The XFL conducted their supplemental player selection on Sunday to kick off the new year. This was follow-up to the November draft and served as an opportunity for the league to fill out roster spots ahead of next week’s training camp.
The supplemental draft was particularly significant as it featured players from the USFL. Many players had contracts set to expire after December 31, 2022 which would allow them to seek opportunities in other alternative leagues.
USFL player contracts restricted them to being signed only to an NFL roster, practice squad or training camp spot. In the event that the player did not make an NFL roster they would have their rights held by the USFL.
A number of players from the USFL were selected by the eight XFL teams:
Donald Payne – LB (Houston Gamblers)
Will Likely – CB (Gamblers)
Reggie Northrup – IL (Gamblers)
Reggie Corbin – RB (Michigan Panthers)
Shareef Miller – DL (New Orleans Breakers)
Davin Bellamy – DL (Breakers)
Cody Brown – OL (Philadelphia Stars)
De’Veon Smith – RB (Maulers)
Eli Rogers – WR (Tampa Bay Bandits)
Terry Poole – OL (New Jersey Generals)
Destiny Vaeao – DL (Generals)
Freedom Akinmoladun – DE (Stars)
Devin Ross – WR (Panthers)
Tegray Scales – OLB (Gamblers)
Jordan McCray – C (Birmingham Stallions)
Travis Feeney – OLB (Bandits)
Teton Saltes – OL (Panthers)
Michael Scott – DL (Bandits)
Aaron Adeoye – DL (Stallions)
Tyler Catalina – OL (Bandits)
Josh Avery – DL (Gamblers)
Sean Williams Jr. – DB (Panthers)
Shakir Soto – DL (Breakers)
Maea Teuhema – G (Panthers)
Kamilo Tongamoa – DT (Breakers)
Tejan Koroma – OL (Panthers)
Jared Thomas – C (Breakers)
Ryan Williams-Pope – OL (Stallions)
Alijah Holder – DB (Gamblers)
Terrill Hanks – OLB (Stallions)
Vadal Alexander – OL (Maulers)
Kai Absheer – OL (Breakers)
Emmanuel Beal – OLB (Bandits)
Chidi Okeke – OL (Maulers)
Juwann Bushell-Beatty – OL (Bandits)
Tomasi Laullile – DT (Gamblers)
John Yarbrough – OL (Gamblers)
Some notable names taken in the draft include USFL all-stars Terry Poole, Reggie Corbin, Jared Thomas, Davin Bellamy, Donald Payne, and Will Likely. Payne rejoins former Hoston Gamblers defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, now on the Arlington Renegades. Shareef Miller and Bellamy both were standouts on the defensive line for the New Orleans Breakers.
Some players return from stints with the XFL in 2020. Eli Rogers once again finds himself in the league after playing for the DC Defenders and De’Veon Smith returns after appearing with the Tampa Bay Vipers. Smith was infamously involved in an incident where he was cut from the Pittsburgh Maulers for allegedly breaking team rules.
One USFL name that does loom large was not included on this draft list. Earlier in the day the XFL announced that Philidelphia Stars quarterback Bryan Scott was assigned to the Las Vegas Vipers. Scott had previously been spotted working out with XFL training staff and was speculated to join the league at some point.
The Gamblers led the way with seven players chosen while the Breakers, Bandits and Panthers each saw six players each plucked from their rosters. While the players drafted now have an invitation to training camp, they also retain the option to return to the USFL. XFL Training camp begins January 9.