TWO FORMER DRAGONS TAKEN IN XFL DRAFT

Former Blue Dragon Kamalie Matthews (left) and Toby Johnson (right) were selected in the inaugural XFL Draft this week.

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Two former Hutchinson Community College football players were among the players drafted in the inaugural XFL Draft this week.

Defensive lineman Toby Johnson and offensive lineman Kamalie Matthews were selected by the New York Guardians and the Houston Roughnecks, respectively. Johnson and Matthews were Blue Dragon teammates in 2010.

Johnson played at Hutchinson in 2010 and 2011, starting in all 21 games he played. Johnson had 49 total tackles, five quarterback sacks and two blocked kicks in his Blue Dragon career.

Johnson transferred to the University of Georgia where he played in 24 games.

Johnson then signed a free-agent contract with the Tennessee Titans in 2015. He spent time in the Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears organizations. Johnson appeared in two regular-season games for the Vikings in 2016.

Matthews was a one-year Blue Dragon in 2010, but wasn't on the 55-man roster. Matthews went onto Murray State University and played three years there. Matthews was a free-agent invitee of the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

The newest competitor to the National Football League will begin its first season in February.

A total of 52 former NJCAA players had their names called in the five-phase draft. A total of 34 NJCAA programs had a former player selected. The draft was completed in five phases. After a quarterback assignment was made to each of the league's eight teams, the next four phases consisted of 10 rounds each to fill specific roster needs. The final round was an open round where teams were free to select any remaining players in the draft pool.