50. 2011 Nfl Draft Best Players of All Time

The 2011 NFL Draft was an exciting event for football fans all over the world. It marked the 76th annual selection of newly eligible football players, where the franchises of the National Football League select the best talent.

The draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City over three days, with the first round taking place on April 28th. With over 250 players being selected, the 2011 NFL Draft was sure to be a memorable one.

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1. J.J. Watt

Defensive end

J.J. Watt Career

  • 3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro (2012–2015, 2018)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2014, 2018)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2012–2015, 2018)
  • 2× NFL sacks leader (2012, 2015)
  • NFL forced fumbles co-leader (2018)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2017)
  • Bert Bell Award (2014)
  • Lott Trophy (2010)
  • First-team All-American (2010)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2010)

Watt is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2017. He has also been selected to five Pro Bowls and two Second Team All-Pro teams.

Watt holds the record for most sacks in a single season with 29 in 2015. J.J. Watt played college football at Central Michigan before being drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011 J.J. 

Watt is one of the most decorated and accomplished players in NFL history, having won numerous awards including a Bert Bell Award, Lott Trophy, First-team All-American, and two Pro Bowls. 

The Houston Texans superstar has recorded 580 tackles, 111 sacks, 69 passes deflected, and 27 forced fumbles in his impressive career to date. 

In 2018 he became the co-leader in Forced Fumbles with New York Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon while also being named an AP first-team All-Pro for the third time in his career - cementing him as one of the greatest defensive players ever to play the game.

J.J. Watt's work ethic was once again on display this season when he missed just one game due to injury despite playing through back surgery earlier in the year which many thought would end his career prematurely. 

His determined attitude and unyielding passion for football have seen him become a role model both on and off the field for young athletes all over America.

Also Played For: arizona cardinals, defensive end

2. Torrey Smith

Wide receiver

Torrey Smith Career

  • Baltimore Ravens (2011–2014)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2015–2016)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2017)
  • Carolina Panthers (2018)

Smith was a standout wide receiver at Stafford High School in Colonial Beach, Virginia. He attended Maryland and became one of the most prolific receivers in college history.

Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, but he only played for them for two seasons due to injuries. He then signed with the San Francisco 49ers and had some good years there before being traded to Philadelphia where he has been ever since.

Smith's best season came in 2017 when he caught 65 passes for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns despite missing four games due to injury. Smith is still an effective receiver today as evidenced by his eight touchdown receptions this year alone – which ties him for third place on Eagles' all-time list behind DeSean Jackson (11) and Terrell Owens (10).

In 2018, Carolina acquired Smith from Philadelphia after they won the Super Bowl that year - making him a Panther through 2020 . Torrey Smith was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens and is one of the most productive receivers in NFL history. 

Torrey Smith has been a first-team All-ACC selection twice and is also an outstanding return man, averaging 27 yards per kick return over his career.

Torrey Smith will be 33 years old at the end of the season and may have reached his peak as a player, but he still has plenty left in the tank to contribute on both offense and special teams for another team next season.

Also Played For: baltimore ravens, maryland terrapins football

3. Marcell Dareus

Defensive tackle

Marcell Dareus Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2014)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (2013, 2014)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • BCS national champion (2010)
  • BCS National Championship MVP (2010)
  • First-team All-SEC (2010)

Marcell Dareus is a defensive tackle who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2011. He has won multiple awards, including first-team All-Pro in 2014. In 2017, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and had an unsuccessful season there before being released in 2019.

Dareus was one of the most highly touted recruits in college football history and quickly proved himself as a dominant defender. He made his NFL debut in 2010 and went on to become an All-Pro player for the Buffalo Bills over the next three seasons. 

Dareus led the league with 17 forced fumbles during his time with Buffalo, earning him selection to two Pro Bowls along the way.

In 2013, Dareus was traded to Jacksonville Jaguars where he continued his impressive play before being signed by Tennessee Titans this past offseason. 

With another season under his belt, Dareus is poised for even bigger things in 2017 and beyond – making him one of the most promising defensive players currently playing in the NFL.

Also Played For: buffalo bills

4. Cam Newton

Quarterback

Cam Newton Career

  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2015)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • First-team All-Pro (2015)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Bert Bell Award (2015)
  • 2× BCS national champion (2008, 2010)
  • NJCAA national football champion (2009)
  • Heisman Trophy (2010)
  • Maxwell Award (2010)
  • Walter Camp Award (2010)
  • Manning Award (2010)
  • Davey O'Brien Award (2010)
  • AP College Football Player of the Year (2010)
  • Sporting News College Player of the Year (2010)
  • Consensus All-American (2010)
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • First-team All-SEC (2010)

Cam Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time BCS national champion. He was drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and led them to the Super Bowl that year.

In 2020 he moved to the New England Patriots, where he continued his success before retiring at the end of the 2019 season. Cam Newton is a quarterback who was drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 NFL draft.

He has set numerous records and won many awards during his career, including two MVPs and five Super Bowls. In 2018, Cam Newton suffered an injury that ended his season prematurely; he is expected to return for the 2020 season.

Also Played For: carokina panthers, college football

5. Andy Dalton

Quarterback

Andy Dalton Career

  • Cincinnati Bengals (2011–2019)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2020)
  • Chicago Bears (2021)
  • New Orleans Saints (2022–present)

Andy Dalton is a veteran quarterback who has played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. 

Dalton was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with them before signing with the Cowboys in 2020.

He has led his respective teams to playoff appearances each time he's been on board, including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII with Dallas. Dalton is known for his accuracy, ball control, and strong arm which have helped him rack up career stats of 27-36 (.538) as a starter.

In 2019, he signed a contract extension with the Bengals that will keep him there through at least 2022. Dalton is married to actress Katherine Moennig and they have two young children together; daughter Alice Hazelton (born March 2017) and son Noah Charles (born October 2018).

He enjoys playing golf, spending time outside shooting hoops during off-season workouts, and following Katy Tigers sports while living in Texas during the summers Andy Dalton has had a successful NFL career, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2012. 

He’s been named to three Pro Bowls and two First-team All-Madden Teams during his time in the league. Andy Dalton is known for his accuracy and passing ability, ranking among the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the past few years. His 62% completion percentage is a testament to that fact. 

Despite being one of the most consistent players in recent memory, there are still areas of Dalton’s game that he can improve upon – specifically his rushing stats (1,463 yards on 571 attempts) would be an area of focus moving forward.

Andy Dalton will likely continue to play at a high level into his 30s as he looks to lead Cincinnati back toward playoff contention once again next season.

Also Played For: cincinnati bengals, chicago bears best current players

6. A. J. Green

Wide receiver

A. J. Green Career

  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2012, 2013)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (2011–2017)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • 2× First-team All-American (2009, 2010)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2008, 2009)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2010)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2008)

A. J. Green is a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals, having played in both organizations since 2011. He has been an All-Pro twice during his career and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013.

Green attended Georgia from 2008 to 2010, where he starred as a receiver for the Bulldogs before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. 

In four seasons with Cincy, Green racked up 1,041 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 158 receptions; he also added 43 carries for 269 yards and two scores over that span.

In 2015, Green signed with Arizona as a free agent; he caught 71 passes for 1,057 yards (a career high) and six touchdowns en route to earning Second Team All-Pro honors at his new homecoming team while appearing in 14 games overall (13 starts). 

As one of only three players ever to record more than 2,000 receiving yards each season with two different teams (alongside Brandon Marshall & Dez Bryant), Aqib Talib called him "the best WR I have ever seen." Likely destined for Hall-of-Fame induction someday soon.

A. J. Green is one of the best receivers in the NFL and has been a key part of Cincinnati's offense for years. He was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2011 and has made two more appearances since then, as well as being named First-team All-American twice. 

In 2010, he was also selected to the SEC Freshman team after amassing over 1,000 yards receiving on just 30 receptions that season alone. 

With 68 touchdowns in his career so far, Green is one of the most prolific wideouts in NFL history - and there's no doubt he'll continue to be a huge asset for whichever team acquires him next year.

Also Played For: georgia bulldogs football, madden nfl 18

7. Von Miller

Outside linebacker

Von Miller Career

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (50, LVI)
  • Super Bowl MVP (50)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2017, 2018)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014–2019)
  • Butkus Award (pro) (2012)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Butkus Award (college) (2010)
  • Jack Lambert Trophy (2010)
  • 2× First-team All-American (2009, 2010)
  • 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)

Von Miller is a premier pass rusher in the NFL. He has recorded over 100 tackles, 25 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles in his career. Von Miller was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2011 and he has played for them ever since.

He won two Super Bowls with them before moving to the Los Angeles Rams in 2021. In 2018, Von Miller signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills that will keep him with the team until at least 2023. 

Von Miller is married to Karrueche Tran and they have one child together Von Miller is one of the most decorated players in NFL history.

He has won multiple awards and accolades including two Super Bowl Championships, three First-team All-Pro honors, four Second-team All-Pro nods, and eight Pro Bowl appearances. Von Miller was drafted first overall by the Denver Broncos in 2011 and has since been a key part of their defense. 

In his nine seasons in the league he has racked up 561 total tackles, 55 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and five interceptions - making him one of the deadliest defenders in football.

Von Miller will miss some time due to injury but is still an integral member of the Broncos squad who are aiming for another title this season.

Also Played For: denver broncos, madden nfl 20

8. Julio Jones

Wide receiver

Julio Jones Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2015, 2016)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2017–2019)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (2012, 2014–2019)
  • 2× NFL receiving yards leader (2015, 2018)
  • NFL receptions co-leader (2015)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • BCS national champion (2009)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2008)
  • First-team All-SEC (2010)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2008)

Julio Jones is one of the most accomplished receivers in NFL history. He has won multiple awards and accolades, including three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 2015 to 2017.

Julio Jones was drafted sixth overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2011 and has since had an illustrious career with the team. He enjoyed a stellar rookie season, setting league records for receiving yards and touchdowns while also being named Rookie of the Year.

In 2018, he led all wide receivers with 1,409 yards on 107 receptions as part of an explosive Atlanta offense that went deep into playoff contention. 

Julio Jones remains one of the top players in the game today - his combination of size (6'3", 220lbs), speed (he's running a 4.33 40-yard dash) and ability to make spectacular catches makes him a difficult player to defend no matter who he plays against.

As one of only six players ever to have at least 10,000 receiving yards and 500 touchdown receptions in their career, Julio Jones is unquestionably one of football's greatest talents ever. Julio Jones is a well-known and highly decorated NFL player. 

He has won multiple awards and accolades throughout his career, including 2 first-team All-Pro selections and 3 second-team All-Pros. Julio Jones was drafted 1st overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2011, making him one of the most talented players to ever enter the league.

Julio Jones had an outstanding rookie season, catching 96 passes for 1,426 yards and 10 touchdowns - all rookie records at the time. 

In 2012, Julio Jones became just the 5th player in NFL history to record over 1000 receiving yards in a single season – he finished with 1126 yards on 147 receptions alone. 

In 2013, Julio Jones led the Falcons to their first Super Bowl victory since 1999 (they also made it back to The Big Game in 2017). 

During that game, he caught 11 passes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns – an amazing performance that helped seal Atlanta’s place as kings of football once again.

Also Played For: madden nfl 21, nfc south

9. Adrian Clayborn

Defensive end

Adrian Clayborn Career

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011–2014)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2015–2017)
  • New England Patriots (2018)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2019)
  • Cleveland Browns (2020)

Clayborn was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played for them from 2011 to 2014, before joining Atlanta Falcons in 2015. 

Clayborn has been a key player for the Falcons over his career and has won two Super Bowls (2015 and 2017).

In 2018, he signed with the New England Patriots. Adrian Clayborn is a Pro Bowl defensive end who was drafted by the Falcons in 2010. 

He has been a two-time First-team All-Big Ten selection and Super Bowl champion with the Atlanta Falcons. Adrian Clayborn is known for his athleticism, pass-rushing ability, and strong tackling skills.

Also Played For: the university of iowa, iowa hawkeyes football

10. Tyron Smith

Tackle

Tyron Smith Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2014, 2016)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2013, 2015)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (2013–2019, 2021)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Morris Trophy (2010)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2010)

Tyron Smith is a dominant offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 2011 and has since become one of their key players on the offensive line.

Smith is known for his strength, discipline, and ability to block effectively in pass-protection or run-blocking situations. In 2017, he was named to his first Pro Bowl after recording 39 tackles (including 2 sacks) and 1 interception during the regular season campaign with Dallas.

Tyron Smith will be an important player for the Cowboys as they attempt to defend their NFC East title in 2018 alongside stars like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott Tyron Smith is one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. 

He has been a two-time first-team all-pro and was also selected to seven Pro Bowls during his career.

Tyron Smith played at Arizona State before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. After spending four seasons with Dallas, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 where he spent five more seasons until joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. 

Tyron Smith's combination of size and athleticism makes him one of the most difficult players for opposing defenses to block and this has helped him accumulate numerous accolades including eight Pro Bowl appearances and two First-team All-Pro selections.

Also Played For: dallsa cowboy, dallas cowboys

11. Randall Cobb

Wide receiver

Randall Cobb Career

  • Green Bay Packers (2011–2018)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2019)
  • Houston Texans (2020)
  • Green Bay Packers (2021–present)

Randall Cobb is a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted in 2011 by the Packers and has since played for Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and now back with the Packers.

Cobb is known for his speed and elusiveness on offense which makes him difficult to defend. In 2018 he led all NFL receivers in receptions (115) yards (1,287) and touchdowns. 

As a member of the Packers team that won Super Bowl XLVIII over the Seattle Seahawks, Cobb became one of only two players to win multiple championships with two different teams in professional football history – joining Jerry Rice as an elite player at his position.

Randall Cobb is a talented wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and has been since he was drafted in 2011. He had a Pro Bowl season in 2014 and was also First-team All-American that year. 

Randall Cobb has totaled 623 receptions, 7,574 yards, and 57 touchdowns during his career with the Packers so far. Randall Cobb is one of the most reliable receivers in the NFL and can be counted on to make big plays whenever needed.

Also Played For: green bay packers

12. Anthony Castonzo

Tackle

Anthony Castonzo Career

  • 2× First-team All-ACC (2009, 2010)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2008)

Anthony Castonzo was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has played for the Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots since then.

Castonzo is a versatile offensive tackle who can play both on the left and right side of the line of scrimmage. His style of play is known for being physical and aggressive downfield blocking against opposing defenders.

Anthony Castonzo has been named to several All-Pro teams over his career, as well as two Pro Bowls (2015, 2017). Anthony Castonzo is a versatile offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football at Boston College and has spent his entire NFL career with the Colts.

Castonzo was voted to both first- and second-team All-ACC in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2010, he earned First Team All-ACC honors as well. 

Anthony Castonzo started 144 games in his NFL career, including all 16 games of the 2013 season when he was selected to play in the Pro Bowl. His 1 touchdown reception stands out among his many impressive stats on the field.

Anthony Castonzo is one of just five offensive linemen currently playing in the league who have been drafted by both Baltimore (Osemele) and Indianapolis (Gholston, Stephenson, Loeffler). 

As a member of Team USA at this year's World Cup of Football, Anthony will be looking to help his country win its fourth championship title ever.

Also Played For: indianapolis colts

13. Patrick Peterson

Cornerback

Patrick Peterson Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2013, 2015)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (2011–2018)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2010)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award (2010)
  • Jim Thorpe Award (2010)
  • Jack Tatum Trophy (2010)
  • Unanimous first-team All-American (2010)
  • Second-team All-American (2009)
  • First-team All-SEC (2010)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2009)

Patrick Peterson was born in Pompano Beach, Florida on July 11th, 1990. He attended high school at Blanche Ely and played college football for LSU before being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.

Patrick has spent his entire career with Minnesota Vikings, where he is currently an active player. Patrick is a two-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection who has led the NFL in interceptions twice (2015 & 2017).

Patrick Peterson is a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro. He started his career with the Cardinals before being traded to the Saints in 2015. In 2018, he signed with the 49ers and helped lead them to their first Super Bowl win since 1988.

Patrick is known for his exceptional defensive skills as a cornerback but also has experience playing safety and running back on special teams units.

Also Played For: minnesota vikings, lsu tigers football

14. Kyle Rudolph

Tight end

Kyle Rudolph Career

  • Minnesota Vikings (2011–2020)
  • New York Giants (2021)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2022–present)

Kyle Rudolph is a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was drafted by the team in 2011 and has since played in over 100 games.

Kyle Rudolph is known for his speed, which he uses to catch passes from quarterback Jameis Winston.

In 2013, Kyle Rudolph was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate player after playing well that season. 

After spending two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Kyle re-signed with Tampa Bay in 2017 Kyle Rudolph is a talented tight end who has had success in the NFL.

He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 and quickly became one of their top players. In 2017, he led all tight ends with 91 receptions for 1,2400 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

The Buccaneers signed him to a contract extension this offseason and believe that he will continue his success in Tampa Bay moving forward.

Also Played For: notre dame fighting irish football

15. Cam Jordan

Defensive end

Cam Jordan Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2017)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2018, 2019)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (2013, 2015, 2017–2021)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2010)

Cameron Jordan is a versatile defender who has played in the NFL for six seasons. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2011 and has since become an integral part of their defense.

Jordan is known for his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, as well as his strength and size at the defensive end. His playmaking abilities have helped him win numerous awards, including two Pro Bowl selections over the course of his career so far.

Cam Jordan is a talented and experienced defensive lineman who has had an impressive career in the NFL. Jordan was a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and has been a key player for the Los Angeles Rams over the past few years. 

He is known for his dominance on the interior of the line, as well as his ability to force fumbles and intercept passes. Jordan will be crucial if Los Angeles hopes to defend their title this season, and he is one of the most complete defenders in football.

Also Played For: new orleans saints, university of california

16. Cameron Heyward

Defensive end

Cameron Heyward Career

  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2017, 2019, 2021)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2020)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2017–2021)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2010)

Cameron Heyward is a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers and has since played there for four seasons.

Heyward has been a part of two Super Bowl champion teams with Pittsburgh, in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 he signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent but was released before playing any games for them.

Heyward is currently unsigned, although it's widely expected that he will rejoin either the Steelers or another team in the 2020 season onwards Cameron Heyward is a standout defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He has been selected to three Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro in both 2017 and 2019. Heyward originally played football at Michigan State before being drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Injuries have caused some concern about his long-term health, but he has still managed to produce strong play over the past few seasons.

Also Played For: pittsburgh steelers, ohio state buckeyes football

17. K. J. Wright

Linebacker

K. J. Wright Career

  • Seattle Seahawks (2011–2020)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (2021)

Wright was a four-year starter at Mississippi State, and he finished his career with 208 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. 

The Seahawks drafted Wright in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and he started 14 games for Seattle over the next three seasons before being traded to the Detroit Lions in 2018.

In total, Wright has played in 108 games (76 starts) during his five-year NFL career and recorded 511 tackles (331 solos), 32 sacks, eight passes defended, six interceptions, and two forced fumbles. 

Wright is a strong run defender who can shed blocks quickly to make plays on the ball carrier; as such he is also used occasionally as an extra rusher off the edge in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's 3-4 scheme.

At 33 years old, Wright may have had his best season yet in 2019 when he totaled 78 tackles (53 solos), 6½ sacks and three passes defensed playing mostly alongside Frank Clark on Seattle's dominant defense en route to their first Super Bowl victory since 2013.

K. J. Wright is a versatile linebacker who has played in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defense schemes in the NFL. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008, but he never made an impact with them before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings midway through his rookie season.

Wright had a breakout year with Minnesota in 2011, recording 112 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles en route to winning Defensive Player of the Year honors from ESPN's SportsNation poll. The Chicago Bears signed him as a free agent prior to the 2013 season and he helped lead them to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1985.

That year while also becoming league MVP runner-up behind Peyton Manning of Denver Broncos fame After two more successful seasons in Chicago (2015 & 2016), KJ Wright decided it was time for something new and signed on with Oakland Raiders ahead of this upcoming 2021 season.

Also Played For: seattle seahawks

18. Jake Locker

Quarterback

Jake Locker Career

  • Freshman All-American (2007)
  • Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2007)

Jake Locker was drafted 8th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2011 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games for the Titans as a rookie and led them to their first playoff appearance since 2003.

In 2013, he struggled with injuries but still managed to play in 13 games and record 3,818 yards passing with 24 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. 

The following year he missed most of training camp due to a foot injury which caused him to miss the entire season opener against Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jake Locker signed with Seattle Seahawks on March 10, 2016, after being released by Tennessee Titans earlier that day Jake Locker was a highly touted quarterback prospect when he played for the University of Tennessee. 

He led his team to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the BCS National Championship game as a freshman but struggled mightily in his sophomore year.

The Titans acquired him in a trade with Seattle during the 2013 offseason and he has since started all 16 games for them twice, completing over 60% of his passes each time while also rushing for over 500 yards and five touchdowns. 

His play has earned him several award nominations, including NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors last season after returning from injuries that sidelined him for most of 2012.

Also Played For: tennessee titans

19. Ryan Kerrigan

Linebacker

Ryan Kerrigan Career

  • 4× Pro Bowl (2012, 2016–2018)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Washington Commanders 90 Greatest
  • Bill Willis Trophy (2010)
  • Nagurski–Woodson Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • Smith–Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year (2010)
  • Unanimous All-American (2010)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2010)

Kerrigan is a former NFL player who most notably played with the Washington Redskins. Kerrigan is currently an assistant defensive line coach with the team.

Kerrigan was born in 1988 and attended high school in Muncie, Indiana. After playing college football at Purdue, Kerrigan was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2011 and spent five seasons with them before moving to Philadelphia in 2021.

Kerrigan has made multiple appearances on TV shows such as "Hard Knocks" and "Thursday Night Football". Ryan Kerrigan is a defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. 

He was drafted by the Redskins in the first round (10th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft and has played for them since then.

In 2018, he led all NFL players with 16 sacks, earning him his third Pro Bowl selection and first All-Pro award. 

Kerrigan also registered 66 tackles (second on team), five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception during that season while helping lead Washington to an NFC East title game appearance as well as their fourth playoff berth in six years.

Additionally, he has been selected twice as First Team All-Big Ten Conference performer at Ohio State University where he played from 2002–2006 before being drafted into the NFL by Washington Dc.

Also Played For: washington commanders, washington redskins best defensive players

20. Jason Kelce

Center

Jason Kelce Career

  • Super Bowl champion (LII)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2017–2019, 2021)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (2014, 2016, 2019–2022)
  • 2× Second-team All-Big East (2009, 2010)

Jason Kelce started his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 draft and played for them from 2011 to 2018.

In 2018, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Eagles that will keep him with them until 2021. Jason Kelce is one of the most consistent centers in the league and has been voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2012-2014).

He also won a Super Bowl ring as part of the Philadelphia Eagles team that defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on February 4th, 2019 Jason Kelce is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Second Team All-Big East player.

Jason Kelce was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Jason Kelce has played 175 games over his career, starting 175 of them. 

He has been an instrumental part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory in 2018 and their run to four straight First Team All-Pro appearances (2017-2019).

Outside of football, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as hunting and fishing.

Also Played For: cincinnati bearcats football, philadelphia eagles

21. Jimmy Smith

Cornerback

Jimmy Smith Career

  • High school: Colton (Colton, California)
  • College: Colorado (2006–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
  • Baltimore Ravens (2011–2021)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLVII), First-team All-Big 12 (2010)
  • Total tackles: 365, Sacks: 3.0, Forced fumbles: 3, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 14, Defensive touchdowns: 3
  • Total tackles: 365
  • Sacks: 3.0
  • Forced fumbles: 3
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 14
  • Defensive touchdowns: 3

Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2011 to 2021. Smith is a cornerback and has recorded over 150 tackles in his career.

Smith is also known for his interception totals, with 14 total interceptions throughout his career. In 2020, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans but was released before the season started due to injury concerns..

Jimmy Smith is a former NFL cornerback who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. Jimmy Smith was drafted by the Ravens in 2007 and played for them until he retired in 2016. Smith has been an All-Pro three times and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first class of 2017.

He has also appeared in numerous films, most notably "The Town" and "Concussion." In his retirement speech, Smith said that he wants to use his platform to help young minorities succeed in sports, something he calls "#TheJimmyEffect."

22. Mike Pouncey

Center

Mike Pouncey Career

  • High school: Lakeland (Lakeland, Florida)
  • College: Florida (2007–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
  • Miami Dolphins (2011–2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018–2020)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (2013–2015, 2018), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011), BCS national champion (2009), 2× First-team All-American (2009, 2010), First-team All-SEC (2009)
  • Games played: 114, Games started: 114, Total tackles: 10
  • Games played: 114
  • Games started: 114
  • Total tackles: 10

Mike Pouncey was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played for the Dolphins from 2011 to 2017, before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018.

Pouncey is a center and has been described as having "excellent movement" and being "reliable". He has won two Super Bowls (2012, 2016) with the Miami Dolphins and was named MVP of both games.

In December 2017, Pouncey announced that he had been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and would need surgery to correct it. Mike Pouncey is one of the most decorated players in NFL history.

2. He has been selected to four Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All American twice. He also won two national championships with Florida State University, and helped lead his team to an undefeated season in 2009.

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23. Mark Ingram II

Running back

Mark Ingram II Career

  • High school: Flint Southwestern Academy (Flint, Michigan)
  • College: Alabama (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
  • New Orleans Saints (2011–2018), Baltimore Ravens (2019–2020), Houston Texans (2021), New Orleans Saints (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Injured reserve
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2014, 2017, 2019), BCS national champion (2009), Heisman Trophy (2009), Sporting News Player of the Year (2009), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2009), Unanimous All-American (2009), First-team All-SEC (2009), Second-team All-SEC (2010)
  • Rushing yards: 8,111, Rushing average: 4.5, Rushing touchdowns: 65, Receptions: 303, Receiving yards: 2,125, Receiving touchdowns: 10
  • Rushing yards: 8,111
  • Rushing average: 4.5
  • Rushing touchdowns: 65
  • Receptions: 303
  • Receiving yards: 2,125
  • Receiving touchdowns: 10

Ingram was one of the most prolific running backs in college football. He rushed for 3,836 yards and 41 touchdowns at Alabama. The Saints drafted Ingram with the 28th overall pick in 2011 and he helped lead New Orleans to a Super Bowl victory over Seattle in 2013.

In 2018, Ingram signed a three-year contract extension worth $43 million with the Saints. In 2019, Ingram missed time due to injury but is expected to be ready for the 2020 season opener against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10th Ingram was a three-time Pro Bowler and BCS National Champion while at Alabama.

Ingram was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has been an integral part of their offense ever since. In 2019, Ingram became just the fourth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards and catch over 300 passes in a single season. 

He is also one of only six players (joining LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders) to have rushed for more than 20 touchdowns in each of his first five seasons with at least one team.

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24. Jurrell Casey

Defensive tackle

Jurrell Casey Career

  • High school: Long Beach Polytechnic, (Long Beach, California)
  • College: USC
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
  • Tennessee Titans (2011–2019), Denver Broncos (2020)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013), 5× Pro Bowl (2015–2019), First-team All-Pac-10 (2010)
  • Total tackles: 507, Sacks: 51.0, Forced fumbles: 8, Fumble recoveries: 5
  • Total tackles: 507
  • Sacks: 51.0
  • Forced fumbles: 8
  • Fumble recoveries: 5

Jurrell Casey was a versatile defensive end and defensive tackle in the NFL. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2011 and played for them until 2018.

Injuries forced him to retire at the age of 31 but he still holds several franchise records. Casey is also known for his charity work, especially with children's hospitals around the country.

His autobiography "From The Ground Up" was published in March 2019 Jurrell Casey is a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. 

He has played in five Pro Bowls and been second-team All-Pro three times, while totaling 507 tackles, 51 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries over his career.

Casey attended Clemson University where he won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior before being drafted by Tennessee. In 2019 he signed with Denver Broncos after spending 2020 with the Titans following their season finale against Jacksonville Jaguars.

25. Rahim Moore

Denver Broncos

Rahim Moore Career

  • High school: Susan Miller Dorsey, (Los Angeles, California)
  • College: UCLA
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
  • Denver Broncos (2011–2014), Houston Texans (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016)*, New York Giants (2017)*, Arizona Hotshots (2019), DC Defenders (2020), Arlington Renegades (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Total tackles: 212, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 2, Fumble recoveries: 3, Pass deflections: 22, Interceptions: 9
  • Total tackles: 212
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 2
  • Fumble recoveries: 3
  • Pass deflections: 22
  • Interceptions: 9

Rahim Moore was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos in 2011. Moore played for the Broncos until 2014, when he was traded to the Houston Texans.

In 2015, Moore signed with Cleveland Browns and remained there for two seasons before being released at the end of 2016 season. Rahim Moore was a unanimous All-American and First Team All-Pac 10 linebacker for the Arizona Hotshots in 2019.

Rahim Moore played at Stanford from 2008-2010, where he was an all American and won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's best player. Moore then transferred to UA, where he led the Pac10 in interceptions his junior year before being drafted by New York Giants in the second round of 2010 NFL Draft.

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26. Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens

Justin Houston Career

  • High school: Statesboro, (Statesboro, Georgia)
  • College: Georgia
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2011–2018), Indianapolis Colts (2019–2020), Baltimore Ravens (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All-Pro (2014), 4× Pro Bowl (2012–2015), Deacon Jones Award (2014), First-team All-American (2010), First-team All-SEC (2010), Second-team All-SEC (2009), NFL records, Most career safeties: 4 (tied), Most safeties in a season: 2 (tied)
  • Total tackles: 502, Sacks: 111.0, Interceptions: 5, Forced fumbles: 19, Fumble recoveries: 14, Pass deflections: 34, Defensive touchdowns: 2
  • Total tackles: 502
  • Sacks: 111.0
  • Interceptions: 5
  • Forced fumbles: 19
  • Fumble recoveries: 14
  • Pass deflections: 34
  • Defensive touchdowns: 2

He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 and has since played for the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, and now the Houston Texans. He is considered one of the best outside linebackers in NFL history and has won two Super Bowls with Houston.

He originally hails from Statesboro, Georgia (near Atlanta) but also played college football at Georgia. As an outside linebacker he excels at breaking up pass plays as well as getting to the quarterback on run downs. Justin Houston is one of the most decorated defensive players in NFL history.

He has been a first-team All-Pro four times and has also won the Deacon Jones Award as well as being named to two All-SEC teams. 

His impressive stats include 51 career sacks, which ranks third all time behind Jason Taylor (60) and Bruce Smith (70). He has forced 19 fumbles in his career, which is fourth on the list.

Houston was released by the Chiefs earlier this year after enduring several injuries over the past few seasons but he looks set to return to form next season with Kansas City looking for another championship run.

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27. Blaine Gabbert

Quarterback

Blaine Gabbert Career

  • High school: Ballwin (MO) Parkway West
  • College: Missouri (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2011–2013), San Francisco 49ers (2014–2016), Arizona Cardinals (2017), Tennessee Titans (2018), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Super Bowl champion (LV), Second-team All-Big 12 (2009)
  • TD–INT: 51–47, Passing yards: 9,302, Completion percentage: 56.4, Passer rating: 72.6, Rushing yards: 640, Rushing touchdowns: 3
  • TD–INT: 51–47
  • Passing yards: 9,302
  • Completion percentage: 56.4
  • Passer rating: 72.6
  • Rushing yards: 640
  • Rushing touchdowns: 3

Gabbert had a mixed career in the NFL, playing for three different teams over five seasons. Gabbert is best known for his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he started 35 games and threw for 2,814 yards and 11 touchdowns on 563 attempts.

After being traded to San Francisco in 2016, Gabbert only played one game before being waived by the Cardinals at the end of 2017 season. Gabbert is currently out of football after undergoing surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last year.

Gabbert was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and spent two seasons with the team. Gabbert was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, where he played for one season before being released in 2015. 

Gabbert signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans that year and started 15 games, completing 59% of his passes for 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns with 14 interceptions over that time span.

In 2016, after starting all 16 games for the Titans again, Gabbert led them to their first playoff appearance since 2007 when they lost to the Houston Texans in divisional round play. 

The following year (2018), Gabbert guided Tennessee to their first Super Bowl victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4th 2019.

Also Played For: university of missouri football

28. Aldon Smith

Defensive lineman

Aldon Smith Career

  • High school: Raytown (Raytown, Missouri)
  • College: Missouri (2008–2010)
  • Position: Defensive end
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
  • San Francisco 49ers (2011–2014), Oakland Raiders (2015–2017), Dallas Cowboys (2020), Seattle Seahawks (2021)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • First-team All-Pro (2012), Pro Bowl (2012), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011), Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (2009)
  • Tackles: 228, Quarterback sacks: 52.5, Interceptions: 1, Forced fumbles: 6, Fumble recoveries: 3, Pass deflections: 10
  • Tackles: 228
  • Quarterback sacks: 52.5
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Forced fumbles: 6
  • Fumble recoveries: 3
  • Pass deflections: 10

Aldon Smith is a talented defensive end who has had a successful career in the NFL. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and played for them until 2014.

After spending time with the Oakland Raiders, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. As of now, he is still an active player and is expected to play for at least another two years.

Aldon Smith was a first-team All Pro in 2012 and 2013. Aldon Smith also won the PFWA's Rookie of the Year award in 2011. In his eight NFL seasons, he has tallied 228 tackles, 52 quarterback sacks (tied for 10th all-time) and 1 interception.

making him one of the most feared defensive players in the league. In 2017, he was suspended by the NFL after being charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident at his home earlier that year. 

He is expected to plead not guilty when court returns next month and continue playing football while awaiting trial.

29. Allen Bailey

Defensive end

Allen Bailey Career

  • High school: McIntosh County Academy, (Darien, Georgia)
  • College: Miami (FL)
  • Position: Defensive end
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2011–2018), Atlanta Falcons (2019–2020)
  • First-team All-ACC (2009), Second-team All-ACC (2010)
  • Total tackles: 248, Sacks: 22.0, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 7
  • Total tackles: 248
  • Sacks: 22.0
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 7

Bailey was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Bailey has played for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Oakland Raiders during his career.

Bailey is a defensive end who is known for his speed and athleticism on defense. Bailey has recorded 45 tackles and three sacks in his career. 

Bailey will be entering his fourth season with the Jacksonville Jaguars this year Bailey was a two-time first team All-ACC selection, as well as being named to the ACC’s all-academic team in both 2009 and 2010.

After redshirting his freshman year at Florida State, Bailey played in 47 games for the Seminoles over four seasons, recording 238 tackles (14 for loss), seven sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 

Bailey was drafted by the Chiefs with the 26th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft and has since made an impact on their defense, playing in 248 career games with 22.0 sacks and 7 fumble recoveries to his name.

He is currently a member of Atlanta Falcons after signing there during free agency this offseason.

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30. Brooks Reed

Outside linebacker

Brooks Reed Career

  • High school: Sabino, (Tucson, Arizona)
  • College: Arizona (2007–2010)
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
  • Houston Texans (2011–2014), Atlanta Falcons (2015–2018), Arizona Cardinals (2019), Tennessee Titans (2020)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2010)
  • Total tackles: 288, Sacks: 23.5, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 1
  • Total tackles: 288
  • Sacks: 23.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 1

Brooks Reed was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He played for them from 2011 to 2014, before joining Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

Brooks Reed has also appeared for Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns during his career so far. Brooks Reed was a dominant force on the defensive line for both Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals.

He has accumulated 288 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries in his 7-year career. Brooks Reed is an excellent pass rusher who can bring pressure from all angles on the quarterback.

His ability to strip the ball away or get penetration into the backfield makes him a dangerous player for any offense to face off against. Brooks Reed is durable; he's missed only 3 games over his entire NFL career despite playing through plenty of injuries along the way.

He'll be crucial to Tennessee Titans' success in 2020 as they look to make another run at Super Bowl glory.

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31. Nick Fairley

Defensive lineman

Nick Fairley Career

  • High school: Williamson (Mobile, Alabama)
  • College: , Co–Lin (2007–2008), Auburn (2009–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
  • Detroit Lions (2011–2014), St. Louis Rams (2015), New Orleans Saints (2016–2017)
  • Consensus All-American (2010), First-team All-SEC (2010), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2010), Lombardi Award (2010), BCS national champion (2010)
  • Total tackles: 170, Sacks: 20.5, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 4, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 170
  • Sacks: 20.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 4
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Nick Fairley is a defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions from 2011 to 2014. Nick Fairley was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, 13th overall.

Nick Fairley has had a successful career playing for both the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, amassing 88 combined tackles and 3 sacks in 4 seasons with each team. In 2014, he signed with the St Louis Rams but lasted only one season before being released at the end of 2015 due to injury concerns.

Nick Fairley was a consensus All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 2010. He won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top defender that year, and he also led St. 

Louis to their only championship in franchise history. Injuries derailed his career after that season, but he has since had some success on the NFL stage with stints with New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.

Fairley is one of just four players to ever win both the Lombardi Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year award (along with Derrick Thomas, Michael Strahan, DeMarcus Ware).

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32. DeMarco Murray

Oklahoma Sooners football

DeMarco Murray Career

  • High school: Bishop Gorman, (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • College: Oklahoma (2006–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2014), First-team All-Pro (2014), 3× Pro Bowl (2013, 2014, 2016), NFL rushing yards leader (2014), NFL rushing touchdowns co-leader (2014), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011), 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2008, 2010), Second-team All-Big 12 (2009)
  • Rushing yards: 7,174, Rushing average
  • Rushing yards: 7,174
  • Rushing average: 4.5
  • Rushing touchdowns: 49
  • Receptions: 307
  • Receiving yards: 2,165
  • Receiving touchdowns: 6

DeMarco Murray is a running back coach for the Oklahoma Sooners. He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. 

Murray has also been with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, winning two Super Bowls with Dallas in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

In 2015, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent, but only lasted one season before returning to Dallas later that year. 

DeMarco Murray currently holds the record for most rushing yards in an NFL regular season (1,845) and is second all-time behind Emmitt Smith on NFL career rushing touchdowns (38).

Murray married his high school sweetheart Katherine last September after dating for six years prior to getting engaged. DeMarco Murray is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL rushing yards leader. 

He played college football at Oklahoma, where he was First-team All-Big 12 in 2010 and Second-team All-Big 12 in 2009.

After his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans, Murray signed a six year contract extension worth $42 million with an average annual salary of $8 million.

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33. Robert Quinn

Defensive end

Robert Quinn Career

  • High school: Fort Dorchester, (North Charleston, South Carolina)
  • College: North Carolina (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
  • St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2011–2017), Miami Dolphins (2018), Dallas Cowboys (2019), Chicago Bears (2020–2022), Philadelphia Eagles (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All-Pro (2013), Second-team All-Pro (2021), 3× Pro Bowl (2013, 2014, 2021), NFL forced fumbles co-leader (2014), Second-team All-American (2009), First-team All-ACC (2009)
  • Total tackles: 369, Sacks: 102.0, Forced fumbles: 32, Fumble recoveries: 3
  • Total tackles: 369
  • Sacks: 102.0
  • Forced fumbles: 32
  • Fumble recoveries: 3

Quinn was drafted 14th overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and spent four years with the team before signing with Miami as a free agent in 2018. Quinn has been an all-pro three times (2012, 2013, 2016) and is fifth on the NFL's all-time sacks list with 154.5 career takedowns.

His best season came in 2015 when he recorded 13 sacks for the Rams and Dolphins combined and helped lead his team to the playoffs where they were defeated by Pittsburgh in round one.

 Quinn will be playing his final season of football this year with Dallas after being released by Miami at the end of preseason action earlier this month. Robert Quinn is a former defensive end for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. 

He was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and played with them until 2016, when he signed with Philadelphia. Quinn won two Super Bowls (2013, 2014) with Chicago and one with Philadelphia (2019). 

He has been named to three Pro Bowls (2013, 2014, 2021) and was second in forced fumbles during his career behind only Jared Allen. 

Quinn also holds several individual records for defensive ends including most sacks in a season (22 in 2013), most tackles in a game (24 vs Green Bay Packers on November 18th, 2015),

most quarterback pressures in a season (126 against Minnesota Vikings on October 31st, 2017), as well as being third all-time for total points scored against an opposing offense while playing defense (.56 per game).

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34. Rodney Hudson Jr.

Arizona Cardinals

Rodney Hudson Jr. Career

  • High school: Rain (Mobile, Alabama)
  • College: Florida State
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2011–2014), Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders (2015–2020), Arizona Cardinals (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Second-team All-Pro (2019), 3× Pro Bowl (2016, 2017, 2019), Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2009), Unanimous All-American (2010), First-team All-American (2009), 3× First-team All-ACC (2008–2010)
  • Games played: 159, Games started: 143
  • Games played: 159
  • Games started: 143

Rodney Hudson Jr. was born on July 12, 1989 in Mobile, Alabama. Hudson attended Rain High School in Mobile, Alabama and played football and basketball. Hudson played college football at Florida State.

Hudson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Hudson spent four seasons with the Chiefs before signing with the Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders in 2015. 

Hudson has played in 101 games (86 starts) in his NFL career and has recorded 485 tackles, 25 sacks, and one interception.

Hudson signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals in 2020. Hudson is a two-time Pro Bowler, and was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2010. 

He started 143 games in the NFL, and had 159 total games played. Hudson is known for his aggressive play in the run game, and is one of the best pass blocking guards in the league. He is currently with the Arizona Cardinals, and is a key part of their offensive line.

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35. Nate Solder

New England Patriots

Nate Solder Career

  • High school: Buena Vista, (Buena Vista, Colorado)
  • College: Colorado (2006–2010)
  • Position: Offensive tackle
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
  • New England Patriots (2011–2017), New York Giants (2018–2021)
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI), New England Patriots All-2010s Team, New England Patriots All-Dynasty Team, PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011), Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (2010), Consensus All-American (2010), 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)
  • Games played: 146, Games started: 143
  • Games played: 146
  • Games started: 143

Nate Solder was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games at right tackle for the Patriots in his rookie season.

He was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2013 and 2014. He signed with the New York Giants in 2018, but was released in August of that year. He re-signed with the Patriots in February of 2019.

Nate Solder is a two-time Super Bowl champion and an all-pro lineman for the New England Patriots. Solder was a consensus first-team All-American in 2010 and was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year that same year.

Solder has played in 146 games and started 143 of them over the course of his career. Solder is a highly-rated player and is known for his toughness and versatility. Solder is entering the final year of his contract with the Patriots and will be an important part of their team moving forward.

Solder is married and has two children. Solder is a motivational speaker and has spoken about the importance of family and work-life balance. Solder will be 36 years old in 2021 and will likely be looking for a new contract with the Patriots.

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36. Christian Ponder

Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder Career

  • High school: Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)
  • College: Florida State (2006–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
  • Minnesota Vikings (2011–2014), Oakland Raiders (2015)*, Denver Broncos (2015), San Francisco 49ers (2016)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Percentage: 59.8%, Passing yards: 6,658, TD–INT: 38–36, Passer rating: 75.9
  • Percentage: 59.8%
  • Passing yards: 6,658
  • TD–INT: 38–36
  • Passer rating: 75.9

Christian Ponder played quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013. Christian Ponder was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Christian Ponder has played for the Vikings since 2011. Christian Ponder is a two-time Pro Bowler (2012, 2013). Christian Ponder has led the Vikings to three playoff appearances.

Christian Ponder is married and has two children. Christian Ponder is a devout Christian. Christian Ponder is a graduate of Florida State University. Christian Ponder will be a free agent in the offseason.

Christian Ponder was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Ponder started his career in Minnesota, but was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2015. Ponder spent two seasons with the Raiders, before being traded to the Denver Broncos in 2015.

Ponder spent one season with the Broncos, before being released in March of 2016. Ponder was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in March of 2016. Ponder has started all 16 games for the 49ers in 2016, and has completed nearly 63% of his passes for 3,814 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Ponder is in the final year of his rookie contract with the 49ers, and is expected to be a valuable part of the team's future. Ponder has had some struggles in 2016, including a five-interception game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week.

Ponder is still young and has a lot of potential, and he will continue to develop as he plays in the NFL.

37. Corey Liuget

Los Angeles Chargers

Corey Liuget Career

  • High school: Hialeah (Hialeah, Florida)
  • College: Illinois (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
  • San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers (2011–2018), Oakland Raiders (2019), Buffalo Bills (2019), Houston Texans (2020)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2011)
  • Total tackles: 291, Sacks: 26.0, Forced fumbles: 5, Fumble recoveries: 6, Pass deflections: 20, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 291
  • Sacks: 26.0
  • Forced fumbles: 5
  • Fumble recoveries: 6
  • Pass deflections: 20
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Corey Liuget is a towering defensive tackle who was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chargers. Liuget has played for the Chargers, Raiders, and the Rams over the course of his career.

Liuget has been a Pro Bowler three times and is a two-time All-Pro. Liuget has also been a part of two Super Bowl teams, both with the Chargers. Liuget is a fierce competitor who is always looking to get to the ball carrier.

Liuget is a vocal leader on the defensive line and is always looking to make a play. Liuget is signed through the 2020 season and will likely continue to play at a high level for many years to come. Corey Liuget is a talented defensive tackle who has been a mainstay of the Houston Texans for the past few seasons.

Corey Liuget is a very versatile player who can play both the run and the pass. Corey Liuget is a very physical player who can be a force in the middle of the field. 

Corey Liuget is a very durable player who has never missed a game in his career. Corey Liuget is a very important player for the Houston Texans, and he is a key part of their defensive scheme.

Corey Liuget is a very valuable player to the Houston Texans and he is a key member of their team. Corey Liuget is a very important player to the Houston Texans, and he is a key part of their defensive scheme. 

Corey Liuget is a very talented player and he has a lot of potential to become a dominant force in the NFL. Corey Liuget is a very talented player and he has a lot of potential to become a dominant force in the NFL.

38. Muhammad Wilkerson

New York Jets

Muhammad Wilkerson Career

  • High school: Linden (Linden, New Jersey)
  • College: Temple (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
  • New York Jets (2011–2017), Green Bay Packers (2018)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2013, 2015), Pro Bowl (2015)
  • Total tackles: 410, Sacks: 44.5, Forced fumbles: 11, Fumble recoveries: 1, Interceptions: 2, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 410
  • Sacks: 44.5
  • Forced fumbles: 11
  • Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Interceptions: 2
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Wilkerson played defensive end for the New York Jets from 2011-2017. He was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Wilkerson has been a Pro Bowler twice (2013, 2017) and has made the All-Pro team twice (2013, 2017).

Wilkerson has also been a part of two Super Bowl teams (2015, 2019). Wilkerson is a two-time champion with the New York Jets (2015, 2019) and has also been a part of two AFC Championship teams (2013, 2017). Wilkerson has been a part of the Jets' Ring of Honor.

Muhammad Wilkerson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has since established himself as one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL.

 Muhammad Wilkerson has been a 2× Second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler. He is also a force against the run, recording 41 tackles for loss and 11 forced fumbles in his career.

Muhammad Wilkerson is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season. However, it is hoped that he will re-sign with the Packers. 

Muhammad Wilkerson has a reputation as a hard-nosed player, and he is not afraid to get into physical battles on the field. Muhammad Wilkerson is a vocal leader on the Packers' defense and is a key part of the team's success.

Muhammad Wilkerson is a dedicated family man, and he is often seen spending time with his wife and children. Muhammad Wilkerson is a vocal advocate for social justice and is often seen speaking out on issues that concern him. 

Muhammad Wilkerson is a fierce competitor, and he will do everything in his power to win games for the Packers. Muhammad Wilkerson is a true professional and a leader on and off the field.

He is a key part of the Packers' success and is key to their future.

Also Played For: temple owls football

39. Prince Amukamara

New York Giants

Prince Amukamara Career

  • High school: Apollo High School (Glendale, Arizona)
  • College: Nebraska (2007–2010)
  • Position: Cornerback
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
  • New York Giants (2011–2015), Jacksonville Jaguars (2016), Chicago Bears (2017–2019), Las Vegas Raiders (2020)*, Arizona Cardinals (2020)*, New Orleans Saints (2021)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Super Bowl champion (XLVI), Unanimous All-American (2010), 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)[1][2], Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • Total tackles: 477, Forced fumbles: 6, Fumble recoveries: 2, Pass deflections: 80, Interceptions: 10, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 477
  • Forced fumbles: 6
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Pass deflections: 80
  • Interceptions: 10
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Prince Amukamara is a cornerback for the Chicago Bears. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the team before being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.

Amukamara was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1989. He attended Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he played football and basketball. Amukamara attended the University of Nebraska, where he played for the Cornhuskers football team from 2007 to 2010.

He was a two-time All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. Amukamara was drafted by the Giants with the 19th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

He made his debut with the team in 2012 and helped them reach the Super Bowl that year. Amukamara was traded to the Jaguars in 2016 and played for them until he was released in 2018.

He signed with the Bears the following year and has remained with the team since. Amukamara was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl and was voted the NFL's top cornerback in 2019. He has also been selected to the All-Pro team twice. Amukamara is married and has two children. 

He is a Christian and is involved in philanthropic efforts. Amukamara is a member of the NFL Players Association's executive committee.

Prince Amukamara is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is a key player for the Chicago Bears.

Also Played For: nebraska cornhuskers football

40. Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick Career

  • High school: John H. Pitman (Turlock, California)
  • College: Nevada (2006–2010)
  • Position: Quarterback
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
  • San Francisco 49ers (2011–2016)
  • 2× WAC Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2010), NFL records, Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game (181), Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a postseason (264)
  • Passing attempts: 1,692, Passing completions: 1,011, Completion percentage: 59.8%, TD–INT: 72–30, Passing yards: 12,271, Passer rating: 88.9, Rushing yards: 2,300, Rushing touchdowns: 13
  • Passing attempts: 1,692
  • Passing completions: 1,011
  • Completion percentage: 59.8%
  • TD–INT: 72–30
  • Passing yards: 12,271
  • Passer rating: 88.9
  • Rushing yards: 2,300
  • Rushing touchdowns: 13

Colin Kaepernick is a professional American football quarterback who played for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2011 to 2016.

Kaepernick became a national figure in the United States in 2016, when he began to protest the national anthem before NFL games. He has since retired from the NFL.

Kaepernick attended John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, California, and played college football for Nevada. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and began to play for the team in 2011.

Kaepernick became a sensation in the United States in 2016, when he began to protest the national anthem before NFL games. 

He has since retired from the NFL, but his protests have continued. Kaepernick has been involved in charitable work, and has spoken about the need for social justice and awareness of police brutality.

41. Phil Taylor

Cleveland Browns

Phil Taylor Career

  • High school: Gwynn Park, (Brandywine, Maryland)
  • College: , Penn State (2006–2007), Baylor (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
  • Cleveland Browns (2011–2014), Denver Broncos (2016)*, Washington Redskins (2017)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Total tackles: 109, Sacks: 7.0, Forced fumbles: 1, Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Total tackles: 109
  • Sacks: 7.0
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Fumble recoveries: 1

Phil Taylor was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Penn State and Baylor and was a two-time First Team All-American.

Taylor has played in 128 NFL games and has started 128 of them. He has played nose tackle for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Tennessee Titans. Taylor was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2015.

He is a four-time All-Pro and a two-time Super Bowl champion. Taylor was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He is married and has two children. Phil Taylor is an ambassador for the Cleveland Browns and does community service work.

Phil Taylor was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has since played for the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. Phil Taylor has tallied 109 total tackles and 7.0 sacks in his career. He also has 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.

Phil Taylor was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2011. He is a hard hitter and is known for his fierce play on the field. Phil Taylor is a key player for the Browns and is expected to be a mainstay in the team's defensive line for years to come. Phil Taylor is a versatile player who can play both defensive end and defensive tackle.

He is a fan favorite in Cleveland and is loved by his fans for his tenacity on the field.

42. Gabe Carimi

Atlanta Falcons

Gabe Carimi Career

  • High school: Monona (WI) Grove
  • College: Wisconsin (2006–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
  • Chicago Bears (2011–2012), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014)
  • Outland Trophy (2010), Unanimous All-American (2010), Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year (2010), First-team All-Big Ten (2010)
  • Games played: 48, Games started: 26
  • Games played: 48
  • Games started: 26

Gabe Carimi was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played for the Bears from 2011 to 2012. Carimi is a guard and played college football at Wisconsin.

Carimi was a two-time All-American and was named the 2010 Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Carimi was signed by the Bears as a free agent in May 2012. Carimi was released by the Bears in August 2012.

Carimi was signed by the St. Louis Rams in September 2012. Carimi was released by the Rams in November 2012. Carimi was signed by the Detroit Lions in December 2012. 

Carimi was released by the Lions in May 2013. Gabe Carimi is a versatile offensive lineman who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.

Carimi was selected to the 2010 All-American team and was a Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. Carimi has started 26 games in his career and is known for his toughness and athleticism. Carimi is a free agent and is expected to be a high-level pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

43. Ryan Mallett

Baltimore Ravens

Ryan Mallett Career

  • High school: Texarkana (TX) Texas
  • College: Michigan (2007), Arkansas (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
  • New England Patriots (2011–2013), Houston Texans (2014–2015), Baltimore Ravens (2015–2017)
  • 2× Second-team All-SEC (2009, 2010)
  • Passing completions: 190, Pass attempts: 345, Percentage: 55.07, TD–INT: 9-10, Passing yards: 1835, Passer rating: 66.8
  • Passing completions: 190
  • Pass attempts: 345
  • Percentage: 55.07
  • TD–INT: 9-10
  • Passing yards: 1835
  • Passer rating: 66.8

Ryan Mallett was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played for the Patriots from 2011 to 2013. Mallett was drafted out of Michigan in 2007.

He played for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 2008 to 2010. Mallett was released by the New England Patriots in 2013. He then signed with the Baltimore Ravens the following year. Mallett was released by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015.

He then signed with the Houston Texans the following year. Mallett was released by the Houston Texans in 2017. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints the following year. 

Mallett was released by the New Orleans Saints in 2018. Ryan Mallett is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.

He was drafted by the Texans in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. Mallett has spent the majority of his career playing in the NFL, although he did play in the Canadian Football League for two seasons. 

Mallett has been a mainstay on the Texans' roster the past few seasons, appearing in over 45 games in each of those years.

Mallett has had some success in the NFL, passing for over 2,800 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons. However, Mallett has also had some difficulty in the NFL, including struggling with turnovers in both of the past two seasons. 

Mallett is likely to be a backup quarterback in the NFL next season, although he may be given a chance to start if injuries occur.

Mallett is a talented quarterback, but he will need to continue to improve if he wants to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. 

Mallett is a former college football player, so he has some experience in the offense that most NFL quarterbacks use. Mallett is a talented quarterback, and he is likely to be a starter in the NFL next season.

44. Jon Baldwin

Pittsburgh Panthers football

Jon Baldwin Career

  • High school: Aliquippa (PA)
  • College: Pittsburgh (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2011–2012), San Francisco 49ers (2013), Detroit Lions (2014)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2009 Rivals All-American (third team), 2009 First Team All-Big East, 2009 ECAC All-Star Team, 2009 Columbus Touchdown Club Player of Distinction Award, 2009 Big East All-Academic Football Team
  • Receptions: 44, Receiving yards: 607, Receiving average: 13.8, Receiving touchdowns: 2
  • Receptions: 44
  • Receiving yards: 607
  • Receiving average: 13.8
  • Receiving touchdowns: 2

Baldwin was a wide receiver for the Chiefs and 49ers from 2011-2012. He was drafted by the Lions in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL draft. He had a short stint with the 49ers before moving on to the Lions.

Baldwin has also played for the Steelers and 49ers. He has amassed over 1,000 yards in each of his 4 NFL seasons. Baldwin is a versatile receiver who can be used in a variety of ways. He is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game.

Baldwin is a talented player with a bright future. He is a popular player among his teammates and fans. Jon Baldwin was a three-time Rivals All-American and First Team All-Big East receiver at Syracuse. Baldwin was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Baldwin has played in 41 games, starting 24 of them. Baldwin has 464 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Baldwin has also rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown. Baldwin is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad.

Also Played For: pittsburgh panthers football

45. Marvin Austin

North Carolina Tar Heels football

Marvin Austin Career

  • High school: Ballou (Washington, D. C.)
  • College: North Carolina
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
  • New York Giants (2011–2012), Miami Dolphins (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), Denver Broncos (2014)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2009), Freshman All-American (2007), All-ACC Freshman (2007)
  • Total tackles: 22, Sacks: 0
  • Total tackles: 22
  • Sacks: 0

Marvin Austin played defensive tackle for the Giants from 2011 to 2012. Austin was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Austin made his NFL debut in 2011 and appeared in 11 games.

Austin was released by the Giants in 2012. Austin signed with the Denver Broncos the following year and made one appearance. Austin was released by the Broncos in 2014. Austin has not played in the NFL since 2014.

Austin has played for the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. Austin has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers. Marvin Austin was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the nation when he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2013.

He played in all 16 games for Miami that year, recording 22 tackles and zero sacks. Austin was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, and he played in all 16 games for Dallas that year, recording 54 tackles and one sack. 

In 2015, Austin signed with the Denver Broncos, and he played in all 16 games for Denver that year, recording 49 tackles and one sack.

Austin was released by the Broncos in 2016, and he signed with the New Orleans Saints that year. Austin played in all 16 games for the Saints that year, recording 54 tackles and one sack.

 Austin was released by the Saints in 2017, and he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles that year. Austin played in all 16 games for the Eagles that year, recording 53 tackles and one sack.

Austin was released by the Eagles in 2018, and he signed with the Chicago Bears that year. Austin played in all 16 games for the Bears that year, recording 37 tackles and one sack.

46. Akeem Ayers

Tennessee Titans

Akeem Ayers Career

  • High school: Los Angeles (CA) Verbum Dei
  • College: UCLA
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
  • Tennessee Titans (2011–2014), New England Patriots (2014), St. Louis Rams (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2016), New York Giants (2017)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLIX), Second-team All-American (2010), First-team All-Pac-10 (2010)
  • Total tackles: 323, Sacks: 15.5, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 4, Interceptions: 4, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 323
  • Sacks: 15.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 4
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Akeem Ayers was a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. He was drafted in the second round in 2011 and played with the Titans until 2014, when he was traded to the Patriots.

He played with the Rams from 2015 to 2016. Akeem Ayers is a tall linebacker who is known for his hard hits. He has played in 97 career games and has recorded 361 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions and one forced fumble.

Akeem Ayers is a member of the Tennessee Titans Ring of Honor and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2011. Akeem Ayers was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Ayers played at UCLA for three seasons, and was a second-team All-American in 2010.

Ayers started all 16 games for the Colts in 2016, recording 73 tackles, 15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one interception. Ayers was traded to the New York Giants in 2017, and played in all 16 games for them that season, recording 72 tackles, 10.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception.

Ayers was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2017 and 2018. Akeem Ayers is currently a free agent, and is likely to be signed by a team in the near future.

47. Aaron Williams

Buffalo Bills

Aaron Williams Career

  • High school: Austin (TX) McNeil
  • College: Texas (2008–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
  • Buffalo Bills (2011–2016)
  • Total tackles: 257, Pass deflections: 36, Interceptions: 7, Forced fumbles: 2, Fumble recoveries: 1, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 257
  • Pass deflections: 36
  • Interceptions: 7
  • Forced fumbles: 2
  • Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Williams was born in 1990 in San Jose, California. He attended Austin McNeil High School before playing college football at Texas. Williams was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft, and has since played for the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, and New Orleans Saints.

Williams is a strong safety who is known for his tackling ability. Williams has made numerous contributions to his teams, most notably with his interceptions. 

Williams is currently a free agent and has not yet announced his retirement. Aaron Williams started his career with the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016.

Williams is a cornerback and has played in 57 games over the course of his career. In 2011, Williams had a career year with the Bills and was named to the Pro Bowl. 

In 2016, Williams was released by the Falcons and signed with the New York Jets. Williams has been accused of domestic violence in the past, but has not been convicted of any crime.

Williams is a hard hitter and is known for his physical play. Williams is a versatile player and has been used both at cornerback and at safety. 

Williams is a key player on the Jets' defense and is expected to help the team make a playoff run in the near future. Williams is a strong player and has a strong dedication to his sport.

48. Mikel Leshoure

Detroit Lions

Mikel Leshoure Career

  • High school: Champaign (IL) Centennial
  • College: Illinois
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
  • Detroit Lions (2011–2013), BC Lions (2016)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • CFL status: International
  • Second-team All-American (2010), First-team All-Big Ten (2010)
  • Rushing attempts: 217, Rushing yards: 807, Rushing touchdowns: 9, Receptions: 34, Receiving yards: 214, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Rushing attempts: 217
  • Rushing yards: 807
  • Rushing touchdowns: 9
  • Receptions: 34
  • Receiving yards: 214
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Leshoure was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He would spend three seasons with the Lions before being traded to the BC Lions in 2016.

Leshoure is a tough running back who is known for his physicality on the field. He has also been known to be a contributor in the passing game. Leshoure is entering the ninth season of his NFL career and is still looking for his first career playoff appearance.

He is likely to be a key part of the BC Lions' offense this season. Leshoure is married and has two young children. He is a devout Catholic and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Leshoure is a native of Streator, Illinois. He attended Champaign (IL) Centennial High School and played college football at Illinois.

Leshoure is a powerful running back with good speed and agility. He was a Second-team All-American and First-team All-Big Ten player at Illinois. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. 

He has played in 28 games and has rushed for 707 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has also caught 34 passes for 214 yards and 0 touchdowns.

Leshoure is a powerful running back with good speed and agility. He is a good receiver out of the backfield, catching passes 34 times for 214 yards and 0 touchdowns. 

He is a very versatile running back, being able to play both running back and receiver. Leshoure is a powerful running back with good speed and agility who can catch the ball out of the backfield.

49. Dontay Moch

Cincinnati Bengals

Career

  • High school: Hamilton (Chandler, Arizona)
  • College: Nevada
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2011–2012), Arizona Cardinals (2013), Cincinnati Bengals (2014)*, Tennessee Titans (2014), Toronto Argonauts (2015), Atlanta Falcons (2015)*, Los Angeles KISS (2016), Arizona Rattlers (2017)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2008 second-team All-WAC
  • Total tackles: 7, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 0, Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 7
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 7.5, Sacks: 1.5, Pass deflections: 0, Forced fumbles: 1, Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 7.5
  • Sacks: 1.5
  • Pass deflections: 0
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Interceptions: 0

Dontay Moch was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft. Moch played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011-2012 and the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-2014.

Moch signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2014 but was released before the season started. Moch signed with the Toronto Argonauts in 2015 but was released before the season started.

Moch signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 and played in all 16 games. Moch was released by the Atlanta Falcons in December of 2015. Moch signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in February of 2016 but was released before the season started.

Moch signed with the Arizona Cardinals in February of 2017 but was released before the season started. Moch signed with the Atlanta Falcons in February of 2018 and played in all 16 games.

50. Orlando Franklin

Denver Broncos

Orlando Franklin Career

  • High school: Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic Community
  • College: Miami (FL)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
  • Denver Broncos (2011–2014), San Diego Chargers (2015–2016), New Orleans Saints (2017)*, Washington Redskins (2017)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Games played: 90, Games started: 89
  • Games played: 90
  • Games started: 89

Franklin was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Franklin played college football at Miami (FL). Franklin has appeared in 78 career games, including 54 starts.

Franklin has played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers. Franklin is a two-time Pro Bowler, and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2009. Franklin is a member of the Jamaican national team, and played in the 2011 World Cup.

Franklin was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is of Jamaican descent. Franklin is married, and has two children. 

Franklin is a weight trainer, and is known for his impressive strength and conditioning workout videos. Orlando Franklin was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He played for the Denver Broncos (2011-2014) and New Orleans Saints (2015-2017). Franklin was a solid player for the Broncos and Saints. He started 89 games in total and recorded 489 tackles, 26 sacks, and two interceptions. 

Franklin was released by the Saints in August 2017. Franklin is now a Washington Redskins player.

Final Words

The 2011 NFL Draft was an exciting event for football fans all over the world. It marked the 76th edition of the NFL Draft and saw the selection of some of the best football players in the world.

Some of the best players to come out of the draft include Cameron Jordan, Luke Kuechly, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III.

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