The XFL kicked off today, and it showed us an incredible new side of spring football. Not only is the game more exciting with the tweaks in rule changes, but the talent performing in the league is also incredibly better than the players who performed in last years now-defunct AAF.
The Saint Louis Battle’Hawks started the season on the road against the Dallas Renegades in the league’s fourth game ever, aired on ESPN. The Battle’Hawks defeated the Renegades, 15-9, and the football world is buzzing with the leagues exciting new format.
Here at Draft Rite, we will be scouting players in the league looking for those who may get a chance at playing in the NFL in 2020. Here are the first scouting notes of the season.
Jordan Ta’amu was very good this week
Former Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu looked like a very good NFL prospect in action against a tough Dallas defense. Coming into the season, Ta’amu may have the least talent at the skill positions out of any other quarterback in the league. He completed 20 of his 27 passing attempts for 209 yards and a touchdown. The thing that stood out about his game the most was the fact that he kept his head and composure.
Ta’amu showed good fundamentals throughout the game, great composure, good placement with his throws, and mobility that translates to the NFL. I liked him coming out of Ole Miss, and it was good to see him playing his first professional ball. He looked very good, and his stat line was great too.
Donald Parham deserves a shot at the NFL
Donald Parham is another player getting his first chance at playing professional football. A 6’8″ tight end from Stetson, Parham is a guy who can stretch the field vertically. He’s a good receiver with good athleticism, and it’s almost impossible to overthrow him. He was made very useful catching passes underneath in this game, but showed the concern with consistency catching passes. He’s got the willingness to block, and he really could be a good TE2 in the NFL next season.
- Kenny Robinson is one of the few XFL players who is pursuing this season’s NFL Draft. The former West Virginia safety wasn’t in good academic standing entering the 2019 college season and decided to pursue his chances of playing professionally in this league. He was a star on the field, collecting 5 tackles and almost getting a hustle interception.
- Matt Jones has been the best running back thus far in the league. Not only did he get the most carries and gain the most yards, but Jones also had the best explosion out of the backfield and the best burst. Jones saw success in the NFL with the Washington Redskins a few seasons ago. He’s going to make a case to be back in the NFL this season if he continues that play.