Luis Perez became the first player in Los Angeles Wildcats history when the former Los Angeles Rams practice squad quarterback was assigned to them before the start of Tuesday’s XFL Draft.
Perez signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and played in their final preseason game, completing eight of 15 passes for 43 yards with one interception in a 28-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was cut before the start of the regular season and was on the practice squad from Sept. 2-18.
Perez was the starting quarterback for the Birmingham Iron on the short-lived Alliance of American Football earlier this year, was with the Philadelphia Eagles for just over a month in the spring, and spent five days in August with the Detroit Lions, completing one pass for five yards in their final preseason game before being cut.
Perez led Texas A&M-Commerce to the 2017 NCAA Division II national championship and received the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top Division II player.
He began the 2013 season as the ninth of nine quarterbacks on the depth chart of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, became the starter the third game of the season after injuries knocked out two quarterbacks and started about the half season until being sidelined by a leg injury.
Perez was an all-conference selection during his second season at Southwestern, then transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Wildcats will draft 30 players Tuesday.
The draft will be conducted in five phases, with each of the first four phases consisting of 10 rounds. The order of selection was determined by a lottery. The Wildcats won the lottery, giving them the first choice among eight draft matrixes. They chose the matrix that would give them the first choice in the offensive linemen phase, the second phase.
The draft will use a “snake” format with the selection order reversing after each round.
The Wildcats have the eighth and final choice in the first round of the first phase and the first choice in the second round. The first phase is limited to quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends.
The Wildcats have the fourth choice in the first round of Tuesday’s final phase for defensive linemen and linebackers.
The draft will conclude Wednesday with the defensive backfield phase, where the Wildcats will have the fifth choice in the first round, and the 30-round open phase for all remaining players after the positional drafts in addition to kickers, punters and long snappers. The Wildcats will have the fourth choice in the first round.
The league’s eight teams will make their selections from a pool of approximately 1,000 players, all of whom accepted an invitation from Commissioner Oliver Luck and passed a standard background check.
Teams will be given 90 seconds to make a selection.
XFL teams will add to their rosters with a supplemental draft at the end of November for players who were ineligible to be drafted Tuesday or Wednesday, either because they are on NFL rosters or playing college football.
The Wildcats are set to open their season the weekend of Feb. 8-9. They will play their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.