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Division II football players on 2017 NFL rosters

With the recruiting season for College Football in full swing, the early signing period upon us and all eyes on the 1st Wednesday in February, I thought it would be good to resurface Wayne Cavadi’s Blog post regarding D2 Athletes in the NFL & Balladeer’s Blog from July of 2016!

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Do you know how many DII Football players are on NFL rosters for 2017?

Answer – 90!

Ever heard of Malcom Butler – Patriots, or Tyreek Hill – Chiefs? Yes, DII College players!

How about Danny Woodhead – Ravens. Danny Woodhead has overcome injuries to become one of the best receiving backs in football.

Jahri Evans of the Green Bay Packers is a six-time Pro Bowler and at one point, the fourth-rounder was the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Evans joins Butler as two Super Bowl winners from the DII ranks.

Here’s a look at some more DII football by the numbers:

2017 Roster breakdown:

90 — Total DII football players in the NFL, including practice squad rosters.

6 — The number DII players on the Carolina Panthers roster, most in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets all roster five players.

5 — The most players from one school represented, with Grand Valley State and California (PA) leading the way. West Alabama and Missouri Western State are behind with four.

3 — The number of DII tight ends the Tennessee Titans have on its roster.

2 — Total number of NFL teams without a DII football player on their roster: Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.

Position Breakdown:

0 — There are no DII quarterbacks on current NFL rosters.

18 — Total DII defensive backs on NFL rosters, the most of any one position.

15 — The number of DII wide receivers in the NFL, the most of any offensive position.

9 — DII tight ends making an NFL squad, which is five more than running backs.

PLAYER POSITION DII SCHOOL
Arizona Cardinals
John Brown WR Pittsburg State
Brittan Golden WR West Texas A&M
Jared Veldheer T Hillsdale
Atlanta Falcons
C.J. Goodwin CB California (PA)
Ryan Schraeder T Valdosta State
Baltimore Ravens
Brandon Carr CB Grand Valley State
Ryan Jensen G/C Colorado State-Pueblo
Matthew Juson OLB Grand Valley State
Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern State
Danny Woodhead RB Chadron
Buffalo Bills
Andre Holmes WR Hillsdale
Deon Lacey LB West Alabama
Kharl Lee TE Bowie State
Cedric Thorton DT Southern Arkansas
Carolina Panthers
Alex Armah FB West Georgia
Charles Johnson WR Grand Valley State
L.J. McCray S Catawba
Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
Scott Simonson TE Assumption
Amini Silatolu T Midwestern State
Chicago Bears
Adam Shaheen TE Ashland
Eric Kush WR California (PA)
Jordan Morgan OL Kutztown
Cleveland Browns
Mike Jordan DB Missouri Western State
Jamie Meder DL Ashland
Dallas Cowboys
Jeff Heath S Saginaw Valley State
Chris Jones P Carson-Newman
Nate Theaker G Wayne State
Denver Broncos
Allen Barbre G Missouri Southern State
Detroit Lions
Armonty Bryant DE East Central
Dez Stewart WR Ohio Dominican
Green Bay Packers
Jahri Evans G Bloomsburg
Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley State
David Talley LB Grand Valley State
Donatello Brown CB Valdosta State
Indianapolis Colts
Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
Denzelle Good T/G Mars Hill
Kenny Moore II CB Valdosta State
Grover Stewart DT Albany State
Jacksonville Jaguars
Keelan Cole WR Kentucky Wesleyan
Chris Ivory RB Tiffin
Matt Overton LS Western Washington
Chris Reed OL Minnesota State
Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill WR West Alabama
Ron Parker DB Newberry
Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler RB Western State
Sean McGrath TE Henderson State
Jeff Richards DB Emporia State
Tyrell Williams WR Western Oregon
Whitney Richardson DE Lane
Los Angeles Rams
Marqui Christian DB Midwestern State
Morgan Fox DE Colorado State-Pueblo
Matt Longacre DE Northwest Missouri State
Ethan Westbrooks DL West Texas A&M
Greg Zuerlein K Missouri Western
Miami Dolphins
William Hayes DE Winston-Salem State
Minnesota Vikings
C.J. Ham FB Augustana
Adam Thielan WR Minnesota State
New England Patriots
Malcolm Butler DB West Alabama
New Orleans Saints
Bryan Braman LB West Texas A&M
New York Giants
Janoris Jenkins DB North Alabama
New York Jets
Dylan Donahue LB West Georgia
Rontez Miles S California (PA)
Mike Pennel DL Colorado State-Pueblo
Edmond Robinson LB Newberry
Will Tye TE Stony Brook
Oakland Raiders
Tyrell Adams LB West Georgia
Erik Harris S California (PA)
Marquette King P Fort Valley State
Seth Roberts WR West Alabama
Philadelphia Eagles
Tre Sullivan S Shepherd
Billy Brown TE Shepherd
Pittsburgh Steelers
Matt Feiler OT Bloomsburg
Terrell Watson RB Azusa Pacific
Dudhaun Phillips CB Tarleton State
Marcus Tucker WR Northern Michigan
San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Fusco OL Slippery Rock
Seattle Seahawks
David Bass DE Missouri Western State
Dewey McDonald LB California (PA)
Michael Wilhoite LB Washburn
David Moore WR East Central
Tampa Bay Bucs
Brent Grimes CB Shippensburg
Leonard Wester T Missouri Western
Freddie Martino WR North Greenville
Tennessee Titans
Phillip Supernaw TE Ouachita Baptist
Delanie Walker TE Central Missorui
Victor Ochi LB Stony Brook
Jerome Cunningham TE Southern Connecticut
Washington Redskins
Junior Galette LB Stillman
Kevin Bowen T East Central

NAIA & OTHER DIVISION FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON TO THE NFL IN 2016

Here’s a look at 2016’s crop of NFL players taken as draftees and free agents from the NAIA and other divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Missouri WesternSchool – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WESTERN GRIFFONS

Name – MIKE JORDAN

Position – Safety  

NFL Team – Rams 

Ferris State BulldogsSchool – FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS 

Name – JASON VANDER LAAN

Position – Quarterback

NFL Team – Bills  

West Georgia Wolves BLUESchool – UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA WOLVES

Name – DOMINIQUE ROBERTSON

Position – Offensive Tackle

NFL Team – Buccaneers 

Grand Valley StateSchool – GRAND VALLEY STATE LAKERS

Name – MATT JUDON 

Position – Defensive End 

NFL Team – Ravens 

Florida Tech Panthers helmetSchool – FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS 

Name – GABE HUGHES 

Position – Tight End

NFL Team – Dolphins 

West Alabama TigersSchool – UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA TIGERS

Name – TYREEK HILL

Position – Wide Receiver

NFL Team – Chiefs  

Midwestern State MustangsSchool – MIDWESTERN STATE MUSTANGS

Name – MARQUIS CHRISTIAN

Position – Strong Safety

NFL Team – Cardinals  

Eau Claire Blugolds helmetSchool – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT EAU CLAIRE BLUGOLDS

Name – ISIAH CAGE  

Position – Offensive Lineman

NFL Team – Colts 

Manitoba Bisons helmetSchool – UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (sic)

Name – DAVID ONYEMATA

Position – Defensive Tackle

NFL Team – Saints 

Princeton Tigers helmetSchool – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY TIGERS  

Name – SETH DEVALVE

Position – Tight End

NFL Team – Browns 

Montana Grizzlies helmetSchool – UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GRIZZLIES

Name – TYRONE HOLMES

Position – Offensive Linebacker 

NFL Team – Jaguars 

Maine Black Bears helmetSchool – UNIVERSITY OF MAINE BLACK BEARS

Name – TREVOR BATES

Position – Linebacker 

NFL Team – Colts

Harvard Crimson helmetSchool – HARVARD UNIVERSITY CRIMSON

Name – COLE TURNER

Position – Offensive Tackle

NFL Team – Cardinals

Harvard Crimson helmetSchool – HARVARD UNIVERSITY CRIMSON

Name – BEN BRAUNECKER

Position – Tight End

NFL Team – Bears 

 

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