The newly reformed XFL is holding its inaugural draft Tuesday and Wednesday, in which all eight teams will fill their rosters through a 71-round process.
Payne was taken by the Dallas Renegades in the third round (No. 20 overall) of the skill positions phase of the draft.
Teams will draft 71 players, and will whittle that down to a 52-man roster by the time the season begins on February 8, 2020 - the weekend after the Super Bowl. Howie Roseman once called the 2017 running back draft class "historic" and the Eagles ended up with a guy who never played in the NFL.
Day one of the XFL's league draft is in the books and numerous Miami Dolphins heard their names called through the first three "phases".
It held its draft over two days and in five phases designed around position groups. In essence, the XFL had separate drafts for skilled players, offensive linemen and front seven defenders on Tuesday. Farrington Huguenin (DE), Garrett Johnson (WR), Jordan Jones (LB), Adrian Middleton (DT), Kayaune Ross (WR), Bunchy Stallings (OG) and Boom Williams (RB) all went undrafted. Many players with CFL ties have been drafted, most notably former Tiger-Cats' receiver Jalen Saunders.
The first player on the first roster of St. Louis' new XFL franchise is a quarterback who wasn't even picked by the team, but assigned by the league.
Aaron Murray, Tampa Bay Vipers A high school All-American from Tampa, FL, Murray is the SEC's all-time leader in completions (921), passing yards (13,166) and passing touchdowns (121).
Players of regional interest still on the board for Wedneday's final rounds of the XFL Draft include former K-State Wildcats safeties Danzel McDaniel and Kendall Adams, linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive tackle Will Geary; former Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jake Heaps, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, defensive end Michael Reynolds and tackle Dwayne Wallace; and former Missouri Tigers linebacker Eric Beisel and cornerback Aarion Penton.