TCU Football fans will recognize some familiar names among the rosters of the XFL, as three former Frogs heard their name called during Tuesday’s inaugural draft.
1,000 players were made available to the eight teams making up the XFL reboot, slated to begin after the NFL season ends in January. Eight quarterbacks were assigned prior to Tuesday morning’s start, which proceeded by position after. There are five total phases, with defensive backs to complete the position draft prior to an open pool completing it. Teams have 90 seconds to make a pick.
Among Tuesday’s picks were TCU running back Kyle Hicks, who went to the Houston Defenders with the 31st pick of the skill position round. Tackle Tayo Fabuluje was next off the board for TCU; the former Oakridge Owl (Arlington, TX) joined Hicks in the tenth round, pick #74 overall.
Former Frog pass rusher Stansley Maponga was a third round pick of the Seattle Dragons; the defensive end spent time with four NFL teams after being drafted in the fifth round by the Atlanta Falcons.
The league’s Dallas franchise will play their home games at the Ballpark in Arlington, meaning you won’t have to travel far if you’re in the metroplex to catch some of your favorite TCU Football alumni. We will update if more players are picked on day two - keep your ears open to hear names like Nick Orr, Taj Williams, John Diarse, Cole Hunt, Jawuan Johnson, and Ranthony Texada during Wednesday’s picks.