Week 4 of the XFL season is completed and there have been several players that are making a name for themselves and the NFL should be taking notice. Names like Cardale Jones, Jordan Ta’amu, and Josh Johnson are not household names by any means, but they are quickly becoming the face of this alternative football league. It’s not just QBs either. Players from every position are putting up solid game film that could be used to build a decent resume for the NFL. Let’s take a look at three XFL players that would make sense for the Kansas City Chiefs to add to their roster.
Cam Phillips – WR, Roughnecks
Cam Phillips signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He was on and off between the active roster and the practice squad until he was finally released from the team in August of 2019. A couple of months later, Phillips was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 XFL Draft by the Houston Roughnecks. In his first game with the Roughnecks, he racked up 4 receptions for 67 yards and a 50-yard touchdown.
Phillips added three more touchdowns the next week and three more the week after that. He is currently the league’s leader in receiving yards. The Chiefs could be in serious play for a big play receiver if the team cannot get Sammy Watkins to restructure his deal and if DeMarcus Robinson hits the free-agent market.
Deatrick Nichols – CB, Roughnecks
As a senior at South Florida, Deatrick Nichols recorded 56 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions and was named first-team All-AAC for the second time in three years. Nichols finished his collegiate career with 175 tackles, 11 interceptions, and 24 passes defended. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2018. After only appearing in two games, Nichols was waived by the Cardinals in 2019. He was selected by the Houston Roughnecks in the 39th Round of the XFL Draft. With the Roughnecks, Nichols has hauled in three interceptions in four games with five passes defended, 14 tackles, and a sack.
The Chiefs may need CB help since four players from that position are set to be unrestricted free agents. Two of them, Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland, are starters.
Donald Parham – TE, Renegades
Donald Parham played college football at Stetson University, where he caught 85 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season. After going undrafted in 2019, Parham signed with the Detroit Lions. He was waived shortly after and he signed with the Washington Redskins. He was released in September. Parham was selected in the ninth round by the Dallas Renegades in the XFL draft. In his second game against the Los Angeles Wildcats, he caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. The next week he caught two touchdowns for over 100 yards and is currently leading all TEs in yards and touchdowns.
With Blake Bell becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Chiefs could definitely be in play for a guy like Parham. At 6’ 8” 240 lbs., he could mix well with Travis Kelce and become another red-zone threat for Patrick Mahomes.
The NFL offseason provides a lot of uncertainty when it comes to who’s leaving and who’s staying. The draft can be a crapshoot at times and teams will likely overspend if they buy in free agency. The XFL may be another outlet for the NFL to find valuable talent without draining the salary cap.