Mountaineers Selected On First Day Of XFL Draft
Two West Virginia Mountaineer alumni, plus another with Mountaineer connections, were taken on day one of the 2019 XFL Draft. Two more were selected on day two.
The start-up league broke the draft down into position phases, with 10 rounds each of picks of skill position players, offensive linemen, and defensive front seven performers.
Linebacker Terence Garvin was nabbed early, going in the second round of the defensive front seven phase to the St. Louis Battlehawks. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Garvin recorded 232 tackles, including 24.5 for loss, over a standout four-year career at WVU, which ran from 2009-12. He followed that with six seasons in the NFL, playing a total of 78 games for Pittsburgh, Washington, Seattle and San Francisco, totaling 78 tackles.
Marquis Lucas was selected in the ninth round of the offensive lineman phase by the Tampa Bay Vipers. Lucas, who played at West Virginia from 2012-15, lettered in his final three seasons as a Mountaineer, starting 26 games in his final two years. The Miami native appeared in four preseason games with the Buffalo Bills in 2016 and three with Atlanta and Tampa Bay in 2017, but did not play in any regular season contests. He played for the Orlando Apollos in the aborted Alliance of American Football, which folded after a brief stint in the spring of 2019.
Safety Dravon Askew-Henry was picked by the New York Guardians with the seventh selection of the fourth round of the defensive backfield phase. In five seasons with WVU (2014-18, redshirting in 2016 because of a knee injury), Askew-Henry started all 51 games he played in, which is more than any other Mountaineer in school history. He had 215 tackles and six interceptions in his collegiate career. After not being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, Askew-Henry, who is a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was waived before the start of the NFL’s regular season.
Safety Kenny Robinson was the seventh pick of the fifth round, going to the St. Louis BattlHawks. A native of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Robinson spent two seasons at WVU before leaving the University this past summer because of reported academic issues. Robinson played cornerback as a true freshman for the Mountaineers then moved to safety in 2018, where he earned first-team all-Big 12 honors.
In addition, tight end Evan Rodriguez, who began his career at WVU before transferring to Temple, was a second round pick of the Seattle Dragons. According to the XFL website, Lucas “is an H-back that can be maneuvered around the formation as a receiver and lead blocker. He offers reliable hands and has some natural run after catch skills.” Rodriguez was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2012 and played in 12 games, and had brief active stints with two other NFL teams, appearing in eight additional contests. Like Lucas, he as a member of the AAF, playing for the San Antonio Commanders before the league ceased operations.
In all each of the eight XFL teams drafted 71 players. In addition to the position groups, eight quarterbacks were assigned, one to each team, prior to the draft.
The final rosters for the regular season will consist of 53 players.