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From XFL to NFL: Who could we see in the spotlight?

With the XFL season being cut short due to COVID-19, the league has announced that players are permitted to sign with an NFL team. Which XFL stars will we see being given a chance in the big leagues?

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The Toledo Blade

Storm Norton, OT

The standout, No.1 offensive lineman in the XFL, protecting the blindside of Josh Johnson for the Wildcats. He has NFL pedigree, signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent and starting a game for the Vikings. Unfortunately the 6’8, 308 lb Norton couldn’t cling onto any team despite the league always needing competent linemen. Still just 25-years-old, teams could take another look at him with so much awful line play across the NFL.

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The Athletic

P.J. Walker, QB

You could talk about Cardale Jones and his arm, we all love him, but Walker was far more productive over the half-season we saw of him. In five games he had over 1,300 yards, 15 TDs and showed his agility with almost 100 yards on the ground. While there is a surplus of QBs in the NFL at the moment you can always upgrade your back-up spot and Walker may have caught the eye of a few general managers.

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Sports Betting Dime

Deatrick Nichols, CB

The XFL leader in interceptions, playing for the Houston Roughnecks and their No.1 ranked defence. He once played for the Cardinals but never cracked a start on defence, solely playing on special teams. Due to his stature (5’10, 185 lbs,) teams would likely view Nichols as a slot corner where he’s unlikely to be matched up with the huge outside receivers that could outjump him all day long.

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Cam Phillips, WR

The leading receiver in the XFL was impressive despite recording a 4.79 40-yard dash in the NFL combine, the main reason he went undrafted. He left Virginia Tech as their all-time leader in receiving yards and catches and he proved how good he can be in the XFL. Whether he could handle NFL defensive backs is another matter but he’s proved he should be given a chance. He scored nine touchdowns over five games and showed insane jump-ball ability, he could catch on as a third or fourth option in an offense.

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Kenny Robinson, S

Robinson is a curious case because he is the only player in the XFL with college eligibility remaining which means he will be in the NFL draft this year. He played well in his five games, likely well enough to make himself a day two selection. Dismissed from college, teams will have their concerns but his talent is undeniable and as we’ve seen countless times in the NFL, it’s talent over almost everything.

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