2001 XFL Draft

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The 2001 XFL Draft was the first and last draft for the single-season XFL football league. The draft took place over a 3 day time period from October 28, 2000 to October 30, 2000 during which time a total of 475 players were selected by the league's 8 teams from a pool of approximately 1,600 or so eligible players. The draft consisted of 59 rounds—10 rounds taking place on October 28, 15 rounds on October 29, and 34 rounds on October 30.

The draft was followed by a supplemental draft on December 29, 2000 during which 65 additional players were selected in an effort to completely fill out team rosters.[1] Most eligible players came from either the CFL, the Arena Football League, the NFL Europe, retired NFL players, or previous college players who had gone undrafted by the NFL but had not yet signed with another league.

The XFL draft took place in order for teams to be ready to begin league play when the season kicked off on February 3, 2001.

Notable players drafted[edit]

Many of the players selected in the 2001 XFL draft went on to compete in the NFL and other football leagues.

Notable players selected in the draft included future league MVP and Los Angeles quarterback Tommy Maddox, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers after the XFL eventually folded. Maddox later became the starting quarterback for the Steelers, and led them to the playoffs. Los Angeles used the first pick in the draft to select another future NFL quarterback, Scott Milanovich. Milanovich lost the starting quarterback job to Maddox, who was placed on the Xtreme as one of a handful of players put on each team due to geographic distance between the player's college and the team's hometown. Another of the eventually better-known players who was selected in the draft was Las Vegas running back Rod Smart, who first gained popularity because the name on the back of his jersey read "He Hate Me." Smart stated that he had wanted to put "They Hate Me" (a jab at his critics) but there wasn't enough room. Smart, who was only picked 357th in the draft, later went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and the Oakland Raiders, thus becoming the second XFL player (after receiver Yo Murphy did as a member of the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI)[2] to play in a Super Bowl, participating in Super Bowl XXXVIII, which his team lost. His Panther teammate Jake Delhomme named his new-born horse "She Hate Me" as a reference to Smart. Maddox became the third former XFL player to play for a Super Bowl team (Pittsburgh Steelers), in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, and he was the first to win a Super Bowl ring, although Maddox did not play in the game.

Many other XFL "alumni" who were selected in the draft went on to play in the NFL, including Kevin Kaesviharn, Jose Cortez, Corey Ivy, Mike Furrey and Rod Smart, and many others played extensively in the CFL, including Kelvin Anderson, John Avery, Duane Butler, Jeremaine Copeland, Marcus Crandell, Reggie Durden, Eric England, Paul McCallum (who wore the jersey nickname "CFL Reject"), Yo Murphy, Noel Prefontaine and Bobby Singh. The Arena Football League also absorbed some former XFL players.

Player selections[edit]

Day one of draft (October 28, 2000)[edit]

Round one[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
1 Los Angeles Xtreme Scott Milanovich Quarterback Maryland
2 Birmingham Thunderbolts Casey Weldon Quarterback Florida State
3 Memphis Maniax Marcus Crandell Quarterback East Carolina
4 Orlando Rage Jeff Brohm Quarterback Louisville
5 Las Vegas Outlaws Chuck Clements Quarterback Houston
6 San Francisco Demons Vaughn Dunbar Running Back Indiana
7 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Charles Puleri Quarterback New Mexico State
8 Chicago Enforcers John Avery Running Back Mississippi

Round two[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
9 Chicago Enforcers Paul Failla Quarterback Indiana (PA)
10 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Jermaine Smith Defensive Tackle Georgia
12 Las Vegas Antonio Edwards Defensive End Valdosta State
13 Orlando Rage Wayne Ingram Guard Prairie View A&M University
14 Memphis Maniax Darrick Holmes Running Back Portland
15 Birmingham Thunderbolts Michael Lies Guard Kansas
16 Los Angeles Xtreme Steve Russ Linebacker Air Force

Round three[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
17 Los Angeles Xtreme Derek West Tackle Colorado
18 Birmingham Thunderbolts Henry Taylor Defensive Tackle South Carolina
19 Memphis Maniax Mike Sheldon Tackle Grand Valley State
20 Orlando Rage Jonathan Brown Defensive End Tennessee
21 Las Vegas Outlaws Kory Blackwell Cornerback Massachusetts
22 San Francisco Demons Cordell Taylor Cornerback Hampton
23 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Curtis McGee Tackle Georgia Tech
24 Chicago Enforcers Julian Pittman Defensive End Florida State

Round four[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
25 Chicago Enforcers Quincy Coleman Cornerback Jackson State
26 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Tony Berti Tackle Colorado
27 San Francisco Demons David Sanders Defensive End Arkansas
28 Las Vegas Outlaws Antonio Dingle Defensive Tackle Virginia
29 Orlando Rage Derrick Clark Running Back Evangel College
30 Memphis Maniax Mike Sutton Defensive End LSU
31 Birmingham Thunderbolts Alonzo Wallace Defensive End Maryland
32 Los Angeles Xtreme Donnell Day Cornerback Cal State Northridge

Round five[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
33 Los Angeles Xtreme James Harris Defensive End Temple
34 Birmingham Thunderbolts Justin Burroughs Guard North Carolina State
35 Memphis Maniax Rico Clark Cornerback Louisville
36 Orlando Rage Ricky Bell Tight End North Carolina State
37 Las Vegas Outlaws Rickey Brady Tight End Oklahoma
38 San Francisco Demons Craig Powell Linebacker Ohio State
39 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Dwayne Sabb Defensive End New Hampshire
40 Chicago Enforcers Chike Egbuniwe Linebacker Duke

Round six[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
41 Chicago Enforcers Tim Lester Quarterback Western Michigan
42 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Mike Barber Linebacker Clemson
43 San Francisco Demons Pita Elisara Offensive Lineman Indiana
44 Las Vegas Outlaws Paul Bradford Cornerback Portland State
45 Orlando Rage James Roberson Defensive End Florida State
46 Memphis Maniax D. J. Cooper Defensive End Arkansas
47 Birmingham Thunderbolts Stepfret Williams Wide Receiver N.E. Louisiana
48 Los Angeles Xtreme Dell McGee Cornerback Auburn

Round seven[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
49 Los Angeles Xtreme Rashaan Shehee Running Back Washington
50 Birmingham Thunderbolts Duane Butler Defensive Back Illinois State
51 Memphis Maniax Basil Mitchell Running Back Texas Christian
52 Orlando Rage Mario Bailey Wide Receiver Washington
53 Las Vegas Outlaws Mike Mason Defensive End Kentucky State
54 San Francisco Demons James Hundon Wide Receiver Portland State
55 New York/New Jersey Hitmen James Cotton Defensive End Ohio State
56 Chicago Enforcers Chris Ward Defensive End Kentucky

Round eight[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
57 Chicago Enforcers Jason Bray Defensive Back Auburn
58 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Tyree Talton Cornerback Northern Iowa
59 San Francisco Demons Emile Palmer Defensive Tackle Syracuse
60 Las Vegas Outlaws Lamont Burns Guard East Carolina
61 Orlando Rage Stephen Fisher Cornerback North Carolina
62 Memphis Maniax Ketrick Sanford Running Back Houston
63 Birmingham Thunderbolts Kevin Landolt Defensive Tackle West Virginia
64 Los Angeles Xtreme Octavius Bishop Tackle Texas

Round nine[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
65 Los Angeles Xtreme Willie Jones Tackle Grambling State
66 Birmingham Thunderbolts Oliver Ross Tackle Iowa State
67 Memphis Maniax O'Lester Pope Tackle Southern Mississippi
68 Orlando Rage Jeremy Akers Tackle Notre Dame
69 Las Vegas Outlaws Leroy Collins Running Back Louisville
70 San Francisco Demons Terrance Joseph Cornerback Tulsa
71 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Jude Waddy Linebacker William and Mary
72 Chicago Enforcers Jose Portilla Tackle Arizona

Round ten[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
73 Chicago Enforcers Jamie Baisley Linebacker Indiana
74 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Chris Maumalanga Defensive Tackle Kansas
75 San Francisco Demons Mike Adams Wide Receiver Texas
76 Las Vegas Outlaws Chris Bayne Defensive Back Fresno State
77 Orlando Rage Joe Cummings Linebacker Wyoming
78 Memphis Maniax Jim Druckenmiller Quarterback Virginia Tech
79 Birmingham Thunderbolts Sedrick Curry Cornerback Texas A&M
80 Los Angeles Xtreme Jon Kirksey Defensive Tackle Sacramento State

Day two of draft (October 29, 2000)[edit]

Round eleven[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
81 Los Angeles Xtreme Steve Ingram Tackle Maryland
82 Birmingham Thunderbolts Jimmy Sprotte Linebacker Arizona
83 Memphis Maniax Glenn Rountree Center Clemson
84 Orlando Rage Hayward Clay Tight End Texas A&M
85 Las Vegas Outlaws Toran James Defensive Back North Carolina
86 San Francisco Demons Jim Arellanes Quarterback Fresno State
87 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Anthony Brown Tackle Utah
88 Chicago Enforcers Curtis Mayfield Wide Receiver Oklahoma State

Round twelve[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
89 Chicago Enforcers Charles Wylie Running Back Georgia Tech
90 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Juan Daniels Wide Receiver Georgia
91 San Francisco Demons Terry Battle Running Back Arizona State
92 Las Vegas Outlaws Donald Sellers Wide Receiver New Mexico
93 Orlando Rage Kevin Swayne Wide Receiver Wayne State
94 Memphis Maniax Earl Scott Center Arkansas
95 Birmingham Thunderbolts Nicky Savoie Tight End LSU
96 Los Angeles Xtreme Brett Williams Defensive End Clemson

Round thirteen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
97 Los Angeles Xtreme Nate Miller Center LSU
98 Birmingham Thunderbolts Ed Smith Tight End Texas
99 Memphis Maniax Jeff Kerr Line Backer East Carolina
100 Orlando Rage Ken Anderson Defensive Tackle Arkansas
101 Las Vegas Outlaws Brandon Sanders Defensive Back Arizona
102 San Francisco Demons Robert Hunt Center Virginia
103 New York/New Jersey Hitmen James Battle Wide Receiver Oregon State
104 Chicago Enforcers Leomont Evans Defensive Back Clemson

Round fourteen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
105 Chicago Enforcers Tony Ramirez Tackle Northern Colorado
106 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Juan Porter Guard Ohio State
107 San Francisco Demons Kevin Jefferson Linebacker Lehigh
108 Las Vegas Outlaws Hurley Tarver Cornerback Central Oklahoma
109 Orlando Rage Jason Gamble Guard Clemson
110 Memphis Maniax John Williams Cornerback Southern
111 Birmingham Thunderbolts Anthony Derricks Cornerback Mississippi State
112 Los Angeles Xtreme Thomas McManus Linebacker Boston College

Round fifteen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
113 Los Angeles Xtreme Josh Wilcox Tight End Oregon
114 Birmingham Thunderbolts Billy Gustin Safety Purdue
115 Memphis Maniax Hillary Butler Linebacker Washington
116 Orlando Rage Cleave Roberts Guard Troy State
117 Las Vegas Outlaws Mark Nori Guard Boston College
118 San Francisco Demons Darran Hall Wide Receiver Colorado State
119 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Ron Merkerson Linebacker Colorado
120 Chicago Enforcers Roell Preston Wide Receiver Mississippi

Round sixteen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
121 Chicago Enforcers Larry Fitzpatrick Defensive Line Illinois State
122 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Bob Rosenstiel Tight End Eastern Illinois
123 San Francisco Demons Sam Manuel Offensive Back New Mexico State
124 Las Vegas Outlaws Blaine Burger Defensive Tackle Utah
125 Orlando Rage Sedric Clark Defensive End Tulsa
126 Memphis Maniax Charles Jordan Wide Receiver Long Beach City College
127 Birmingham Thunderbolts Ryan Thomassie Center LSU
128 Los Angeles Xtreme Frank Leatherwood Running Back Appalachian State

Round seventeen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
129 Los Angeles Xtreme Curtis Eason Defensive Tackle E. Tennessee State
130 Birmingham Thunderbolts Dion Foxx Offensive Back James Madison
131 Memphis Maniax Jerry Ross Tight End Pittsburg State
132 Orlando Rage Jay Hill Cornerback Central Oklahoma
133 Las Vegas Outlaws Mike Furrey Wide Receiver Northern Iowa
134 San Francisco Demons Wendell Davis Cornerback Oklahoma
135 New York/New Jersey Hitmen David Camacho Offensive Tackle Oklahoma
136 Chicago Enforcers Matt Finkes Linebacker Ohio State

Round eighteen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
137 Chicago Enforcers Lovett Purnell Tight End West Virginia
138 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Rondell Jones Defensive Back North Carolina
139 San Francisco Demons Mario Bradley Defensive Back Southern California
140 Las Vegas Outlaws Sterling Palmer Defensive End Florida State
141 Orlando Rage Andre Purvis Defensive Tackle North Carolina
142 Memphis Maniax Dee Moronkola Cornerback Washington State
143 Birmingham Thunderbolts Steve Smith Wide Receiver Utah State
144 Los Angeles Xtreme Reggie Lowe Defensive End Troy State

Round nineteen[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
145 Los Angeles Xtreme Rico Mack Linebacker Appalachian State
146 Birmingham Thunderbolts Graham Leigh Quarterback New Mexico
147 Memphis Maniax A. J. Ofodile Tight End Missouri
148 Orlando Rage Scott Cloman Wide Receiver Southern
149 Las Vegas Outlaws JJ Huggins Tight End Alabama State
150 San Francisco Demons Ryan Christopherson Fullback Wyoming
151 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Dino Philyaw Running Back Oregon
152 Chicago Enforcers Ray Austin Cornerback Tennessee

Round twenty[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
153 Chicago Enforcers Ronnie Powell Wide Receiver Northwestern State
154 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Tyrell Peters Linebacker Oklahoma
155 San Francisco Demons Trezelle Jenkins Offensive Tackle Michigan
156 Las Vegas Outlaws Kelvin Kinney Defensive End Virginia State
157 Orlando Rage Kelly Malveaux Cornerback Arizona
158 Memphis Maniax Kevin Peoples Defensive Back NC Central
159 Birmingham Thunderbolts Malcolm Hamilton Inside Linebacker Baylor
160 Los Angeles Xtreme Todd Doxzon Wide Receiver Iowa State

Round twenty one[edit]

Pick # XFL Team Player Position College
161 Los Angeles Xtreme Latario Rachal Wide Receiver Fresno State
162 Birmingham Thunderbolts Fred White Defensive Back Tennessee
163 Memphis Maniax Patrick Sapp Linebacker Clemson
164 Orlando Rage Joseph Wesley Linebacker LSU
165 Las Vegas Outlaws Isaac Davis Offensive Line Arkansas
166 San Francisco Demons Gregg Williams Defensive Back UNC
167 NY/NJ Hitmen Phil Savoy Wide Receiver Colorado
168 Chicago Enforcers Ben French Offensive Line Rutgers

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