams. Okoye was a valuable reserve player and a member of the Ferris State team that won back-to-back GLIAC Championships and reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs. In his time with the Bulldogs, he’d total 25 tackles (7 solo/ 18 assisted), 0.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

Following the 2018 NFL Draft, Okoye signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, appearing in the preseason, but would not see regular-season action with the team. He’d sign with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021, making another preseason appearance, but did not make the final roster.


Edge/Defensive End

Davin Bellamy (Georgia/ Houston Texans/ Cincinnati Bengals/ Tennessee Titans/ San Francisco 49ers/ Los Angeles Chargers)

Davin Bellamy is a defensive end/ linebacker who played his college ball at the University of Georgia and has gained experience on a handful of NFL practice squads.

In 42 games at Georgia, Bellamy totaled 135 tackles (61 solo/74 assisted), 7.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 5 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. He’d sign with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. After spending the 2018 season on the Texan’s practice squad, he was waived during final roster cuts in the 2019 preseason. Bellamy spent the next 2 seasons getting signed and cut from various NFL practice squads.


Anree Saint-Amour (Georgia Tech/ Minnesota Vikings/ BC Lions/ TSL Conquerors)

Anree Saint-Amour is a defensive end/linebacker out of Georgia Tech who’s also spent some time with the Minnesota Vikings, the BC Lions, and The Spring Leagues Conquerors. In 4 seasons at Georgia Tech, Saint-Amour recorded 103 total tackles (68 solo/ 35 assisted), 23.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 pass deflection, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 1 touchdown. He’d earn an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the end of his senior season. After college, Anree Saint-Amour had a training camp stint with the Minnesota Vikings and signed to the BC Lions practice roster for a time as well. He’d play with The Spring Leagues Conquerors during their 2021 season.


James Folston Jr (Pitt/ Arizona Cardinals/ Tennessee Titans/ Green Bay Packers/ Dallas Renegades)

James Folston Jr. is a defensive end/linebacker out of Pitt who’s had stints with a few NFL teams and the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. He was redshirted his freshman season and played only 5 games in 2015. In 2016, Folston played 12 games as a reserve defensive end, and by the end of 2017, he’d earned himself a starting role. He’d play in all 14 games his senior season, starting in 1 of them. Folston Jr. ended his collegiate career with 47 total tackles (30 solo/17 assisted) and 1.5 sacks.

In 2019, Folston Jr. signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals but was released shortly after. He’d have a brief stint with the Tennessee Titans before playing a bit in the preseason for the Green Bay Packers. He’d see some brief action in the preseason, recording 2 total tackles and 1 sack, but was waived in late August 2019.

Folston Signed with the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in 2020, appearing in 3 games before the league was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Nigel Chavis (Norfolk State)

Nigel Chavis is a defensive end/linebacker out of Norfolk State University, who’s a fresh face to the world of alternative football. Chavis was redshirted in 2015 but played all 11 games the following season, starting 9 of them. He started every game except for one over the next 3 seasons, earning ALL-MEAC Honors 3 times in a row and First-Team All-MEAC Honors in back-to-back seasons. In 45 career games with the Spartans, Chavis racked up 315 total tackles (151 solo/164 assisted), 14.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions.


Outside Linebackers

Diondre Wallace (Towson State/ Green Bay Blizzard)

Diondre Wallace is an outside linebacker who played college ball at Towson State and gained experience in the Indoor Football Leagues, Green Bay Blizzard. In 3 seasons at Towson, Wallace recorded 37 total tackles (26 solo/ 11 assisted), 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. Before leaving the Tigers, Wallace earned 2018 All-CAA Third Team honors and worked his way to 7th in career tackles in Towson history (290).

In 2021, Wallace played for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League, racking up 65 total tackles (25 solo/ 30 assisted), 5.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and 1 pass breakup.


Vontae Diggs (UConn/ Washington Commanders/ Edmonton Elks/ Toronto Argonauts)

Vontae Diggs is an outside linebacker out of UConn who’s gained some NFL and CFL experience. Diggs played in 46 games over 4 seasons at UConn, totaling 183 tackles (100 solo/ 83 assisted), 11.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble.

After the 2018 NFL Draft, Diggs signed as an undrafted free agent to the Washington Redskins (now Commanders) on a tryout basis. He appeared in all 4 preseason games, totaling 7 tackles (6 solo/ 1 assisted) and 1 sack, but was released with the team’s final roster cuts.

Diggs signed with the Edmonton Elks in 2019, appearing in 18 games and gaining 84 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception. He joined the Toronto Argonauts in 2021 and ended the season with 7 total tackles (5 solo/ 2 assisted) and 1 sack.


Inside Linebacker

Jerod Fernandez (NC State/ Washington Commanders/ Ottawa Redblacks)

Jerod Fernandez is an inside linebacker out of NC State who’s gained experience in the NFL and CFL. In 4 seasons at NC State, Fernandez appeared in 50 games and totaled 314 tackles (118 solo/ 196 assisted), 20 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, and 8 forced fumbles. He’d sign as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins (now Commanders) after the 2018 NFL Draft but was released after the preseason. In 2019, Fernandez signed with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks and remained with the team for 3 seasons. While with the Redblacks, he’d rack up 54 total tackles (54 solo tackles).


Cornerbacks

Adonis Alexander (Virginia Tech/ Washington Commanders/ Los Angeles Rams/ San Francisco 49ers/ New Orleans Saints)

Adonis Alexander is a corner out of Virginia Tech. In 33 games at Virginia Tech, Alexander totaled 124 tackles (90 solo/ 34 assisted), 17 pass deflections, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 7 interceptions, and 1 touchdown.

After college, Alexander was drafted to the Washington Redskins (now Commanders) in the 6th round of the 2018 NFL supplemental draft. He signed to the team’s practice squad in early August 2019 and was released on October 1st that season. In November, Alexander signed with the Los Angeles Rams practice squad but was waived in September 2020. In 2021, he’d have brief stints on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and New Orleans Saints practice squad before joining the USFL’s Breakers.


Derrick Jones (Ole Miss/ New York Jets/ Green Bay Packers/ Houston Texans/ Seattle Dragons/ Team 9/ TSL Jousters)

Derrick Jones is a corner out of Ole Miss, who’s gained a bit of experience on NFL practice squads and with multiple XFL teams in 2020. In 44 games at Ole Miss, Jones recorded 54 total tackles (38 solo/16 assisted), 6 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 touchdown.

In 2017, Derrick Jones was selected by the New York Jets in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. He remained with the team through the 2018 season and was waived in August 2019. A day after being cut by the Jets, he was signed by the Green Bay Packers, but he’d failed his physical and was waived again. Later the same month, Jones signed with the Houston Texans but was waived with an injury settlement a few days later.

In January 2020, Derrick Jones signed with the XFL’s Seattle Dragons but was waived during final roster cuts. He spent a short time on the XFL’s reserve team, “Team 9”, before re-signing with the Dragons. Jones’s contract was terminated when the league suspended operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He’d play in The Spring Leagues 2021 season with the Jousters and now finds himself in another alternative football league with the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers.


Manny Patterson (Maine/Washington Commanders/ Houston Texans/ Kansas City Chiefs)

Manny Patterson is a corner out of Maine who’s also gained a bit of experience on various NFL practice squads. He played in 39 games at Maine and totaled 113 tackles (80 solo/ 33 assisted), 47 pass deflections, and 1 interception. He’d go undrafted in 2020 after tearing his ACL the previous November. After recovering from the ACL injury, he’d spend brief stints with the Washington Commanders, Houston Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs, but sadly none of the opportunities would last.


Ja’len Embry (Iowa/ Northern Illinois/ Houston Texans/ TSL Aviators)

Ja’len Embry is a corner who played his college ball at Northern Illinois after transferring from Iowa. He also gained experience on the Houston Texans practice squad and playing with The Spring Leagues Aviators in 2021. In 2 seasons at Northern Illinois, Embry played in 26 games and racked up 93 total tackles (69 solo/ 24 assisted), 6.5 tackles for loss, and 11 pass deflections. He’d spend a short time with the Houston Texans before signing with the Spring Leagues Aviators in 2021 and now finds himself with the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers.


Ike Brown (Florida International University/ Buffalo Bills)

Ike Brown is a corner who played college football at Florida International University before signing as an undrafted free agent to the Buffalo Bills in the spring of 2020. He missed most of his junior season after breaking his collar bone but still played in 41 games while attending FIU and totaled 102 tackles (85 solo/ 17 assisted), 4.5 tackles for loss, 29 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble return, and 1 touchdown. After signing with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2020, but decided to retire due to personal reasons.


Safety

Dartez Jacobs (Georgia State/ Kirchdorf Wildcats/ Cologne Centurions/ Swarco Raiders Tirol)

Dartez Jacobs is a safety who played his college ball with the Georgia State Panthers and gained experience in 2021 with the Cologne Centurions of the European League of Football. In 2 seasons with the Panthers, Jacobs totaled 35 tackles (23 solo/ 12 assists), tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass deflection.

In 2018, Jacobs headed across the pond to test his skills in Europe. He joined the Kirchdorf Wildcats of the German Football League (GFL) and recorded 92 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, and 13 pass deflections in his time with the team. Jacobs signed with the Cologne Centurions of the European League of Football in 2021 and recorded 41 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 6 pass deflections, and a blocked field goal. He signed with the Swarco Tirol Raiders of the European League of Football with intentions to play in their 2022 season but joined the USFL’s draft pool and now finds himself on the New Orleans Breakers.


Kicker

Austin MacGinnis (Kentucky/ Memphis Express/ Dallas Renegades/ Los Angeles Rams)

Austin MacGinnis is a kicker who played college ball at Kentucky and has experience with multiple alternative football teams as well as the Los Angeles Rams. MacGinnis played 2 seasons at Kentucky, converting 37/46 field goals in his time, the longest being from 53-yards. By the end of his senior season, MacGinnis became the 3rd player in school history to reach 200 career points and was a consensus First-Team selection to the All-SEC team.

After attending the Chicago Bears rookie minicamp, MacGinnis signed with the AAF’s Memphis Express. He’d earn an AAF Player of the Week award in week 4, but only a few weeks later, the league would financially collapse, and his contract was terminated. The Dallas Renegades drafted MacGinnis in the XFL’s Supplemental Draft for the 2020 season, but his contract was terminated when the league ceased operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In April 2020, MacGinnis signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams but was waived after losing the job to rookie Sam Sloman. He re-signed to the Rams practice squad in October 2020 and was elevated to the team’s active roster on December 10th for their game against the New England Patriots. After the game, he was reverted to the practice squad and was eventually waived in August 2021.


The USFL’s supplemental draft is scheduled for March 10th, where teams will fill any remaining roster spots.

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Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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