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USFL announces 2022 all-stars: QB Kyle Sloter among honorees who could make the leap to NFL

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As the new United States Football League (USFL) moves into its first postseason, dozens of players from the startup’s eight teams have been flagged as members of the All-USFL Team announced Thursday. Meanwhile, in the NFL, teams are gearing up for the crucial offseason, with 90-man rosters gearing up for training camp and preseason.

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So which USFL star is most likely to make it to the NFL, even if it’s an off-season contest? Here are a few names to look out for this summer:

QB Kyle Slaughter

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Team: New Orleans Breakers | Age: 28 | College: Northern Colorado

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You’ve probably heard his name before because he’s already spent time with seven different NFL teams, mostly as a No. 3 or practice team veteran. But the up-and-coming ex-Vikings could find himself in a battle for emergency role again after leading the USFL in passing yards and finishing fifth in touchdowns. Most recently, he battled injury and helped New Orleans to the playoffs. At 28, he is still young enough to be someone’s assistant.

WR/KR Maurice Alexander

Team: Philadelphia Stars | Age: 25 | College: Florida International

A converted college quarterback who split wide as a wide receiver and returner before dropping out of the draft in 2020, Alexander is short (5-11, 180) but quick, leads the USFL in hitting returns (707) and averages over 30 yards per runback. He was also dynamic on the return of the punt, averaging 12.6 yards per return. His athleticism could justify the look of a running back/receiving/returning human hybrid.

FROM Chris Odom

Team: Houston Gamblers | Age: 27 | College: Arkansas

There are never enough pass rushers in the NFL, and not only does Odom have NFL experience of his own, he swims between practice squads and active lineups with the Washington and Packers between 2017 and 2019, hitting two sacks with the first. He also dominated USFL starring, leading the league with 11 sacks and six forced fumbles.

L.B. Demarquis Gates

Team: Birmingham Stallions | Age: 26 | College: Ole Miss

Just call him the king of development leagues. After a short stint with the Browns as an undrafted rookie, Gates wreaked havoc in the AAF, XFL, and now the USFL, leading the league in tackles to lose (10), adding 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. He has the size (6-2, 230) and playmaker reputation to compete for a reserve job in the LB.


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