Most notable players who could boost their NFL stock after the 2024 UFL season

Most of these notable players will try and use the UFL to try and get back into the NFL this season.

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The UFL is back after both the XFL and USFL have officially combined into one league. It will hold eight teams in their league with different players from around the football universe, which includes some pretty notable names. These players are hoping to use this spring league once again to jump back into the NFL ranks.

It will be a competitive brand of football for players who have been outcasts of the NFL for a while now. Others got short opportunities from their stints in the USFL and XFL before. The first season back for this version of the UFL will begin this Saturday. We will see how successful this spring league of football is in terms of players getting NFL tryouts after the season concludes.

Matt Corral is the most recognizable quarterback in the UFL this season

Quarterback is a position that could benefit from a quality season in a spring league. Many have gone on from spring leagues or smaller football organizations in the past to have success at the position in the NFL. Matt Corral will try and do that this season. The former third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2021 NFL Draft will take part in the UFL this season. If he can do well, then plenty of teams will come calling.

High draft pedigree could get Gareon Conley back into the NFL

Another former high draft choice in a recent draft that will be in the UFL is Gareon Conley. The former first-round choice had some issues off the field and struggled when he was playing. He will hope to have a bounce-back career after signing with the D.C. Defenders. They have a talented defense, and Conley should be able to do well there.

One of the top running backs from last year will return with Abram Smith

Abram Smith was the top player of the XFL last season. It got him a tryout opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings. He didn't stick there and will be returning to the Defenders for another season. He is a borderline NFL player right now. It seems like he just needs to right fit to stick around on a roster. Smith has a ton of talent with the ball in his hands.

D.J. Swearinger is a veteran safety looking to make a comeback

It's been roughly three years since D.J. Swearinger has been in the NFL. He had an up-and-down career overall. He is a former second-round pick, but he is also over 32 years old. He is a veteran safety with a ton of NFL starting experience. If a club is looking for that experience for a young roster, then Swearinger could make a lot of sense if he balls out in the UFL.

The NFL still hasn't called Reuben Foster to give him another shot

One player that made a ton of sense last year for many teams was Reuben Foster. He played great football with the Pittsburgh Maulers last season. You could tell that he played at a higher level than most players he went up against. He has a bad past off the field and that forced him into these spring leagues. If he can continue to perform at a high level and stay in good graces, then Foster should get another shot.

Many thought Corey Coleman would have a long career in the NFL

There are a couple of receivers in the UFL who could get another opportunity in the NFL after this spring league season. Corey Coleman has the draft pedigree to catch the attention of clubs. He is a former first-round pick and has a ton of speed for the position. He needs to keep catching at a consistent rate and things will get better for him.

Kai Nacua could use his family name to make his way out of the UFL

Everyone knows the phenom that Puca Nacua was for the NFL this past season. Welcome Kai Nacua into the spotlight now. The brothers have plenty of family in the game of football. Kai is a safety and someone who has bounced around the NFL since becoming an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2017. He has been a backup, but Nacua could be a quality special teams player on the right roster.

Hakeem Butler will hope to try and stick on an NFL roster this time

Hakeem Butler was one of the better stories after the XFL concluded their season last year. Butler got a chance to make the Steelers roster, but he didn't make the final cut. He needs to find ways of being more consistent, especially at wrestling balls away from defensive backs. If he can do that this season, then he will get another crack at the NFL.

Many will keep tabs on Teez Tabor as he tries to reset his football career

One of the highest-drafted players in recent years to take part in the UFL is Teez Tabor. He will be playing safety for the San Antonio Brahmas. Tabor was a highly-ranked prospect coming out of college, but his pre-draft process was bad. Tabor is trying to find his footing in football again at safety. If he can play well there, many NFL clubs will be eager to try him out during the preseason.

Vic Beasley has some of the highest draft pedigree in the UFL

Perhaps one of the top names in the UFL this season is none other than Vic Beasley. The former first-round pick has not been in the NFL for four years. He was a top pick who seemed to lack motivation and care to put extra work in to get better. Beasley has been involved in spring leagues for a while now, and he hopes that this year might be his time to get another NFL shot.

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