Multiple former Beavers will be playing professionally. Today, the XFL kicked off its preseason with a draft that was broken up into five different phases broken up by position.
First, the Los Angeles Wildcats took offensive guard Fred Lauina with the eighth pick of the second round of the offensive line phase (16th overall).
Lauina had 20 career starts as a Beaver from 2013-2016. In 2018, he landed in the Cleveland Browns training camp but was one of the final cuts.
His lasting legacy as a Beaver was his only career catch against Stanford.
Oregon State ran a throwback to Fred Lauina, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman pic.twitter.com/NRb2Ryjja4— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 27, 2017
Later, Running back Tim Cook was drafted with the sixth pick of the fourth round of the (30th overall) by the New York Guardians .
At Oregon State, he was on campus for two seasons but suffered a season ending injury that took away his entire junior season. As a senior in 2016, he made only one career start against Idaho State and later in the season ran the ball 18 times for 108 yards and a touchdown against Washington.
Next, with the first pick of the defensive front 7 phase of the draft, the Tampa Bay Vipers drafted defensive lineman Obum Gwacham
Gwacham played at Oregon State from 2010-2014 where he began his college career as a wide receiver. Heading into his senior season, he switched to defensive end where he began to make a much larger impact. The Seattle Seahawks would draft him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft but later released him. He then bounced around numerous practice squads before playing in the AAF and CFL.
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