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XFL Draft Pool has numerous Vikings connections

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And the draft is happening this week

Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With the collapse of the Alliance of American Football earlier this year, it’s probably pretty tough for folks to get fired up over the next potential NFL alternative. However, there’s going to be another one coming in 2020, and there are plenty of players in the available draft pool with connections to the Minnesota Vikings.

Yes, the second incarnation of Vince McMahon’s Xtreme Football League (XFL) is holding its inaugural draft this week. The selection process begins on Tuesday, 15 October, and will go into Wednesday, 16 October as well. The draft will consist of 71. . .yes, that’s seventy-one. . .rounds. Mark does not have a mock made up for this.

Yet.

The XFL has been slowly introducing names into the draft pool, to the point where there are now over 1,000 eligible players for selection. As you’d expect, a lot of those players have connections to the Vikings. Here are the players that were connected to the Vikings in some way, shape, or form that could be continuing their professional football careers in this new league.

  • CB Terrence Alexander - Spent part of Training Camp this past season with the Vikings
  • OL Kareem Are - Spent part of Training Camp with the Vikings in 2018
  • TE Kyle Carter - Spent 2016 and 2017 on the Vikings practice squad
  • S Marsean Diggs - Stefon Diggs’ younger brother, brought in by the team for a tryout this offseason
  • DT B.J. Dubose - Sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2015, spent 2015 on the practice squad, missed all of 2016 with a torn ACL
  • OL Isame Faciane - Spent a couple of years on the Vikings’ practice squad, team attempted to transition him from OL to DL
  • OT Sean Hickey - Spent time on the Vikings’ practice squad in 2016
  • DE George Johnson - Spent time on the Vikings’ practice squad in 2012 and 2013
  • RB De’Angelo Henderson - Was with the Vikings during Training Camp this past season
  • DT Toby Johnson - Spent 2016 on the Vikings’ practice squad, promoted to the active roster for a couple of games
  • LB Josh Kaddu - Spent time on the Vikings’ practice squad in 2014, promoted to active roster near the end of the season
  • C John Keenoy - Spent Training Camp with the Vikings this past year
  • WR Jordan Leslie - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings in 2015
  • P Jeff Locke - Fifth-round pick of the Vikings in 2013, handled punting duties for the Vikings from 2013 to 2016
  • LB Greer Martini - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings this past season
  • CB Jalen Myrick - Spent most of 2018 on the Vikings’ practice squad
  • OT Storm Norton - Spent 2017 and 2018 on the Vikings’ practice squad
  • RB Jhurell Pressley - Spent Training Camp with the Vikings in 2016
  • QB Peter Pujals - Spent Training Camp with the Vikings in 2018
  • LB Edmond Robinson - Seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2015, started two games for the team in two seasons
  • WR Korey Robinson - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings in 2018
  • WR Terrell Sinkfield - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings in 2016 and 2017
  • S Derron Smith - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings this past year
  • FB Johnny Stanton - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings in 2018
  • DT Will Sutton - Went through Training Camp with the Vikings in 2017
  • DB Jack Tocho - Seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2017, spent 2017 on the practice squad

You can see the entire XFL Draft Pool right here.

I’m going to be a little more cautious about getting excited about this league. Still, when it starts play this February, I’m sure that I’ll be watching because. . .you know. . .football.

Are you excited for the XFL?