The USFL playoff began on the 16th of April, 2022, and since it is Spring football, it gives NFL fans something to watch during their offseason, and online sport betting sites have some odds for their bettors to bet on.
The league is also an opportunity for players to continue developing their talents while putting extra reps on tape. This is significant because the NFL does not have a developmental league outside of college.
With the recent show of interest in the USFL, the NFL might be taking note of several players this season. This means some players might get signed to join any NFL playing team.
Here are some of the best players that the NFL should consider signing.
- Jordan Ta’amu, QP, Tampa Bay Bandits
Our first pick is Jordan Ta’amu, a former star for Mississippi. At only 24 years of age, he seems prepared to remain with an NFL team. Last season, he spent time with the Chiefs, Washington Commanders, Lions, and Carolina Panthers’ practice squads.
Ta’amu joined the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2019, and since then, he has been on and off NFL practice fields. In 2018, he finished his season at Mississippi with 3,918 passing yards, 25 total touchdowns, 342 rushing yards, and 8 interceptions. He was a deadly dual threat.
Ta’amu will have a chance to build an NFL career if he can continue to improve as a professional quarterback. The Bandits and the USFL are giving him a chance to do that.
- Victor Bolden Jr., WR, Birmingham Stallions
Victor Bolden Jr. may not be big enough to be an NFL receiver at just 5’8″ and 178 lbs. Despite it, he still managed to rank as the fourth-leading receiver in the USFL with 415 yards. His opportunity in the NFL would most likely come on special teams, though.
Bolden returned 108 kickoffs and punts for four touchdowns over his four seasons at Oregon State. He handled 95 rush attempts in college, making him the most used return man in the USFL.
He might also be used as a rushing threat in the NFL. Bolden played in the NFL with the 49ers, but in 2018 he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.
- Cole Murphy, K, Michigan Panthers
Cole Murphy might be the next kicker to use success in the spring league as a stepping stone to an NFL opportunity, following in the footsteps of kickers like Younghoe Koo and Nick Folk. Murphy played in just six games, but with a 92% field goal conversion rate, he was the USFL’s most accurate kicker.
Murphy proved he has more than enough leg for the NFL by comfortably nailing a 60-yard field goal and being accurate. He is also adaptable because he once took up the punting duties for one game.
- Reggie Corbin, RB, Michigan Panthers
When the USFL season started, Reggie Corbin wasn’t a starter. Not even a definite No. 2! He nevertheless advanced to become the finest running back for the Panthers and was selected for the All-USFL squad.
With at least 100 rushing attempts, Corbin’s 5.5 yards per carry was the best (by far) of any player. He also has experience in kick-returning. Corbin might now be able to secure a spot on the depth chart of an NFL club after accruing 375 tries over the course of four seasons at the University of Illinois.
- Chris Odom, EDGE, Houston Gamblers
Chris Odom, a pass rusher, is one USFL graduate who is guaranteed to draw NFL interest. Odom, arguably the league’s greatest player, led the USFL with 12 1/2 sacks. NFL teams constantly seek rotational edge rushers, so Odom, who stands 6’4″ and weighs 257 pounds, merits another chance.
Odom signed with the Falcons after having a standout senior year at Arkansas State in 2017. Odom was not selected in the draft. In 2017, he played in seven games for the Packers. In 2019, he played in four games for Washington and recorded two sacks. If Odom is not attending an NFL camp this summer, it will be a surprise.
These players have shown the potential and physical capabilities to play in NFL teams. We hope that by the end of the USFL League, some, if not all of them will be selected and signed by NFL teams to play for them.