The third group of players available for the XFL draft was just dropped on the XFL twitter page. Here is who stood out to me.
Trent Richardson RB- Alabama
The 5′ 11″ 225-pound Running Back out of Alabama is not a new name to eyes of College Football and NFL fans alike. In his 2011 season with the Crimson Tide, Richardson rushed for 1679 yards on 5.9 yards a carry which helped secure his place as the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Ever since then he has bounced around the football world landing on teams in the NFL, CFL, and most recently AAF, where he played for the Birmingham Iron. Before the league folded, Richardson was leading the league in rushing touchdowns with 11.
Richardson’s success with rushing inside the 5-yard line is something every XFL team will want in 2020.
Jacoby Ford WR- Clemson
Ford was the 108th pick in the 2010 NFL draft. In the NFL combine, Ford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds. After being drafted by the Oakland Raiders, He went on to have an impressive rookie year placing 7th in NFL All-purpose yards that year with 1905.
After being cut by the Tennessee Titans in 2015, Ford transitioned over to the CFL until he was let go by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017.
Expect his blazing speed to give an XFL team a boost in the return game in the 2020 season.
Dimitri Flowers RB- Oklahoma
The son of Erik Flowers and the cousin to Tre Flowers, Dimitri Flowers was a First Team All-Big 12 Player in 2017 when he played for Oklahoma. Primarily used at fullback, the 23-year-old played 13 games for the Sooners in 2017 and boasted 464 yards on just 26 receptions with 5 touchdowns. He also placed 10th in Big 12 Touchdowns from scrimmage with 9.
Expect to see him as a receiving back and an option to run it in when a team is on the goal line.
Zach Mettenburger QB- LSU
In his last year at LSU, Mettenburger passed for 3082 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 Interceptions with a 171.4 Passer Rating. This helped him go 178th overall in the 2014 NFL draft to the Tennessee Titans. After bouncing around the NFL and being cut by the Steelers in 2017, Mettenburger ended up playing for the Memphis Express where he passed for 475 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception until he was placed on IR.
Which ever team Mettenburger lands on in the XFL, he can provide them with some QB accuracy (over 60% completion percentage at LSU and in the NFL)
Eric Dungey QB- Syracuse
Dungey stands at 6′ 3″ 220-pounds and is a duel threat presence. With a 40 yard dash time 4.68 he can keep defenses on their toes. In his 4 years at Syracuse, Dungey gathered 11,333 yards both passing and on the ground (good for 5th all time in the ACC).
He was released by the New York Giants just before their camp. While he was with the team, the Giants expressed their interest in using him as a athlete.
Dungey looks like a player that most teams would like to use in the XFL due to his versatility.
Will Sutton DT- Arizona State
While at ASU, Sutton had a amazing 2012 campaign. Finishing the year with 63 total tackles, 23.5 TFL’s and 13.0 sacks. This helped him go 82nd overall in the 2014 NFL draft where he was drafted by the Chicago Bears. The Last NFL team he was apart of were the San Francisco 49ers after spending 4 years in the league.
If Sutton can return to the level of production we saw at ASU, he could be a amazing player to have on any XFL teams D-line
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