The ‘Inaugural’ USFL Draft Is Producing Some Very Funny Reactions From Football Fans

Inaugural USFL Draft Produces Some Very Funny Reactions From Fans

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  • The USFL began holding its draft Tuesday night with all 8 teams making their first 12 picks.
  • Rounds 13 through 35 of the USFL draft will take place on Wednesday.
  • Read more news about the USFL here.

The “inaugural” USFL draft began on Tuesday night, continuing on Wednesday, and it has already produced some great reactions from fans.

Yes, they are calling it the “inaugural” USFL draft, despite the fact that a league with the exact same name held three drafts from 1983 through 1985.

According to Steve Ehrhart, former USFL executive director, he still owns the league rights to the USFL and the league “still exists,” but here we are.

Related: Former USFL Exec Says They Still Have Rights To Name And Logos, Wonders How New League Got Permission

This new version of the USFL got the ball rolling by letting each of the eight teams select a quarterback in the first round.

1. Michigan Panthers — Shea Patterson
2. Tampa Bay Bandits — Jordan Ta’amu
3. Philadelphia Stars — Bryan Scott
4. New Jersey Generals — Ben Holmes
5. Houston Gamblers — Clayton Thorson
6. Birmingham Stallions — Alex McGough
7. Pittsburgh Maulers — Kyle Lauletta
8. New Orleans Breakers — Kyle Sloter

There will be a total of 35 selections by each team. Michigan won the lottery to get the first overall pick, but the entire draft will be conducted using what the USFL is calling “an analytical modified snake system … so that each team has two No. 1 picks at two positions.”

Rounds 2 through 4 saw the eight teams select edge rushers and defensive ends.

Rounds 5 through 7 saw offensive tackles selected. Cornerbacks went in rounds 8through 11. Then they circled back and chose quarterbacks again in round 12.

The USFL draft is underway and fans are having a good time with it

Many of the picks were made by celebrities from the cities where the teams will be playing including Bo Jackson, Terry Bradshaw, Drew Brees, Warren Moon, Michael Strahan, Brad Keselowski, Jimmy Rollins, and Big E from the WWE.

Here’s what will be happening on Wednesday…

Day 2 of the USFL Draft will start at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday and will proceed until 35 rounds are completed. From Round 13 until Round 23, teams will have 90 seconds per pick, and the positional order will be wide receivers in Rounds 13-17, safeties in Rounds 18-19, center in Round 20, inside linebacker in Round 21, and guards in Rounds 22-23.

Teams will have one minute per pick in Rounds 23-35, which will focus on defensive tackles and nose tackles in Rounds 24-26, running backs and fullbacks in Rounds 27-28, outside linebackers in Rounds 29-31, kickers in Round 32, punters in Round 33, tight ends and H-backs in Round 34, and long-snappers in Round 35. Teams must draft at least one player from each position group.

Football fans, now that the NFL season is over, seem to be having a lot of fun with the USFL draft and hearing some of the names they haven’t thought about in awhile being called. Sadly, for the many, many people commenting, Johnny Manziel was not selected by any USFL team.

He is not wrong.