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XFL 2022 Draft Recap: Seattle Sea Dragons Full Draft

The 2022 XFL draft is complete! After Seattle’s quarterbacks, Ben DiNucci and Steven Montez, were assigned on Tuesday, the Seattle Sea Dragons added another 56 players with varying experience to their roster over the course of Wednesday and Thursday.

The selection process was a unique one, with teams drafting by position groups for the majority of the time. Wednesday consisted of four positional groups, with 11 rounds of picks for each group.

  • 1st – Offensive Skill positions (WR, RB, TE, FB)
  • 2nd – Defensive Backs (CB, Safety, Nickel)
  • 3rd – Defensive Front Seven (ILB, Edge, DE, DT)
  • 4th – Offensive Line (LT, LG, C, RG, RT)

Thursday featured three rounds of specialists (Kicker, Punter, Long Snapper), along with some rounds of open drafting. Teams were allowed to pass on picks during the open rounds, which will allow them to add more players in the supplemental draft coming in January.

The supplemental draft will mainly be focused on players who are currently under contract with other leagues. However, undrafted players from this week’s draft will remain in the player pool and can be added in that time as well.

Offensive Skill Positions (WR, RB, TE, FB)

Round 1 – WR – Kevin Shaa – 5’9″

College: City College of San Francisco (2016 – 2017), Liberty (2018 – 2021)

Pro Experience: Chicago Bears (2022)

After transferring from City College of San Francisco, Kevin Shaa spent 4 years at Liberty, finishing his FBS career with 82 catches, 1,364 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Notably, the 5’9″ wideout ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day and earned VaSID All-State second-team honors as one of the top collegiate student-athletes in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Shaa briefly spent time with the Chicago Bears during training camp and the preseason in 2022. In 3 games with the Bears, he hauled in 3 receptions for 42 yards. Unfortunately, Shaa was released by Chicago at the end of the preseason.


Round 2 – RB/WR – TJ Hammonds – 5’10”

College: Arkansas (2016 – 2021)

Pro Experience: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2022)

T.J. Hammonds is a 6th-year senior out of Arkansas, made possible due to a redshirt season and the covid-19 pandemic. He made a name for himself as a guy that can do a bit of everything, playing well out of the backfield, the slot, or outside. Hammonds finished his collegiate career with 50 games under his belt, totaling 80 rushing attempts for 548 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 13 receptions for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Hammonds joined the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers for some time in 2022 but didn’t see any playing time with the team. He’ll join the Sea Dragons playing more of a wide receiver role, according to head coach Jim Haslett.


Round 3 – WR – Juwan Green – 6’0″

College: Lackawanna JC (2016 – 2017), New York St-Albany (2018 – 2019)

Pro Experience: Atlanta Falcons (2020 – 2021), Detriot Lions (2021), Tennessee Titans (2022)

Juwan Green played the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Lackawanna Junior College in Pennsylvania before transferring to University at Albany for his final 2 years of college. Green appeared in 23 FCS games after transferring, starting 19 of those and totaling 106 receptions for 1,815 yards and 21 touchdowns. He’d set two CAA records his senior season, racking up 1,386 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2019.

Green didn’t receive an invite to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. However, he did play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl as a starting wide receiver. Leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, Green was in contact with 15 NFL franchises but would go undrafted.

After the NFL Draft, Green was signed by the Atlanta Falcons and appeared in 3 preseason games, totaling 5 receptions for 78 yards. Unfortunately, he was waived and sent to the practice squad before the season started.

Green spent 2020 and most of 2021 on the Falcon’s practice squad but was released in November 2021. He’d hold brief stints with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans in 2021 and 2022 before signing with the XFL.


Round 4 – WR – Jahcour Pearson – 5’8″

College: Western Kentucky (2016 – 2020), Mississippi (2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Jahcour Pearson spent 5 seasons at Western Kentucky, appearing in 33 career games for the Hilltoppers, starting 11 of those. He earned Second-Team All-CUSA honors in 2019 after recording 75 catches for 804 yards and 7 touchdowns.

In 2021, Pearson transferred to Ole Miss for his senior season, where he appeared in 11 games, earning 6 starts, and totaling 26 receptions for 392 yards.


Round 5 – RB – Brenden Knox – 6’0″

College: Marshall (2017 – 2020)

Pro Experience: Dallas Cowboys (2021), Kansas City Chiefs (2022)

Brenden Knox spent 4 seasons at Marshall, making a name for himself as both a runner and a receiver. He appeared in 36 games for the Thundering Herd, starting 24 of those, totaling 550 rush attempts for 2,852 yards, and 24 touchdowns. He’d also rack up 27 receptions for 239 yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Knox earned Marshall Team MVP and Marshall Offensive MVP in 2019.

In 2021, Knox inked a deal with the Dallas Cowboys after the 2021 NFL Draft and stayed with the team through the preseason. Despite a decent preseason performance with 29 rush attempts for 110 yards, he did not make the team’s final roster and wasn’t brought back to the practice squad. He’d hold a brief stint with the Chiefs after signing a reserve/futures contract before signing with the XFL in 2022.


Round 6 – WR – Damion Willis – 6’3″

College: East Mississippi (2015 – 2016), Troy (2017 – 2018)

Pro Experience: Cincinnati Bengals (2019), Cleveland Browns (2020), Jacksonville Jaguars (2020), Denver Broncos (2021), New York Giants (2021), Washinton Football Team (2021), Pittsburgh Steelers (2021)

Despite receiving offers from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe, Damion Willis started his collegiate career at East Mississippi Community College. While he didn’t see much playing time as a freshman, he led the team in receiving as a sophomore with 34 receptions, 620 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

Willis transferred to Troy for his junior and senior seasons and appeared in 23 games, starting 18 of those. While in the FBS ranks, Willis totaled 98 receptions for 1,496 yards and 13 touchdowns. In that time, He was named honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference in 2017 and First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2018.

Following the 2019 NFL Draft, Willis signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. He’d make his NFL debut in place of A.J. Green against the Seattle Seahawks and caught 3 passes for 30 yards. He spent the rest of 2019 on and off the Bengals practice squad, seeing playing time in 10 NFL games (2 starts), ending his rookie season with 9 receptions for 82 yards.

The Bengals waived Willis in August 2020, leading to short stints with various other NFL teams for the rest of 2020 and 2021.


Round 7 – WR/KR/PR – Rashard Davis – 5’9″

College: James Madison (2013 – 2016)

Pro Experience: Philadelphia Eagles (2017 – 2018), Oakland Raiders (2018 – 2019), Kansas City Chiefs (2019), Tennessee Titans (2019 – 2020), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2021), Tampa Bay Bandits (2022), New York Jets (2022)

Rashard Davis is a name spring league fans might recognize, as he most recently spent time with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL.

Before entering the Pro ranks, Davis spent 4 seasons at James Madison University, where he appeared in 50 games, starting 26 of those, and making a name for himself as a receiver, runner, and returner. In that time, he totaled 114 receptions for 1,549 yards and 11 touchdowns, also rushing 25 times for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns. Additionally, he’d return 4 punts for touchdowns.

During his senior season In 2016, His team was named FCS Champions, and Davis earned CAA Special Teams Player of the Year, along with Second-Team AP FCS All-American Honors.

Davis signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft but spent the majority of the season on the teams’ practice squad. His pot on the practice squad helped him acquire a super bowl ring after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Unfortunately, Davis was released by the Eagles in September 2018.

In 2018, Davis spent time on the Oakland Raiders practice squad but was waived the following April. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2019 season but was waived in late august. He’d be drafted as the first overall pick in the 2019 XFL Draft by the DC Defenders. However, he didn’t sign with the league, instead signing with the Tennessee Titans practice squad, where he spent the rest of 2019 and remained until May 2021.

Davis joined the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders for the 2021 season but spent most of his time on the practice squad. He’d be released by the Riders in December 2021, then signed with the Jets for the rest of the NFL season. Davis was released by the Jets before the start of the 2022 season.


Round 8 – WR/KR/PR – Tayvian Cunningham – 5’10”

College: Sacramento CC (2017 – 2018), Arizona (2019 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After spending his first two seasons at Sacramento Community College, Tayvian Cunningham transferred to the University of Arizona for his final three seasons of eligibility.

Cunningham made a name for himself as a receiver and returner while at Sacramento CC, totaling 46 receptions for 674 yards and 2 touchdowns in 21 games, also returning 6 kicks for touchdowns in that time. His performance earned him All-Conference Honors both seasons and was named a 2017 Junior College All-American as a return specialist.

After Transferring to Arizona, Cunningham appeared in 26 games for the Wildcats, starting 12 of those and totaling 62 receptions for 821 yards and 5 touchdowns.


Round 9 – TE – Joshua Perkins – 6’4″

College: Washington (2011 – 2015)

Pro Experience: Atlanta Falcons (2016 – 2017), Philadelphia Eagles (2018 – 2020), San Francisco 49ers (2021), New York Jets (2021)

Joshua Perkins is a tight end out of the University of Washington who spent 5 seasons with the FBS program from 2011 to 2015. He appeared in 47 games for the Huskies, getting 19 starts in that time, totaling 66 receptions for 911 yards and 9 touchdowns.

He’d go undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft but signed with the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent the next 2 seasons. He made his first NFL start in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers and caught his first career touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Matt Ryan. Perkins was part of the team’s roster during Super Bowl LI when they lost to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime. He was released in January 2018.

A few days after getting released from the Falcons, Perkins signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he stayed from 2018 through 2020. He appeared in 14 games for the Eagles, getting 1 start in that time and totaling 14 receptions for 154 yards and 1 touchdown. Perkins was placed on IR in August 2020 and later released.

In 2021, Perkins held stints with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets before signing with the XFL in 2022.


Round 10 – RB – Scottie Phillips – 5’8″

College: Jones County CC (2016 – 2017), Mississippi (2018 – 2019)

Pro Experience: Houston Texans (2020 – 2021)

Scottie Phillips spent two seasons at Jones Country Junior College before transferring to Ole Miss for 2018 and 2019. Before transferring, Phillips appeared in 19 games for Jones Country JC, totaling 409 rushing attempts for 2,182 yards, and 27 touchdowns in that time. Additionally, he’d earn an NCJAA All-American honorable mention.

After transferring to Ole Miss, Phillips appeared in 21 games for the FBS program, earning 18 starts and totaling 278 rushing attempts for 17 touchdowns. Additionally, he’d haul in 18 receptions for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Rebels.

Following the 2020 NFL Draft, Phillips signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans. He’d spend most of his time on the practice squad but was elevated for the team’s week 1 and week 11 games. He totaled only 8 rushing attempts for 22 yards for the Texans before getting placed on injured reserve in November 2021. Phillips was released with an injury settlement in June 2022.


Round 11 – WR/KR/PR – Jaylon Redd – 5’8″

College: Oregon (2017 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Jaylon Redd played college ball at Oregon, where he spent 5 seasons with the Ducks from 2017 through 2021. Redd made a name for himself as a receiver, rusher, and as a returner, appearing in 51 games (32 starts). He totaled 131 receptions for 1,435 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air, also adding 24 rush attempts for 179 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Redd entered 2021 with multiple receptions in 22 straight games, the longest active streak among Power 5 players at that time.

Unfortunately, his season would be cut short due to a foot injury, but some much more shocking news would come later in the year. In December 2021, Jaylon Redd was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his pancreas. After a successful surgery in January 2022, Redd began the rehabilitation process, working on getting back into physical condition to return to football in hopes of getting drafted into the NFL.

Redd did not get drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, but did receive mini-camp invites from the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, neither team ended up signing him. He remained a free agent until signing with the XFL.


Defensive Backs (CB, Safety, Nickel)

Round 12 – CB – Chris Jones – 6’0″

College: Nebraska (2014 – 2017)

Pro Experience: Detriot Lions (2018), Arizona Cardinals (2018 – 2020), Detriot Lions (2020), Minnesota Vikings (2020), Tennessee Titans (2021), Las Vegas Raiders (2022)

Chris Jones played four seasons with the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2014 through 2017, appearing in 44 games (25 starts) and totaling 76 total tackles (65 solo/ 11 assisted), 5 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. In that time, he’d be named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List in 2017, Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten in 2016, and Academic All-Big Ten in 2015.

After the 2018 NFL Draft, Jones signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. Unfortunately, he did not make the 53-man rosters and was waived at final roster cuts.

A few days later, Jones signed with the Arizona Cardinals practice squad and was promoted to the active roster in November 2018 to make his NFL debut against the Los Angeles Chargers, with his first start coming in September 2019 against the Carolina Panthers. He remained with the Cardinals until September 2020, when he was waived at the team’s final roster cuts.

After getting waived by the Cardinals, Jones held brief stints with the Detroit Lions (2nd stint), Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, and Las Vegas Raiders before signing with the XFL. Jones appeared in a total of 29 NFL games (6 starts), totaling 48 total tackles (40 solo/ 8 assisted) and 7 pass deflections in that time.


Round 13 – CB/S – Antoine Brooks – 5’11”

College: Maryland (2016 – 2019)

Pro Experience: Pittsburgh Steelers (2020), Los Angeles Rams (2021)

Antoine Brooks played four seasons at Maryland, appearing in 44 games, starting 35 of those, and totaling 237 total tackles (172 solo/ 65 assisted), 9 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 fumble return touchdown. In that time, Brooks was named Second-Team All-Big Ten in 2018 and 2019.

Brooks was selected in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but spent most of the year on the practice squad. He’d be elevated to the active roster a few times in the back half of the season, but was reverted back to the practice squad after each game he was elevated.

In August 2021, Brooks was placed on injured reserve and released at the beginning of September 2021. A few days later, Brooks signed with the Los Angeles Rams and was a member of the team’s practice squad during their Super Bowl win over the Bengals, earning him a Super Bowl Ring. He was waived by the Rams in May 2022. Brooks appeared in 12 games while in the NFL, totaling only 5 tackles (3 solo/ 2 assisted).


Round 14 – CB – Linden Stephens – 6’0″

College: Cincinnati (2014 – 2017)

Pro Experience: New Orleans Saints (2018), Los Angeles Rams (2018), Denver Broncos (2018), Seattle Seahawks (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019), Seattle Seahawks (2020), Washinton Football Team (2021), Baltimore Ravens (2021), Pittsburgh Steelers (2021)

Linden Stephens is a defensive back who played four seasons at Cincinnati, appearing in 50 games (22 starts) and totaling 140 tackles (92 solo/ 48 assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss, 26 pass deflections, 6 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.

After the 2018 NFL Draft, Stephens signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints. He was waived in August 2018 during final roster cuts but has spent time with a handful of other NFL franchises since, including the Los Angeles Rams (2018), Denver Broncos (2018), Seattle Seahawks (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019), Seattle Seahawks (2020), Washington Football Team (2021), Baltimore Ravens (2021), and most recently the Pittsburgh Steelers (2021). Unfortunately, he hasn’t seen a ton of playing time at the NFL level, totaling only 5 tackles (5 solo/ 0 assisted).


Round 15 – CB/KR/PR – Shabari Davis – 6’0″

College: Southeast Missouri State (2017 – 2021)

Pro Experience: Jacksonville Jaguars (2022)

Shabari Davis played 5 seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he made a name for himself as a defensive back and kick returner. Davis appeared in 52 games (27 starts) and totaled 98 tackles (75 solo/ 23 assisted), 3 tackles for loss, 8 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 33 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble. Additionally, Davis had a kick return and a punt return touchdown in his time with the program, helping him to be named Second-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a returner.

Following the 2022 NFL Draft, Davis signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was released near the end of the preseason.


Round 16 – CB – Reggie Robinson – 6’1″

College: Tulsa (2015 – 2019)

Pro Experience: Dallas Cowboys (2020 – 2021), Houston Texans (2022), Cleveland Browns (2022)

Reggie Robinson played college ball at Tulsa for five seasons, redshirting his freshman year, then going on to appear in 45 games, starting 31 of those. He racked up 132 tackles (101 solo/ 31 assisted), 4 tackles for loss, 34 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumble recoveries in his collegiate career.

Robinson was selected in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was moved from cornerback to safety during training camp. Unfortunately, he struggled to adapt to the NFL game and only appeared on the special teams unit in the team’s last five games of the season.

In August 2021, Robinson was placed on injured reserve with a season-ending toe injury and was waived by the team in March 2022. He’d hold short stints with the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns before signing with the XFL.


Round 17 – CB – Kareem Orr – 5’11”

College: Arizona State (2015 – 2016), Tennessee-Chattanooga (2017 – 2018)

Pro Experience: Tennessee Titans (2019 – 2020), Los Angeles Rams (2021)

After two seasons at Arizona State University, Kareem Orr transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for his final two seasons of eligibility. While at Tennessee-Chatt, Orr appeared in 20 games, starting 18 of those, and racked up 81 total tackles (60 solo/ 21 assisted), 1 pass deflection, and 5 interceptions.

Orr signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft and spent most of his time with the teams’ practice squad for two seasons. However, he did see some playing time, appearing in 7 games and totaling 16 tackles (13 solo/ 3 assisted), and 1 fumble recovery. Orr was placed on injured reserve In November 2020 and was waived by the Titans in May 2021.

A few days after getting released from the Titans, Orr signed with the Los Angeles Rams. While he didn’t see a ton of playing time, he did appear in 2 games, totaling 4 tackles (3 solo/ 1 assisted), and was a part of the roster for their Super Bowl victory over the Bengals. Orr was waived by the Rams in April 2022.


Round 18 – S/CB – Qwynnterrio Cole – 6’0″

College: Alcorn State (2017 – 2019), Louisville (2021)

Pro Experience: Las Vegas Raiders (2022)

Qwynnterrio Cole played three seasons at Alcorn State before transferring to Louisville for his final year of eligibility.

At Alcorn State, Cole appeared in 38 games (19 starts) and totaled 171 tackles (97 solo/ 74 assisted), 8 interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown),14 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick. His performance with the program earned him 2018 All-SWAC First-Team, 2018 HBCU All-American, 2019 HBCU All-American, and 2020 FCS Preseason All-American.

Cole transferred to Louisville in 2020, but the team did not compete that year due to the covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, he appeared in all 13 games for the Cardinals, totaling 87 tackles (65 solo/ 22 assisted), 5 tackles for loss, 7 pass deflections, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. He earned All-ACC honorable mention for his performance.

After the 2022 NFL Draft, Cole signed as an undrafted free agent with the Las Vegas Raiders. He’d appear in 2 preseason games, totaling 5 tackles (3 solo/ 2 assisted) but did not make the final roster.


Round 19 – CB/KR – Rojesterman Farris – 6’1″

College: Hawaii (2015 – 2019)

Pro Experience: Green Bay Packers (2021), Denver Broncos (2021)

After redshirting for the 2015 season, Rojesterman Farris played 4 seasons at the University of Hawaii from 2016 to 2019. He played in 53 games (44 starts) and totaled 170 tackles (121 solo/ 49 assisted), 4 interceptions (one of which was returned 100 yards for a touchdown), 26 pass deflections, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

In that time, Farris was named to the All-Mountain West honorable mention team, selected as the team’s Coach Bob Wagner Defensive MVP, and competed in the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

After the 2020 NFL Draft, Farris signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons but would be waived in August 2020. Since then, he’s held stints with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and Green Bay Packers, and made his NFL debut on January 1st, 2022, when the Broncos faced the Los Angeles Chargers but didn’t record any stats.


Round 20 – S – Kendall Karcz – 6’0″

College: St Norbert (2018 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Kendall Karcz attended Saint Norbert College in Wisconsin for four seasons. The team didn’t compete in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, but Karcz still ended his collegiate career posting quality numbers. He totaled 62 tackles (41 solo/ 21 assisted), 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 10 pass deflections, and 8 interceptions (3 of which were returned for touchdowns). Additionally, he earned three varsity letters in that time.


Round 21 – CB – Roger Cray – 5’9″

College: Western Kentucky (2017 – 2020), Old Dominion (2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After spending four seasons at Western Kentucky, Roger Cray transferred to Old Dominion for his last year of eligibility. In his 5 seasons between the two FBS programs, Cray appeared in 51 games (34 starts) and totaled 114 tackles (76 solo/ 38 assisted), 1 tackle for loss, 4 interceptions, 27 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown. In 2022, Cray was selected to participate in the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl.


Round 22 – DB/KR – Mykael Wright – 5’11”

College: Oregon (2019 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Mykael Wright played three seasons at the University of Oregon, making a name for himself as a defensive back and return specialist, jumping right into a starting role as a true freshman.

Wright appeared in 34 games (20 starts) at Oregon, totaling 111 tackles (79 solo/ 32 assisted), 6 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 17 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble. Additionally, Wright racked up 982 kick return yards and returned 2 kicks for touchdowns.

In May 2022, Wright was invited to the Arizona Cardinals rookie mini-camp as an undrafted free agent but would not sign with the team.


Defensive Front Seven (ILB, Edge, DE, DT)

Round 23 – DT/OLB – Elijah Ponder – 6’3″

College: Cincinnati (2016 – 2020)

Pro Experience: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021 – 2022)

Following a redshirt year in 2016, Elijah Ponder played 4 seasons at the University of Cincinnati from 2017 through 2020, appearing in 32 games and starting 23 of those. In that time, Ponder totaled 64 tackles (27 solo/ 37 assisted), 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass deflection, and 2 forced fumbles, earning 2019 First-Team All-ACC, 2020 Second-Team All-ACC, and was selected to participate in the 2021 Hula Bowl.

Ponder signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2021 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent, bouncing on and off their practice squad for the better part of two seasons. Ponder didn’t see much playing time during the regular season, but he did make 6 preseason appearances, totaling 9 tackles (7 solo/ 2 assisted). In August, Ponder was reverted to the Buccaneers’ injured reserve for an undisclosed injury and later waived.


Round 24 – DE – Niko Lalos – 6’5″

College: Dartmouth (2017 – 2019)

Pro Experience: New York Giants (2020 – 2021), New Orleans Saints (2022)

Niko Lalos played four seasons at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, playing for the junior varsity team his freshman year, then lettering in the final three seasons. He appeared in 24 games in those final three seasons, starting 10 of those and totaling 59 tackles (33 solo/ 26 assisted), 11 sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception (which was returned for a touchdown), 1 fumble recovery, and 9 pass deflections.

Lalos was named 2018 Phil Steele All-Ivy League Third-Team, 2019 First-Team All-Ivy League, 2019 Division I All-New England Team, and 2019 Phil Steel All-Ivy League First Team. Additionally, he won the 2019 Gold Helmet, along with 2 Defensive Player of the Week awards.

After the 2020 NFL Draft, Lalos was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. He was waived during final roster cuts but signed to the practice squad the following day. Lalos was elevated to the active roster for the Giants’ week 12 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals and intercepted a deflected pass, making a game-changing play while taking very limited snaps in their 19-17 victory.

In 6 total games for the Giants, Lalos totaled 6 tackles (2 solo/ 4 assisted), 1 pass deflected, 1 fumble recovery, and an interception before getting waived in August 2022.

While Lalos was drafted by the Sea Dragons this past week, he also signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squads minutes after getting his name called by the XFL. If he becomes available before the XFL season, it’s possible he’ll be allowed to join the roster. It’s also possible he’s added back into the draft pool for the supplemental draft, and Seattle will be given an extra pick. We’ll just have to wait and see.


Round 25 – DE – Curtis Weaver – 6’2″

College: Boise St (2016 – 2019)

Pro Experience: Cleveland Browns (2021 – 2022)

After a redshirt year in 2016, Curtis Weaver played three seasons for Boise State, appearing in 40 games (22 starts) and totaling 128 tackles (72 solo/ 56 assisted), 46 tackles for loss, 34 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

He was named 2017 FWAA Freshman All-American, 3x All-Mountain West First Team (2017-19), 2019 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, 2019 All-America First Team, 2019 All-America Second Team, and was a Bednarik Award Semifinalist.

After the 2019 season, Weaver announced he’d forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. He was selected in the 5th round by the Miami Dolphins but was waived by the team in August 2020.

Weaver was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns the next day but was placed on injured reserve shortly after. He stayed with the team, bouncing on and off the practice squad for 2 seasons, then was released in early October 2022. He’s only appeared in one NFL game, recording only 1 tackle in that time.


Round 26 – DT – Austin Faoliu – 6’3″

College: Oregon (2017 – 2020)

Pro Experience: Dallas Cowboys (2021 – 2022)

Austin Faoliu played college ball at the University of Oregon, appearing in 43 games (22 starts) over 4 seasons. He totaled 124 tackles (60 solo/ 64 assisted), 10 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 1 pass deflection, and 3 forced fumbles in that time.

Faoliu signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft, spending little time on the active roster. He appeared in only 1 game and recorded 2 solo tackles. Dallas waived him in August 2022.


Round 27 – LB – Jordan Evans – 6’3″

College: Oklahoma (2013 – 2016)

Pro Experience: Cincinnati Bengals (2017 – 2021)

Jordan Evans played four seasons at Oklahoma, making appearances in 45 games (36 starts) from 2013 through 2016. He was named a captain his senior season and totaled 286 tackles (166 solo/ 120 assisted), 21 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 5 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns), 16 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries (1 returned for a touchdown) over his time at the school.

Evans was named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team, and 2016 First-Team All-Big 12. Additionally, Evans is tied for second in OU history among linebackers for career pass breakups with 16.

Evans was selected in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and would go on to play in 65 games (9 starts) for the franchise over 5 seasons. In that time, he totaled 127 tackles (81 solo/ 46 assisted), 3.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery. He was placed on injured reserve in October 2021 after suffering an ACL tear and was later released.


Round 28 – LB – Tre Walker – 6’1″

College: Idaho (2018 – 2021)

Pro Experience: Washington Commanders (2022)

Tre Walker played four seasons at the University of Idaho from 2018 through 2020. In that time, he appeared in 38 games (29 starts) and totaled 338 tackles (172 solo/ 166 assisted), 18.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 7 pass deflections, 2 force fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.

As a sophomore, he was named All-American First-Team and Second-Team All-Big Sky. During the shortened spring season in 2021, he earned five All-American honors and led the Big Sky conference with 13.5 tackles per game. He’d later be named First-Team All-Big Sky and a Second-Team All-American after the 2021 fall season.

After the 2022 NFL Draft, Walker signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Commanders and appeared in 3 preseason games with the team. In those 3 games, Walker recorded 3 total tackles (1 solo/ 2 assisted). Unfortunately, he didn’t make the active roster and was waived at the end of August.


Round 29 – DE – Daniel Joseph – 6’2″

College: Penn State (2016 – 2019), North Carolina St (2020 – 2021)

Pro Experience: Buffalo Bills (2022)

After a redshirt year in 2016, Daniel Joseph played 3 seasons at Penn State from 2017 through 2019 before transferring to North Carolina State for his final 2 seasons of eligibility. He ended his collegiate career appearing in 55 games (20 starts) and racked up 113 tackles (45 solo/ 68 assisted), 17 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass deflection, 3 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Joseph was selected by the B.C. Lions with the 4th Overall Selection in the 2021 CFL Draft, but he did not join the team. However, should he decide to sign north of the border, the Lions still hold his exclusive rights.

Instead of signing with the CFL, Joseph continued pursuit of professional American football south of the border, earning a rookie tryout with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. He signed with the Bills in May 2022 and appeared in three preseason games, totaling 5 tackles (3 solo/2 assisted) and 1 sack. Unfortunately, Joseph was released at the team’s final roster cuts.


Round 30 – LB – Emmanuel Smith – 6’2″

College: Vanderbilt (2014 – 2017)

Pro Experience: Atlanta Falcons (2018), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019), Kansas City Chiefs (2020 – 2021)

Emmanuel Smith played 4 seasons at Vanderbilt from 2014 through 2017 and played in 39 games (8 starts) for the FBS program. In that time, he’d total 78 tackles (35 solo/ 41 assisted), 1.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 pass deflections.

After the 2018 NFL Draft, Smith signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent. He played in 4 preseason games with the franchise but was waived at final roster cuts.

Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in December 2018 and remained with the team through the offseason. He’d play in all four preseason games in 2019 but again was waived during final roster cuts.

In September 2019, Smith signed with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. He’d be a member of the roster for the team’s Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers and re-signed with the Chiefs after the season. Unfortunately, Smith spent most of 2020 dealing with injuries and didn’t see a ton of playing time. He’d be released at the end of the 2021 preseason.


Round 31 – DT – Antwuan Jackson – 6’2″

College: Auburn (2016), Blinn JC (2017), Ohio St (2018 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After a redshirt season at Auburn, followed by a season at Blinn Junior College in Texas, Antwuan Jackson transferred to Ohio State University, where he finished his collegiate career as a super senior. He appeared in 35 games (12 starts) at Ohio State, totaling 48 tackles (24 solo/ 24 assisted), 9 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.


Round 32 – LB – Tuzar Skipper – 6’3″

College: Monroe JC (2014 – 2015), Toledo (2016 – 2018)

Pro Experience: Pittsburgh Steelers (2019), New York Giants (2019), Tennessee Titans (2020), Atlanta Falcons (2021), Pittsburgh Steelers (2022)

After two seasons at Monroe Junior College in New York, Tuzar Skipper transferred to the University of Toledo for his final three seasons of eligibility. Despite suffering a season-ending injury in 2017, He appeared in 29 games in the FBS ranks, making 15 starts in that time. Skipper totaled 90 tackles (46 solo/ 44 assisted), 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick. He earned Third-Team All-MAC in that time.

After the 2019 NFL Draft, Skipper signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent. He made the initial 53-man roster but was waived prior to their week 1 matchup. A few days later, He’d be claimed off waivers by the New York Giants and finally saw some regular season action, appearing in 6 games for the franchise.

After a second stint with the Steelers, Skipper signed with the Tennessee Titans for the 2020 season and saw some more regular season playing time. He’d stay with the team through much of the offseason but was waived in July 2021.

Over the course of 2021, Skipper held stints with the Atlanta Falcons, again with the Tennessee Titans, and a third stint with the Steelers in 2022. Unfortunately, he did not make it through Pittsburgh’s final roster cuts.

In 10 NFL games (2 starts), Tuzar Skipper has totaled 8 tackles (5 solo/ 3 assisted), 0.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery.


Round 33 – DT – P.J. Hall – 6’0″

College: Sam Houston St (2013 – 2017)

Pro Experience: Oakland Raiders (2018 – 2019), Houston Texans (2020)

After a redshirt year in 2013, P.J. Hall played 4 seasons at Sam Houston State University, getting named First-Team All-Southland every year.

He appeared in 57 games for the program, starting 54 for those, and totaled 280 tackles (159 solo/ 121 assisted), 36.5 sacks, 85.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 33 pass deflections, 9 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 14 blocked kicks.

In that time, he was named the Southland Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, an FCS All-American, and a finalist for the 2016 Buck Buchanan Award.

Hall was selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, but he’d be traded to the Minnesota Vikings in August 2020. Unfortunately, he failed his physical with the Vikings and was reverted back to the Raiders roster and subsequently waived.

Later in August 2020, Hall signed with the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, he’d be placed on injured reserve and later released.


Offensive Line (LT, LG, C, RG, RT)

Round 34 – C/OT – Chris Owens – 6’3″

College: Alabama (2016 – 2021)

Pro Experience: New York Giants (2022)

After a redshirt year in 2016, Chris Owens played 5 seasons at the University of Alabama, serving at the backup center and a reserve tackle in 2017 and 2018, then taking a starting role for his final three seasons.

By his senior season, he’d become capable of playing multiple positions across the offensive line and even lined up as a tight end in some formations.

Owens signed with the New York Giants during the 2022 preseason and played quite a bit due to 6 injuries across their offensive line. Unfortunately, Owens was released before the regular season.


Round 35 – C – Michal Menet – 6’4″

College: Penn St (2016 – 2020)

Pro Experience: Arizona Cardinals (2021), Green Bay Packers (2022)

After redshirting in 2016, Michal Menet played four seasons at Penn State, appearing in 45 games (34 starts). By his senior season, Menet was a starter and team captain for the Nittany Lions, having earned a number of awards, including the Dick Maginnis Memorial Award, Third-Team All-Big-Ten honors, and Phil Steele All-Big Ten Third-Team. Additionally, he received a Senior Bowl invite.

Menet was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 7th round of the 2021 NFL Draft but spent most of his time on the practice squad. He was released by the Cardinals in Early October 2021 and signed with the Green Bay Packers practice squad that December. He was waived by the Packers at final roster cuts in 2022.


Round 36 – OG – Jacob Capra – 6’5″

College: Oregon (2016 – 2018), San Diego St (2019 – 2020)

Pro Experience: Green Bay Packers (2021), Buffalo Bills (2022)

After redshirting in 2016, Jacob Capra played two seasons at the University of Oregon before transferring to San Diego State for his final two seasons of eligibility.

He finished his FBS career appearing in 36 games (15 starts), and earned 2019 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete, 2x Mountain West Fall All-Academic Team (2019-20), and 2x Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention (2017-18).

Capra signed with the Gren Bay Packers after the 2021 NFL Draft and played in all 3 preseason games. He’d end up spending most of his time on the practice squad and was released in late September 2021.

He signed with the Buffalo Bills in November 2021 and remained with the team through the offseason, bouncing on and off their practice squad, but was eventually released at final roster cuts before the 2022 season.


Round 37 – OT – Julién Davenport – 6’7″

College: Bucknell (2013 – 2016)

Pro Experience: Houston Texans (2017 – 2018), Miami Dolphins (2019), Houston Texans (2019), Miami Dolphins (2020), Indianapolis Colts (2021), Chicago Bears (2022)

Julién Davenport played four seasons at Bucknell University, where he started every game of his collegiate career (44 games). In that time, he’d also be named a team captain for two seasons and earned five All-American honors.

Davenport was selected in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans and inked a four year deal with the franchise. As a rookie, he played in 11 games, making 4 starts, and in his second season, he started 15 games (13 at LT, 2 at RT).

In August 2019, Davenport, Johnson Bademosi, a 2020 and 2021 first-round pick, and a 2021 second-round pick were traded to the Miami Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, a 2020 fourth-round pick, and 2021 sixth-round pick. Unfortunately, Davenport suffered a hyperextended knee and a cracked fibula in September 2019, which landed him on injured reserve.

The Dolphins would not re-sign Davenport, making him a free agent for the 2021 offseason. He spent the 2021 season with the Indianapolis Colts but was released at final roster cuts before the 2022 season kicked off.

He held stints with the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals in 2022 before signing with the XFL.


Round 38 – OT/OG – Liam Jimmons – 6’5″

College: USC (2016 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Liam Jimmons was redshirted for the 2016 season, then played the next five with USC, made possible due to the covid-19 pandemic.

He appeared in 47 games for the FBS program, making 20 starts in that time as both an offensive tackle and an offensive guard. In 2021, he’d be named to Pro Football Focus All-Pac 12 First-Team and won USC’s Co-John McKay Award.


Round 39 – OG – Paul Grattan – 6’4″

College: Villanova (2017 – 2019), UCLA (2020 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After three seasons at Villanova, Paul Grattan transferred to UCLA for his last two years of eligibility. While with the Bruins, he started all 19 of his games, helping pave the way for the team to average over 200 rushing yards per game for two consecutive seasons. Additionally, Grattan was selected to participate in the 2021 Hula Bowl.


Round 40 – OL – Frank Ball – 6’3″

College: Virginia State (2016 – 2019)

Pro Experience: N/A

Frank Ball played four seasons at Virginia State University, appearing in 38 games in that time. Ball helped lead one of the best offensive lines in the CIAA, ranking second in the conference for least sacks allowed (15) and rushing for over 200 yards in 8 of their 10 games in 2019.

Ball was named First-Team All-CIAA in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, he received an invite to the 2021 HBCU Combine.


Round 41 – OL – Tyrin Arceneaux – 6’4″

College: Pearl River CC (2016 – 2017), Nicholls State (2018 – 2020), West Georgia (2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After spending 2016 and 2017 at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, Tyrin Arceneaux transferred to Nichols state for 3 seasons, before again transferring to West Georgia as a covid senior.

He played in 10 games at the FCS level and another 11 at the NCAA Division II level.


Round 42 – OT – Jovann Letuli – 6’5″

College: Grossmont College (2014 – 2015), Akron (2016 – 2017)

Pro Experience: BC Lions (2019)

After two seasons at Grossmont College in California, Jovann Letuli transferred to the University of Akron for his final two years of eligibility. As a junior, he started 11 games at right tackle and started all 14 games his senior season.

In 2019, Letuli signed with the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio Commanders before the league folded. After his time in the AAF, He’d hold a brief stint with the CFL’s BC Lions before signing with the XFL.


Round 43 & Round 44 – Pass

  • Skipping these picks gives the Sea Dragons 2 additional picks at a later date, most likely the Supplemental Draft in January.

Specialists

Round 45 – LS – Thomas Fletcher – 6’1″

College: Alabama (2017 – 2020)

Pro Experience: Carolina Panthers (2021)

Thomas Fletcher played four seasons at the University of Alabama, appearing in 55 games for the program. In his time at the University, Fletcher won the Patrick Mannelly Award, and the team won two CFP National Championships.

Fletcher was selected in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, signing a four-year rookie deal. Unfortunately, he suffered a hip injury before the regular season and was placed on injured reserve. Fletcher was waived during the following preseason.


Round 46 – P – Cameron Nizialek – 6’2″

College: Columbia (2013 – 2016), Georgia (2017)

Pro Experience: Atlanta Legends (AAF) (2019), Baltimore Ravens (2019), Atlanta Falcons (2021), Pittsburgh Steelers (2022)

After four seasons at Colombia University, Cameron Nizialek transferred to Georgia for his last year of eligibility. He appeared in 43 games throughout his collegiate career and was named Second-Team All-Conference for his performance in the FCS ranks. In his lone season at Georgia, Nizialek averaged 45 yards per punt on 61 attempts.

Nizialek also has experience punting in the professional ranks, starting out with the AAF’s Atlanta Legends in 2019, then going on to hold stints with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was released from the Steelers roster in August 2022.


Round 47 – K – Brandon Ruiz – 5’10”

College: Arizona State (2017 – 2019), Mississippi St (2020 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Brandon Ruiz played three seasons at Arizona State University, getting redshirted as a junior before transferring to Mississippi State for his final two years of eligibility.

He appeared in 41 games in the FBS ranks, making 52 of 70 field goal attempts, with his longest being from 52 yards out. Additionally, he’d miss only 1 extra point in his college career.


Open Rounds

Round 48 – OG – Josh Seltzner – 6’4″

College: Wisconsin (2017 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After a redshirt year in 2017, former walk-on John Seltzner was awarded a scholarship in 2018 and played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

In that time, Seltzner appeared in 44 games, making 18 starts at offensive guard. By the end of his senior season, Seltzner was named AP First-Team All-American, All-Big Ten First-Team, and All-Big Ten Second-Team.

After the 2022 NFL Draft, Seltzner signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He appeared in all 3 preseason games but was waived at the team’s final roster cuts.


Round 49 – DL – Sama Paama – 6’4″

College: Washington (2019)

Pro Experience: N/A

Sama Paama is a name many people thought they’d never see in football again. However, it is a welcome one!

Paama came out of high school as a 4-star recruit and committed to the University of Washington over offers from Arizona State, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Virginia, Oregon State, and UNLV.

After redshirting his freshman season in 2018, he appeared in only one game in 2019 and recorded only 1 tackle. To the surprise of many, Paama announced his retirement from football after the 2019 season for personal reasons.


Round 50 – DT/NT – Julius Turner – 6’0″

College: Rutgers (2017 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Following a redshirt season in 2016, Julius Turner played four seasons at Rutgers, appearing in 58 games (43 starts) and totaling 172 tackles (68 solo/ 104 assisted), 6.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass deflections, and a forced fumble.

In that time, he was named 2017 Academic All-Big Ten, 2020 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, 2021 Team Captain, 2021 Academic All-Big Ten, 2021 All-ECAC Defense, 2021 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, and 2021 Third-Team All-Big Ten. Additionally, he set the school record for most career games played.


Round 51 – WR – Blake Jackson – 5’11”

College: Mary Hardin-Baylor (2014 – 2016)

Pro Experience: Calgary Stampeders (2018), Cleveland Browns (2018 – 2019), Houston Roughnecks (2020), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2021 – 2022)

Blake Jackson played Quarterback at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas. After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson signed with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders but was released at the end of training camp.

Jackson attended a showcase with The Spring League in 2018 and shortly after signed with the Cleveland Browns as a wide receiver. He spent most of his time on the practice squad but was elevated against the Detroit Lions and scored his first NFL touchdown in that game. He was later waived with an injury settlement in August 2019.

In October 2019, Jackson was elected by the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL’s Draft, but his contract was terminated when the league suspended operations due to the covid-19 pandemic. He played in five games for the Roughnecks, recording 5 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.

After his time with the Roughnecks, Jackson signed a deal with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2021. He was having a promising camp but suffered a season-ending injury and didn’t end up playing with the team.


Round 52 – WR – McLane Mannix – 5’10”

College: Nevada (2017 – 2018), Texas Tech (2019 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

After two seasons at the University of Nevada, McLane Mannix transferred to Texas Tech for his last few years of eligibility. He appeared in 50 games (22 starts) throughout his collegiate career and totaled 139 receptions, 2,002 yards, and 17 touchdowns in the FBS ranks.

In that time, he was named a Freshman All-American and an All-Mountain West selection during his time in Reno.

As a Red Raider, he’d earn 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Second-Team and 2021 Academic All-Big 12 First-Team.


Round 53 – LB – Jaylin Thomas – 6’1″

College: Ball St (2016 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Following a redshirt year in 2016, Jaylin Thomas played five seasons at Ball State, made possible by the covid-19 pandemic.

He appeared in 55 games (42 starts) and totaled 402 tackles (213 solo/ 189 assisted), 4.5 sacks, 28.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 14 pass deflections, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

In his time at the school, Thomas earned the 2016 Bill Meitzler Scout Team Player of the Year, MAC West Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 14, 2020), and All-Mid-American Conference Third-Team in 2019 and 2020.


Round 54 – DE – Erik Hansen – 6’3″

College: Upper Iowa (2017 – 2021)

Pro Experience: N/A

Erik Hansen played college ball at the University of Upper Iowa, appearing in 42 games over his four seasons with the program.

In that time, he recorded 142 total tackles (88 solo/ 54 assisted), 43.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries.

After his senior season, Hansen was named All-NSIC South Division First-Team Defense and to the NSIC Fall All-Academic Team.


Round 55 – DT – O’Bryan Goodson – 6’1″

College: Memphis (2017 – 2020)

Pro Experience: N/A

O’Bryan Goodson played four seasons at the University of Memphis, appearing in 37 games (35 starts) for the Tigers.

He totaled 99 tackles (65 solo/ 34 assisted), 26.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries, getting named 2019 Honorable Mention All-AAC and 2020 First-Team All-AAC along the way.

In 2021, Goodson was added to the BC Lions roster in the CFL, but he didn’t record any playing time with the franchise.


Round 56 – Pass


Round 57 – DB – Alex Thomas – 6’1″

College: Cincinnati (2014 – 2016), Ferris St (2019 – 2020)

Pro Experience: N/A

After three seasons at the University of Cincinnati, one of which was a redshirt year, Alex Thomas transferred to Ferris State University for his final two seasons of eligibility.

He appeared in 21 games (11 starts) before transferring out of the FBS ranks, totaling 48 tackles (28 solo/ 20 assisted) and 4 interceptions, 8 pass deflections, and 1 tackle for loss.

In the Division II ranks with Ferris State, Thomas started all 24 games and totaled 47 tackles (35 solo/ 12 assisted) and 8 interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown).


Round 58 – RB – Morgan Ellison – 6’1″

College: Indiana (2017 – 2018), SE Louisiana (2020)

Pro Experience: N/A

Morgan Ellison played one season at the University of Indiana before getting suspended indefinitely from all football activities for sexually assaulting another IU student.

In his lone season with the Hoosiers, he appeared in 11 games and totaled 143 rushing attempts for 704 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. He’d also grab 9 receptions for 60 yards while in the FBS ranks.

After sitting out for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Ellison transferred to Southeast Louisiana University for his last two years of eligibility. He only appeared in four games for the Lions, totaling 45 rush attempts for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’d also grab 5 receptions for 57 yards.


Additional Quarterback Assignment (Added After The Draft)

QB – Brian Lewerke – 6’3″

College: Michigan State (2015 – 2019)

Pro Experience: New England Patriots (2020), TSL Alphas (2021), New York Giants (2021 – 2022)

After a redshirt year in 2015, Brian Lewerke played four seasons at Michigan State, appearing in 40 games and starting 37 of them.

In the FBS ranks, Lewerke completed 721 out of 1,249 attempts (57.7 % comp) for 8,293 yards, 47 touchdowns, and 32 interceptions. He’d also add 346 rush attempts for 1,258 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In that time, Lewerke won MVP of the 2017 Holiday Bowl and MVP of the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl.

Lewerke was not selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots, but was released in early September 2020.

He signed with The Spring League’s Alphas for their season in May 2021 and found his way back to the NFL ranks in August 2021 with the New York Giants.

Lewerke spent the majority of his time on the Giants’ practice squad before getting waived in May 2022.

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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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