The XFL is full of star-studded quarterbacks, with some recognizable names to college and professional football fans. Each team has rounded out their roster with two quarterbacks, but which one is the best?
8. Orlando Guardians: Deondre Francois and Quinten Dormady
Orlando may find themselves in last place, but it is really only by default. Neither quarterback is particularly bad in any regard, but they do not have a very impressive resume. Francois is the more decorated of the two, playing three years at FSU with 2 of them being full of success.
After a freshman year that put him on draft radars, but the following years of mediocrity and injury put him in the backseat. He should be toted for the starting job, and hopefully, he can outperform expectations.
7. San Antonio Brahmas: Juwon Pass and Anthony Russo
Juwon Pass played valuable minutes during his four years at Louisville, although his impact was not incredible. He transferred to Praire View A&M, where he had his best season with 2600 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 12 picks. Russo was a consistent starter for Temple, but a grad transfer to Michigan State really brought down all the hype.
Pass is the long-term answer, but Russo remains a consistent beacon behind him.
6. Las Vegas Vipers: Luis Perez and Jalan McClendon
Luis Perez is a household name when it comes to minor league football, playing in the AAF, XFL, USFL, and now the XFL again. Each year of professional football was an improvement for him, leading to him shooting onto the scene with the New Jersey Generals.
His 9:1 touchdown to interception ratio was incredible, making him a great choice at quarterback. McClendon was a backup quarterback for the Wildcats in 2020, meaning he has a lot of work to do to get that starting spot.
5. Arlington Renegades: Kyle Sloter and Drew Plitt
Sloter was impressive to me personally during the Hall of Fame game, with over 100 yards and a touchdown. Even on the biggest stage, he was composed which will bode very well for his XFL season.
Drew Plitt is arguably just as good, with an illustrious college career at Ball State. 9k yards and 68 touchdowns for Ball State in 5 seasons is quite impressive, and it should translate well.
4. DC Defenders: D’Eriq King and Eric Dungey
There was worry that King would not be eligible to play this season if he managed to stay on an NFL practice squad, but he was released by the Panthers and the Defenders retained his rights. This is a huge sigh of relief for DC, who would have been the only team with a single quarterback on their roster.
Dungey is an incredible dual threat, don’t get me wrong, but King is elite at the job. His senior season at Miami saw him throw for 2600 yards and 23 touchdowns with only 5 picks. That year he also had 500 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, making him a great weapon for DC.
3. Houston Roughnecks: Kaleb Eleby and Brandon Silvers
Eleby has made a name for himself as one of the more promising prospects to come out of Western Michigan. He may be the most skilled passer so far on the list, with over 3200 passing yards and 23 touchdowns in his 2021 campaign. He was toted as an NFL draft hopeful, maybe a late round pick.
It did not work out as he wanted, but he knows ball like no other. Silvers is a bit of an old man compared to a lot of quarterbacks in the XFL, but he eclipsed 10k passing yards and 70 touchdowns with his 4 years at Troy. This could be a battle, but we expect the young guy to get the job.
2. St. Louis Battlehawks: AJ McCarron and Ryan Willis
McCarron is obviously the biggest name of all quarterbacks on this list, with over 1k yards and 6 touchdowns in the NFL. He is quite old at 32, but he played in the NFL for 6 seasons and his experience will be hard to beat. Ryan Willis is the young counterpart to McCarron if he cannot perform anymore, but all signs show to McCarron being elite in the XFL.
1. Seattle Sea Dragons: Ben DiNucci and Steven Montez
DiNucci has become quite well-known in NFL fanbases and has found his way into 3 NFL games in Dallas during the 2020 campaign. His 220 yards may not seem like much, but it puts him at the upper echelon of quarterbacks here. He’s young with NFL experience and great athleticism, which may prove very useful.
His counterpart Steven Montez is what rounds out the list, with 4 consistently good seasons in Colorado. What haunts the quarterbacks here is consistency, and Montez has been the epitome of it. This is a great one-two punch at quarterback and is the best in the XFL.
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