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Former Vikings and Gophers players selected in XFL Draft

The XFL kicks off in February of 2020.

Ahead of Vince McMahon's XFL re-launch in 2020, the football league's first annual draft took place this week, and Minnesotans might recognize a few players.

Not only were former Vikings taken by the eight teams in the league, but there's a few former Gopher football standouts too. Starting with the Vikings, here's who was taken in the draft this week – funnily enough most of them were offensive lineman.

  • OL Storm Noron, Los Angeles Wildcats
  • OL Willie Beavers, Dallas Renegades
  • OL John Keenoy, Dallas Renegades
  • OL Zac Kerin, New York Guardians
  • OL Cornelius Edison, Houston Roughnecks
  • WR Jeff Badet, Dallas Renegades
  • WR Stacy Coley, Dallas Renegades
  • LB Edmund Robinson, Houston Roughnecks
  • TE Nick Truesdell, Tampa Bay Vipers

It's worth noting Badet and Truesdell were taken 5th and 6th overall respectively in the first round.

Meanwhile, a few former Gopher football players were also taken, including prep star and former Minnesota Mr. Football winner Phillip Nelson.

  • QB Phillip Nelson, Dallas Renegades
  • LB Jonathan, DC Defenders 
  • CB Jale Myrick, DC Defenders

If you're looking for a team to root for, going with the Dallas Renegades seems like the logical choice since they drafted five players that have Minnesota ties.

The XFL Draft was not a traditional one – because of course it wasn't – instead, the league broke the draft into five phases.

  1. Skilled positions
  2. Offensive linemen
  3. Front seven defenders
  4. Defensive backs
  5. Special teams/remaining players

The XFL season kicks off Saturday, February 8, 2020 – one week after the NFL Super Bowl. Games will be broadcasted on ESPN and Fox Sports. 

Hopefully Vince McMahon has a better go of it this time around as the first time around, the league folded after one season.

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