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Former Ole Miss QB Ta’amu among top XFL draft picks

Former Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was among the first players to become part of the new XFL.

Ta’amu was one of eight quarterbacks allocated to each of the league’s eight teams before the first round of the draft. He was allocated to the St. Louis Battlehawks.
Ta’amu passed for 3,198 yards and 19 touchdowns for Ole Miss in 2018. He signed with the Houston Texans in August, but was cut at the end of training camp.

Ta’amu is the only one of the eight allocated XFL quarterbacks that has not had any regular-season professional experience.

The other allocated quarterbacks included former Ohio State star Cardale Jones, who went to the DC Defenders; former Oklahoma and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones to the Dallas Renegades; and former Georgia star Aaron Murray to the Tampa Bay Vipers.

The rest of the draft was conducted in phases, with offensive skill players, offensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs being selected in waves.

Former Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross was taken by the Seattle Dragons with the 23rd overall pick of the offensive skill position phase.

Ross is Mississippi State’s career leader in receptions, with 199 for 2,528 yards and 22 touchdowns. He signed with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in 2017 as an undrafted free agent, but spent that season on injured reserve and was cut during training camp in 2018.

The Dragons also picked former Mississippi State center Dillon Day during the offensive linemen phase. Former Ole Miss offensive linemen Christian Morris and Daronte Bouldin were both picked by Tampa Bay.

Grambling running back Martez Carter went to the Los Angeles Wildcats during the skill position phase.

The XFL draft will conclude on Wednesday. The league’s inaugural season will begin Feb. 8 and 9, the week after the Super Bowl.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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