Will There Be Any AAF To NFL Signings?

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The AAF Championship Game is on April 27th. The same day the NFL draft will end. The AAF contracts allow for players seeking the jump to the NFL a path starting the day after the season ends on April 28th until December.

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There probably won’t be a huge rush to sign AAF players, but teams may be smart to hold off on signing a bunch of players until the AAF season is finished. It’s perfect for the NFL. Teams will draft players starting April 25th. The draft finishes on the same day as the AAF final. Teams that have obvious holes can immediately sign AAF players the day after the draft.

It’s nice to see that some people are finally beginning to grasp what the AAF set out to be. Offensive and defensive linemen usually take about two to three years to make the transition to NFL level of play since they are not really coached up in college.

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If the AAF and NFL pull off the lending of players those linemen can now make the transition while getting game action, and be coached up. Should be a win, win for all involved.

These players will be cheaper than some NFL veterans who may be over the hill. Teams are smart to wait and take a chance. NFL teams know what they are getting with downward trending veterans. Young AAF players could have potential that coaches love. It’s a simple why-not-wait situation.

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There are a few players I am hoping the Chiefs take a look at. The first two on my list are Farrow II, the running back for the San Antonio Commanders, and Gardner the running back for the San Diego Fleet. Bausby is also showing signs of progress, but could probably use another year or two in the AAF before he is ready for prime time though.

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03/22/2019 2:09 am

I think folks are gonna be surprised at how many AAF players sign NFL contracts after the draft. I think it’ll be at least 30. It’s a great way for GM’s to see guys they may have had their eyes on from prior camps or drafts get actual playing experience.

One guy who does not deserve a look is RB Trent Richardson. While he’s getting a lot of buzz and headlines for a “career revival” because he’s scored 9TD’s, he’s averaging a ridiculously poor 2.5 YPC and he’ll be 29 when training camps starts.

03/21/2019 4:55 pm

Reaser for sure is one that will be picked up.

03/21/2019 4:42 pm

Speaking of tackling, AAF LBs on average are getting better at it than the average NFL LBs. Good form is common, and when that starts to seep into the NFL, we could see a turn of things for the better. Currently, tackliing in the NFL is mostly shoddy, because the guys renowned for their tackling ability don’/t have tackling forms that I’ve been seeing in the AAF. Some of the AAF players could be used as examples for a tackling textbook.

I find it quite refreshing to watch good tackliing again. It’s been a long time.

Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/21/2019 6:17 pm

It’s probably a little easier when everyone is somewhere between College and NFL speed. I wouldn’t think it would be easy to practice such a potentially brutal aspect of the game at full speed 100% of the time.

Reply to  Panzer85
03/21/2019 9:13 pm

It’s not the practice angle that controls, though. In-game experience counts for more, so the guys who play with good form are practicing good form at 100% speed.

The rest of the reason I can’t get on board with you is that I think your window on the range of the speed of players is too narrow. I think there are NFL-speed players in the AAF, as well as guys who need development. I’d say the window is more like from late college to lower NFL at the very least, rather than limited to between college and the NFL.

03/21/2019 2:15 pm

I would think Reaser has to be on a short list of guys who will get camp looks.

03/21/2019 1:57 pm

I bet a few DL, maybe a couple DB and OL, probably 2 WRs, and at most 1 QB. I dont think its going to be any real market this year

03/21/2019 1:54 pm

Reiser has looked good so far. I believe the #1 ranked cornerback with Bausby not too far behind him. The Chiefs were high on Reiser before traning camp last year but ended up doing a medical buy-out. Wouldn’t hurt to give him another try if some other team doesn’t get him first.

03/21/2019 1:46 pm

I haven’t watched any of it, is it better than arena league?

Reply to  KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)
03/21/2019 4:36 pm

Can confirm, and we watched the Iowa Barnstormers for a couple seasons. It wasn’t horrible football, but the AAF is fielding a much better product.

Also the Barnstormers have one of the better-decorated helmets that I have ever seen. No, I won’t link, just google images it.

Reply to  Lars
03/21/2019 4:54 pm

Yes. It’s real football (11 on 11) with some pretty decent players who are former or future NFL players. Some of the games have been pretty decent too!

03/21/2019 1:40 pm

I haven’t been jotting down names, but I’ve noticed some defenders who merit a look-see, as well. The whole focus on coaching and development shows there, too – and there seems to be a particular emphasis being placed on coaching up players WRT good tackling form. All things being equal between two defensive players, I’ll take a sure tackler over an indifferent one. And if one is really good while the other’s really sloppy *cough* Marcus Peters *cough*, I might give up a little talent to choose the first guy, as well.

But it’s sure been a treat watching some of those guys tackle. I’d almost forgotten what good tackling looks like until the AAF came around.

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