AFL Expansion Draft Rules and Process
Friday December 19, 2014
CHICAGO – On Monday, December 22, the Las Vegas Outlaws will have the opportunity to fill out their inaugural roster with Arena Football veterans from active AFL teams. These additions will be crucial in solidifying the foundation of the Outlaws franchise for 2015 and beyond.
Fans will be able to follow the AFL Expansion Draft live online at ArenaFootball.com and interact on Twitter using the hashtag #AFLDraft. The Draft is set to begin at 12 p.m. ET.
But before Outlaws head coach Aaron Garcia gets to work, there are still a few questions that fans may be asking. How does the process work? How many players can be selected? Are trades allowed? Who’s eligible to be drafted?
Here’s a quick overview of AFL Expansion Draft history and a rundown of what to expect this year:
Expansion Draft Milestones and Key Dates
October 6, 2006 – The New Orleans VooDoo added 13 players in the Expansion Draft. Defensive back Chris Brown was the first player selected, while other notable draftees included current Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn and New York Giants defensive end Cullen Jenkins.
December 20, 2013 – Sixteen players were selected over nine rounds by the Portland Thunder and LA KISS. The Thunder selected defensive back Eric Crocker with the first pick of the Draft.
December 22, 2014 – The Las Vegas Outlaws will have the opportunity to fill out their 2015 roster in the 2014 AFL Expansion Draft.
Players who finished the 2014 season with remaining contract terms are the only draft eligible players. Players who are not draft eligible include those currently on League Suspension or Other League Exempt, players who have signed new contracts for 2015, and kickers. The final draft eligible player pool will be distributed only to Las Vegas.
Teams may protect up to 65 percent of their qualified roster by 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 19. The remaining players will be eligible for selection by Las Vegas. Once a player is selected from a team, that team will have an opportunity to pull another player back to protect him. If a team has two players selected, that team will have the option to withdraw all remaining players from the pool.
Las Vegas will select until their 35-man roster is filled or they choose to cease selecting. The Outlaws may not select players from the same team in consecutive rounds. Each round will last a maximum of two minutes.
There will be no trades during the Expansion Draft.