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XFL Announces Rookie Signings Following 2023 Draft: A Detailed Recap

The XFL, after its Rookie Draft conducted on June 16, 2023, declared that the rights to 44 undrafted players have been claimed by teams. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the signings:

Arlington Renegades:

  • Tyrell Ajian (DB, Kentucky)
  • Connor Blumrick (QB, Virginia Tech)
  • Noah Henderson (OL, East Carolina)
  • Ike Irabor (RB, Union)
  • Todd Simmons (WR, Dubuque)
  • Noah Taylor (LB, North Carolina)

D.C. Defenders:

  • Adonis Boone (OL, Louisville)
  • Jahlil Brown (DB, Central Connecticut State)
  • Warren Ericson (OL, Georgia)
  • Josh Falo (TE, USC)

Houston Roughnecks:

  • Isaiah Bowser (RB, UCF)
  • Cody Chrest (WR, Sam Houston State)
  • Christian Ealey (OL, Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Dalton Godfrey (LS, South Dakota)
  • Braydon Johnson (WR, Oklahoma State)
  • Destin Mack (DB, Citadel)
  • Christian Morgan (DB, Baylor)

Orlando Guardians:

  • Bo Bauer (LB, Notre Dame)
  • Daetrich Harrington (RB, Appalachian State)
  • Stacey Marshall (WR, Marshall)
  • Shea Pitts (DB, UCLA)
  • Zane Pope (WR, Fresno State)
  • Tre’Mond Shorts (OL, LSU)
  • Bryson Speas (OL, North Carolina State)

San Antonio Brahmas:

  • Luke Ford (WR, Illinois)
  • Micahh Smith (DB, Incarnate Word)
  • Nazier Wright (LB, William Paterson)

Seattle Sea Dragons:

  • Dillon Doyle (LB, Baylor)
  • Beau Kelly (WR, Portland State)
  • Luke Loecher (P, Oregon State)
  • N’Kosi Perry (QB, Florida Atlantic)
  • Morgan Vest (DB, Northern Arizona)
  • Dawson Weber (DB, North Dakota State)
  • Lazarus Williams (DL, New Mexico State)

St. Louis Battlehawks:

  • Kemari Averett (WR, Bethune-Cookman)
  • Eric Black (DL, Stony Brook)
  • Aidan Borguet (RB, Harvard)
  • Marcus Cushnie (LB, Massachusetts)
  • Jaylen Hall (WR, Western Kentucky)
  • Dom Peterson (DL, Nevada)
  • Justin Ragin (DL, Jackson State)

Vegas Vipers:

  • Trey Cobb (LB, Appalachian State)
  • Alfred Edwards (OL, Utah State)
  • Victor Jones (DL, Akron)

Each team now holds exclusive rights to these players, who join the drafted rookies and active/reserve players from the 2023 season.

Summary of Positions Signed:

  • Defensive Backs (DB): 7
  • Linebackers (LB): 6
  • Wide Receivers (WR): 6
  • Offensive Linemen (OL): 5
  • Defensive Linemen (DL): 5
  • Running Backs (RB): 3
  • Quarterbacks (QB): 2
  • Tight End (TE): 1
  • Long Snapper (LS): 1
  • Punter (P): 1

Colleges Represented:

  • Akron
  • Appalachian State
  • Baylor
  • Bethune-Cookman
  • Central Connecticut State
  • Citadel
  • Dubuque
  • East Carolina
  • Florida Atlantic
  • Fresno State
  • Georgia
  • Harvard
  • Illinois
  • Incarnate Word
  • Kentucky
  • Kentucky Wesleyan
  • LSU
  • Louisville
  • Marshall
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina State
  • North Dakota State
  • New Mexico State
  • Northern Arizona
  • Notre Dame
  • Oklahoma State
  • Oregon State
  • Portland State
  • Sam Houston State
  • South Dakota
  • Stony Brook
  • UCLA
  • UCF
  • Union
  • USC
  • Utah State
  • Virginia Tech
  • Western Kentucky
  • William Paterson

The XFL has expanded its team rosters from 51 to 90 to accommodate the increase in players during the off-season. The league will continue to host a series of player showcases in June and July across the United States, evaluating player performances for inclusion in the XFL player pool for the 2024 season. The top performers will be invited to the XFL Combine in Arlington, Texas, held on July 25-27.

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