Last week we revealed that the XFL draft would be held on October 15-16. Today the league has made that news official, and has given some more details around the event.
The league basically gives all of the details of the upcoming draft, other than the player pool… yet at least. The release states that they will be releasing that information soon. As we had reported earlier, it seems the league has decided to assign tier 1 quarterbacks to each franchise. So far, Landry Jones is the only confirmed T1 player, so we should be learning the rest of those names soon.
Each team will be compiling a 71-man roster using a snake style draft with different skill pools. The first four phases will be focused on skill players (QB, RB, WR, TE), Offensive Line (OT, OG, OC), Defensive Front Seven (DL, LB) and Defensive Backfield (CB, NB, SS, FS). Furing the first four phases each team will compile 40 players. The fifth and final phase is an open draft of the remaining players to bring each team to 71 total.
Each teams coaching staff will be meeting in their respective city and will be reporting their picks via video conference to the HQ in Stamford, CT. Each team will have 90 seconds to choose their picks and will be reported via social media.
You can read the full press release below:
XFL GETS SOCIAL WITH PLAYER DRAFT
Stamford, Conn., October 7, 2019 – The XFL player draft will take place Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16. Player selections will be announced on XFL.com, @xfl2020 on Twitter, @xfl on Instagram, andthrough the social media channels of the eight XFL teams.
Over the two-day draft, each XFL team will populate a 71-man roster by selecting players from a set of positional groupings. One quarterback will be assigned to each team prior to a five-phased draft, phased as follows:
Skill Players (QB, RB, WR, TE)
2. Offensive Line (OT, OG, OC)
3. Defensive Front Seven (DL, LB)
4. Defensive Backfield (CB, NB, SS, FS)
5. Open Draft (all remaining players after positional drafts, in addition to P/K/LS)
The draft pool will include approximately 1,000 professional football players, all of whom accepted a Commissioner’s Invitation and passed a standard background check. In Phases 1-4, each team will choose ten players for a total of 40 players. In Phase 5, each team will choose from the pool of remaining players to complete its initial roster.
Using a “snake” format, the selection order within each phase reverses after every round: the team selecting first in the first round will pick eighth in the second round, first in the third round, eighth in the fourth round and so on. The order of selection was determined by lottery under the supervision of Commissioner Oliver Luck.
The coaches and scouts for each XFL team will gather in their local markets to draft their initial rosters. Teams will be given 90 seconds to make a selection and declare their picks through a video conference with the XFL home office in Stamford, Connecticut.
Today, the XFL will begin to reveal, through XFL.com and the league’s social channels, the players entering the draft, with additional groups to be announced regularly leading up to the draft. The entire draft pool will be revealed by October 11.
We’ll keep you posted as more information comes out about the draft, specifically the names that you can expect the be drafted next week. You can stay up to date with all the latest invites with out XFL Draft Tracker.