XFL San Francisco Demons Press Release 2

Press Release 2
XFL’S Demons 2000-01 draft:
Californians dominate roster, mini-camps next
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. October 30, 2000-

After countless hours of researching more than 1,500 prospects, the San Francisco Demons were able to introduce their first 70 player acquisitions through territorial protections and 59 rounds of drafting over three days.

Over the 11 hour process - which began in Chicago on Saturday and finished up the last two days back in San Francisco - the Demons drafted 34 offensive players, 34 more on defense and two kickers.

“We feel extremely good about the players we selected over the last three days,” director of player personnel Greg Mohns said after emerging from a six-hour session on the final day. “The launching of the XFL has begun and we are all ready to take the next step.”

The Demons were indiscriminate in their drafting practices, going for players with an abundance of professional experience and others who had finished their collegiate careers only the fall before. In all, the Demons’ draft choices possess nearly 700 games of NFL experience, including several who have logged numerous years in the league.

The most grizzled of the veterans is former South Carolina State cornerback Dwayne Harper, who played 148 games with Seattle, San Diego and Detroit since first entering pro football in1988.

San Francisco drafted players who have seen action in all levels of the professional game, including the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football League and NFL Europe.

Among the Demons’ picks were three former NFL first-round draft choices: running back Vaughn Dunbar (1992 New Orleans), offensive tackle Trezelle Jenkins (1995 Kansas City) and Craig Powell (1995 Cleveland).

Dunbar, who finished second in the NCAA in rushing and sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting following his 1991 senior season at Indiana University, was the Demons’ first-ever draft pick. Veteran offensive lineman Scott Adams, who played collegiately at Georgia and was a member of five NFL clubs, was San Francisco’s No. 2 choice and cornerback Cordell Taylor of Hampton was the Demons’ third selection.

Some interesting facts - 
  • 32  - Current Demons hail from the state of California
  • 24 - U.S. States represented on the San Francisco roster. 
  • 6 - The number of players the University of California and San Jose State University, two of the Demons’ territorial schools, each provided to the initial roster.

The first assemblage ever of XFL San Francisco Demons has been scheduled for Tuesday-Monday, November 14-20, at Pacific Bell Park. Head Coach Jim Skipper and his staff will put 23 skill position players through 13 introductory workouts.


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