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2022 UDFA headlines 11 ex-bosses drafted into XFL

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The XFL held its first official draft this week after the last restart, and the Kansas City Chiefs organization was well represented with 11 former players.

Under new owners — Dany Garcia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and RedBird Capital Partners — the XFL will compete with the USFL’s second year for ratings next February, with the first starting February 18. In 2023 there will be eight teams representing the following cities: Arlington, Washington DC, Houston, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Antonio, Seattle and St. Louis.

Below are the ex-chiefs who made it through this week’s selection process.

Some of the more notable NFL athletes who have chosen to join the XFL have been former players like wide receiver Martavis Bryant and edge rusher Vic Beasley — both of whom start with the Vegas Vipers. Former Dallas Cowboys substitute Ben DiNucci leads the quarterback league with running back Kalen Ballage and ex-Raiders second-round pick PJ Hall (DT) landing on rosters like San Antonio and Seattle.

As for the Chiefs contingent, the group of 11 is listed below with their position and new XFL partner:

The name that immediately catches the eye from a league-wide perspective is Bausby, who has appeared in 26 NFL games in combination with four different organizations. Chiefs fans may remember him best as a member of the Denver Broncos, where he started five games, but the journeyman cornerback began his pro career in Kansas City as an undrafted rookie.

Unfortunately, he never played a game for the Chiefs after a broken collarbone sidelined him from training camp.

More memorable for KC fans was Terrance Smith. The linebacker made 31 appearances (three starts) with the Chiefs from 2016-18. During that period, he totaled 36 tackles, an interception and a sack.

Of course, the trend towards timeliness leads us back to three newer names – Rose, Barcoo and Edwards. 2022 UDFA linebacker Rose, a native of Iowa State, entered training camp as a longshot to make the 53-man roster. He did make it to the final rounds of the cut, however, but was beaten for a spot on the practice team by fellow UDFA Jack Cochrane. Cochrane is now on the Chiefs’ active roster.

Barcoo and Edwards were prospects offered futures contracts at the start of the 2022 offseason, but neither made it into the latest round of cuts.

As for the others, only Ellis and Emmanuel Smith have appeared in regular-season games with the Chiefs, and the latter was actually a member of the 2019 Super Bowl roster — despite not finding his way into a game until 2020.

As a reminder, former Kansas City tight end Anthony Becht coaches the St. Louis Battlehawks in their freshman year. Rose and Shepherd make up the ex-chiefs contingent on that roster, and given their close roots, KC fans may gravitate towards supporting the upstart from St. Louis.

“Humbled and honored to be a part of @XFL2023” Becht tweeted When the coaches were first announced, he added that he “Fired Up!”

As a 12-year-old NFL pro, Becht ended his career as chief. Though his tenure at Kansas City was short, the former New York Jets first-round pick in 2011 made nine games in the red and gold after stints in Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Arizona.

At the age of 34, he caught three of four goals for 26 yards that season but was used primarily as a blocker.

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