The XFL is back for yet another iteration of the league, and the Green Bay Packers will be represented by one of their recent tight ends after being one of the first picks in the 2022 XFL Draft.

After selecting quarterbacks the day before, the XFL held their draft for the rest of the positions on Wednesday, November 6. Former Baylor running back Abram Smith was taken first overall, but a familiar name for Packers fans went a few picks later.

According to the league’s official Twitter account, former Packers tight end Sal Cannella was selected by the Arlington Renegades with the seventh overall pick.

Today, dreams become reality.

The @XFLRenegades select Sal Cannella as their first pick in the #XFLDraft!

Presented by @ZipRecruiter.

— XFL (@XFL2023) November 16, 2022

Cannella will be catching passes from USFL star quarterback Kyle Sloter, with Oklahoma Sooners legend Bob Stoops working with the former Packers tight end as his head coach.

Sal Cannella’s Football Career

He wasn’t a household name for the Packers, but Cannella has found a way to keep his professional football career alive through different offseason football leagues.

Originally a transfer out of Scottsdale Community College, Cannella drew interest from a handful of programs including Maryland and Hawaii as a 4-star JUCO recruit. Despite interest from other schools, Cannella took his opportunity to play in the SEC for the Auburn Tigers.

Cannella played three seasons for Auburn, catching 25 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns. After going undrafted out of college, Cannella has had brief stints with the Packers and Miami Dolphins, but has never seen regular season action in the NFL.

While he hasn’t been able to break into the NFL, Cannella became a star in the USFL. He was named to the All-USFL team in 2022 after leading all tight ends in the league with 368 receiving yards on 34 catches to go along with a pair of touchdowns.

Cannella will now have the opportunity to play a key role in Arlington’s offense in the XFL, and with such a prominent quarterback and head coach on the team, he has the chance to play a big role on his new team.

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Former Packers Tight End Goes Seventh Overall in XFL Draft

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