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XFL Draftees Get Signed by NFL Teams, QB D’Eriq King Gets Released by Panthers

And just like that the XFL is sending players to the NFL already. Even though the XFL training camp has not officially begun, currently per XFL Analyst and Aaron Wilson the XFL has had Six of their draftees recently sign NFL contracts, with several more continuing to work out for NFL teams.

So far, the Battlehawks, Sea Dragons and Brahmas have all lost players with two apiece. The Battlehawks lose Ja’Marcus Bradley who was recently apart of the Browns training camp and will now be joining the Steelers. D’Angelo Ross joins the Texans who signed him to the practice squad on November 22nd.

Bradley 84 during his time with the Browns was drafted by the Battlehawks and is now with the Steelers

The Sea Dragons lost Julien Davenport, and Niko Lalos, both of whom were signed the same day they were drafted by the XFL. Both Davenport and Lalos, have NFL experience and have appeared and started multiple games for NFL teams. Joining Lalos in New Orleans was Prince Emili drafted by the San Antonio Brahmas who picked up the Defensive Lineman in the XFL’s 29th round. Bubba Bolden a 2022 UDFA will be temporary leaving the Brahmas and joining the Browns.

Lalos 57 was drafted by the Sea Dragons and is now with the New Orleans Saints

While NFL continue to look for talent as injuries and wear and tear amount, it’s expected more XFL draftees continue to work out and sign to NFL teams. Among recent workouts were Battlehawks draftee Emeke Egbule working out for the Steelers along with Brahmas Draftee Running Back Calvin Turner and Roughneck Draftee Long Snapper Brian Khoury both working out for the Raiders.

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As Mike Mitchell reported in September D’Eriq King was slated to join the DC Defenders come the QB selection process. However, due to an injury to former Houston Roughneck PJ Walker, and the Carolina Panthers playing the Ravens, D’Eriq King was signed to the Panthers Practice hours before the XFL QB assignment. Unfortunately for King, he was released by the Panthers on November 22nd, however he may not be unemployed for long as the Defenders only selected one Quarterback during the XFL Draft and King may be back on the Defenders roster sooner rather than later.

Another former XFL quarterback has also found employment. Chase Litton also known as “Boog” was recently signed by the Calgary Stampeders this past week. Litton has been bouncing around the CFL since the XFL 2.0 ceased operations. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2018, Litton has spent time with the Chiefs, and Jaguars before getting selected by the Dragons in the XFL’s 2019 Supplemental Draft. Litton would then be traded to the Tampa Bay Vipers and has also had stints with the Ottawa RedBlacks, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Despite being heavily suggested, Litton was passed over the by the USFL during their 2022 Draft.

Litton during his time with the Seattle Dragons during the 2020 Season

With a supplemental draft scheduled to take place in January it is always possible for many of these players to come back to the XFL. Per Mike Mitchell, the XFL has given all its draftees till 12/26 to sign their contracts and commit to the 2023 season. While I’m sure a lot will change as the season progresses, between the USFL “releasing” players come 12/31 and the more players getting signed and released, it appears that until Kickoff in February the XFL rosters will be extremely fluid throughout the third interaction of the XFL.

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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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