Bradley Sylve will try another spring league football after the Philadelphia Stars selected the former Alabama cornerback in the 11th round of the USFL Draft on Tuesday night in Birmingham.
All eight USFL teams used Rounds 8-11 to fill out their cornerback rosters, and Sylve joined three former prep stars as the Alabama natives picked in those rounds of the league’s inaugural draft. league.
The Birmingham Stallions picked Decatur High School’s Tae Hayes at No. 2 in the ninth round, the New Jersey Generals picked Oxford High School’s Trae Elston at No. 6 in the ninth round, and the Tampa Bay Bandits picked Christian Campbell of Central High School in Phenix City at No. 1 in the 10th round.
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After playing in Alabama from 2012 to 2015 and winning two national championships, Sylve tore his left Achilles tendon on March 7, 2016, a day before competing in Alabama’s annual pro day.
After a year of rehabilitation and recovery, Sylve signed with the Buffalo Bills on April 7, 2017 and spent the offseason program, training camp and preseason with the NFL team. The Bills released Sylve when they reduced their preseason roster to the regular season limit of 53 players for the 2017 campaign.
Sylve joined the New Orleans Saints practice squad on September 20, 2017 and he remained with the team until October 10, 2017. The Saints signed Sylve to a reserve/term contract for 2018 , but New Orleans released the cornerback after the 2018 NFL Draft.
In 2019, Sylve played for the Birmingham Iron until the Alliance of American Football staged eight games in its first spring season.
In 2020, Sylve scored the first defensive touchdown in revived XFL history. Playing for the DC Defenders on Feb. 8, Sylve returned a 69-yard interception for a touchdown in a 31-19 win over the Seattle Dragons. But the XFL folded five weeks into its season in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since playing at Appalachian State, Hayes has been on the rosters of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers over the past three past seasons while playing six regular season games.
Elston played in 14 regular season games in 2017, his second season in the NFL. From 2016 to 2019, he was signed and released 10 times each by NFL teams. While entering the NFL as an undrafted player, Elston was drafted in 2020 by the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL, and he spent time this year on the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders roster.
Campbell was a sixth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he has been on rosters for the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. But he never played in an NFL regular season game.
Players chosen in the cornerback portion of the USFL Draft included:
No. 1: Delrick Abrams Jr. (Colorado) at the Tampa Bay Bandits
No. 2: Channing Stribling (Michigan) to the Philadelphia Stars
#3: De’Vante Bausby (Pittsburg State) at New Jersey Generals
No. 4: Tino Ellis (Maryland) at the Michigan Panthers
No. 5: Adonis Alexander (Virginia Tech) at the New Orleans Breakers
No. 6: Jamar Summers (Connecticut) at Houston Gamblers
N°7: Brian Allen (Utah) at Birmingham Stallions
No. 8: Ajene Harris (Southern Cal) at the Pittsburgh Maulers
No. 1: Terrell Bonds (Tennessee State) at Pittsburgh Maulers
No. 2: Tae Hayes (Appalachian State) at Birmingham Stallions
No. 3: Will Likely (Maryland) at the Houston Gamblers
No. 4: Derrick Jones (Ole Miss) at the New Orleans Breakers
No. 5: Jameson Houston (Baylor) at the Michigan Panthers
No. 6: Trae Elston (Ole Miss) at the New Jersey Generals
No. 7: Marcus Lewis (Maryland) to the Philadelphia Stars
N°8: Davante Davis (Texas) at the Tampa Bay Bandits
No. 1: Christian Campbell (Penn State) at the Tampa Bay Bandits
No. 2: Mazzi Wilkins (South Florida) at the Philadelphia Stars
No. 3: David Rivers (Youngstown State) at the New Jersey Generals
No. 4: Dominique Martin (Tarleton State) at the Michigan Panthers
No. 5: Manny Patterson (Maine) at the New Orleans Breakers
No. 6: Howard Wilson (Houston) at Houston Gamblers
No. 7: Bryan Mills (North Carolina Central) to Birmingham Stallions
No. 8: Prince Robinson (Tarleton State) at the Pittsburgh Maulers
No. 1: Jaylon McClain-Sapp (Marshall) at the Pittsburgh Maulers
N°2: Lorenzo Burns (Arizona) at Birmingham Stallions
No. 3: Jerry Cantave (William Jewell) at the Houston Gamblers
No. 4: Ja’Len Embry (Northern Illinois) at the New Orleans Breakers
No. 5: Jalin Burrell (New Mexico) at the Michigan Panthers
No. 6: DeJuan Neal (Shepherd) at the New Jersey Generals
No. 7: Bradley Sylve (Alabama) at the Philadelphia Stars
No. 8: Rashard Causey Jr. (Central Florida) at Tampa Bay Bandits
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.