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Many Former XFL Players Joining The USFL, Expected to Make an Impact

With the inaugural USFL Draft 2022 complete a lot of players will be joining a professional football league for the first time. However, for many of us spring football fans many we will be seeing several familiar faces in the USFL. Out of 279 players drafted 51 had XFL experience which comes to around 18% of the league. With the USFL looking to be its own separate entity. a good start to that is allowing more opportunities to players who can make their own name in the new league.

Tampa Bay Bandits Nine players from XFL

2nd Overall-QB Jordan Ta’amu: St. Louis Battlehawks

Ta’amu was thought to be the 1st overall pick at one point but didn’t have to wait long before his name was called. Regarded as the 2nd best QB in the league Ta’amu will be given the keys to the Offense come fall after leading the Battlehawks to playoff contention in the XFL. Upon leaving the XFL Ta’amu has been with five NFL teams earning 172,400 dollars over parts of three NFL seasons.

Jordan Taamu 10 during his time with the XFL Battlehawks

58th Overall- OT Juwann Bushell: Houston Roughnecks

106th Overall-WR Eli Rogers: DC Defenders

159th Overall- C Bruno Reagan: St. Louis Battlehawks

183rd Overall- OG Fred Lauina: LA Wildcats

186th Overall-OG Damien Mama: New York Guardians

207th Overall- DT Reggie Howard: LA Wildcats

240th Overall-OLB Emmanuel Beal: Tampa Bay Vipers

273rd Overall- TE Da’quan Hampton: LA Wildcats

Pittsburgh Maulers- Five Players from XFL

50th Overall- OT Isaiah Battle: Seattle Dragons

58th Overall: CB Ajene Harris: Houston Roughnecks

202nd Overall- DT Boogie Roberts: LA Wildcats

225the Overall: RB Deveon Smith: Tampa Bay Vipers

233rd Overall- LB Tyson Graham: Seattle Dragons

Philadelphia Stars: Six Players from XFL

62nd Overall- CB Channing Stribling: Seattle Dragons

91st Overall- CB Bradley Sylve: LA Wildcats

141st Overall-S Jack Tocho: LA Wildcats

155th Overall- S Cody Brown: Houston Roughnecks

231st Overall- RB Matthew Colburn: New York Guardians

278th Overall-LS Ryan Navarro: LA Wildcats

New Orleans Breakers: Five Players from XFL

25th Overall- LB James Folston Jr: Dallas Renegades

54th Overall- OT Marquis Lucas: Tampa Bay Vipers

72nd Overall- CB Derrick Jones: Seattle Dragons

221st Overall- RB Larry Rose: LA Wildcats

258th Overall- K Austin MacGinnis: Dallas Renegades

MacGinnis is someone to keep an eye on in this league. He’s 19-21 on field goals in the AAF and XFL and was nearly the kicker for the champion LA Rams before getting beat out in 2021. MacGinnis enters the USFL as a more coveted and skilled kicker in the league. MacGinnis will be able to provide a strong leg and consistent special teams asset for the Breakers as they bring in an experience pro who is cool under pressure.

Feb 16 2020 Carson California USA Dallas Renegades kicker Austin MacGinnis 8 kicks a field goal out of the hold of punter Drew Galitz 2 in the third quarter against the LA Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park The Renegades defeated the Wildcats 25 18 Mandatory Credit Kirby Lee USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Generals: Eight Players from XFL

56th Overall- OT Terry Poole: Houston Roughnecks

74th Overall- CB Trae Elston: Houston Roughnecks

79th Overall- CB David Rivers: St. Louis BattleHawks

154th Overall- S Dravon Askew-Henry: New York Guardians

205th Overall- DT Toby Johnson: New York Guardians

212nd Overall- DT Kalani Vakameilalo: DC Defenders

238th Overall- LB D’Juan Hines: New York Guardians

275th Overall- TE Nick Truesdell: Tampa Bay Vipers

Truesdell can be view as an alternate league legend. During his time in AFL Truesdell has caught over 100 passes including a 23 touchdown season with the Spokane Shock in 2015. Truesdell has had stints in the NFL, AAF, and XFL before now landing in the USFL.

Houston Gamblers: Ten Players from XFL

48th Overall- OT Avery Gennessy: Houston Roughnecks

53rd Overall- OT John Yarbrough: Tampa Bay Vipers

66th Overall- Jamar Summers: New York Guardians

147th Overall- S Andrew Soroh: New York Guardians

166th Overall- LB Beniquez Brown: Houston Roughnecks:

Viewed as a favorite in Houston, Brown was the leader in Tackles and Tackles for loss. The former Roughneck was voted to the XFL News Hub ALL-XFL by our very own Mike Mitchell. Brown has had stints in the AAF and NFL before joining the USFL. Though a bit older Brown is suspected to be a top tier player in the USFL.

174th Overall- LB Reggie Northrup: Tampa Bay Vipers

189 Overall- G Terronne Prescod: DC Defenders

262nd Overall- P Drew Galitz: Dallas Renegades

264th Overall TE Brandon Barnes: LA Wildcats

275th Overall TE Julian Allen: Dallas Renegades

Michigan Panthers: Five players from XFL

17th Overall- DE Cavon Walker: New York Guardians

123rd Overall-WR Jeff Badet: Dallas Renegades

128th Overall- WR Ray Bolden: Houston Roughnecks

176th Overall- LB Taiwan Jones: LA Wildcats

244th Overall- LB Frank Ginda: New York Guardians

Birmingham Stallions: Three Players from XFL

161st Overall: C Jordan McCray: Tampa Bay Vipers

234th Overall: LB DeMarquis Gates: Houston Roughnecks

168th Overall: LB Scooby Wright: DC Defenders :

A Former 7th round pick in 2016, Wright brings experience from multiple levels of pro football. Wright’s experience comes from the Browns and Cardinals in the NFL, Hotshots in the AAF, and Defenders in the XFL. After one season in the spring league Wright returns as prominent defensive figure in the league.

With the XFL set to take off in 2023, many wonder including myself how many players will stay. As Mike Mitchell has stated the USFL contracts are one-year deals with year two options that become guaranteed on April 30th, 2022. With these contracts issuing a non-compete with the XFL and CFL and only allowing players to leave the USFL for the NFL, does this mean that many of the former stars of the XFL that didn’t get drafted are set to return? At this point, no one knows however, with the supplement draft set for March 10th, it is possible that the number of former XFL players continue to fill in USFL rosters before the season kicks off April 16th.

6Tampa Bay Vipers
5Dallas Renegades
9New York Guardians
3St. Louis Defenders
5DC Defenders
9Houston Roughneck
10LA Wildcats
4Seattle Dragons
Breakdown of XFL Players in the USFL

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging with his dogs in his off time.

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