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Locals Players Selected In Day One Of XFL Draft

Oct 15, 2019, 2:54 PM | Updated: 6:28 pm
De'Ondre Wesley...
De'Ondre Wesley #79 of the Buffalo Bills blocks during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field on August 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Multiple players with ties to the state of Utah were selected during the first day of the XFL Draft.

The draft is taking place from October 15-16. During the draft, “each XFL team will populate a 71-man roster by selecting players from a set of positional groupings.”

According to ESPN, “Players will be paid base salaries of $2,080 every two weeks, according to information distributed this month to agents and confirmed by a source. There will be a $1,685 bonus for being on the active roster for a game, and a $2,222 bonus for every team win. So a player who is active for all 10 games and is on a team that goes 5-5 in the XFL’s schedule would earn $55,000 for the year.”

Offensive Lineman

De’Ondre Wesley (BYU), Marquez Tucker (Southern Utah), and Salesi Uhatafe (Utah) were drafted during the offensive line portion of the 2020 XFL Draft on Tuesday, October 15.

Wesley was picked by the DC Defenders with the eight pick in the third round.

Wesley spent time with the Baltimore Ravens after signing as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2015. He played seven games that season. He’s also spent time on the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts practice squads.

Tucker was selected with the seventh pick of the fifth round by the Houston Roughnecks.

Tucker signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.

Uhatafe was chosen by the Dallas Renegades with the fourth pick of the eighth round.

Uhatafe spent time with the NFL’s Washington Redskins following a stint with the Alliance of American Football’s Salt Lake Stallions.

Defensive Lineman

Sealver Siliga (Utah), Tenny Palepoi (Utah), Pasoni Tasini (Utah), Corbin Kaufusi (BYU) were drafted during the defensive line portion of the 2020 XFL Draft on Tuesday, October 15.

Siliga was selected by the Renegades with the first pick of the second round.

Siliga joined the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted out of the University of Utah in 2011. He’s spent time with multiple NFL squads including the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was also a member of the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions.

Palepoi was drafted with the sixth pick of the fourth round by the Seattle Dragons.

Palepoi first signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. The former Ute also spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions.

Tasini was picked by the Dragons with the third pick of the ninth round.

Tasini spent time with the Arizona Cardinals from 2017-19. He originally joined the franchise as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kaufusi was selected by the St. Louis BattleHawks with the seventh pick of the tenth round.

The former Cougar spent time with the New Orleans Saints after going undrafted following the 2019 NFL Draft. He recently signed with the New York Jets as a member of their practice squad.

The new football league begins to play in February 2020.

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