The XFL kicks off in a little over a week, and it’s the start of a new spring football league. The now-defunct AAF last season provided over thirty players opportunities at the next level, so it can only be assumed that the same opportunities will be afforded to players in the XFL after this season. The Dallas Renegades have one of the deepest rosters in the league, in my opinion. Dallas put together one of the most impressive drafts, coming into the process with a clear plan and put together a very talented team.
Here are four players on the Dallas Renegades that you should definitely watch in 2020.
WR Jazz Ferguson (Northwestern State)
Jazz Ferguson transferred to Northwestern State from LSU in 2017 and entered the 2019 NFL Draft. At 6’5″ and 230 pounds, Ferguson runs a 4.45 forty yard dash and is quick in and out of his breaks. However, he went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft because of drug usage. He was suspended from LSU in 2016 because of a failed drug test. He left the school before the 2017 season for a “change of scenery and to fix his grades.” NFL teams took notice, but the Seattle Seahawks took a shot by signing him after the draft.
He saw action in the preseason, catching 7 passes for 119 yards. He wouldn’t make the final cut and he’s been on the couch since. Ferguson has a real chance to shine like a star in this league, and show the NFL that he truly deserves a second chance.
TE Donald Parham (Stetson)
At 6’8″ and 245 pounds, Donald Parham is a solid prospect from a size standpoint. He was a standout at Stetson University, a consensus FCS All-American as a Senior. I scouted him coming out as an NFL Draft prospect in 2019. I thought the size and catching ability was there, Parham caught 85 passes and 13 touchdowns as a senior. However, I thought the lack of quickness and explosiveness in his breaks would be a little bit of a problem.
He’s not much of a blocker, and we will have to see how that factors into how Dallas intends to use him. Parham has good ceiling, and if he reminds NFL teams of that this season, there’s a very good chance that he gets another shot at the big leagues.
EDGE Hau’oli Kikaha (Washington)
Hau’oli Kikaha has more NFL experience than most people on the Renegades roster. He played in 27 games and 11 starts between 2015 and 2017 with the New Orleans Saints before falling out of grace with the league due to injuries and wasn’t able to keep a roster spot. He was effective in his limited time, racking 62 tackles and 8 career sacks.
Kikaha has been out of the NFL since October, 2018, and this could be his opportunity to earn himself another shot at the league.
LB Tre Watson (Maryland)
Tre Watson has good size at 6’2″ and 235 pounds, and he’s young too. An undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft, Watson was signed by the Miami Dolphins where he was unable to make the 53 men cut. Watson is a natural player around the football but struggled in Maryland’s biggest games in his senior year.
Watson has a really good chance to redeem himself and get a shot at a second chance.