XFL Draft set for next week; BattleHawks get 6th overall pick

The draft will be a snake format, and the selections will be announced online and through social media.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - We learned the name and logo for the St. Louis XFL team in August and next week we'll find out who will be on the roster. The league announced the XFL player draft will happen on Oct. 15-16. 

The St. Louis BattleHawks will have the No. 6 overall selection in the draft. It will be in a snake format, where the draft order will flip after each round and the team who picked first will then pick last. So, St. Louis will have the third pick of the second round (No. 11 overall). 

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The draft pool will include approximately 1,000 professional football players, all of whom accepted a Commissioner’s Invitation and passed a standard background check. One quarterback will be assigned to each team prior to the draft, then the draft will happen in five phases, with each phase representing a different group of position players: 

1. Skill Players (QB, RB, WR, TE)
2. Offensive Line (OT, OG, OC)
3. Defensive Front Seven (DL, LB)
4. Defensive Backfield (CB, NB, SS, FS)
5. Open Draft (all remaining players after positional drafts, in addition to P/K/LS)

The draft selections will be announced online and on social media. The "@xflbattlehawks" Twitter account will be releasing all of St. Louis's picks. 

The league season will start Feb. 8, the weekend after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl.

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Head coach and general manager of the BattleHawks is former NFL assistant coach Jonathan Hayes. He played 12 seasons in the NFL for both the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, before starting a coaching career with the Oklahoma Sooners and Cincinnati Bengals. He was let go after this season due to Marvin Lewis getting fired after his 14 seasons as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The other XFL franchises are in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.

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