AAF QB Protect-Or-Pick Draft

Complete coverage of the Alliance of American Football Protect-or-Pick Quarterback Draft. 

Rules of the draft (via AAF media report): The “Protect or Pick” draft format begins with each team deciding if they want to protect one quarterback that has been allocated to them from their region. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft. If they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision. Once each team makes their decision, the teams that elected to not protect a player make their selection, in the order of the draft, from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks regardless of region. All selected quarterbacks must be under contract to The Alliance at the time of the draft. The Alliance quarterback draft will be comprised of four rounds. The San Diego Fleet have the first pick in the draft, followed by the Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Salt Lake Stallions, Memphis Express, and San Antonio Commanders.

Quarterbacks are allocated based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he is allocated based on his last NFL/CFL team. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint and he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated.

Quarterbacks Available:


 San Diego Fleet: Josh Johnson, Marcus McDade, Keith Price

 Birmingham Iron: Stephen Garcia, Blake Sims, John Gibbs, Eli Jenkins, R.J. Nitti, Max Shortell, Brandon Silvers

 Arizona Hotshots: Mike Bercovici, Jack Heneghan, Alek Torgersen

 Orlando Apollos: Kevin Anderson, B.J. Daniels, K.D. Humphries, Stephen Morris, Tyler Murphy

 Atlanta Legends: Aaron Murray, Denard Robinson, Marquise Williams, Kyle Bolin, Patrick O’Brien

 Salt Lake Stallions: Tommy Armstrong Jr., Matt Linehan, Quinn McQueary, Peter Pujals

 Memphis Express: Matt Simms, Alex Ross, Jess Hosket, Troy Cook, Austin Allen, Zach Mettenberger, Alejandro Bennifield, Tyler Ferguson

 San Antonio Commanders: Trevor Knight, Austin Appleby, Luis Perez, Dalton Sturm, Dustin Vaughan

Draft Results:


1st Round:

Protected Teams: Fleet, Legends, Express, and Commanders

Picked Teams: Hotshots, Stallions, Iron, and Apollos

  1. San Diego Fleet (Picked): Josh Johnson
  2. Atlanta Legends (Picked): Aaron Murray
  3. Memphis Express (Picked): Troy Cook
  4. San Antonio Commanders (Picked): Dustin Vaughan


  1. Birmingham Iron (Selected): Luis Perez
  2. Arizona Hotshots (Selected): Trevor Knight
  3. Orlando Apollos (Selected): Garrett Gilbert
  4. Salt Lake Stallions (Selected): Josh Woodrum

Round 2:

  1. San Diego Fleet (Picked): Mike Bercovici
  2. Birmingham Iron (Picked): Blake Sims
  3. Arizona Hotshots (Picked): John Wolford
  4. Orlando Apollos (Picked): Stephen Morris
  5. Atlanta Legends (Picked): Matt Simms
  6. Salt Lake Stallions (Picked): B.J. Daniels
  7. Memphis Express (Picked): Christian Hackenberg

Round 3:

  • San Antonio Commanders: Logan Woodside, Toledo
  • Memphis Express: Brandon Silvers, Troy
  • Salt Lake Stallions: Austin Allen, Arkansas
  • Atlanta Legends: Peter Pujals, Holy Cross
  • Orlando Apollos: Austin Appleby, Purdue
  • Arizona Hotshots: Quinn McQueary, Montana Tech
  • Birmingham Iron: Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
  • San Diego Fleet: Philip Nelson, East Carolina

Round 4:

  • San Antonio Commanders: Dalton Sturm, Texas-San Antonio
  • Memphis Express: Zach Mettenberger, LSU
  • Salt Lake Stallions: Matt Linehan, Idaho
  • Atlanta Legends: Justin Holman, Central Florida
  • Orlando Apollos: Kevin Anderson, Fordham
  • Arizona Hotshots: Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth
  • Birmingham Iron: Aleksander Torgersen, Penn
  • San Diego Fleet: Alex Ross, Coastal Carolina

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