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Top 5 XFL players who could be in the NFL in 2023
D.C. Defenders quarterback D'Eriq King (3) hands the ball off to running back Abram Smith (4) against the Vegas Vipers. (Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

Top 5 XFL players who could be in the NFL in 2023

ARLINGTON, Texas (BVM) – The third ever XFL season started with plenty of former NFL and Division I talent on rosters. Players that weren’t ready to end their football careers hoped that an impressive showing in the XFL this spring would give them a chance to get invited to NFL training camps. Those hopes could come true for some players who have dominated the XFL this year. 

There were plenty of recognizable names who wore an XFL jersey this season but here are some names that could end up on an NFL roster this fall. 

Honorable mention

Hakeem Butler, WR, St. Louis Battlehawks

Butler has been electric in the XFL this season. The 6-foot-7, 227-pound wide receiver has developed a strong rapport with Battlehawks quarterback AJ McCarron and it has led to electric plays on offense. The former Iowa State wide receiver and fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has put on a good showing in the XFL. He has been one the top receivers with 51 receptions for 599 yards and eight touchdowns. 

Michael Joseph, CB, DC Defenders

Joseph has been one of the best defenders in the XFL this season. The defensive back is tied for the secondmost interceptions in the league with four and he’s returned two of those picks for touchdowns. Joseph also has 41 tackles and one tackle for loss for the Defenders. The former Dubuque Spartan spent four seasons with the Chicago Bears either on the practice squad or on the roster and could be back in the NFL based on his play this spring. 

Luq Barcoo, CB, San Antonio Brahmas

Barcoo has bounced around the NFL over the last three seasons but was never able to find a home. As a Brahma, Barcoo has racked up more than 10 passes defended, 31 tackles and three tackles for loss. Many believe his play in the XFL for San Antonio has earned him the opportunity to get back to the NFL.


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