I’ll forgive you if you haven’t heard of the American West Football Conference as of yet. After just two years in existence their fan base is still in its infancy. However one player that should be transcending the league as a whole is wide receiver Nakia Brown of the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks in the AWFC.
Brown is a multifaceted person on and off the field. Having served in the armed forces prior to beginning his professional football career. In 2022 he showcased his skills in more ways than one in an effort to bring his name to the forefront of the XFL Draft Class, and ultimately to get NFL looks.
After an elite performance as a starting wideout for the Skyhawks in which he had 31 receptions for 370 yards and 14 tds, while adding 16 carries for 66 yards, also performing kick return duties to the tune of 367 more yards on 17 attempts. Grand total on the season was 64 touches for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Having come out of the armed forces Nakia makes football shape look like a joke when it comes to his conditioning. Having made it through basic training and everything he was asked to endure in the armed forces, mini-camps, training camp, and practices seem like a breeze.
A lot of these smaller leagues, are ignored almost like small school colleges when it comes to the draft. The thing is even the XFL crowd couldn’t ignore when Brown ran a low 4.4 40 yard dash during the showcase workout in front of scouts and coaches alike.
Brown is an incredible athlete and it was put on display during his 2022 AWFC season and only reiterated during his XFL Showcase in July. The thing holding him back is the bias against film that didn’t come in a recognizable league name, or a D1 University.
These showcase events are for men like Nakia to get put on display in front of scouts that might otherwise not have seen him play. Now with professional film, and an up close and personal combine style work out in front of right eyes, I expect to hear Nakia Brown called on draft day.