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AAF QB draft
General information
Date(s)November 27, 2018
LocationHyperX Esports Arena
Luxor Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada[1]
Network(s)CBS Sports Network[1]
32[2] total selections
First selectionJosh Johnson
San Diego Fleet[2]

The AAF QB draft was the only draft for the Alliance of American Football (AAF), held in advance of the 2019 season. The draft was a four-round quarterback draft where clubs were allowed to "protect or pick" from the selection. It was held on November 27, 2018, at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas and broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.[1]

Draft rules[edit]

The draft lasted four rounds with a preset draft order. The first round included a "pick or protect" method, where if a team elected to protect a player, they selected their player before the teams electing to not protect a player from their region. The second round kept the original selection order with the third and fourth rounds being the reverse order selection.

"Protect or pick" rules[edit]

Quarterbacks were allocated by region based on where they played college football or last played with an NFL or CFL team. If the player went to school outside of an Alliance team's area, the player was unallocated and eligible for selection by any team.[1] Teams were given the option to "protect" any player from their area, and would become that team's first round selection. Teams electing not to "protect" a player would then "pick" from the entire pool of eligible quarterbacks based on draft order for their first round selection. Any quarterback that was already signed to an Alliance team was eligible to be selected in the draft.[3]

Player selections[edit]

Rnd. Pick # AAF team Player College Most recent pro team roster Notes
1 1 San Diego Fleet Josh Johnson[2] San Diego Oakland Raiders Protected
1 2 Atlanta Legends Aaron Murray Georgia[2] Los Angeles Rams Protected[4]
1 3 Memphis Express Troy Cook UT Martin Protected
1 4 San Antonio Commanders Dustin Vaughan West Texas A&M Baltimore Ravens Protected
1 5 Birmingham Iron Luis Perez Texas A&M–Commerce Los Angeles Rams
1 6 Arizona Hotshots Trevor Knight[5] Texas A&M Atlanta Falcons
1 7 Orlando Apollos Garrett Gilbert SMU Carolina Panthers
1 8 Salt Lake Stallions Josh Woodrum Liberty Baltimore Ravens
2 9 San Diego Fleet Mike Bercovici[5] Arizona State Arizona Cardinals
2 10 Birmingham Iron Blake Sims[4] Alabama Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2 11 Arizona Hotshots John Wolford Wake Forest New York Jets
2 12 Orlando Apollos Stephen Morris[2] Miami (FL) Houston Texans
2 13 Atlanta Legends Matt Simms Tennessee Atlanta Falcons
2 14 Salt Lake Stallions B. J. Daniels South Florida Saskatchewan Roughriders[2]
2 15 Memphis Express Christian Hackenberg Penn State Cincinnati Bengals
2 16 San Antonio Commanders Marquise Williams North Carolina Saskatchewan Roughriders
3 17 San Antonio Commanders Logan Woodside Toledo Tennessee Titans
3 18 Memphis Express Brandon Silvers Troy
3 19 Salt Lake Stallions Austin Allen Arkansas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3 20 Atlanta Legends Peter Pujals Holy Cross Minnesota Vikings
3 21 Orlando Apollos Austin Appleby Florida Dallas Cowboys
3 22 Arizona Hotshots Quinn McQueary Montana Tech
3 23 Birmingham Iron Scott Tolzien[2] Wisconsin Indianapolis Colts[4]
3 24 San Diego Fleet Philip Nelson East Carolina Winnipeg Blue Bombers
4 25 San Antonio Commanders Dalton Sturm UTSA Dallas Cowboys
4 26 Memphis Express Zach Mettenberger[2] LSU Pittsburgh Steelers
4 27 Salt Lake Stallions Matt Linehan Idaho
4 28 Atlanta Legends Justin Holman UCF Montreal Alouettes
4 29 Orlando Apollos Kevin Anderson Fordham
4 30 Arizona Hotshots Jack Heneghan Dartmouth San Francisco 49ers
4 31 Birmingham Iron Alek Torgersen Penn Arizona Cardinals
4 32 San Diego Fleet Alex Ross Coastal Carolina Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Source [6]


  1. ^ a b c d Scott, Dana (October 31, 2018). "Alliance of American Football league to hold 'Protect or Pick' quarterback draft". Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Seifert, Kevin (November 27, 2018). "Hackenberg among QBs allocated in AAF draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Benjamin, Cody (November 27, 2018). "Alliance of American Football 2019 QB Draft: How to watch, stream, notable eligible quarterbacks, draft rules". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Schad, Tom (November 28, 2018). "Ex-NFL players Christian Hackenberg, Scott Tolzien among notable QB AAF draft selections". USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Somers, Kent (November 28, 2018). "AAF draft: Arizona Hotshots think they found their man in quarterback Trevor Knight". AZ Central. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Wilson, Ryan (November 28, 2018). "Alliance of American Football QB Draft: Aaron Murray, Christian Hackenberg highlight QBs taken in AAF event". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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