The 2020 XFL Draft is a week away. Yes, the XFL is having a player’s draft and many of the names up for grabs are very familiar. Especially for Michigan Wolverines fans.
Wolverines still with NFL dreams
When you attend schools like Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, and Michigan on a football scholarship, odds are you dream of playing in the NFL one day.
With the XFL reforming a new league with an entirely new attitude, many ex-college stars are hoping to use the league as a springboard to possibly playing in the NFL soon.
That being said, the XFL revealed the first wave of players that will be available for the first-ever XFL draft and it contains four former Wolverines who are hoping to rebuild their careers.
First up is running-back Ty Isaac. Isaac was a five-star recruit out of high school, who more than likely had NFL dreams in his head when he first went to USC. When things went south after one season on the West Coast, he transferred to Michigan.
Isaac averaged over six yards per carry his senior season back in 2017, but that is when he football days ended.
He never quite lived up to the hype, but if he can make an impression in the XFL, a path to the NFL could still be in play.
Another former Wolverine headed to the XFL is RB Berkley Edwards. Edwards played at Minnesota and Central Michigan before transferring to U of M for his senior campaign. The Chelsea native was a standout on special teams in 2018.
Cornerback Channing Stribling and offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman are also on the XFL draft list.
Stribling bounced around with several NFL teams in 2017, including the Browns, 49ers, Colts, and Chargers.
When is the XFL Draft?
The 2020 XFL Draft will take place on October 15-16 and contain five different phases of selections.
— XFL (@xfl2020) October 7, 2019
Three rounds will take place on the 15th.
The first round will be for the skill players – meaning it is for the quarterbacks, running backs, wideouts and tight ends.
When that is complete, the second portion will be for selecting offensive lineman. The third and final round will be for the defensive front.
Day two (Oct. 16) will feature two rounds of selections. The first being for defensive backfield players and the second for all remaining players no matter what their position is.
The NFL is hoping that the XFL succeeds as they plan to work hand in hand with the league in player development.
One thing is for sure – if the XFL produces a good product, fans will show up.