Orlando Guardians Looking to Make Splash in Supplemental Draft
New year, new opportunities for these 90 players selected in today’s Supplemental Draft #XFLDraft.-@XFL2023 Twitter
January 1st saw 90 new players added to the eight XFL teams. A New Year means a new journey in a league trying to carve out a place in the professional football landscape. A lot of familiar names showed up in this supplemental draft. Some come from different Spring leagues like the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Some are back from the first relaunch of the XFL. But if there is one thing they all have in common, it’s the desire to put their talents on display for their team cities.
Orlando beefed up their defensive unit, selecting Trevon Sanders (DT), Tegray Scales (OLB, and Josh Harvey-Clemons (SAF) in their six-pick draft. Sanders, a police officer in North Charleston, played his college ball at Troy. He recorded 108 tackles, 6 sacks, and an interception. He was named All-Sun Belt 1st team in 2018 and 2nd team in 2017. Sanders also played for the LA Wildcats in the 2020 version of the XFL.
Josh Harvey-Clemons was a highly touted safety for the University of Georgia and transferred to Louisville after being dismissed from UGA for violating team rules. Harvey-Clemons had two great years with Louisville, recording 148 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 2 sacks. He was drafted by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Tegray Scales had quite the college resume at Indiana. He played all four seasons and ended his career with 325 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 18 sacks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018 by the L.A. Rams. He spent time with multiple NFL teams and a stint with the Dallas Renegades (XFL 2.0) and the Houston Gamblers (USFL).
The Guardians, looking to deepen the talent on offense brought in Eli Rogers (WR), Aaron Dilworth (WR), and Darius Clark (RB).
A familiar name at WR, Eli Rogers brings a ton of experience to the team. He played at the University of Louisville. Rogers was an outstanding receiver for the Cardinals, finishing third in school history in receptions and sixth in receiving yards. Rogers was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he finished his first active season with 48 receptions for 594 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games and eight starts. His 72.7% catch rate ranked tenth among all NFL wide receivers in 2016. With injuries plaguing his career, he hopes to make an impact for the Guardians quickly.
With a few seasons of indoor football, Aaron Dilworth will look to impress as much back on a full field. Dilworth spent the 2022 season with the Sioux Fall Storm where he caught 39 passes for 509 yards and eight touchdowns. Dilworth spent his college career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Darius Clark is a swiss army knife out of Newberry College. He appeared in 43 games, recording 103 rushing attempts for 384 yards, 35 receptions for 264 yards, and five total touchdowns. He was signed to a contract by the Carolina Panthers after a HUB Football Camp. Clark has the ability to play running back, wide receiver, return kicks, and line up on special teams coverage.
A full list of the supplemental picks can be found HERE.