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Defensive front seven draft tracker

DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN

Rounds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Round 1

OrderTeamPlayerPositionCollege
1VipersObum GwachamDEOregon State
Analysis: A former track athlete and wide receiver, Obum Gwacham transitioned to a pass-rusher in his final year at Oregon State and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Since, he has played for five NFL teams and spent time in the CFL and AAF. The athletic pass-rusher has the speed and flexibility to bend as a quality edge defender, from either a three-point or two-point stance.
2BattleHawksCasey SaylesDTOhio
Analysis: Playing under 290 pounds for most of his college and pro career, Casey Sayles is an undersized, but explosive, penetrator who should translate well to the under tackle position. At Ohio, Sayles finished his career with 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss from the interior before signing with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. He has since had two stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers and saw significant playing time in the AAF.
3DragonsStansly MapongaDETCU
4WildcatsAnthony JohnsonDTLSU
Analysis: A hybrid defensive lineman who plays inside and outside of the offensive tackle, Anthony Johnson has been a contributor as both a base end or as a pressure player on the interior. After his career at LSU, Johnson played five years in the NFL with five teams, as well as stints in the CFL and AAF. The former high school All-American from New Orleans is a flexible chess piece on the defensive line who should be able to find playing tme in multiple roles.
5DefendersJames VaughtersLBStanford
6RoughnecksTrenton ThompsonDTGeorgia
7GuardiansBen HeeneyLBKansas
8RenegadesHau'oli KikahaDEWashington
Analysis: At Washington, Hau'oli Kikaha was a first-team All-American and two-time All-Pac-12 pass-rusher played both 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 defensive end at Washington. The second-round pick for the New Orleans Saints played three years with the team. With his judo background, it should not be a surprise that Kikaha is a technical pass-rusher who works well with his hands on the edge.

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Round 2

OrderTeamPlayer NamePositionCollege/NFL
1RenegadesSealver SiligaDTUtah
2GuardiansJoey MbuDTHouston
3RoughnecksCorey CrawfordDEClemson
4DefendersCharles HarrisDEBuffalo
5WildcatsEric PinkinsLBSan Diego State
6DragonsNick TempleLBCincinnati
7BattleHawksTerence GarvinLBWest Virginia
8VipersDeiontrez MountDELouisville

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Round 3

OrderTeamPlayerPositionCollege
1VipersRicky WalkerDTVirginia Tech
2BattleHawksAndrew AnkrahDEJames Madison
3DragonsWill SuttonDTArizona State
Analysis: Will Sutton has changed his frame over the years, playing at weights that ranged from a true nose tackle type to a lean three-technique frame. After earning two first-team All-American nods at Arizona State, Sutton was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears in 2014. He spent five years in the NFL before signing with the AAF. A penetrating under tackle, Sutton generates pressure between the tackles or as a base end.
4WildcatsLatarius BradyDTMemphis
5DefendersElijah QuallsDTWashington
6RoughnecksEdmond RobinsonLBNewberry
7GuardiansAustin LarkinDEPurdue
8RenegadesWinston CraigDTRichmond

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Round 4

OrderTeamPlayer NamePositionCollege/NFL
1RenegadesRay Ray DavisonLBCalifornia
2GuardiansTJ BarnesDTGeorgia Tech
Analysis: At 6'7" and 364 pounds, T.J. Barnes is a true space-eating defensive tackle who most recently was in camp with the Carolina Panthers. In total, he has spent five years in the NFL along with a season in the AAF. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket is a surprising force in the pass-rushing game for his size, where he translates his strength and length into a powerful bull rush.
3RoughnecksDavis TullLBChattanooga
4DefendersScooby WrightLBArizona
Analysis: A unanimous All-American at Arizona, Scooby Wright was drafted in the seventh round in 2016 and spent time with three NFL teams, most recently the New England Patriots, and the AAF. As an inside linebacker, Wright excels as a run-stuffer between the tackles. As a high-effort defender, he consistently makes tackles outside of the numbers.
5WildcatsWillie MaysDETiffin
6DragonsTenny PalepoiDEUtah
7BattleHawksJamell Garcia-WilliamsDEAlabama-Birmingham
8VipersReggie NorthrupLBFlorida State

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Round 5

OrderTeamPlayerPositionCollege
1VipersJosh BanksDTWake Forest
2BattleHawksChanning WardDTOle Miss
3DragonsJacquies SmithDEMissouri
Analysis: The former All-Big 12 pass-rusher at Missouri is best known for his 2014-2015 stretch, where he made 13.5 sacks over 18 starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaners. Overall, Jacquies Smith spent seven years in the NFL as primarily a pass-rushing specialist. The bendy edge rusher should come in and make an early contribution at the XFL level.
4WildcatsTre' WilliamsLBAuburn
5DefendersTracy SprinkleDTOhio State
6RoughnecksOlive SagapoluDTWisconsin
7GuardiansNick DeLucaLBNorth Dakota State
8RenegadesGreer MartiniLBNotre Dame

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Round 6

OrderTeamPlayer NamePositionCollege/NFL
1RenegadesGelen RobinsonDTPurdue
2GuardiansD'Juan HinesLBHouston
3RoughnecksBeniquez BrownLBMississippi State
4DefendersJameer ThurmanLBIndiana State
5WildcatsLeon OrrDTFlorida
6DragonsSteven JohnsonLBKansas
7BattleHawksKhyri ThorntonDTSouthern Miss
Analysis: At Southern Miss, Khyri Thornton earned All-C-USA honors and was eventually drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. Thornton played four years in the NFL and started six games with the Detroit Lions in 2016. A flashy pass-rusher on the interior, Thornton will likely play under tackle in the XFL where he has special play speed for his size.
8VipersEmmanuel BealLBOklahoma

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Round 7

OrderTeamPlayerPositionCollege
1VipersLucas WachaLBWyoming
2BattleHawksGimel PresidentDEIllinois
3DragonsTaniela TupouDTWashington
4WildcatsReggie HowardDTToledo
5DefendersSam MontgomeryDELSU
Analysis: Twice an All-SEC defensive end at LSU, the former All-American was a third-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2013. Having spent three years in the NFL, as well as stints in the CFL and AAF, Sam Montgomery is a veteran defensive end who wins off of his arm extension and play stength. He is an every-down end who is as impactful in the ground game as he is as a pass-rusher.
6RoughnecksAndrew JacksonLBWestern Kentucky
7GuardiansJarrell OwensDEOklahoma State
8RenegadesFrank AlexanderDEOklahoma
Analysis: At Oklahoma, Frank Alexander tallied 20.5 sacks and 44 tackles for loss over his Sooners career. Drafted in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers in 2012, he played for four years with the team before a stint in the CFL. Alexander is a bendy and athletic rusher who should translate to the 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end positions.

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Round 8

OrderTeamPlayer NamePositionCollege/NFL
1RenegadesJonathan MassaquoiLBTroy
2GuardiansCavon WalkerDTMaryland
3RoughnecksDeMarquis GatesLBOle Miss
4DefendersJonathan CelestinLBMinnesota
5WildcatsCorey VereenDETennessee
Analysis: While at Tennessee, Corey Vereen recorded 13 sacks and 26 tackles for loss in the SEC. After flashing as a New England Patriots signing, he saw playing time in the AAF. Vereen is a gifted pass-rusher whose development is trending up as he sees more reps.
6DragonsDanny EzechukwuDEPurdue
7BattleHawksMarcus HardisonDTArizona State
Analysis: Marcus Hardison, a former JuCo transfer, quickly rose up the ranks in college football. In two years, he went from a relative unknown to a fourth-round talent at Arizona State. Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals, the base end-defensive tackle hybrid played for four years in the NFL prior to signing with the AAF. A stout run defender, Hardison will be asked to hold blocks at the line of scrimmage and force tackles for a loss.
8VipersAnthony StubbsLBPrairie View A&M

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Round 9

OrderTeamPlayerPositionCollege
1VipersJason NeillDETexas-San Antonio
2BattleHawksNicholas GrigsbyLBPittsburgh
3DragonsPasoni TasiniDTUtah
4WildcatsAdrian HubbardDEAlabama
Analysis: Adrian Hubbard is a long pass-rusher at 6'6" who can play as either a 4-3 defensive end or as a 3-4 outside linebacker. At Alabama, he was a starting pass-rusher for the program's 2012 national title team, when he posted seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss on the year. Following his college career, he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers and has since played in the CFL and The Spring League. His length and leverage should help him pressure the quarterback from the edge.
5DefendersKeShun FreemanDEGeorgia Tech
6RoughnecksCaushaud LyonsDTTusculum
7GuardiansGarrison SmithDTGeorgia
8RenegadesTegray ScalesLBIndiana

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Round 10

OrderTeamPlayer NamePositionCollege/NFL
1RenegadesIzaah LunsfordDTBowling Green
2GuardiansRykeem YatesDENevada
3RoughnecksDrew LewisLBColorado
4DefendersDaryle BanfieldDTBrown
5WildcatsOwen RobertsDTSan Jose State
6DragonsPraise Martin-OguikeDETemple
7BattleHawksCorbin KaufusiDEBYU
8VipersDevin TaylorDESouth Carolina
Analysis: At 6'8", Devin Taylor is a lengthy defensive end who has a knack at influencing passing lanes with his pass-rushing ability and frame. At South Carolina, he earned All-SEC honors as a defensive end opposite of Jadeveon Clowney, his then teammate. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2013 by the Detroit Lions and played five years in the NFL before seeing extended playing time in the AAF. Look for long and athletic defensive end to make a difference in the field goal blocking game, too.

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