Clemson Players in the NFL
As of April 17, 2014, there were 27 former Clemson players on NFL rosters according to the NFL.com website. The 27 players are on 15 different teams. Seven teams have multiple former Tigers, including the Buffalo Bills, who lead with four former players.
Twenty-four of the 27 players were on the roster of Clemson's 2009 team. Twenty-three of the 27 have played in an NFL game.
Five former Clemson players have been traded or signed free agent contracts in the off season and are on different teams relative to their 2013 roster. Jacoby Ford has gone from the Oakland Raiders to the New York Jets. Chris Clemons, who has played more NFL games than any other active former Clemson player with 72, has gone from the Miami Dolphins to the Houston Texans.
Kavell Conner has gone from the Indianapolis Colts to the San Diego Chargers. Charlie Whitehurst has gone from the San Diego Chargers to the Tennessee Titans. Ricky Sapp has gone from the New York Jets to the Houston Texans.
Members of Clemson's 2013 team will join these players on NFL rosters when the NFL draft is held in May. Many other undrafted players will sign free agent contracts. Six members of the 2012 Clemson team were on NFL teams as rookies in 2013.
It should be noted that Barry Richardson and Phillip Merling, both of whom played in the NFL last year, are free agents and have not signed with a team yet.
|Former Clemson Players on NFL Rosters
(as of April 17, 2014)
|No.||Name||Pos.||Team||#Years||Years at CU||GP-GS|
|83||Dwayne Allen||TE||Indianapolis Colts||2||2009-11||17-17|
|65||Thomas Austin||C||Indianapolis Colts||4||2006-09||8-1|
|91||Da'Quan Bowers||DE||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||2008-10||39-8|
|90||Andre Branch||DE||Jacksonville Jaguars||2||2008-11||29-3|
|13||Jaron Brown||WR||Arizona Cardinals||1||2009-12||16-0|
|93||Kourtnei Brown||DE||Detroit Lions||2||2007-11||DNP|
|20||Crezdon Butler||CB||San Diego Chargers||3||2007-10||25-0|
|20||Chris Clemons||SS||Houston Texans||5||2005-08||72-48|
|53||Kavell Conner||LB||San Diego Chargers||4||2006-09||52-36|
|38||Andre Ellington||RB||Arizona Cardinals||1||2009-12||15-1|
|-||Jacoby Ford||WR||New York Jets||4||2006-09||38-13|
|63||Dalton Freeman||C||New York Jets||1||2009-12||DNP|
|38||Marcus Gilchrist||DB||San Diego Chargers||3||2007-10||46-24|
|75||Chris Hairston||OL||Buffalo Bills||3||2007-10||25-15|
|93||Malliciah Goodman||DE||Atlanta Falcons||1||2009-12||14-1|
|10||DeAndre Hopkins||WR||Houston Texans||1||2010-12||16-16|
|99||Jarvis Jenkins||DT||Washington Redskins||3||2007-10||28-19|
|41||Byron Maxwell||CB||Seattle Seahawks||3||2007-10||34-5|
|73||Antoine McClain||OL||Buffalo Bills||2||2008-11||DNP|
|36||Jonathan Meeks||S||Buffalo Bills||1||2009-12||8-0|
|82||Michael Palmer||TE||Pittsburgh Steelers||4||2006-09||59-5|
|91||Ricky Sapp||LB||Houston Texans||4||2006-09||14-0|
|24||Coty Sensabaugh||CB||Tennessee Titans||2||2008-11||30-6|
|28||C.J. Spiller||RB||Buffalo Bills||4||2006-09||61-31|
|98||Brandon Thompson||DT||Cincinnati Bengals||2||2008-11||19-7|
|12||Charlie Whitehurst||QB||Tennessee Titans||8||2002-05||13-4|
|49||Jonathan Willard||LB||Tennessee Titans||1||2009-12||DNP|
|#Years denotes years completed on an NFL roster|