Archbishop Murphy alum taken by Seattle in XFL draft

Taniela Tupou was selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the Defensive Front 7 Phase on Tuesday.

SEATTLE — Former Archbishop Murphy football standout Taniela Tupou was selected by the Seattle Dragons in the seventh round of the Defensive Front 7 Phase of the inaugural XFL draft on Tuesday. He was selected with the 51st overall pick.

Tupou, a 2011 graduate of Archbishop Murphy, played at the University of Washington before spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. Tupou played for the Alliance of American Football’s San Diego Fleet before the league folded during its first season of existence.

The 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive lineman is one of three Washington natives on the Dragons’ roster. He’s joined by fellow UW alum wide receiver Kasen Williams, of Sammamish, and offensive lineman Justin Rose, of Spokane.

The first three 10-round phases of the XFL draft — offensive skill positions, offensive linemen and defensive front seven — were selected Tuesday. The final two phases — defensive backs and open draft (any postion) — take place Wednesday.

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