Top PFF Graded Players In The 2024 UFL Championship | Darius Phillips San Antonio Brahmas

Top PFF Graded Players In The 2024 UFL Championship

With the UFL Championship just a couple of days away, there is no shortage of talent present. Both the Birmingham Stallions and San Antonio Brahmas feature some of the top playmakers in the UFL, which is obviously why they’ve made it this far.

In this piece, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the top graded players from each team, looking at data from Pro Football Focus. For some context, we’ll only be including athletes who have played 100+ snaps this season.

Birmingham Stallions

TE Jordan Thomas (89.2): While Thomas hasn’t been utilized nearly as much as Jace Sternberger, he’s been very productive on the football field. Jordan has come alive during the second half of the season, and is becoming a go to target in the red zone – especially on PAT attempts. His 50 yard touchdown sparked Birmingham’s comeback in the playoffs against Michigan.

QB Adrian Martinez (81.4): The UFL’s MVP hasn’t had a perfect season by any means, but he’s the MVP for a reason. This Birmingham Stallions team has relied on his playmaking abilities throughout the year, and they’re in this position because of the way he can create something out of nothing. Martinez led the UFL in rushing yards, and was second in touchdown passes this year.

DE Dondrea Tillman (93.2): Tillman has been one of the most underrated defensive players in all of spring football the last three seasons. He’s been outstanding yet again for Birmingham, with 27 tackles, six TFL’s, 3.5 sacks, and two PBU’s to his name. After what has been another tremendous campaign, expect Dondrea to garner plenty of NFL interest. His 36 quarterback hurries lead the Stallions by a large margin.

DE Jonathan Garvin (91.6): The trend continues – Birmingham’s defensive ends are some of the best in the UFL. Garvin burst onto the scene early this year, and while he’s had some quiet moments, he’s been consistent down the stretch of the year. Jonathan has 19 tackles, a TFL, and 3.5 sacks this year. Additionally, he’s got two PBU’s and two forced fumbles.

DB Lorenzo Burns (77.5): Burns is in his third season with the Stallions, yet continues to shine in that secondary. He’s got an impressive coverage grade of 79.8, and is one of the UFL’s leaders in pass breakups, with five. Lorenzo earned an NFL opportunity this past offseason, and is well on his way to doing the same after this Championship game.

Honorable Mention: DE Taco Charlton (80.4)

San Antonio Brahmas

RB Anthony McFarland (78.8): The speedster to trump all speedsters, McFarland has been on an absolute tear in the UFL when healthy. He’s averaging an outstanding 15.9 YAC/Rec (yards after catch per reception) – which is ridiculous. McFarland has 191 rushing yards, while posting 206 receiving yards as well. Anthony’s been trouble all year, and should be bound for another impressive outing this weekend.

WR Jontre Kirklin (70.3): Jontre Kirklin was arguably the best WR in the XFL until he got hurt in 2023. This year, he’s returned and proven to the league why he belongs in the NFL. Kirklin is the second leading receiver in the UFL just behind Hakeem Butler, but has been targeted the most, and he’s got more catches than anyone else in the league. Kirklin’s come down with 73% of contested catches – an impressive statistic.

DE Delontae Scott (90.7): While he hasn’t been fully healthy this year, Delontae Scott has been a menace when active. Scott’s gotten after the quarterback consistently, with 20 hurries on the season, which leads all Brahmas defenders despite missing a couple of games. Scott has 16 tackles, four sacks, and four TFL’s so far this year. Expect him to make an impact the same way he did back in week nine when these two teams played.

DB Darius Phillips (90.0): Phillips is the definition of a lockdown corner. He’s got 15 tackles this year – but it’s what he’s done in coverage (89.2 PFF Grade) that has separated him from the rest. Darius is allowing just a 46.3% completion percentage when thrown to this year, with four PBU’s to his name. He’s also got an interception, and was part of a momentum changing forced fumble and recovery back in week three against St. Louis. It’s very likely the NFL comes calling back after his UFL season is complete.

LB Tavante Beckett (76.8): Beckett is a top three tackler in the UFL, and for good reason. He’s one of the most intelligent players in the league, and has consistently produced week in and week out for Will Reed’s defense. While he might not be the biggest, or the fastest linebacker, his keen awareness and ability to lead a defense is unmatched in this league. Tavante has nine TFL’s (T-2nd), and has also forced two fumbles this year.

Honorable Mention: DE Garrett Nelson (86.1)

Final Thoughts

Both the Birmingham Stallions and San Antonio Brahmas have fought through a ton of adversity to get where they are now. With one final game in front of them, these talented stars have one more opportunity to prove to the league why they deserve to win the title – and in addition, show the NFL what they’re missing out on.

For a full game preview of this matchup, you can check that out here.

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