Phase 1 of the UFL roster realignment came and went as did Phase 2. The final phase, Phase 3, was a “Super Draft”: all remaining USFL and XFL players who had not yet been picked up by a team were put into one large draft pool. The Birmingham Stallions, who only picked up 11 players in the first “Dispersal Draft,” used the Super Draft to pick up 11 more.
They mostly used the Super Draft as an opportunity to get their own players back. But they did add a few new faces to the mix.
The Birmingham Stallions are clearly set on having the best offensive line in the new UFL. Despite all the linemen they already had, they used their first pick in the Super Draft on offensive tackle Larnel Coleman.
Coleman is an interesting prospect. He was mostly a basketball player before getting into football in high school. Given his basketball background, he is remarkably athletic for a man his size (6’6, 305). He played college ball at UMass and was drafted by Miami in the 7th round in 2021. He spent some time with the Panthers in the NFL. He was slated to join the Roughnecks in 2024, but they folded and no one picked him up in the XFL Dispersal Draft.
Now he will join Birmingham and look to compete in a crowded offensive line room.
Didn’t see this one coming. BHAM 1st pick is an OL. Larnel Coleman (6’6, 305) played at UMass & was drafted by MIA in the 7th round in ‘21. Spent a season w/ CAR as well. Was picked up by the Roughnecks in Dec but overlooked in dispersal draft. Welcome Larnel!#UFL x #GiddyUp🐎 https://t.co/gtI7GAuZHP
Another clear priority for the Birmingham Stallions this offseason has been loading up on safeties. They grabbed another one with their second pick in the draft, Alijah Holder.
Holder played college football at Stanford where he was All Pac-12. He was not drafted after college, but he signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent. He eventually spent some time on their active roster before later being released.
He then spent time with the Lions before ending up with the Gamblers in the USFL. After the 2022 season, he joined the XFL for 2023. He played for the Seattle Sea Dragons, who no longer exist. No XFL team picked him up in the Dispersal Draft, so the Stallions nabbed him in the Super Draft.
Starting in round three, the Stallions began to reunite with their former players. The first one they drafted was quarterback Jalen Morton. Morton spent 2023 with the Stallions, serving as the backup to Alex McGough. He re-joins J’Mar Smith and Adrian Martinez in the Stallions quarterback room.
Terrell Bonds was the only other non-former Stallion that Birmingham drafted. Bonds is not entirely unfamiliar to the team as he played for the Pittsburgh Maulers in 2022. He was one of their starting corners and played well enough to be signed by the Titans.
After Bonds was released from Tennessee, he decided to go the XFL route. He joined the San Antonio Brahmas for the 2023 season. He started a handful of games for them, but he was not protected for the 2024 season. The Stallions must have liked what he did against them in 2022 because they made sure to pick him up.
A position of need. Stallions add CB Terrell Bonds to a depleted secondary. Tennessee State CB got his start w/ MEM in the AAF. Spent time w/ BAL, MIA, & TEN in #NFL. Former Mauler who played for Brahmas last year. Welcome Terrell!#UFL x #GiddyUp🐎 https://t.co/wryile1mwT
The one position the Birmingham Stallions totally lacked heading into this draft was long snapper. However, they were able to reunite with their 2022-2023 long snapper, Ryan Langan. Langan was All-USFL in 2023, and he looks to continue his success with the Stallions in 2024.
CB Madre Harper
LET’S GO!!! Love this one. The Stallions signed Harper this offseason but weren’t able to protect him heading into today’s draft. Fortunately, they pick him back up!#UFL x #GiddyUp🐎 https://t.co/DNqVup1qKf
Harper was another former Stallions…sort of. He did not play for the Stallions in 2023 as he was in the NFL. However, he was released by Pittsburgh at the end of preseason and chose to sign with the Stallions. Before he could play a snap for them, though, he went unprotected during Phase 1 of roster realignment. However, fortunately for him and Birmingham, the Stallions were able to pick him back up in the Super Draft.
One shock from Phase 1 of the realignment was that the Stallions did not protect Bo Scarbrough. The former Crimson Tide star was injured last year, and the Stallions felt like it was not in their best interest to protect him. However, Coach Holtz made it clear they wanted to pick Bo back up if possible. Fortunately for them (and lots of Stallions fans), they were able to do that.
Ross-Johnson is another former Stallions. He started at left tackle for most of last season before suffering a season-ending injury late in the year. With all the new linemen the Stallions brought in, they chose not to protect Ross-Johnson during Phase 1. However, they were able to pick him back up in this draft.
White provided the Birmingham Stallions with some highlight reel worthy plays last year before being buried on the depth chart. While he struggled to cement a place for himself in the offense in 2023, he will get another opportunity to do so in 2024.
A Stallions staple from 2022, Holly was injured all of 2023. The LA Tech grad, who played for Holtz in college, will be back for another season with the Stallions in 2024. He is the only fullback on the roster.
A local fan favorite, Myron Mitchell re-joins the Stallions for 2024. Mitchell, who is from Jasper, AL and played at UAB, had some nice plays for the Stallions last season before suffering a season-ending injury. He will look to make the roster, competing against some big name receivers the Stallions have brought in this offseason.
For a full breakdown of the original protected players and USFL Dispersal Draft picks, check out our article from last week.
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