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Ex-New York Giants QB Josh Johnson goes No. 1 overall in AAF QB Draft

The Alliance of American Football (AAF), which was founded by former NFL general manager Bill Polian and is set to launch this coming February, held their first-ever Quarterback Draft on Tuesday night.

The AAF conducts their quarterback draft in a “pick or protect” format, which is explained below courtesy of CBS Sports:

Dozens of players have already signed to the league’s eight franchises, but quarterbacks are assigned in the draft. Any quarterback already signed to the Alliance is eligible to be selected in the draft, which uses a “Protect or Pick” format. All signed quarterbacks are also allocated to the team located closest to their college or last NFL or CFL team before the draft.

The “Protect or Pick” method allows each team to either protect one quarterback that’s already been allocated or choose to draft another one. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft, but if they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision before selecting from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks.

With the first overall option in the 2018 AAF Quarterback Draft, the San Diego Fleet, who are coached by Mike Martz, chose to protect former New York Giants quarterback Josh Johnson.

Some additional familiar names who were picked or protected on Tuesday night include former New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Matt Simms, son of retired Giants legend Phil Simms.

Other former NFL quarterbacks such as Scott Tolzien and Zach Mettenberger also had their names called.

There are also several other Giant connections throughout the league beside Josh Johnson. Former defensive coordinator Tim Lewis will serves as head coach of the Birmingham Iron, former linebacker Deontae Skinner will also play for the Iron, while former safety Will Hill will suit up for the Orlando Apollos and former punter Austin Rehkow will play for the Salt Lake Stallions.

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