The Seattle Dragons may be the Emerald City’s new XFL team, but soon many familiar faces with grace the turf at CenturyLink Field.
In the skill, offensive line, and defensive front 7 phases of the 2019 XFL Draft on Tuesday, the Dragons selected five former Seattle Seahawks: wide receiver Keenan Reynolds, wide receiver Kasen Williams, offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, guard Robert Myers and tackle Taniela Tupou.
Perhaps the most recognizable player selected in Day 1 is Kasen Williams, who was taken in the seventh round. Williams spent most of his career in the Seattle area, starting with Skyline High School in Sammamish, where he was a USA Today High School first team All-American. He played for University of Washington in college, earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2012.
Williams first signed with the Seahawks in 2015 following an impressive showing during rookie mini-camp. He had reoccurring stints on Seattle's practice squad and active roster, but was released in 2017. Most recently, Williams played for the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns.
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and former backup QB Jake Heaps were happy to see Williams get another shot.
So far the @XFLDragons are killing it in the draft. Looking forward to seeing the team they put together. I know @SoftliSEA @JimZorn10 have worked hard and will put together a great product for Seattle fans! https://t.co/eUPVWv9PZk— Jake Heaps (@jtheaps9) October 15, 2019
The XFL draft will resume Wednesday with the defensive backfield players and an open draft, which includes all remaining players after positional drafts.