The XFL draft was earlier in the week; the Los Angeles Wildcats were assigned Tier 1 quarterback Luis Perez before the draft started. In the first round of the open part of the draft, Los Angeles took another quarterback, Taryn Christion. He went to college at South Dakota State.
In his senior season at Texas A&M Commerce, Perez threw for 4,999 yards, 46 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions, He also won Division ll player of the year in that season and led the team to the National Championship. Perez was the man at Texas A&M Commerce
Perez was the starting quarterback for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF league. He passed for 1,460 yards and only completed 52.3 percent of his passes while with the Iron. Perez threw only five touchdowns and also threw six interceptions. Less than stellar numbers. But he did have some excellent games with Birmingham as well.
Christion is a very athletic quarterback, while South Dakota State in 208 he threw for 3,020 yards and 32 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. He also rushed for 333 yards and had six rushing touchdowns. In Christion’s last three seasons at South Dakota State, he threw 30 plus touchdowns.
Christion has a strong arm and can make plays outside the pocket, but he still needs time to develop. He struggles with his accuracy but does have the arm talent to fit the ball in tight windows. The former South Dakota State can read the whole field while in the pocket. Christion got a chance in the preseason with the Dallas Cowboys. In his first real playing time, he threw for 142 yards on 11 of 17 passing with a touchdown pass. He also ran for 22 yards.
Perez will have the upper hand on Christion, but Christion will push Perez. If Perez struggles as he did with the Iron, Christion could step right in and take the starting job. I think there is a possibility that Christion’s raw talent could wow Wildcats head coach Winston Moss and offensive coordinator Norm Chow and could move him into the starting spot before the season starts. But it all depends on Christion’s growth from last college season till now.