With the Arlington Renegades adding 42 players to their roster on day one of the XFL Draft, 13 additional players were added to the roster Thursday.
The two phases included special teams and the open phase for whoever the team wanted to add. Nine players were drafted for the Renegades during the open phases but passed on the final two rounds of the draft. One more quarterback was added to the roster as well, with Kevin Anderson joining the quarterback room.
Round 1, Pick 1: Taylor Russolino, Kicker
Considered to be the best kicker of the 2020 XFL season, Taylor Russolino returns for a second season and is the top pick. Russolino started his professional career kicking in multiple indoor football leagues from 2013 until 2016. He played in the CFL in 2017 and 2019 and went 2-3 on field goals. His breakthrough came when he joined the St. Louis BattleHawks in 2020, going 9-10 on field goals and recording the longest field goal in XFL history with a 58-yard kick. The last appearance for Russolino was when he played one game for the Denver Broncos in 2020.
Round 2, Pick 8: Antonio Ortiz, Long Snapper
Antonio Ortiz has proven to be a young, upcoming long snapper which good success. Ortiz spent four seasons at TCU, where he played in all 12 games last season and 44 throughout his college career. His strong performance made him a semifinalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award last year while also playing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He was with the Chicago Bears this year for a short time before being waived in July.
Round 3, Pick 1: Marquette King, Punter
One of the most exciting, top-performing punters in recent memory is back in the XFL for a second turn. Marquette King was an established punter in the NFL, where he kicked for seven seasons for the Raiders and Broncos. King led the NFL in punting yards in 2014 and was a Second-Team All-Pro in 2016. His last appearance came with the St. Louis BattleHawks, where he led the XFL in punting yards through five games.
Round 1, Pick 8: Sean Modster, Wide Receiver
Sean Modster had an established college career that included him earning Second Team All-Mountain West honors in 2018 at Boise State. Modster finished his four-year college career with 111 catches for 1,487 yards and 11 touchdowns. He bounced back and forth with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019 and 2020.
Round 2, Pick 1: Edmond Robinson, Linebacker
The former Houston Roughnecks join an already stout, athletic linebacking core in Arlington. Edmond Robinson played for three NFL teams between 2015 and 2017. Robinson found his way onto the Arizona Hotshots of the AAF in 2019 before joining the Roughnecks in 2020. He recorded 22 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble in five games for Houston. After the XFL, he played on three additional NFL teams in the last two years. He totals 28 tackles in his NFL career.
Round 3, Pick 8: Kenneth Farrow, Running Back
Kenneth Farrow is a spring football veteran and well-known for his work off the field for players. Farrow helped establish the United Football Players Association to help professional football players who were involved in professional football leagues like the XFL, USFL, AAF, and more. His NFL career spanned between 2016 and 2019, in which he recorded 192 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving. He was a featured back for the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF in 2019 and the Seattle Sea Dragons in 2020. Farrow ran for 156 yards and one touchdown while also adding 53 receiving yards and one touchdown for Seattle in five games.
Round 4, Pick 1: T.J. Barnes, Defensive End
Long-time veteran T.J. Barnes returns to the field for the first time since playing for the New York Guardians in 2020. Barnes played in the NFL from 2013 until 2016, recording six tackles in his career. He was a member of the Atlanta Legends of the AAF in 2019 before joining the Guardians in 2020. Barnes recorded 12 tackles and two QB hits in five games in New York.
Round 5, Pick 8: Isaac Nauta, Tight End
Isaac Nauta played three seasons at Georgia, where he recorded 68 catches for 430 yards and eight touchdowns during that time. Nauta’s play in his freshman year in 2016 earned him Freshman All-American honors. The Lions selected him in the seventh round of the NFL Draft in 2019, where he played for them and the Packers between 2019 and 2021. He completed three passes for 16 yards in his NFL career.
Round 6, Pick 1: Micah Dew-Treadway, Defensive Line
Micah Dew-Treadway may not put up the stats, but he was a disrupter of plays on the defensive line in college for Minnesota. In three seasons, he recorded 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one and a half sacks, two pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and a blocked kick. He went undrafted in this year’s NFL Draft, where he recently played for the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.
Round 7, Pick 8: Flynn Nagel, Northwestern
An old familiar face for Renegades fans as starting receiver Flynn Nagel has returned to Arlington. Nagel established a solid college career at Northwestern, recording 160 catches for 1,763 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons. After the 2018 college football season, Nagel was invited to minicamps with the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars. While in the XFL, he recorded 27 catches for 227 yards and a touchdown in five games.
Round 8, Pick 1: Joe Powell, Defensive Back
Joe Powell made a huge impact on junior college Globe Tech, recording 53 tackles, one and a half sacks, and one interception in 2013. Powell would bounce back and forth between the NFL and arena football, where he did earn Second Team All-Arena in 2018 with the Baltimore Brigade. Powell is best known for playing for the St. Louis BattleHawks and being the only player in the XFL in 2020 to have a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Round 9, Pick 8: Glen Logan, Defensive Line
Glen Logan played six seasons for the LSU Tigers, recording 110 tackles, ten tackles for loss, and seven sacks. Logan played a role in the team’s national championship team in 2019. While he went undrafted in the NFL Draft this year, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns. He was waived by the team back in late August.
Round 10, Pick 1: Pass
Round 11, Pick 8: Pass
The Renegades added a third quarterback to the roster, with Kevin Anderson joining the team. Anderson threw for 7,663 yards and 73 touchdowns in four seasons at Fordham between 2014 and 2017. During his professional football career, he has also played for multiple professional football leagues, including the AAF, The Spring League, and the CFL.
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