ARLINGTON, Tex. — The XFL kicked off 2023 and the road to its relaunch Sunday with its supplemental draft. The St. Louis BattleHawks was the first team to make a selection in the supplemental draft. The draft was scheduled to fill out any remaining roster positions for all eight teams.
With the first overall selection, the BattleHawks selected offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty from the University of Michigan.
Bushell-Beatty is no stranger to the BattleHawks, as he was a ninth-round pick during Phase 2 of the 2019 XFL Draft. However, he (with Charles James) was traded off to the Houston Roughnecks in exchange for David Rivers in a January 2020 preseason trade.
90 players were drafted across 17 rounds. Of the 90 players drafted in the XFL supplemental draft, the BattleHawks drafted 14.
The supplemental draft selections would include two criteria relating to the XFL Draft on November 16-17: previous ineligibility for the XFL Draft and those players who were undrafted in the initial Draft. Some of these selections include graduates of the NFL Alumni Academy.
NFL Alumni Academy graduates who were not selected will be designated for assignment to teams with instructions to report to training camps.
The following is a list of supplemental draft selections for the BattleHawks:
|05/33||Hakeem Butler||WR||Iowa State|
|07/49||Chris Cooper||DB||Stony Brook|
|11/72||Alex Matheson||LS||Cal Lutheran|
|13/82||Murray Nyquann||WR||Florida State|
|14/87||Charlie Taumoepeau||TE||Portland State|
A full listing of each draft pick, by each team and by overall selections, can be viewed here.
League and team personnel evaluated nearly 6,000 players at XFL showcases, NFL training camps, and tryouts. The top prospects from these evaluations were invited to enter the XFL Draft pool of 1,700 players.
The 2023 XFL season will kick off on February 18 in partnership with its exclusive broadcast partner, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN. Season tickets are available online for all teams at XFL.com/tickets.
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