WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX 44) — Abram Smith took another step towards pursuing a professional football career on Wednesday, when the D.C. Defenders selected him with the first pick of the XFL Draft as part of the offensive skill round.

Smith will now get a chance to continue his career with the Defenders, after the New Orleans Saints cut him prior to the 2022-23 NFL season.

During his senior season at Baylor, Smith was one of the most prolific running backs in college football, as he rushed for 1,601 yards and 12 touchdowns.