AAF Free Agency: See Ya in the Pros

Nate Wahl

I have gathered my six players on each AAF team that have the most potential to go to the NFL or any of the other pro football leagues (XFL, IFL CFL, etc.) My bolded summaries are my all-time LOCKS for a chance at the NFL. You will also see my notes if a player has already signed or has action with NFL scouts. Enjoy!

Arizona Hotshots

  1. Rashad Ross, Wide Receiver-Most consistent receiver in AAF history. Built his stock from the ground up since Week 1. I can think of multiple NFL that needs a speedster like Rashad Ross on their team. New York Giants pick up the phone and make the call. Note: Ross just signed with the Carolina Panthers hours ago. Oh boy, Cam Newton is going to have some fun.
  2. Erick Dargan, Safety
  3. John Wolford, Quarterback- Aside from Gilbert, the best Quarterback to come out of the AAF. Has a great arm and great at finding any receiver. I like Wolford in Cincinnati giving Andy Dalton a consistent backup who may get more reps than you think.
  4. Steven Johnson, Linebacker- Johnson has a great story. Came from nothing, got one walk-on at Kansas to start college. Relished on the opportunity and made something big in the AAF is a defensive playmaker. I really hope teams don’t stay away from Johnson (31) due to ageHe could be a great fit in Tampa Bay, Cleveland, or Oakland.
  5. Jhurrell Pressley, Running Back
  6. Nyles Morgan, Linebacker

Atlanta Legends

  1. Jeff Luc, Linebacker- It took Kevin Coyle about half the season to see Luc’s potential, but he found him. Guaranteed tackles are what you get with Jeff Luc. Bengals know Jeff Luc from his time as a UC Bearcat, they just lost Vontez Burfict, pick up the phone Zac Taylor and make the call for Jeff Luc.
  2. Tyson Graham, Safety-Although he ended his AAF career with injury, Graham was a player that was all over the field Weeks 1-6. Started as a receiver at South Dakota, has great hands. Carolina Panthers, make the call this kid is what you need in your secondary. Quick Note: Per @CrownLoyalAAF (Legends Official Podcast), pending his physical Tyson Graham will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow.
  3. Tracy Sprinkle, Defensive Tackle
  4. Younghoe Koo, Kicker-Koo scored the first points in AAF history and was a perfect 14/14 in the AAF, picture perfect for the Chicago Bears to give him a look so their fan base doesn’t have to suffer another kicking miscue after last season’s playoff ending.
  5. J.T. Jones, Defensive End
  6. Khalil Bass, Linebacker

Birmingham Iron

  1. Quinton Patton, Wide Receiver- I think Patton has better stats if he has a better Quarterback for sure. A highly targetted player for Luis Perez, I think Patton can make an NFL roster. Best suitable fit: Cardinals, Patriots, and Colts.
  2. Beniquez Brown, Linebacker- Brown provided the 2nd most tackles in the AAF and was a force and leader of this Iron defense all in all. A smaller linebacker that can play anywhere at linebacker which NFL teams will like such as Rams., Steelers, and maybe a 2nd shot with the Green Bay Packers under Mike Pettine.
  3. Colton Schmidt, Punter
  4. Trent Richardson, Running Back (as a Fullback)
  5. Jamar Summers, Cornerback- In my opinion, Jamar Summers strongly boosted his résumé with the Birmingham Iron. Pass deflection monster and brought in 3 INT as well. I like a fit for Summer in Detroit, San Fransisco, and Indianapolis who all have primary needs at Corner.
  6. Bradley Sylve, Cornerback

Memphis Express

  1. DeMarquise Gates, Linebacker-Will go down as the AAF’s tackle leader of all time. Gates is a playmaker on defense and someone who will produce right away. I see the Oakland Raiders need a linebacker, make the call Jon Gruden you won’t regret it. High motor player.
  2. Drew Jackson, Linebacker
  3. Reece Horn, Wide Receiver- Reece Horn is the diamond in the rough AAF player I talked about a bunch this year. A great sized receiver from D-2 and has great catching ability. Also suited well on Punt Returns. Suitors: He fits the Patriots “type”, Ravens, Saints, and Titans.
  4. Brandon Silvers, Quarterback- The last three games are when Silvers made his last mark on the AAF. After Memphis has gone thru hell at quarterback all year, he was the consistent breath of fresh air this squad needed. (sorry, Johnny Manziel) I’d like to see Brandon Silvers as QB2 under Nick Foles in Jacksonville, I think he could be a great fit there. Quick Note: Silvers will try out for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings next week.
  5. Arnold Tarpley III, Defensive Back
  6. Jeremy Cutrer, Defensive Back

Orlando Apollos

  1. Garrett Gilbert, Quarterback- My offensive league MVP, Gilbert shined like a star all year and really proved himself and the doubters from the start of the year (aka me) Giants, Jaguars, and Broncos you all need a QB2 (Giants QB1) to not giving the AAF MVP a shot would be a disservice to your organization.
  2. Charles Johnson, Wide Receiver
  3. Earl Okine, Defensive End
  4. Keith Reaser, Defensive Back- One hour ago, Keith Reaser signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and is the first AAF player signed to the NFL.
  5. Terence Garvin, Linebacker
  6. D’Enest Johnson, Running Back Johnson plays like a James White-type player, pass/catch running back that has great vision to run the ball as well. I really like Johnson as a 1st and 2nd down guy suitable for Eagles, Raiders, Jets, or Falcons.

Salt Lake Stallions

  1. Karter Schult, Defensive End- The runner-up sack leader in the AAF with 7 sacks, Schult is another player that came out of nowhere and used the AAF as a stepping stone for the next level. The need for Edge Rushers/D Ends is very needed among many NFL Teams. The suitors for Schult? Seahawks, Giants, Falcons, and Dolphins
  2. De’Mornay Pierson-El, Wide Receiver- Pierson-El is a player that has a lot of potentials especially at age 23 as a wide receiver. Suitors for Pierson-El should be Cardinals, Chargers, Redskins, and Titans.
  3. Austin Rehkow, Punter
  4. C.J. Smith, Defensive Back
  5. Joel Bouagnon, Running Back
  6. Mike Purcell, Defensive Tackle- Purcell definitely made his presence known on that Stallions D Line. 11 QB hits and 3 sacks from a 330-pound defensive tackle ranks among the best in the AAF. Buffalo, Dallas, and New England have a primary need for Purcell.

San Antonio Commanders

  1. Jayrone Elliott, Linebacker- Will go down as the AAF’s sack leader of all time (7.5). Hey Green Bay, why did you ever let Jayrone go in the first place? You just lost Clay Matthews, call in a name you know Brian Gutekunst he’ll make it easy for you.
  2. Mekale McKay, Wide Receiver– McKay’s numbers were hit or miss this AAF season, but he continued to be one of the most targetted receivers in the AAF.
  3. Kenneth Farrow, Running Back
  4. De’Vante Bausby, Cornerback- A league leader in INTs, Bausby also had a pass deflected in 7/8 AAF games which an impressive streak. Small school guy that could come out with a big impact in the NFL with Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers or his home state Kansas City Chiefs. Quick Note: Bausby just signed with the Denver Broncos.
  5. Nick Rose, Kicker
  6. Logan Woodside, Quarterback

San Diego Fleet

  1. Dontez Ford, Wide Receiver- Despite not much action in the first few games and held out to due to injury in the last two games, the fact that Ford had the 3rd most receiving yards in the AAF is very impressive. Suitable teams: Redskins, Jaguar and Dolphins.
  2. Damontre Moore, Defensive Tackle
  3. Ryan Moeller, Defensive Back
  4. Kameron Kelly, Defensive Back- Kelly was tied with Bausby for the INT led in the AAF. Very in your face defensive back, would be a great asset to the Seattle Seahawks who are in need of a better secondary.
  5. Philip Nelson, quarterback Ended his season on IR but brought the winning charisma to the Fleet during his time during the season. Had extremely low expectations on Nelson going in and he shattered me in just two weeks. There are good QB2 spots for Nelson for New York Jets, New York Giants, and Oakland Raiders.
  6. Ja’Quan Gardner, Running Back

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