The USFL’s 8 teams filled out their 45 man rosters yesterday in the Supplemental Draft, and the Stallions added some key pieces to beef up their depth chart.
Birmingham came into yesterday needing depth at several position groups. They had only six OL, two RB’s, one tight end and six defensive backs including corners and safeties. Now, they have more to work with, and managing depth with 45 man rosters and 38 man gameday active lists will be a key to success in the USFL.
Their picks are:
Round 1: OT Ryan Williams-Pope – San Diego State
The 6’7″ 315 pound former Aztec started 21 games at RT and 3 at LT in college. He’s been with the Rams, Jaguars and Packers since coming into the pros as a UDFA, and could factor into this starting lineup anywhere along the line.
Round 2: S Jojo Tillery – Wofford College
The Stampeders got some much needed reinforcements in their secondary, starting with NFL and CFL experienced Tillery. The 5’11 205 pounder signed as a UDFA with the Tennessee Titans in 2019, and again with the Calgary Stampeders in 2020 as a linebacker. His plus skills vs the run will make him an attractive option as a box safety, but he has coverage chops as well with 4 picks on his resume in college, and one more in the 2019 preseason.
Round 3: DE Dondrea Tillman – Indiana University – Pennsylvania
Tillman had 30 sacks and 43 TFL in his time at IUP, and wound up in TSL after the pandemic saw his pro day cancelled. At 6’4″ 246 pounds, he has the ideal build for a pass rusher and production to boot.
Round 4: S/LB Nathan Holley – Kent State
A veteran defender who has played everywhere from the NFL, to the IFL, CFL and now USFL, Holley is a tackling machine who brings massive production whenever he sees the field. He had 426 tackles at Kent State, and in just one season with the Calgary Stampeders in 2019, racked up 100 more. At 6’1″ 210 he’s a prototypically built dimebacker who should excel in nickel and dime packages.
Round 5: RB Jordan Chunn – Troy
The hulking RB stands at 6’0″ 230 and brings fantastic college production to the table. He was an impact player at Troy, rushing for 3124 yards and 47 TD’s, and added 558 receiving yards as well. He’s played with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants since coming to the pros in 2018, and is likely to be a major asset in the power running game, especially in the red zone.
Round 6: TE Sage Surratt – Wake Forest
A two sport athlete in college who played wide receiver and shooting guard with the Deacons, Surratt brings great ball skills to the field. At 6’3″ 215 he appears to be moving to Tight End, where I think he could be well utilized as a slot weapon. He had great air production in college, most notably in his 2019 campaign where he hauled in 66 catches for 1001 yards and 11 TD’s.
Round 7: WR Marlon Williams – UCF
A physical receiver who put himself on the map in his 2020 campaign with the Knights, Williams finished that year with 71 catches for 1039 yards and 10 scores. He signed with the Houston Texans as a UDFA last year, and will look to break into the pros here.
Round 8: DB Josh Shaw – USC
A longtime NFL starter who was a 4th round draft pick by the Bengals in 2015, Shaw’s presence immediately elevates this secondary. He has all the tools you look for in a DB with a 6’0 201 pound frame and 4.44 speed, and has backed that up with great production throughout his career.
In 55 NFL games (14 starts) with the Bengals, Chiefs and Bucs, Shaw has 127 tackles, 7 passes defensed and an interception. Whether he plays at strong safety as he did at USC or at corner, he’ll bring a wealth of experience and skill to the back end of this defense.
Round 9: OG Marquez Tucker – Southern Utah
A necessary addition to the OL group, Tucker has experience with the Chicago Bears and u n d e f e a t ed Houston Roughnecks of the XFL. A natural G/T, Tucker could well become a starter at Right Guard, or the team’s swing tackle here. Glad they found some good talent to bulk up the depth chart.
Round 10: FB/RB/TE Bobby Holly – Louisiana Tech
A pure football player who worked with coach Skip Holtz at LA Tech, he was listed at FB in college but factors all around this offense. I’d call his position H-Back primarily, and he should contribute well on special teams as well. He’s got some good receiving chops especially in the red zone, and I think he’ll be well used as a flex run blocker all over this front. At 6’1″ 250, he’ll give opposing linebackers trouble all year.