Las Vegas to host 2022 XFL Player Draft on November 16th & 17th 

As the XFL gears up for its 3.0 reboot, the to-do list is getting smaller and smaller for league officials. Earlier this month, the league announced its 8 teams, cities, and logos. Before that came the official announcement of its coaching staffs. Now it’s time to select its players.

The XFL Player Draft will take place at the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada on November 16th and 17th. It is unclear whether the draft will be streamed for fans to enjoy. 

According to Doug Whaley, the special vice president of player personnel the XFL chose the November date, as it would potentially allow for more NFL hopefuls to join the league as it is well past the pre-season cuts.

Draft Player Pool

Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson and all XFL personnel evaluators has been running showcases across the country for some time now and has even partnered with the NFL Alumni Association and the Indoor Football League as they search for more talent across the country. In addition to the showcases XFL scouts have been spotted around the country at NFL, CFL, & NCAA training camps. 

According to multiple sources, nearly 1,000 players have been invited to the XFL Draft player pool, including notable players such as D’eriq King, Kelly Bryant, Martavis Bryant, Trey Quinn, Terrance Williams, Matt Elam, and Kelvin Taylor.

The pool also features several callbacks to the 2020 XFL season as players like Cardale Jones, Nick Holley, Jordan Smallwood, Dontez Byrd, Cameron Artis-Payne, Brandon Silvers, Matt Elam, and punter Marquette King

Quarterbacks

While fans may be anticipating who their team’s quarterbacks could be it appears that has already been decided, with the XFL assigning several quarterbacks to their respective franchises for the 2023 season.

Some notable quarterbacks confirmed in the league will be college football star D’Eriq King, former Florida State passer Deondre Francois, Former Nevada QB Carson Strong, spring football veteran Bandon Silvers, Former Chicago Bears QB Ryan Willis, and former Arizona  dual-threat passer Khalil .

Read about the XFL’s quarterback assignments here:

Supplemental Drafts

Whaley also claimed that there will be multiple supplemental drafts in December and January as the CFL and NFL player contracts could come into play as those leagues may snag some XFL players or release talent to free agency.

Read the full interview with Doug Whaley from XFLnewsroom by clicking here

Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football