The XFL is dropping lists of available players every day this week, and Tuesday has some interesting names pop up. The full list is available here at XFF News Hub
Kenny Robinson Jr. DB-West Virginia
The 6’2″, 200-pound Safety has foregone his Senior season at West Virginia to play in the XFL. He’s the first player with eligibility left to do so, and he’s a big deal. An All-Big 12 First Teamer in 2018, he’s notched 123 total tackles and 7 interceptions (two of which he returned for TD’s) in two seasons of play. He was projected by Pro Football Focus to go in the first round in 2020
He’s got game-changing potential. He’s played at both corner and safety and excelled at both. With the frame and speed to cover the whole field and a nose for the ball, he’s likely to be one of the XFL’s brightest young stars.
Max McCaffrey WR-Duke
A member of football royalty throws his helmet into the ring. Max McCaffrey, after spending time with the Raiders, Packers, Saints, Jaguars, and 49ers wants a better platform to showcase the skills that earned him 1341 yards and 12 scores at Duke.
He’s got an elite skillset, and though NFL coordinators couldn’t find a way to put his 6’2″ frame and 4.35 speed to use, XFL coaches will froth at the bit for the opportunity.
Sterling Moore CB-Southern Methodist
Perhaps the most proven talent from this pool, Moore has spent 8 seasons disrupting passers in the NFL. With 41 passes defended and 6 INT’s (1TD) along with 186 tackles, the 29-year-old has been a capable starter at the pro level.
He’s played largely at nickel, and though he’s been overlooked in the NFL, he’s still in his prime, and ready to ball out.
Ronald Ollie DT-Nicholls State
Ronald Ollie stole the show during his time on Last Chance U. During his time at East Mississippi Community College, he put up 30 tackles, forced 2 fumbles and had a pick. He transferred to Nicholls State, and in two years of play put up 74 tackles, 20 for a loss and 7 sacks.
After another TV stint on Hard Knocks with the Raider’s this offseason, Ollie has found himself looking for a new team. The XFL has been lucky enough to woo him, and he’ll be a disruptive force in the middle of someone’s defense.
In addition to being a promising young talent, Ollie is one hell of a character and figures to become a star in his own right.
Ryan Broyles WR-Oklahoma
One of the many talented wideouts to filter through Detroit, Broyles is looking for another shot to play pro ball. A two-time Consensus All-American at Oklahoma, he pulled in 349 receptions for 4,586 yards and 45 scores on his way to a 2nd round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
With the Lions, he was named their Rookie of the Year with 310 yards and 2 TD’s. Unfortunately, a couple of poorly timed injuries and limited opportunities to break into a deep receiving corps that featured Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Nate Burleson ended his NFL run.
He’s since made a name for himself the real estate industry, but the game is calling to the 31-year-old once more.
Arthur Brown LB-Kansas State
When the Ravens lost Ray Lewis to retirement, they drafted Brown to fill the void. With the 2nd round pick in 2013, they brought him into man the middle of the defense. He was the 2012 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year at Kansas State, and had a bright future in football. However, he barely saw the field in Baltimore, and wasn’t given many opportunities to play.
A sports hernia injury left him on the sidelines, and the Ravens drafted CJ Mosely in 2014 to be his replacement. He spent time with the Jaguars, Jets and Seahawks before moving to the AAF last spring.
At just 29 years old, he’s still in his physical prime and is ready to shed the draft bust label if he can just see the field.
Lance Dunbar RB-North Texas
In 6 seasons with the Cowboys and Rams, Dunbar was a solid committee back. He ran for 473 yards at 4.5 yards per carry and had 2 scores, and was a threat out of the backfield with 69 receptions for 647 yards.
His whole career he was as a complementary piece behind bell-cow backs like Demarco Murray, Ezekiel Elliot, and Todd Gurley, so we haven’t seen what he can do with more playing time. At 29 years old with limited mileage, he has plenty left in the tank
Nate Boyer LS-Texas
Of all the unconventional paths to football, Boyer’s could be one of the most inspirational. A Green Beret with the Armed Forces, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon returning home, he wanted to play football at the age of 34. He walked on at Texas, and locked down the Long Snapper position for 38 straight games, earning Academic All American honors.
He participated in the Seattle Seahawks 2015 camp, but never got to see real game action in the NFL. At 38, he’s looking to take the field once more, and teams would be lucky to have such a leader in their locker room.
Vinny Papale WR-Delaware
Vinny comes from a family of football heroes. His father Vince was a legend in Philadelphia, trying out for the team off the street and earning a spot. Vinny has followed in his footsteps, and put up good numbers at Delaware. He got a tryout in Philadelphia, but was never picked up.
At 6’1″ with 4.57 speed, he’s got good measurables and has the production to match it. His Senior year, he racked up 618 yards with 6 TD’s. He’s a classic underdog, and just like his old man, is looking for a shot in the pros.
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October 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Interesting to not see Mr. Manziel in the Pool list. This is a good indication that the XFL is so driven by image that it is easily influenced by unsupported and unjustified negative media campaign against Manziel. There are a lot of people and sports fans who know better.
Too bad — Lots of people looked forward to following the XFL because high-impact and skilled athletes like Manziel, who were trashed by the NFL. Guess I won’t be following the XFL.