Former Vikings Storm Norton, Jack Tocho Among XFL Draft Player Pool
The XFL is all set to make its return in 2020.
19 years after its lone season in 2001, the re-formed league from Vince McMahon will try to bring a faster-paced product with several rule differences that separate it from the NFL. It will have eight teams (the lone Midwestern city with a team is St. Louis) playing a 10-game schedule, starting just after the Super Bowl.
The league will draft on October 15 and 16, and just announced the player pool for that draft. Here's the full list:
There are several players on that list with Minnesota ties:
OL Storm Norton
Norton, an undrafted free agent from Toledo in 2017, signed with the Vikings in December of that year after stops in Detroit and Arizona. He spent almost two full years with the Vikings in some capacity, mostly on the practice squad, before being waived at the end of this August.
Norton, a 6'7" tackle, spent a week on the 53-man roster last season.
DB Jack Tocho
Tocho was a seventh round pick of the Vikings in 2017 out of North Carolina State. He spent most of the 2017 season on the practice squad, and was released in September 2018. He has since spent time with the Redskins and Steelers, and played for the Birmingham Iron of the now-defunct AAF.
RB Jhurell Pressley
Pressley was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2016 out of New Mexico. He was waived that September and also played in the AAF.
RB David Cobb
Cobb never spent time with the Vikings, but many Minnesotans will remember him from his Gophers career. He ran for a school record 1,629 yards as a senior in 2014. Cobb was a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2015, and has bounced around various NFL teams and other leagues since then.