Both phases of the UFL dispersal draft are now complete, meaning it is a great time to update my power rankings for the 2024 season. With the wild west that is free agency set to open today, there are bound to be many unforeseen shifts between now and kickoff on March 30th. But for now, let’s see if we can figure out some sort of rankings between these teams.
Previous Rankings (January 1)
1. Birmingham Stallions 2. Arlington Renegades 3. DC Defenders 4. Michigan Panthers 5. Houston Roughnecks 6. St. Louis Battlehawks 7. Memphis Showboats 8. San Antonio Brahmas
Birmingham is one of just two teams to hold the same position in this week’s rankings. The Stallions had a quiet draft, mostly opting to select former players and fix minor depth issues on their roster. That said, this team still looks very poised to take on the UFL’s best in 2024. Linebacker Chris Orr, kicker Chris Blewitt, and others are set to join a returning cast of familiar faces headlined by quarterback J’Mar Smith, and new addition Adrian Martinez. Furthermore, with Coach Skip Holtz back in the saddle, there’s no reason to doubt the two-time champs just yet.
The Defenders, like the Stallions, return multiple key pieces from their runner-up performance last season. HC Reggie Barlow returns alongside star running back Abram Smith. They will be joined by a stacked defense, and bolstered by a long list of solid draft picks. Defensive lineman Boogie Roberts, safety Deontay Anderson, EDGE Trent Harris, and QB Jalan McClendon each add depth and firepower to an already dangerous team. Look out for DC this year.
Memphis was by far the biggest riser in this power ranking, a testament to just how good their draft was this season. New head coach John Defilippo (former HC of the New Orleans Breakers) completely overhauled a roster that was severely lacking. Quarterback Case Cookus, running back Darius Victor, and wide receiver Jonathan Adams headline a star-studded offensive attack. But that’s not it, the Showboats also bring in former Breakers players across the board (like tight end Sage Surratt) that should revitalize the roster as a whole. All in all, Memphis should be very fun to watch this season.
The former XFL champs drop two places in this week’s power ranking, mainly caused by the successes of teams now above them. Both Memphis and DC executed their drafts expertly, adding talent and depth to their rosters. Birmingham too, did what had to be done to hold their top spot. Arlington’s draft however, was somewhat all over the place. While they added depth on both sides of the ball, they only picked up five players in the Super Draft yesterday. With plenty of roster space left, Arlington will look to make some big moves in free agency over the next month.
St. Louis moved up one spot this week, making multiple major pickups at wide receiver in the first dispersal draft. Head Coach Anthony Becht and company seemed poised to have another great season, but lack a strong QB1 on their roster right now. Nick Tiano of Chattanooga is listed as the starter currently, but with so much talent still out there in free agency, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Battlehawks make a move. Nevertheless, additions like wide receivers Jahcour Pearson and Blake Jackson, as well as running back Max Borghi mean this team will be very exciting to watch in 2024.
Despite falling in this edition of power rankings, the Roughnecks had a very solid defensive draft. Houston decided to stock up in the trenches, picking up big names like Reuben Foster, Olive Sagapolu, Adam Rodriguez, and Toby Johnson. Over the course of the two drafts the team selected seven defensive lineman, and seven offensive lineman to round out their roster. While this choice could very well pay off, it leaves the Roughnecks lacking in certain skill positions (i.e. QB) for the time being.
The Panthers had a solid draft, but are still searching for answers at the QB position. The team heavily upgraded their secondary and selected much needed talent at the wide receiver slot in Devin Gray and Corey Coleman. Michigan also picked up running backs Matt Colburn and Wes Hills who should combine for one of the strongest backfields in the league. While the Panthers will bring back HC Mike Nolan and defensive star Breeland Speaks, they have yet to re-sign running back Reggie Corbin – who was arguably the face of the franchise for the past two seasons. For now, Michigan remains a QB away from contending. Will Davis Cheek, or Danny Etling provide the spark they need offensively? Time will tell.
Lastly, San Antonio remains at the bottom for now. However, the team has certainly closed the gap between itself and the competition. The Brahmas had some of the best sleeper picks across the board, selecting a dangerous QB-TE combo in Quinten Dormady and Cody Latimer from the Orlando Guardians. Coach Wade Philips and company still have their work cut out for them, but San Antonio is finally trending in the right direction.
So, after a wild two weeks of UFL dispersal drafts, our UFL Power Ranking has shaken up quite a bit. Each team still has a long road before the season starts, so I’d expect to see changes all over the place by the time we kickoff in March.
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