Who did the Roughnecks get at quarterback? XFL Draft kicks off

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Who did the Roughnecks get at quarterback? XFL Draft kicks off
The XFL is holding its draft this week in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Houston Roughnecks are set to make their selections as the league returns.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Fans longing for the XFL's return will love the action happening this week as the league prepares to hold its draft from Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, the focus is on the quarterbacks as the XFL streamed its selection show.

The league's third comeback after the pandemic cut its 2.0 version short also means that Houston fans will again get to cheer on the Roughnecks, who were 5-0 for the season.

Everyone loves a winner, but are the Roughnecks winning at the QB position?

Some fans have already voiced on social media that they want PJ Walker back, but he's been taking snaps as the starter for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL, though the team announced Monday that Walker is injured.

Walker led the XFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns before signing with the Panthers in March 2020.

Heading to Houston are Troy's Brandon Silvers and Western Michigan's Kaleb Eleby.

So who was in the quarterback pool?

Manvel star D'Eriq King, who started with the Houston Cougars before transferring to Miami, is heading to the DC Defenders.

Also in the pool:

  • Ben DiNucci (started three games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020)
  • Quinten Dormady (Tennessee, Central Michigan)
  • Eric Dungey (Syracuse)
  • Deondre Francois (Florida State, Hampton)
  • Jalan McClendon (NC State, Baylor)
  • Steven Montez (Colorado)
  • Jawon Pass (Louisville)
  • Drew Plitt (Ball State)
  • Anthony Russo (Temple, Michigan State)
  • Ryan Willis (Kansas, Virginia Tech)

This won't be the full roster for XFL quarterbacks for 2023. More recruiting is to come.

The XFL also announced its draft order on Monday after a virtual lottery, with the Roughnecks going last for the first positional group.

Draft Selection Process

The XFL describes the selection process as a "snake style" format. Teams will take turns drafting players, with the pick order reversing each round.

The draft itself will be held Wednesday and Thursday, but there's still plenty of action for Tuesday's portion, which will be divided into four position groups, and each will have 11 rounds.

  • Offensive skill (wide receivers, running backs and tight ends)
  • Defensive backs
  • Defensive front seven (tackles, edge, defensive ends and inside linebackers)
  • Offensive line

XFL Draft: Day One

Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. CT/11:30 a.m. ET

  • Offensive Skill positions (WR, RB, TE, FB)
  • Defensive Backs (CB, Safety, Nickel)
  • Defensive Front Seven (ILB, Edge, DE, DT)
  • Offensive Line (LT, LG, C, RG, RT)

XFL Draft: Day Two

Thursday at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. ET

Specialists (Kicker, Punt, Long Snapper) followed by open rounds for all available positions.

Meanwhile, another familiar Texan, Wade Phillips will lead the team as head coach. He talked to ABC13's Adam Winkler back in July about coming back to the gridiron to give guys an opportunity to get to the NFL.

"It's great for them. It's great for me. I love doing what I'm doing. I love trying to help guys get better, and in this case, fulfill their dreams," Phillip said.

After the draft, league executives and teams will continue to add to their talent pool as more players become available.

Players will report to training camp in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 8 followed by four weeks of practice.

The 10-game regular season will kick off Feb. 18, 2023.

The Roughnecks will again play their games at the Cougars' home, TDECU Stadium.

ESPN contributed to this report.