Pittsburgh Maulers Day 1 Draft Recap


Last night, the USFL held the first portion of their expansion draft.  The draft takes place over the course of two days, with 12 rounds occurring the first day and the final 23 rounds on the second day.  Unlike the NFL draft we've become accustomed to, the USFL chose to have their draft broken down by position.  Therefore, each round is designated to a particular position getting selected, with quarterbacks leading off the draft in Round 1.  

Below are the selections the Pittsburgh Maulers made last night and some information about each of them.

Round 1 - Kyle Lauletta, QB

College:  Richmond; Last played for the Cleveland Browns

Lauletta garnered some attention heading into the 2018 draft, as an under-the-radar quarterback that could succeed at the next level.  He threw for over 10,000 yards and 73 touchdowns at Richmond, and won the MVP at the 2018 Senior Bowl.  He was drafted in the 4th round by the New York Giants and bounced around the league with a few teams but never saw any significant NFL action.  

Round 2 - Carlo Kemp, DE/EDGE

College:  Michigan; Last played for the Green Bay Packers practice squad

Kemp spent five years (2016-2020) at Michigan, playing in 46 games over that span.  He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019.  Graduating just two years ago, he'll provide some youth to this defense. 

Round 3 - Nasir Player, DE/EDGE

College:  East Tennessee State; Last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad

East Tennessee State isn't a college you're going to find on your TV too much during Saturdays in the fall, but Player (great last name) had good numbers during his years there.  He ended his college career with 182 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and five forced fumbles over 40 starts, earning FCS All-American honors his senior year. 

Round 4 - Eric Assoua, DE/EDGE

College:  Western Michigan; Last played for the Alphas of The Spring League

Although he went undrafted in the 2019 draft, Assoua was invited to the then-Oakland Raiders minicamp, before moving on to The Spring League.

Round 5 - Chidi Okeke, OT

College:  Tennessee State; Last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad

Originally from Nigeria, Okeke didn't start playing football until he moved to the United States in 2013.  He was once a five-star prospect at LSU and made his way onto several practice squads in the NFL.

Round 6 - Isaiah Battle, OT

College:  Clemson; Last played for the Seattle Dragons of the XFL in 2020

There was some buzz around Battle prior to his final season at Clemson but he opted to enter the 2015 NFL Supplemental draft after committing "his third and final strike" at the school.  He was selected in the fifth round of it by the then-St. Louis Rams.  He was later a first round pick in the 2020 XFL draft.

Round 7 - Charles Baldwin, OT

College:  Youngstown State

Before finishing his career at Youngstown State, Baldwin was a four-star recruit that played at Alabama, before being dismissed from the program.  This could be a great opportunity for him to showcase the talent that led to him once being a member of the Crimson Tide.

Round 8 - Ajene Harris, CB

College:  USC; Last played with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League

In 2020, Harris was one of the top defenders on the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL before the league folded.  He spent the year prior with the Philadelphia Eagles as part of their practice squad.

Round 9 - Terrell Bonds, CB

College:  Tennessee State; Last played for the Miami Dolphins practice squad

Bonds played for the Baltimore Ravens during the 2020 season and was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster for two games before suffering a knee injury.

Round 10 - Prince Robinson, CB

College:  Tarleton State; Last played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League

In 2019, Robinson led all Division II defenders with three interceptions returned for touchdowns on his way to winning Lone Star Conference Defensive Back of the Year.

Round 11 - Jaylon McClain-Sapp, CB

College:  Marshall; Last played for the Kansas City Chiefs in rookie minicamp

McClain-Sapp was known at Marshall for his high-flying speed and ability to stay connected in man coverage, something that will be of great use for the Maulers. 

Round 12 - Josh Love, QB

College:  San Jose State; Last played for the Carolina Panthers practice squad

Following the 2019 season, his last at San Jose State, Love was named first-team All-Mountain West Conference and was the first San Jose State player to be named conference Offensive Player of the Year.