He finished the short season with 16 catches for 225 yards, and three scores. Proehl is the son of Ricky Proehl, who played 17 seasons in the NFL. Interestingly enough, Ricky is on Becht’s staff in St. Louis. Clearly, he played a part in bringing Austin to the Battlehawks. Expect Austin to do big things in the XFL in 2023.
In 2020, he only caught four passes; but those grabs went for 120 yards, including two touchdowns. Blacknall was drafted by the Vegas Vipers, and will look to settle into Rod Woodson’s system. If all goes well, Saeed should be a star in the XFL this year.
Hines Ward picked up a gem in the XFL draft. Jalen Tolliver, who played for the Tampa Bay Vipers, now joins the San Antonio Brahmas. Tolliver was one of the league’s best wide outs, racking up 21 receptions for 297 yards.
Taylor Cornelius is on 🔥🔥🔥
Check out this bullet to WR Jalen Tolliver for 6 (via @ESPN)
Despite the Vipers’ constant carousel of quarterbacks, Tolliver was consistent throughout the season. Week in and week out he made plays for Tampa Bay, showcasing his impressive skill sets. If his level of play is anything close to what we saw in 2020, Jalen will be outstanding in San Antonio.
Dontez Byrd is back in the XFL, which is great news for the league. Byrd struggled to find a rhythm in Jim Zorn’s system in Seattle – but has proven himself to be a playmaker on the spring football stage. He caught five passes for 44 yards with the Dragons in 2020.
Byrd now joins the Orlando Guardians, under the leadership of Terrell Buckley. Byrd is a versatile receiver, and was used in a variety of different ways by the Memphis Express in the AAF. Expect Byrd to make an impact in Orlando.
Brandon Silvers is getting it DONE!
Dontez Byrd with the TD reception and Orlando is on upset alert! 🚨🚨🚨
The speedster himself, Jeff Badet, lands in Vegas with the Vipers. Badet played with the Dallas Renegades in 2020. Similar to Tolliver, Badet dealt with multiple quarterbacks who were in and out of the lineup.
Despite this, Jeff was an important piece to Bob Stoops’ offense in Dallas. Badet finished the season with 16 receptions for 108 yards. His performance was enough to earn himself a stint with the Washington Commanders in 2021. Now, Badet will return to the XFL to begin a new chapter in his career.
Generally speaking, the XFL brought in quite a bit of talent for their 2023 season. Each team drafted quite well across the board, as the competition should be quite entertaining come week one.
We’re pleased with all of the familiar faces we saw in the draft, and can’t wait to see all these exceptional athletes hit the field in February. Stay tuned, folks.
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