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Coach Gilbride Discusses The XFL Draft, Preps For Inaugural Season

The year 2020 will bring with it much of the same as 2019. One thing that’ll be new is the XFL. For those who are unaware, the XFL is an upcoming reboot of the National Football League. It was first proposed in 2001 as an alternative football league with fewer off-field controversies and faster, simpler play compared to the NFL. There will be eight teams, and The New York Guardians will get the chance to be among the marquee teams in this new league, as they will be coached by long-time NFL offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

This will be an interesting challenge for Gilbride, as he enters two new domains: his first stint as a head coach in a brand new league. The goal of the league is to be a safer, more entertaining, and straightforward version of the current NFL. When asked about his experience, Gilbride responded: “Certainly very pleased with what we put together…You never know until you get on the field and you go get somebody…we got a high number of guys we were hoping to get.” 

The league held the 2020 XFL Draft October 15-16, and the Guardians got some notable former NFL players in the building. “Very much it’s a challenge…there’s enough experienced guys on the coaching staff…there’s certainly guys with good connections…you couldn’t have gone about it any other way than we did,” said Gilbride when asked about his coaching staff and personnel. “It’s different…you’re establishing foundation…the fun part was to watch and evaluate…”

The first player allocated to the Guardians was quarterback Matt McGloin. He’s expected to be the starting quarterback, and he was a multi-year NFL veteran with 11 TDS to his 5 NFL seasons. His main action came with the Oakland Raiders; hee is a Penn State alum and a veteran QB, and he brings some stability to the initial tenure of the team.

Then in Round 1, they prioritized receivers, as they used 7 of their 9 picks to go receiver, adding much versatility to the receiving corps. Round 2 saw them pursue offensive linemen, Round 3 was for the defensive front seven, round 4 was for the defensive backfield, and Round 5 was open to all positions. 

This season should be quite entertaining, and it will be quite a learning experience for many first time head coaches and players who’ve traditionally been back-ups in previous stops. It will be a fascinating experience, from the players to the coaches to the schedule. The team selected players with reputations as leaders and went heavy on offense. They now possess a solid tackling defensive unit with a lot of size inside and speed outside. 

There’s a lot to get hyped for, especially in the backfield and McGloin giving the team some life. On paper, this team also has an outstanding secondary in a league that expects to be heavy on passing. New York has yet another reason to get excited, as the team’s imagery is of gargoyles, which protect the building and city from “nefarious” spirits.

That’s definitely mythological, but it’s always fun to use your imagination. There’s certainly no need to conjure up or imagine the optimism that  shines supreme if you are a Guardians fan heading into the season.

Here is the Draft roster for the New York Guardians:

The following chart is a full list of all players selected during the first day of the XFL Draft:

Phase 1Skill Players   
13DeAngelo YancyWRPurdue
26Mekale McCayWRCincinnati
33Tanner GentryWRWyoming
46Tim CookRBOregon State
53Demarcus AyersWRHouston
66EJ BibbsTEIowa State
73Keith TowbridgeTELouisville
86Justin StocktonRBTexas Tech
93Darius VictorRBTowson
106Marquise WilliamsQBNorth Carolina
Phase 2Offensive Line   
116Jarron JonesOTNotre Dame
123Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
136Parker CollinsOCAppalachian State
143Anthony CoyleOGFordham
156Zac KerinOGToledo
163Brian FineanganofoOTIdaho State
176John KlingOTBuffalo
183Ian SilbermanOGBoston College
196Nate TheakerOTWayne St.
203Arie KouandjioOGAlabama
Phase 3Defensive Front Seven   
217Ben HeeneyLBKansas
222Joey MbuDTHouston
237Austin LarkinDEPurdue
242TJ BarnesDTGeorgia Tech
257Nick DeLucaLBNorth Dakota St.
262D’Juan HinesLBHouston
277Jarrell OwensDEOklahoma St.
282Cavon WalkerDTMaryland
297Garrison SmithDTGeorgia
302Rykeem YatesDENevada

The following chart lists all players selected during the second day of the XFL Draft:

12Jamar SummerCBUConn
27Lorenzo DossCBTulane
32David RiversCBYoungstown State
47Dravon Askew-HenrySAFWest Virginia
52Demetrious CoxSAFMichigan State
67Andrew SorohSAFFlorida Atlantic
72Jeremiah McKinnonCBFlorida International
87Terrence AlexanderCBLSU
92Nydair RouseCBWestchester
107Ranthony TexadaCBTCU
12Scott DalyLSSouth Carolina
27Darnell LeslieLBMonmouth
32Toby JohnsonDTGeorgia
47J-Shun HarrisWRIndiana
52George JohnsonDERutgers
67Frank GindaLBSan Jose State
72Ryan MuellerDEKansas State
87Wes SuttonSAFNorthern Arizona
92Matthew ColburnRBWake Forest
107Jake PowellTEMonmouth
112Victor OchiDEStony Brook
127Colby PearsonWRBrigham Young
132Robert McCrayLBIndiana
147Jawuan JohnsonLBTexas Christian
152Quadree HendersonWRPittsburgh
167Aaron TaylorSAFBall State
172Garrett FugateQBCentral Missouri
187Tommy BohanonRBWake Forest
192Garrett BrumfieldOCLouisiana State
207Bunmi RotimiDTOld Dominion
212Adrian BellardOTTexas State
227Justice LigginsWRStephen F. Austin
232Dejaun NealCBShepherd
247Jake SutherlandTEMorehead State
252Max LyonsSAFSoutheast Louisiana
267Octayvius MilesWRAlabama A&M
272Keevan LucasWRTulsa
287Malik HarrisDEIncarnate Word
292Thomas DolesOTNorthwestern
307Lawrence PittmanRBWingate

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