XFL Players Who Should Sign with the NFL

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The season is over for the XFL after they announced the full season was canceled on Friday. It was also reported that with the move, XFL players will be able to sign NFL team Monday morning.

The XFL featured many players that have the potential of making NFL squads. Over 100 players were picked up after the AAF folded last year. We could see the same run on players getting picked up.

Offensive Players

P.J. Walker (Quarterback, Houston Roughnecks)

Meet the Patrick Mahomes of the XFL. All season, P.J. Walker has shown off his arm strength and improvisation. In five games, he threw for 1338 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Walker is already getting interest from the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, and Arizona Cardinals. He should have no problem finding a home in the NFL and earning a roster spot.

Cam Phillips (Wide Reciever, Houston Roughnecks)

There was no question who was the best receiver in the XFL. Cam Phillips led the league in receiving yards (455) and receiving touchdowns (nine). His chemistry with Walker was well documented all season long with his big-play ability. Phillips was a reliable target and should fit right in with an NFL team looking for receiver depth. He previously went undrafted to the Buffalo Bills and should get a look in the NFL.

Josh Johnson (Quarterback, LA Wildcats)

The XFL’s second-leading passer missed the opening game and still managed to be one of the best. Josh Johnson led the league in passer rating at 106.3. Johnson showed great ability in protecting the football and putting the ball in the right spot. He can also use his legs when he needs to. Fans didn’t get to see much of that until the last two weeks of the season. Being a veteran NFL journeyman, Johnson should have no trouble getting interest in a backup job.

Donald Parham (Tight End, Dallas Renegades)

The athletic tight end showed off his hands and deep threat ability often for Dallas. With the Renegades lacking in the height and big-play department, Dallas’ quarterbacks relied on Parham to make big plays in the passing game. Parham finished third in the league in receiving yards (307) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (four). Tight ends with great size, great hands, and strong blocking abilities are hard to come by in the NFL. Parham should be able to get on a roster and even compete for a starting role.

Cameron Artis-Payne (Running Back, Dallas Renegades)

A former NFL running back himself, Cameron Artis-Payne proved that he still has the “it” factor in the running game. Artis-Payne led all XFL running backs with at least 40 carries in average yards per carry at 5.1. The opportunities for him to carry weren’t as much as he was playing in an Air Raid offense with a lot of passing. He proved to be a good receiving back as well which helps his stock. It may be hard for an XFL running back to get in the NFL, but Artis-Payne is a name people know. Artis-Payne should be able to contribute as a backup in the NFL.

Defensive Players

Steven Johnson (Linebacker, Seattle Dragons)

Steven Johnson proved to be a tackling machine during his time in the XFL. Johnson led the XFL in tackles (48) and tackles for loss (six). He was the leader of the Seattle Dragons defense and was everywhere on the field. Johnson has a high football IQ which should help him get a spot on an NFL team. He was hard for any offensive line to contain and should be able to make an impact on defense or special teams.

Jamar Summers (Cornerback, New York Guardians)

The XFL’s shutdown corner should be getting some looks by NFL teams. Jamar Summers recorded 16 tackles and one interception. While he might not be the turnover machine we expect from corners, Summers is about as good in coverage as you can get from one of the top corners. He would be able to add some depth to teams looking for a special teams player or a third or fourth cornerback on the depth chart.

Cavon Walker (Defensive Tackle, New York Guardians)

An undrafted defensive tackle out of Maryland in 2018, Cavon Walker might have proved to be overlooked. Walker was apart of one of the most dominant defensive lines in the XFL leading the league with 4.5 sacks. For a defensive tackle to record those numbers, it shows the pass-rushing ability NFL teams want from their defensive linemen. Walker should get a shot at making a team after what he was able to show in the XFL.

Kenny Robinson (Safety, St. Louis BattleHawks)

While he won’t be signed in free agency, it is worth bringing up what kind of skills Kenny Robinson has going into the NFL Draft. Robinson is a sure tackler who can cause havoc in the secondary. He added a sack and two interceptions to his stat sheet to prove it. This experiment was a success in showing college athletes that you can improve your craft in the XFL. Robinson should get drafted around the second or third round in the draft this season.

DeMarquis Gates (Linebacker, Houston Roughnecks)

The question really is what didn’t DeMarquis Gates do during his time in Houston? In five games, he recorded 32 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss, one interception, three pass deflections, one force fumble, and three fumble recoveries. Yes, he was putting in the work on defense and should be recognized for it. Gates proved that he can do it all in pass coverage, rush defense, and rushing the quarterback. He has a great chance of making a team if he can make some plays on special teams in the NFL.

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