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XFL draft: Roberto Aguayo returning to Tampa Bay?

The rebooted spring football league, the brainchild of wrestling promoter Vince McMahon, will hold its draft next week.
Roberto Aguayo, whom the Bucs picked in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, played in Tampa for one season. [Times (2016)]
Roberto Aguayo, whom the Bucs picked in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, played in Tampa for one season. [Times (2016)]
Published Oct. 8, 2019
Updated Oct. 8, 2019

Roberto Aguayo is attempting a comeback, and the next step might be a return to Tampa.

Can he kick it? Maybe he can. We’re about to find out.

The former Florida State Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker has entered the XFL’s draft pool, the league announced Monday. The spring professional football league will hold its draft Oct. 15 and 16.

The XFL’s eight teams will build 71-man rosters from a pool of about 1,000 players, which also includes former Bucs Jude Adjei-Barimah, Sealver Siliga and Evan Rodriguez.

Sounds conventional enough, right? Well, that’s where the convention ends.

Before the draft, each team will be assigned a quarterback. Then a five-phase selection process begins. In the first phase, teams will take turns drafting players at skill positions (quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end). They’ll pick offensive linemen in the second phase, defensive linemen and linebackers in the third phase, and defensive backs in the fourth phase. The fifth phase is an open draft in which teams will choose from any of the remaining players, regardless of position.

The draft, which will be held via video conference, will proceed in a snake order, which means the team that drafts first in the first round of a phase will draft last in the second round. Phases 1 through 4 will last 10 rounds while Phase 5 will last 30 rounds. Teams will have 90 seconds to make their selections. The league will announce picks on, Twitter (@xfl2020) and Instagram (@xfl).

The Vipers, Tampa Bay’s team, will draft fifth in the skill phase, fourth in the offensive line phase, first in the defensive front phase, eighth in the defensive back phase and fifth in the open phase.

Among the notable players who are eligible to be drafted: former Gators defensive lineman Leon Orr (Gulf High product), former Seminoles running backs Ryan Green (St. Pete Catholic product) and Jacques Patrick, former USF safety Devin Abraham, former USF tight end Sean Price, and former UCF defensive lineman Tony Guerad (Tampa Bay Tech product).

The XFL’s 10-week regular season kicks off the weekend of Feb. 8. The Vipers will play their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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