The Alliance of American Football (the AAF) has arrived, sending football fans across the country into a fever pitch.
FOOTBALL IS NOT OVER, AFTER ALL!
And with the first of a ten week schedule underway, football fans will look to get to know these players and develop favorites. But as a Draft guy, this league is fun because it's stocked to the brim full of players that I know from my efforts in scouting.
And while the AAF (and the upcoming XFL in 2020) are strong plays for more football and should provide benefit to fans, players and coaches alike, the NFL is still king. So if the NFL were to come knocking, which players on these 2019 AAF rosters would be most likely to get a call?
Here are three AAF players who could make an NFL 53-man roster in 2019.
Orlando Apollos WR Jalin Marshall
Marshall last played for the New York Jets in 2016, but hasn't made his way back to the league after playing 10 games in his rookie season. Marshall, an Ohio State product, left the Buckeyes early and things haven't materialized the way he'd have hoped.
But the dude just scored the first touchdown in league history...so he's a lock for the AAF Hall of Fame.
Seriously though, Marshall has special teams experience and with a good showing over these 10 games as a featured piece of Coach Steve Spurrier's offense, Marshall could earn himself a look. And his special teams value offers him a fighting chance.
San Diego Fleet DE Damontre Moore
The Fleet's Damontre Moore last played in the NFL this past season, logging one tackle in two games played with the Oakland Raiders. Now, it's not necessarily a great omen that the pass rush hungry Raiders didn't get any production out of Moore...but he's got experience with four teams in six seasons, so there's plenty of networking and potential opportunity available to him.
Moore logged a sack last night in the Fleet's opening week loss to San Antonio.
San Antonio Commanders WR Greg Ward Jr.
Fun fact: Greg Ward Jr. has a Super Bowl ring. A member of the Eagles' practice squad in 2017, Ward received a lot of good reviews during his time with the franchise. But the numbers game added up to the Eagles cutting Ward this fall, and off to the AAF he went.
Ward made an impressive catch against the Fleet last night, showing off some impressive ball skills for a former college Quarterback (Houston Cougars).
Live reps for Ward at Wide Receiver can go a long way in changing the perception around him as a player and could culminate with a deal going into training camp this summer with an NFL squad.
Who else on the AAF's eight teams could make a big splash in the NFL next season? Let me know, you can reach me on Twitter (@GrindingTheTape) to tell me who I missed.