Seattle Dragons full draft recap
Written by Kyle Crabbs
The Draft Network
Day Two - Wednesday, October 16th
The XFL's league draft is almost complete, with Wednesday's action bringing an infusion of defensive back seven talent and the wide open flexibility of the league's open portion of the 2019 XFL Draft. Now comes the time to go to work -- but for Seattle Dragons fans, here are a few players from each of today's phases that should be in a great position to succeed under head coach Jim Zorn, offensive coordinator Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Clayton Lopez.
Phase Four (Defensive Backs)
- CB Chris Davis, Auburn Tigers
Davis is most famous for his return skills in beating Alabama in the now famous "Kick Six" edition of the Iron Bowl in 2013. But don't sleep on Davis' athletic talents, either -- he's a blazer who holds 1st-team All-American status on his resume in 2013 before making the jump to professional ball. Davis made his mark in the pros with special teams play, averaging over 25 yards per kick return in 2014 as an undrafted rookie in San Diego. Last seen with the Birmingham Iron in 2019, Davis now looks to build off the momentum of getting back into pro football this past spring by using it as a springboard to a successful campaign in the XFL in 2020.
- CB Sterling Moore, SMU Broncos
Seattle seems to have put a premium on experienced defense backs between Davis' run in professional football and the addition of Sterling Moore. Moore is one of the more accomplished football players in the XFL's talent pool; he spent eight seasons in the NFL and logged 6 interceptions and 186 combined tackles during his tenure there. With Seattle, Moore and Davis don't provide prototypical length or size but they do offer professional experience and a knack for some big plays -- a combination that could come in quite useful in a league filled with so many young players.
Phase Five (Open Draft)
- LB Dante Booker, Ohio State Buckeyes
Booker should be considered something of a potential diamond in the rough -- he was caught behind a talented group of linebackers during his time with the Buckeyes and it's difficult to blame him for not finding the field. Booker hardly played during his final season at Ohio State, but his pedigree should serve him well as he looks to fully transition into a professional linebacker. Booker's marquee trait is his physicality -- at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, he's every bit of a boomer in the middle and Seattle would be wise to implement him there without tasking him with covering too much range sideline to sideline. If he's asked to play forward, he should play well.
- WR Korey Robertson, Southern Mississippi Eagles
Robertson was a breakout player in 2017 with the Golden Eagles, logging 76 receptions for 1,106 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to being named a 1st-team All-Conference USA receiver. Robertson then decided to leave his final season of NCAA eligibility behind and declare for the NFL Draft in 2018 before getting a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings. Robertson was an exciting player after the catch and illustrated an impressive knack for chunk plays -- something he'll look to rekindle with the Dragons this season in the XFL.
Day One - Tuesday, October 15th
Day One of the XFL's league draft is officially in the books. With so many of the players from the talent pool finding new homes, it's undoubtedly an exciting time for all who got the call -- and the coaches who now have their hands on players who can help bring their vision of a successful program come to life. For Seattle Dragons fans, here are a few players from each phase of today's phases that should be in a great position to succeed under head coach Jim Zorn, offensive coordinator Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Clayton Lopez.
Phase One (Skill Players)
- TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech Red Raiders
If anyone knows how to make the most of a receiving tight end, it's Jim Zorn -- tight end Chris Cooley led Zorn's Washington squad in receptions while Zorn served as the head coach back in 2008. For Amaro, this serves as a chance at redemption for a dynamic receiving threat at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders ran their passing offense through Amaro back in 2013, when he logged 106 receptions for 1,352 yards and 7 touchdowns before becoming a top-50 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With Seattle, look for Amaro to be moved around offensively to create mismatches in the passing game -- a role that will place him firmly into his strengths.
- WR Kasen Williams, Washington Huskies
Williams will get to stay close to home with his opportunity in the XFL. Williams made his mark at the college level with some dynamic seasons for the Washington Huskies before injuries took their toll. Williams' return to the gridiron never quite got back to the level he experienced as a sophomore in 2012, but Williams now has plenty of distance between himself and the broken fibula in 2013 that has served as a hurdle back to full health.
Phase Two (Offensive Line)
- OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor Bears
You won't find very many offensive guards with the size and length combination that Richardson touts. The Seattle offensive line features several players with an extensive reach, which can come in handy for striking blows on defensive linemen and winning at first contact. Richardson was a part of the 2013 Baylor Bears team that made a run to the Big 12 Championship that season, recording a team record 11 wins. Richardson's presence up front was hard to miss -- he was hard to collapse once his base was established with hands on defenders.
- OT Isaiah Battle, Clemson Tigers
Speaking of length, Isaiah Battle looks exactly how a prototypical left tackle should. With his 35.38" arms, Battle's strike zone on the edge is tremendous and he possesses the necessary length to extend and ride pass rushers past their landmarks on the edge in pass protection. Battle has the talent to be one of the most effective starting offensive linemen in the XFL, possessing notable natural athleticism that -- when paired with his size and length -- will be difficult for many rushers to counter.
Phase Three (Defensive Front Seven)
- DT Will Sutton, Arizona State Sun Devils
Much like the additions made on the offensive side of the ball, adding Will Sutton to the defensive front is made with mobility in mind. Sutton won at Arizona State with his quickness at the snap. Sutton played at ASU at a wide range of weights but he was at his best when he was at his lightest -- it allowed him to maneuver up front and beat blockers into gaps. Sutton, who eventually became a top-100 pick in the NFL Draft, now looks to establish himself with functional athleticism in the XFL and outmaneuver the competition.
- DE Jacquies Smith, Missouri Tigers
It wasn't all that long ago that Jacquies Smith was racking up a sack every other game at the NFL level -- he logged 13.5 sacks in 27 games for Tampa Bay between the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Coming out of Missouri, Smith illustrated elite short area quickness -- he ran a 4.00s short shuttle, an impressive time for any pass rusher. The short area quickness will fit right in on this roster and Smith's resume is one that should offer him plenty of opportunities to turn the corner on opposing tackles here in the XFL.