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XFL Diamonds – 4th of July Edition – Explosive Offensive XFL Weapons

Matt Anzio of Draft Diamonds crushed this scouting report on explosive players who deserve a shot in the XFL.

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4th Of July Edition:  Explosive Offensive XFL Weapons by Matt Anzio

  • TE Dimitrios Tsesmezis 
  • Twitter @Dimitrioss_   
  • Western Connecticut 
  • Height : 6 ‘6
  • Weight: 250 lbs 

NY Showcase Standout Looks To Become A Monster Redzone Target In The XFL. 

Sleeper Tight End that can be an asset both in the passing game but as a true monster blocker. 

A former O lineman in High School Dimitrios is very familiar to blocking & blocking assignments. He has the physical makeup many including XFL New York have a great interest in for good reason. The 2019 UDFA out of the small school of Western CT has the wingspan of a pterodactyl monstrous reach with powerful arms & hands. Don’t let the size fool you he can move wit some amazing fortitude & vigor for a big pass catcher. 

Feel like he will get his shot if not with NY then certainly another one of the XFL teams.  Hard to find true TEs with that size athletic ability that can be an inline blocker or move outside & cause all kinds of problems outside.  Will create mismatches no matter where you line him up. In the blocking game, it’s like having an extra lineman in the mix. Then in the passing game, he can be a dominating force just beating DB’s & LB’s alike with his immense size & athletic talents. 

Can get off the line in a hurry good at blocking out defenders with his big body can locate the ball with good arm flexibility strong hands to bring in the tough catches. 

Confidence both in his route running  & his blocking abilities. No reason this young TE cant be the next All-Pro for a true NY team & staff lets adds some true East Coast Talent to the mix. 

Type of Tight End thinks you gotta get signed up if I am NY. Before another team comes realizes the potential he has not only as an amazing pass catcher but a stud blocker as well. 

Tsesmetzis can be a vital part of a winning organization with a good attitude & all the tools you need to mold into a star at the TE position in the XFL. 

  • RB     Chazz Middlebrook               
  • MacMurray College           
  • Twitter: @Middlebrook29
  • Height: 5’ 6   
  • Weight: 200 lbs 

Middlebrook is Like Trying to Tackle A Washing Machine if It Grew Super Quick Feet.

MJD comes to mind looking at his film, tough hardnose thick lower body with a low center of gravity. Balance explosive cuts decisive swiftly elusive runner with the muscle to punish would-be tacklers while having the agility to fake out another. 

Currently pursuing his football dreams in Germany for the Landsberg Xpress. Doing well enjoying his time in Germany learning the culture & honing his craft. 

Can bounce around like a life-size pinball with extreme fire for feet & if a low man wins then he wins a lot. No hesitation action in Middlebrooks game he can zig & zag all over snapping ankles in the process. 

Nice career at MacMurray 

Had a Feat in the Oct 2017 Sports Illustrated in the Trophy Hunter Edition had Jimmy Butler on the cover. If you wish to check it out,  came out before he graduated in 2018.

In his Junior season, Middlebrook led all backs in all of D 3 Football.  A 2 X UMAC Offensive player of the year. A 2 X All-Conference RB & an All American back, he is a highly decorated Real Deal Runner that can help a young team from Jump Street. 

The perfect type of offensive & special team speedster to make big-time plays all day long & twice on Sunday. Couple guys of his stature that really impress me not just for their ability running between the tackles but return ability & can create mismatches in the passing game. 

  • QB    Vinny Espinoza   
  • Lincoln P.A.     
  • Twitter: @K1ALLASTEEZE   
  • Height: 6’ 3   
  • Weight: 210 

Espinosa Has Some Of The Best Feet Available For The XFL at QB. 

Has a pretty solid arm to boot with strength good accuracy that was on display at the FCS Bowl he played in over the winter.  Where he just drove the ball down the field without a problem on numerous occasions. Had 2 pass TD’s, 2 rush TD’s with the 2 point game winning a conversation. 

Had a Nice Senior year at Lincoln that included a 375 yd 3 pass TD & 62 rush yds &  1 rush TD vs Chowan. Earned his invites to The FCS Bowl, Tropical Bowl, HBCU SOA Bowl, Aztec Bowl, Minn Bowl & Miami Bowls respectively. Had 210 completions for 1,513 yds & 12 TD’s in 9 games at the helm.  Espinoza avg 168.1 ypg with a 51.6 comp percentage. 

Good at recognizing weaknesses in the D pre-snap, getting the ball getting set urgently & going thru his progressions with ease. His arm is strong enough to throw some nice bombers down the field. Or he can get it out fast on bubbles, slants quick flag routes with a nice zip on it with overall good accuracy. Natural arm movement smoothly pushes the ball forward with the velocity needed in today’s up-tempo heavy RPO, Spread variations of West Coast with a lot of 2-3 step drop & throw scenarios. 

The fact he is 6’ 3 & can run in the 4.3 range it is quite ridiculous that he is not in some camp somewhere. I would put dollars to donuts that he is a better option than many of these guys in Arena, CFL or even some of the competition in the NFL training camps. 

Sure he has some things to work on & he will be the first to tell you he is focused on his patience, Confidence, decision making & working hard to stay the elite athlete Espinoza had been his entire career.

Dare I say a little Kaepernick, playing wise relax no politics involved but his body frame. When you look at his quickness & elusiveness factor in they both can throw some darts.  Kap might have been less raw & more quality experience but Espinoza has some of that same outstanding athletic ability that served Kap well early when he came out of Nevada. The talent needed to escape pressure throws the ball on the move. 

Shining against other top FCS players & players all around the country, testing extremely well showing his athletic supremacy. Then you add on some good tape & some breakout games?

Think you have all the tools needed to help develop a Pro exciting up & coming signal caller. 

  • WR  J.T. Stokes 
  • Wingate          
  • Twitter: @J_ocho8     
  • Height: 6’0    
  • Weight: 208 lbs    

Better Use Two Hands To Tackle Stokes When He Has The Rock. 

Stout tough & built like a pile of bricks the young wideout from the Bulldogs is more like a Pitbull when he snatches the ball out the air in tight windows. 

Class of 2019 & overlooked around draft time. When a few really good players from Wingate went unsung & left to fight for the next available opportunity. 

He can fit the XFL Prototype to the tee, exciting can bounce off or run through tackles like a demolition ball. While possessing the burst needed to be a big play threat whether in the  Y or slot he could play both effectively. 

Above average route runner with strong reliable hands  & when he gets the ball he turns on the Juice like Omar Epps.  Can track the ball go up to get it to come down with it always gaining extra yardage after the grab.     

Quickness vision to find the hole building steam like a freight train downhill.  Has the ability to catch the ball in traffic good body control & ball reaction skills.  A Plethora of good film to dig into with plenty of big plays. Over 10 min of outstanding plays on his highlight film alone then digging into games see some other qualities like blocking that help his cause. 

Had an 806 yds, 9 TD’s in 9 games played for the Bulldogs in 2018. With 89.6 ypg & 21.21 ypc, he showed he is a big play ready to happen. 

Huge fan of pass catchers like Stokes thick strong with big upper half but thick thighs powerful legs without being slow. Bounce right off defenders or punish them when he puts his shoulder down & knocks the defenders to the ground like a sack of potatoes.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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