New York Defenders – DE Bunmi Rotimi
Another former AAF alum, Bunmi (Olubunmi) Rotimi was a defensive end for the Old Dominion Big Blue football team and showed flashes of being a great pass rusher. Over the course of his college career, he racked up 19 sacks over 58 games. He fell out of the draft, however, possibly because he didn’t run his 40-yard dash at the combine. He did post a 4.70 in his 20-yard shuffle, so he does have some lateral quickness.
With the AAF’s Arizona Hotshots, he only had three tackles and a sack in limited play before the league folded. He’s already off to a great start with the Defenders, racking up nine tackles, one sack, two quarterback hits, two tackles-for-a-loss, and even registered a forced fumble.
Rotimi has not shown much in his career before the opening day game against the Vipers but if he continues to showcase that he’s got great ability to pursue the ballcarrier on a consistent basis week in and week out, then maybe Rotimi can fill as a member of the Browns front-seven.
Like Heeney, Rotimi can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4, starting his XFL career as a defensive end, but showing enough mobility to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Finding out how fast he is will be paramount if the Browns do pursue him, but it’s extremely likely that the team will do their due diligence in the scouting of any potential player.
Of all the players on this list, he may be the one that has the most to prove week in and week out.