KURT WARNER NAMED LEAD ANALYST FOR ‘PROTECT OR PICK’ QB DRAFT

Brent Stover and Dana Jacobson to join Warner for Inaugural QB Draft

‘Protect or Pick’ QB Draft Airs Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm ET LIVE on CBS Sports Network

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – November 21, 2018 – Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl champion, MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback, has been named lead analyst for The Alliance of American Football’s “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft, live from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor on November 27, 2018. Joining Alliance executive and Super Bowl champion Hines Ward, Warner will provide viewers with insight into the quarterback class and dissect each selection, drawing on his 15-year pro career behind center. Alongside Warner will be CBS Sports Network studio host Brent Stover, CBS Sports correspondent and anchor Dana Jacobson and Jason Fisher. CBS Sports Network will televise the first-of-its-kind draft for The Alliance at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT.

“The Alliance represents an amazing opportunity for these quarterbacks to begin, extend or revitalize their pro careers,” said Kurt Warner. “They faced adversity and are out to prove themselves, now they have a shot to show what they can do. Having gone undrafted and overlooked, I can relate to their pursuit. I look forward to seeing how this unique draft unfolds and who rises to the top during the inaugural season of The Alliance.”

52 Alliance-signed quarterbacks will be eligible for the “Protect or Pick” draft with additional players being added. Full list can be found here.

The “Protect or Pick” draft format begins with each team deciding if they want to protect one quarterback that has been allocated to them from their region. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft. If they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision. Once each team makes their decision, the teams that elected to not protect a player make their selection, in the order of the draft, from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks regardless of region. All selected quarterbacks must be under contract to The Alliance at the time of the draft. The Alliance quarterback draft will be comprised of four rounds. The San Diego Fleet have the first pick in the draft, followed by the Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Salt Lake Stallions, Memphis Express and San Antonio Commanders.

Quarterbacks are allocated based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he is allocated based on his last NFL/CFL team. If a

player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint and he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated.

The Alliance’s 2019 and 2020 championship games will be held in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd stadium, with the 2019 championship taking place Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT on CBS.

Draft Order

Round 1:

1. San Diego Fleet

2. Birmingham Iron

3. Arizona Hotshots

4. Orlando Apollos

5. Atlanta Legends

6. Salt Lake Stallions

7. Memphis Express

8. San Antonio Commanders

*(Round 1 slots 9-16 are tentative based on each team’s “Protect or Pick” decision in slots 1-8) 9. San Diego Fleet 10. Birmingham Iron 11. Arizona Hotshots 12. Orlando Apollos 13. Atlanta Legends 14. Salt Lake Stallions 15. Memphis Express 16. San Antonio Commanders

Round 2

1. San Antonio Commanders 

2. Memphis Express

3. Salt Lake Stallions

4. Atlanta Legends

5. Orlando Apollos

6. Arizona Hotshots

7. Birmingham Iron

8. San Diego Fleet

Round 3

1. San Diego Fleet

2. Birmingham Iron

3. Arizona Hotshots

4. Orlando Apollos

5. Atlanta Legends

6. Salt Lake Stallions

7. Memphis Express

8. San Antonio Commanders

Round 4

1. San Antonio Commanders 

2. Memphis Express

3. Salt Lake Stallions

4. Atlanta Legends

5. Orlando Apollos

6. Arizona Hotshots

7. Birmingham Iron

8. San Diego Fleet