XFL’s Unofficial October Draft Date and What It Means for the League
In a moment that caught fans and insiders alike, Marc Lillibridge, Houston DPP, casually mentioned an unofficial XFL draft date during his appearance on the iXFL: 3 Days at the XFL Combine documentary on YouTube. Slated for Wednesday, October 4th, 2023, the draft is set to serve as the unofficial kick-off to a bustling month for the XFL.
The Draft: No Confirmation but Plenty of Anticipation
While the XFL has yet to make an official announcement, the hint dropped by Lillibridge has already sent ripples through the community. This draft is poised to become one of the major defining moments for the league’s 2024 season.
Talent Showcases: Orlando and San Diego
October isn’t just about the draft; it’s also about scouting fresh talent. Two key showcases are also on the calendar. The first one is on October 7th at Celebration High School in Orlando with Westgate Resorts sponsoring. The next one is scheduled for October 21st in San Diego at Maranatha Christian School.
Novak Kicking & Consulting and former professional football placekicker, will run a specialist showcase in San Diego, Calif. on October 22, 2023. This event will focus specifically on kickers, punters, and long snappers.
The Supplementary Draft: An Added Layer of Complexity
The XFL is also planning a supplemental draft following the October 4th main event, aimed to fill out rosters before the XFL season and after the NFL season ends.
Logistical Hurdles: Vipers and Roughnecks Seek Homes
Two teams are currently in need of new stadiums. The Vegas Vipers and the Houston Roughnecks are both on the hunt for new digs, adding another layer of logistical challenge to the XFL’s pre-season agenda.
Scheduling Complications: XFL and MLS Timing
Fans eagerly awaiting the XFL schedule might need to be a bit more patient. Typically following the NFL’s model of releasing schedules five months in advance, the XFL may be delayed due to the MLS’s schedule announcement, which traditionally comes in mid-December.
Wrapping Up: A Busy October Ahead
From the unofficial draft to player showcases and logistical fine-tuning, October promises to be a whirlwind month for the XFL and its fans.
So, XFL fans, make some space on your calendar. This October is set to be one of the most pivotal months for the league as it gears up for the 2024 season.
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