The day of the Liga de Futbol Americano professional draw is on the horizon

Graphic: Igor Lazarević

Written by Roberto Arturo

Pre-season 2023 of Mexican Professional Football League (LFA) It will officially start on January 7th. On Saturday, the ten franchises will choose their best leads, coming exclusively from ONEFA College Football league.

This sixth edition of Lfa The draft will follow the rules seen in previous editions. Teams will select players based on their win-loss record and, if qualified, playoff position, from the previous season. Teams can trade their picks for players or forfeit their picks entirely. The length of the draft is five rounds.

The draft order was to account for the three teams added from the now defunct Futbol Americano de Mexico (FAM) league. reds who Mexico City They were given first choice in projectWhile jives from Ciudad Juarez And Caudillos de Chihuahuawho negotiated their participation in Lfa After the official deadline expired, the last selections in each round were given.

in the last familiar season reds (which went before Spanish Noun Rojos At the time) they ended up as champions. As a result, they chose not to rely on rookies, and thus traded their five draft picks this year, as well as a third-round pick in 2024, to acquire veteran players from other teams. On the other hand, the cudilos fourth place and jives VII. So, They are expected to be among the most active teams on draft day, as well as bolster themselves with import players.

The current standings for the first round are as follows:

  1. Raptors (Mexico State), via Reds.
  2. Galgos Tijuana
  3. Reyes Jalisco
  4. Mexicos (Mexico City)
  5. wild birds
  6. Dinos Saltillo
  7. Gallos Negros Queretaro
  8. Fundidores Monterrey
  9. Jeffs Ciudad Juarez
  10. Caudilus Chihuahua

As in any draft, the players they think have the most potential are picked first. However, the home cities and colleges of the players are also important. To facilitate salary negotiations, teams usually prefer to select players who come from places close to their home cities.

Possible senior draft picks:

Julio Covarrubias, right-back Borregos Salvaes MonterreyWho led his team to the championship this year. He finished the year as the leading scoring player, and was second in combined yards.

Alexis Rodriguez, from WR from Linces UVM, With an interesting mix of size, hands and bangs. He will also provide leadership capabilities to the team that ends up being selected.

Evan Gleason, DL from Pumas Onam Acatlan and formerly of Linces UVM, who has been a consistent force on QB pockets.

Fabrizio Giumbini, CB of Pumas Onam Acatlan and formerly than Aztecas UDLAP, Who may not be among the greatest players on the field but he has excellent technique that helped him become a center of attention in college.

Miguel Garcia, left back from Burregos Puebla, A tackle machine and leader of the best defense in almost every statistic of the 2022 ONEFA season.

Among the players missing is LB Emmanuel Kajiga Aguilas Blancas IPNa player who excelled at tackle, passing coverage, and pass rushing, is still recovering from injury and may not be able to play in the Lfa this year. Thus, he may have to wait a year to hear his name on draft day.

Humberto Bengochea, DL from Aztecas UDLAP, was predicted to be a first pick by some analysts. However, he announced on January 3 on social media that he would not be playing on Lfa. He can still be chosen by the team, to have negotiating rights if he decides to change his mind.

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