Five former ‘Noles to enter XFL Draft

While former Florida State stars like Dalvin Cook, Brian Burns, and Jameis Winston are excelling in the NFL, other former ‘Noles are trying to keep their football dreams alive. According to the XFL, Roberto Aguayo, Ryan Green, Giorgio Newberry, Reggie Northrup, and Jacques Patrick are among the first group of players to enter the league’s upcoming draft. Aguayo, Green, Newberry, and Northrup were all members of FSU’s 2013 National Championship team.

The XFL’s eight-team draft is scheduled for Oct. 15-16 with the league expecting to begin play on Feb. 8, 2020. Like the AAF, the XFL will try to take advantage of the college and NFL offseasons to draw viewership. Green, Newberry, and Northrup were all members of the AAF’s Orlando Apollos a season ago. With the league folding, they’ll have to prove themselves once again to get into the XFL.

As undrafted free agents out of college, the trio failed to stick with New York Jets, Pittsburgh, and Washington, respectively. Green was a solid reserve running back during his time in Tallahassee, backing up Devonta Freeman, James Wilder, Dalvin Cook, and Cam Akers during his time as a ‘Nole. That’s a lot of talent in the backfield. Newberry played mostly in a reserve role as a well, seeing snaps at tight end and on the defensive line. He’s probably best known to fans for being on the field for Kelvin Benjamin’s game-winning catch in the championship. Northrup started 25 games during his career, including the Rose Bowl against Oregon, and we’ll never forget Robot Reggie.

Aguayo has basically been out of football since his dreadful stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He bounced around on a few practice squads but wasn’t able to battle his way back into the NFL. The former Seminole was one of the top-college kickers of all-time. Aguayo finished his collegiate career by making 69/78 of his field-goal attempts and all 198 of his extra points. That’s a far cry from his only season with the Bucs, where he went 22/31 (71%) while missing two extra points. He’ll be trying to rebuild his career after one of the worst collapses we’ve ever seen from a kicker. Hopefully, he’ll be successful.

Patrick went undrafted in the 2019 draft and didn’t make an NFL training camp despite earning a few tryout offers. Like Green, Patrick came through Florida State at an unfortunate time with the amount of talent at running back. Patrick was the primary backup to Cook and Akers during his time in garnet and gold. The former five-star prospect really never got to show off his full talents in college. Maybe he’ll get that opportunity in the XFL.

Stay tuned on Oct. 15-16 to see where these five former ‘Noles to begin their XFL careers. The league is expecting each team to draft around 70 players.

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