Twenty-Five Former Tigers On NFL Rosters


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According to rosters on the NFL website (as of September 2) 25 former Clemson football players are currently on NFL rosters. The list includes 11 defensive linemen. At least one former Tiger is represented on the rosters of 18 of the 32 teams. Seven different teams have two former Tigers.

As stated above, there are more defensive linemen on the list than any other position with eight. There are five defensive backs, three offensive linemen, three linebackers, two tight ends, two wide receivers, two running backs, and one quarterback. Fifteen of the 25 players are defensive players.

The veteran of the group is Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Nick Eason, who is in his 10th year in the NFL. Five of the players are rookies and were starters on Clemson’s 2011 ACC Championship team. Those players are Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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, Andre BranchAndre Branch
Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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, Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
Cornerback
#15 6-0, 185
Kingsport, TN

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, Antoine McClainAntoine McClain
Offensive Guard
#74 6-6, 335
Anniston, AL

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and Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
Defensive Tackle
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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.

Twenty-one of the players are on active rosters, one on an injury list and three on the practice squad.

For the first time since 1996, Brian DawkinsBrian Dawkins
Safety
#20 6-0, 200
Jacksonville, FL

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is not on this list. Dawkins retired in the off season after 17 years in the NFL. He made the pro bowl in his final year.

Former Clemson Players in NFL 

Name Pos Team NFL Yrs CU Years

Dwayne Allen TE Indianapolis Colts R 2008-11

DaQuan BowersDaQuan Bowers Sr. Defensive End #93 6-4, 277 Bamberg, SC View Full Profile DE *Tampa Bay Bucs 2nd 2008-10

Andre Branch DE Jacksonville Jaguars R 2008-11

Crezdon ButlerCrezdon Butler Defensive Back # 6-0, 180 Asheville, NC View Full Profile CB Washington Redskins 3rd 2006-09

Chris Clemons S Miami Dolphins 4th 2005-08

Kavell ConnerKavell Conner Running Back # 6-1, 200 Midlothian, VA View Full Profile LB Indianapolis Colts 3rd 2006-09

Nick Eason DT Arizona Cardinals 10th 1999-02

Jacoby FordJacoby Ford Wide Receiver #6 5-9, 175 Royal Palm Beach, FL View Full Profile WR Oakland Raiders 3rd 2006-09

Marcus GilchristMarcus Gilchrist Defensive Back #12 5-11, 190 High Point, NC View Full Profile SS San Diego Chargers 2nd 2007-10

Tyler GrishamTyler Grisham Wide Receiver # 5-11, 185 Birmingham, AL View Full Profile WR %Denver Broncos 4th 2005-08

Chris HairstonChris Hairston Offensive Line #61 6-7, 325 Winston-Salem, NC View Full Profile OT Buffalo Bills 2nd 2007-10

Jamie HarperJamie Harper Running Back #8 6-0, 235 Jacksonville, FL View Full Profile RB Tennessee Titans 2nd 2008-10

Leroy HillLeroy Hill Linebacker # 6-1, 238 Haddock, GA View Full Profile LB Seattle Seahawks 8th 2001-04

Jarvis JenkinsJarvis Jenkins Sr. Defensive Tackle #99 6-4, 315 Clemson, SC View Full Profile DE Washington Redskins 2nd 2007-10

Byron MaxwellByron Maxwell Defensive Back #36 6-1, 205 North Charleston, SC View Full Profile CB Seattle Seahawks 2nd 2007-10

Antoine McClain OG %Baltimore Ravens R 2008-11

Phillip MerlingPhillip Merling Defensive End # 6-6, 275 Cordova, TN View Full Profile DE Green Bay Packers 5th 2005-07

Michael PalmerMichael Palmer Tight End # 6-4, 228 Lilburn, GA View Full Profile TE Atlanta Falcons 3rd 2006-09

Barry RichardsonBarry Richardson Offensive Tackle #79 6-7, 330 Mt. Pleasant, SC View Full Profile OT St. Louis Rams 5th 2004-07

Ricky SappRicky Sapp Defensive Line # 6-4, 240 Bamberg, SC View Full Profile DE %New York Jets 3rd 2006-09

Dorell Scott DT St. Louis Rams 4th 2005-08

Coty Sensabaugh CB Tennessee Titans R 2008-11

C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller Pro Running Back #28 5-11, 195 Lake Butler, FL View Full Profile RB Buffalo Bills 3rd 2006-09

Brandon Thompson DT Cincinnati Bengals R 2008-11

Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst Quarterback #6 6-4, 225 Duluth, GA View Full Profile QB San Diego Chargers 7th 2002-05

*injury list

% Practice squad

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