Well, that's kinda fun. The conference call draft began on Tuesday and, hilariously enough, included a lunch break, a manually set draft timer after each selection and a manually-entered, in real time, updated Excel spreadsheet.
The draft format is very different and actually resembles a fantasy draft given its serpentine format. The eight team league allowed coaches to submit a list of their preferred quarterbacks, known as "Tier 1" players and the league assigned the teams their selected player ahead of the draft. Other notable quarterback assignments were Cardale Jones to the DC Defenders, Matt McGloin to the New York Guardians and Aaron Murray to the Tampa Bay Vipers. Following the quarterback allocation, a serpentine draft occurred in phases starting with "Skill Positions" and was then followed by other positions such as offensive line, defensive front seven, defensive backs, etc. The most notable skill position player selected in the first round was the former fantasy hype machine known as Christine Michael, who was selected by the St. Louis Battlehawks sixth overall. Other names of notes selected were: Connor Cook, Sammie Coates, Cameron Artis-Payne, Jace Amaro, Matt Jones and others. The entire draft list, which can be seen above, is a who's who of fantasy washouts which is sure to bring "Hey, I remember him" quips from readers.
The XFL is set to kick-off in 2020.