49 Missouri Tigers Football Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

The Missouri Tigers football program is one of the oldest and most storied programs in college football. Established in 1890, the Tigers have won over 800 games and 11 conference championships, including the Big 12 North Division title in 2007.

The Tigers have made 24 bowl appearances, including six appearances in the Cotton Bowl Classic. The team has been led by some of the greatest players in the history of the sport, including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and All-American offensive lineman Gabe Carimi.

The Tigers play their home games at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, one of the most iconic stadiums in college football. The program has enjoyed success in recent years, highlighted by an SEC East Division title in 2013, and is looking to continue its legacy of excellence in the future.

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1. Markus Golden


Markus Golden Career

  • Arizona Cardinals (2015–2018)
  • New York Giants (2019–2020)
  • Arizona Cardinals (2020–present)

Markus Golden was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 13th, 1991. At 6'3" and weighing in at 259 lbs., Markus is an imposing linebacker with NFL potential.

After playing college football for the Missouri Tigers, Markus was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2015's second round as the 58th overall pick. 

He spent three seasons with the Cardinals before signing with the New York Giants midway through the 2019 season where he has played two games so far this year (both wins).

With a wealth of experience under his belt and plenty of upsides, there is no doubt that Markus will continue to develop at an impressive rate over the next few years - watch out.

Markus Golden is an All-SEC defensive lineman who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He had a stellar career at Florida State, where he won Second-team All-SEC honors and played in two college football playoff games.

After being drafted by the Eagles, Golden signed a four year contract with them worth $15 million dollars. In his rookie season, he recorded 54 tackles and 3 sacks while helping lead Philadelphia to their first Super Bowl victory since 2005.

He made headlines once again in his sophomore season when he recorded 11 sacks and helped lead Philly to another championship appearance against New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Golden has continued his dominant play throughout his three-year NFL career, recording 316 tackles (47 of which were sacks), 11 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception during that time period.

Also Played For: arizona cardinals

2. Justin Smith

Defensive end

Justin Smith Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2012)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2011–2013)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2009–2013)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2001)
  • First-team All-American (2000)
  • 2× First-team All-Big 12 (1999, 2000)
  • Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (1998)

Justin Smith is a defensive end who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers. Justin Smith was drafted by the Bengals in 2001, and he spent seven seasons with them before joining the 49ers in 2008.

In his ten-year career, Justin Smith has amassed over 1,000 tackles and 50 sacks. He is considered to be one of the best defensive ends in NFL history. 

Justin Smith will turn 43 this year, and he continues to play at a high level for both teams he has been with throughout his career.

Justin Smith is one of the most accomplished defensive players in NFL history. He has been a first-team All-Pro three times and was also named to four Pro Bowls. 

Smith is also known for his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, which has helped him make numerous sacks and interceptions over the years.

Also Played For: cincinnati bengals

3. Drew Lock


Drew Lock Career

  • First-team All-SEC (2017)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2018)
  • FBS passing touchdowns leader (2017)

Lock was a two-year starter at Missouri, where he completed 62.5% of his passes for 3,971 yards and 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions. 

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2019 but only saw action in one game as a backup to Joe Flacco before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks.

In his lone season with the Seahawks, Lock led them to an 11-5 record and their first NFC West title since 2013. 

At 26 years old, Lock is already considered one of the top young quarterbacks in the league and has demonstrated that he can be successful both on offense and defense Drew Lock is a talented quarterback who has had success in the SEC.

He was named first-team All-SEC in both 2017 and 2018, and he led the SEC with 25 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions in 2017. 

The lock also has rushing stats that are respectable, averaging 285 yards per season over four years of play at Missouri State. The 24-year-old will likely be drafted soon and could have a bright future in the NFL as one of the league’s top quarterbacks.

Also Played For: denver broncos, nfl preseason

4. Roger Wehrli

Roger Wehrli Career

  • 5× First-team All-Pro (1970, 1974–1977)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1971)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (1970, 1971, 1974–1977, 1979)
  • Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
  • Consensus All-American (1968)
  • Missouri Tigers No. 23 retired

Roger Wehrli was an All-Pro cornerback for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1969 to 1982. He was a two-time First Team All-Pro and helped the Cardinals win five division titles during that span.

After playing his entire career with the Cardinals, Wehrli retired in 1982 after helping lead St. Louis to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. Roger Wehrli is now 75 years old and resides in New Point, Missouri with his wife of 44 years, Bettye Jean Wehrli." 

Wehrli's son Christian plays football at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Roger Wehrli was a consensus All-American in 1968 at Missouri.

He played seven seasons with the Cardinals, becoming one of their all-time greats and earning two Pro Bowl appearances. In 1984, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers but never made it to an NFL game due to injury. 

After retiring from football, Wehrli began his coaching career as linebackers coach for the St Louis Rams (1987–1989). 

From 1990 to 1995, he served as defensive coordinator for four different teams: Oakland Raiders (1990), Miami Dolphins (1991), New Orleans Saints (1992), and Buffalo Bills (1993).

Since 1996, Wehrli has been head coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europa where he has led them to three league championships over that time period including back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

5. Sheldon Richardson

Defensive tackle

Sheldon Richardson Career

  • New York Jets (2013–2016)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2017)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2018)
  • Cleveland Browns (2019–2020)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2021)

Sheldon Richardson was selected with the 13th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. After spending three seasons with the Jets, he signed a four-year, $36 million contract with Seattle in 2017.

In 2018, Richardson played for Minnesota and Cleveland before being released by the Browns in October 2020. Richardson had a very successful career in the NFL, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year and being named to several All-Pro teams.

Richardson is known for his power and strength on defense, which has led to him being one of the most dominant defenders in the league. He has been fined multiple times for unsportsmanlike conduct, something that may concern some teams looking into acquiring him.

Richardson would be an excellent addition to any team looking for a dominating defensive player who will help take their team to new heights.

Also Played For: cleveland browns

6. Nick Bolton


Nick Bolton Career

  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2021)
  • AP Second-team All-American (2020)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2019, 2020)

Nick Bolton was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021. Bolton played linebacker for the Chiefs from 2021-present and has had success on the field. 

He attended Missouri before being drafted and is known for his aggression on the field.

Bolton has been praised by many as one of the best young linebackers in football and should continue to improve over time. Nick Bolton was a standout linebacker at the University of Alabama, where he won two SEC championships and an All-American award.

He entered the NFL as a rookie in 2022 with the Cleveland Browns and made an immediate impact on defense, recording 266 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 5 pass deflections. 

Bolton continued to be one of Cleveland's most valuable players over the next several seasons, earning First-team All-SEC honors in 2019 and 2020 while helping lead the team to back-to-back playoff appearances.

In Week 16 of his fourth season with Cleveland, Nick Bolton recorded his first career interception against Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston - ending Tampa Bay's hopes for a postseason berth.

Also Played For: kansas city chiefs

7. Kellen Winslow

Tight end

Kellen Winslow Career

  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1980–1982)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1987)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1980–1983, 1987)
  • 2× NFL receptions leader (1980, 1981)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame
  • Consensus All-American (1978)
  • Missouri Tigers No. 83 retired

Kellen Winslow was a standout tight end for the San Diego Chargers from 1979 to 1987. He was drafted by the Chargers in the 1st round of the 1979 NFL Draft and went on to play for them for 11 seasons.

Winslow is best known for his nine-year tenure with the Chargers, during which he made four Pro Bowl appearances and led the team in receptions eight times. 

After retiring as a player, Winslow became an analyst with Fox Sports NFL coverage and currently works as an ambassador for Reebok Sportswear.

Winslow was an All-Pro wide receiver in the NFL for nearly a decade, earning three first-team nods and five Pro Bowl appearances. He also holds the distinction of being the league’s leader in receptions during the 1980s. 

Winslow played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns before moving on to play for Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins over a 14-year stretch.

Also Played For: los angeles chargers, san diego chargers

8. Larry Borom

Larry Borom Career

  • High school: Brother Rice (Bloomfield Township, Michigan)
  • College: Missouri (2017–2020)
  • NFL Draft: 2021 / Round
  • Chicago Bears (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Games played: 21, Games started
  • Games played: 21
  • Games started: 16

At 6'5", 332 lbs, Larry Borom is one of the biggest offensive tackles in the NFL. He was originally signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent in May 2021.

In his rookie season with Chicago, Borom started all 16 games at right tackle and helped lead the team to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card berth. 

As a sophomore in 2020, Larry played in 12 games and recorded six starts at left tackle before breaking his ankle against Minnesota late in the year which ended his season prematurely.

Prior to joining Missouri, Borom spent two years (2017–2018) playing for Brother Rice High School where he accumulated 42 total appearances including 34 starts on offense and 10 starts on defense as well as three state championships (two indoor & one outdoor). 

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Larry has represented USA Football's U19 National Team Development Program twice – once during Fall of 2017 when he competed against teams from Canada and England while also spending time training with the current. 

Lions’ defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter; secondly during Spring 2018 when he traveled to Spain to compete against players from France & Germany among others.

Outside of football, Larry enjoys working out regularly with trainer Jarett Dillard who has worked with many professional athletes such as Andre Ellington Jr., Greivis Vasquez Jr., Maurice Harris III etc.

Also Played For: bears, chicago bears

9. Kony Ealy

Missouri Tigers football

Kony Ealy Career

  • High school: New Madrid County Central, (New Madrid, Missouri)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
  • Carolina Panthers (2014–2016), New England Patriots (2017)*, New York Jets (2017), Dallas Cowboys (2018)*, Oakland Raiders (2018), Houston Roughnecks (2020), Toronto Argonauts (2021), Vegas Knight Hawks (2022), Edmonton Elks (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014), First-team All-SEC (2013)
  • Total tackles: 92, Sacks: 15.0, Forced fumbles: 6, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 2
  • Total tackles: 92
  • Sacks: 15.0
  • Forced fumbles: 6
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 2

Kony Ealy was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the team before being traded to New England in 2017. Ealy signed a contract with the Jets earlier this year and has played well thus far in 2018.

Kony Ealy was drafted with the 10th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri and recorded 102 tackles, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception over his four-year career. 

Ealy made his professional debut with Carolina in Week 7 of the 2014 season and registered two tackles before being waived on September 2nd.

He was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad where he spent three weeks before being promoted to their active roster for a game against Arizona on October 14th. 

In that game, he collected nine total tackles (six solo) as Seattle won 23–17 in overtime thanks to an 88-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham who beat Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson for the catch.

The following week against Minnesota, Ealy had seven Total tackle (five solo), including 1½ sacks which gave him career highs in both categories as Seattle lost 42–14. 

Kony then started 11 games for Seattle over his final two seasons (2015 & 2016) registering 71 Total tackles (42 solo), 12 ½ sacks (. 5 tied w/ Bruce Irvin), five forced fumbles and one interception while starting all 16 games during those campaigns.

Kony Edward "KONY" Ealy is an American football defensive end who plays for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). 

He played college football at Missouri where he was named First Team All-SEC after recording 102 total tackles, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception over his 4 years playing linebacker/defensive end hybrid role.

Also Played For: xfl, houston roughnecks

10. Blaine Gabbert


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, 2011 nfl draft

11. Shane Ray

Defensive lineman

Shane Ray Career

  • High school: Bishop Miege, (Roeland Park, Kansas)
  • College: Missouri (2011–2014)
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
  • Denver Broncos (2015–2018), Baltimore Ravens (2019)*, Toronto Argonauts (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • Super Bowl champion (50), Grey Cup champion (2022), Unanimous All-American (2014), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2014), First-team All-SEC (2014)
  • Total tackles: 94, Sacks: 14.0, Forced fumbles: 2, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 0, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 94
  • Sacks: 14.0
  • Forced fumbles: 2
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Shane Ray was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2015. He played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2019 to 2021, before joining the Toronto Argonauts in 2020.

Ray has recorded over 100 tackles and six sacks in his career so far. 

The 29-year-old is considered one of the best defensive linemen in the league today, and will be an important part of any team he plays for moving forward Ray was a unanimous All-American in 2014 and won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award.

Ray has 94 total tackles, 14 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries in his NFL career thus far. He also has 1 interception. 

Shane Ray is an all-around standout defender who helped lead 3 different teams to Super Bowl victories (50 with Denver Broncos, 2022 with Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2014 with Kansas City Chiefs).

Also Played For: toronto argonauts

12. Chase Daniel


Chase Daniel Career

  • High school: Southlake Carroll, (Southlake, Texas)
  • College: Missouri (2005–2008)
  • Undrafted: 2009
  • Washington Redskins (2009)*, New Orleans Saints (2009–2012), Kansas City Chiefs (2013–2015), Philadelphia Eagles (2016), New Orleans Saints (2017), Chicago Bears (2018–2019), Detroit Lions (2020), Los Angeles Chargers (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Super Bowl champion (XLIV), Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (2007)
  • Passing attempts: 261, Passing completions: 178, Completion percentage: 68.2, TD–INT: 8-7, Passing yards: 1,694, Passer rating: 85.0, Rushing yards: 116
  • Passing attempts: 261
  • Passing completions: 178
  • Completion percentage: 68.2
  • TD–INT: 8-7
  • Passing yards: 1,694
  • Passer rating: 85.0
  • Rushing yards: 116

Chase Daniel played for three teams in the NFL, including a stint with the Washington Redskins. In 2013, Chase signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and led them to an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV.

In 2015, Chase became a free agent and re-signed with the Saints. After two seasons with New Orleans, Chase was traded to the Chicago Bears in 2019 during their inaugural season in the NFL playoffs.

Daniel is currently serving as Jay Cutler's backup quarterback on L Chase Daniel is a veteran NFL quarterback who has played for the Philadelphia Eagles (2016-present), New Orleans Saints (2017) and Chicago Bears (2018-2019).

He started 22 games in 2018 with the Bears, going 14-of-27 for 228 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Chase Daniel was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. After spending three seasons with St.

Louis, he signed with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. In his 10 seasons in the NFL, Chase Daniel has passed for 11,569 yards while completing 61 percent of his passes and throwing 53 touchdowns against 54 interceptions.

13. Charles Harris

Defensive lineman

Charles Harris Career

  • High school: Kansas City (MO) Lincoln Prep
  • College: Missouri (2013–2016)
  • NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
  • Miami Dolphins (2017–2019), Atlanta Falcons (2020), Detroit Lions (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Injured reserve
  • 2× Second-team All-SEC (2015, 2016)
  • Total tackles: 153, Sacks: 15.0, Forced fumbles: 2, Fumble recoveries: 1, Pass deflections: 4
  • Total tackles: 153
  • Sacks: 15.0
  • Forced fumbles: 2
  • Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Pass deflections: 4

Charles Harris is a defensive end who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft. Harris played college football at Missouri and had three years of experience as a starter before being picked 22nd overall by Miami.

In his rookie year with Miami, he had seven sacks and helped lead the team to their first playoff appearance since 2008. 

After two seasons with the Dolphins, Harris signed with Detroit in 2019 and has started all nine games for them so far this season recording 18 tackles (11 solo), five sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one QB hit among other stats.

Charles Harris was a dominant player in college, winning two SEC titles and being named Second-team All-American both years. Harris has been impressive so far in the NFL, tallying 153 total tackles including 15 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. 

He's also had 4 pass deflections on the season. The Falcons lost key players to injury this year, but with Harris leading the way they should be just fine going forward.

Look for him to contend for Defensive Player of Year honors next season as well.

14. E. J. Gaines

Defensive back

E. J. Gaines Career

  • High school: Fort Osage, (Independence, Missouri)
  • College: Missouri
  • Position: Cornerback
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 188
  • St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2014–2016), Buffalo Bills (2017), Cleveland Browns (2018), Buffalo Bills (2019–2020)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014), First-team All-SEC (2013), First-team All-Big 12 (2011)
  • Total tackles: 198, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 3, Pass deflections: 33, Interceptions: 4
  • Total tackles: 198
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 3
  • Pass deflections: 33
  • Interceptions: 4

E. J. Gaines was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft and played for them from 2014 to 2016 before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 2017.

Gaines is best known for his time with the Rams, where he made an impact as a cornerback and return specialist; he also won a Super Bowl ring with them in 2019.

Following his time in Buffalo, Gaines joined the Cleveland Browns on a one-year contract at the end of 2018 season. E. J. Gaines is a talented cornerback who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He has made an impact on defense for both Buffalo and Cleveland, making 198 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 33 pass deflections and 4 interceptions while playing in 47 games over two seasons with each team. 

Gaines will be looking to make more of an impact in his third season with Cleveland after signing a three-year contract worth $24 million this offseason.

15. Dorial Green-Beckham

Wide receiver

Dorial Green-Beckham Career

  • High school: Springfield (MO) Hillcrest
  • College: Missouri, Oklahoma
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
  • Tennessee Titans (2015), Philadelphia Eagles (2016)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2013)
  • Receptions: 68, Receiving yards: 941, Receiving touchdowns: 6
  • Receptions: 68
  • Receiving yards: 941
  • Receiving touchdowns: 6

Dorial Green-Beckham is a former Missouri wide receiver. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. 

Dorial Green-Beckham had an impressive college career with Oklahoma, where he caught 153 passes for 2,472 yards and 20 touchdowns.

In his two seasons with the Eagles, Green-Beckham has shown flashes of brilliance but also some signs that he may not be ready to play at the professional level just yet. 

Dorial Green-Beckham comes from a football family and was one of the most highly touted prospects in college football history.

He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2015, but struggled to make an impact on the field and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. 

DGB has had some difficulty staying clean off the field, but he still possesses incredible potential as a receiver. If he can stay out of trouble and continue developing his skills, there is no doubt that DGB will be a household name within years.

Also Played For: school football

16. Albert Okwuegbunam

Tight end

Albert Okwuegbunam Career

  • High school: Sacred Heart-Griffin, Springfield, Illinois
  • College: Missouri (2016–2019)
  • NFL Draft: 2020 / Round
  • Denver Broncos (2020–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • 2× All-SEC Second-team (2017, 2019), All-SEC Freshman Team (2017)
  • Receptions: 54, Receiving yards
  • Receptions: 54
  • Receiving yards: 546
  • Receiving touchdowns: 4

Albert Okwuegbunam was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2020. He played college football at Missouri from 2016-2019. Albert is a tight end and stands 6'5" tall and weighs 262 pounds.

As a collegiate player, he caught 25 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns as well as adding 33 receptions for 504 yards and four touchdowns through his career at Missouri, which included an appearance in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia Southern.

Where he recorded three catches for 34 yards including one touchdown to help lead the Tigers to victory 43-28 on December 26th, 2018 Okwuegbunam was a dominating receiver in college for the Denver Broncos.

He is an All-SEC Second Team selection, and Freshman team member in 2017. Okwuegbunam has caught 54 passes for 546 yards and 4 touchdowns in his career so far with the NFL's Broncos.

17. Kris Abrams-Draine

Kris Abrams-Draine Career

  • College: , Missouri (2020–present)
  • High school: Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, Alabama)

Kris Abrams-Draine is a junior cornerback for the Missouri Tigers. She played in all 13 games last season, registering 33 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups.

Abrams-Draine was part of an Alabama secondary that led the SEC in interceptions (15) and passes defended (54). Her father, Kris Durden, won two Super Bowls with the Chicago Bears as a player in 1985 and 1986.

Abrams-Draine has been named to several preseason All-American teams and is considered one of the top cornerbacks in college football this year. Abrams-Draine attended Missouri and is currently a freshman. She played defense for the Tigers during their inaugural season in 2020.

Abrams-Draine was an all-district selection her senior year at Spanish Fort High School, where she also earned MVP honors as a quarterback on the varsity football team. 

She has represented USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) both Under 18 (2018–19) and 19/20 seasons, helping lead the squad to gold medals at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s.

World Championship and silver medal finish at this past summer’s IIHF Women’s World Cup of Hockey™.

Kris is originally from Birmingham, Alabama but now lives in Columbia, Missouri with her family. 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking or biking near her home, cooking and baking meals for friends and family gatherings, playing video games competitively or just relaxing watching Netflix.

18. Kentrell Brothers


Kentrell Brothers Career

  • High school: Guthrie (Guthrie, Oklahoma)
  • College: Missouri
  • Position: Linebacker
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
  • Minnesota Vikings (2016–2019), Montreal Alouettes (2021)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Second-team All-American (2015), First-team All-SEC (2015)
  • Total tackles: 55, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 0, Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 55
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Interceptions: 0

Kentrell Brothers is a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Vikings. In his first year with Minnesota, he recorded 69 tackles and one interception during 16 games played.

The following year saw Kentrell record 93 tackles and two interceptions in 15 games played as well as 1 forced fumble while playing under head coach Mike Zimmer who was later fired.

After 2018 season After Mike Zimmer's firing, former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Dan Quinn took over as head coach for 2019 season and Kentrell has continued to make an impact recording 108 tackles (including three sacks) along.

With 3 interceptions so far this season helping lead the Vikings to a NFC North title Kentrell Brothers was a second-team All American in 2015 and first-team all-SEC player the same year.

Kentrell Brothers played 55 total tackles, 1 sack, 0 fumble recoveries and 0 interceptions in his career at Tennessee. He will most likely enter the NFL Draft this year where he has been projected as a late round selection or undrafted free agent candidate by many analysts.

19. Marcus Murphy

Running back

Marcus Murphy Career

  • High school: DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
  • College: Missouri
  • Position: Running back
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round
  • New Orleans Saints (2015–2016), New York Jets (2017)*, Indianapolis Colts (2017)*, Buffalo Bills (2017–2018), Carolina Panthers (2020)*, Saskatchewan Roughriders (2021)*
  •  Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2014), First-team All-SEC (2014)
  • Rushing attempts: 60, Rushing yards
  • Rushing attempts: 60
  • Rushing yards: 291
  • Receptions: 14
  • Receiving yards: 36
  • Return yards: 1,080
  • Total touchdowns: 1

Marcus Murphy is a running back who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played for three teams over four seasons, appearing in 24 games and rushing for 1,052 yards on 245 carries (4.8 yards per carry).

Murphy signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent in 2018 and appeared in one game before being released on September 2nd. Marcus Murphy was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014 and First-team All-SEC selection. 

He has spent time with both Carolina Panthers and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the NFL, but is currently a member of the New York Giants practice squad.

Murphy ran for 291 yards on 60 attempts as a rusher with 14 receptions for 36 yards receiving and one touchdown during his career in the NFL so far. 

Marcus Murphy is an interesting player who could have had more success if he hadn't suffered multiple injuries throughout his career thusfar.

20. Mitch Morse

Offensive lineman

Mitch Morse Career

  • High school: St. Michael's Catholic Academy, (Austin, Texas)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2015–2018), Buffalo Bills (2019–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Pro Bowl (2022), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2015)
  • Games played: 104, Games started
  • Games played: 104
  • Games started: 104

Mitch Morse was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2015 NFL Draft. Morse started all 16 games for the Bills in his rookie season, and helped them make a playoff appearance.

In 2017, Morse missed time due to injury but still managed to start 13 of 14 games he played in. In 2018, Morse once again missed time through injury but still finished with 68 tackles and two sacks on the year.

Mitch Morse is scheduled to enter free agency after the 2020 NFL Season Morse has played for the Chiefs and Bills in his four-year career. Morse is a versatile player who can play both center and guard positions.

He was drafted by Kansas City in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he started all 16 games as a rookie for the Chiefs. In 2017, Morse signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent, and he started all 16 games at left guard for the Bills that year.

In 2018, Morse missed two games due to injury but still finished third on Buffalo's offensive line with 54 total tackles (41 solo). With Pryor gone in 2019, Morse will likely start alongside Jordan Mills at right guard this season for Buffalo.

21. Justin Britt

Offensive lineman

Justin Britt Career

  • High school: Lebanon (Lebanon, Missouri)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
  • Seattle Seahawks (2014–2019), Houston Texans (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Reserve/non-football illness
  • Games played: 93, Games started: 92
  • Games played: 93
  • Games started: 92

Britt started all 16 games at center for the Texans in 2018. Britt is a versatile lineman who has played both guard and center in his NFL career thusfar.

His college experience came at Missouri, where he was part of two SEC Championship teams as well as playing in the 2013 BCS National Championship game against Auburn.

Britt is known for his strong run blocking ability, which helped him to pave the way for Lamar Miller (1,079 yards) and D'Onta Foreman (878 yards) last season. 

He will be looking to build on this performance during 2019 with new head coach Brian Hoyer leading the attack from center field.

Britt is a versatile lineman who has started at both guard and tackle in the NFL. Britt was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and has since played for the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks. 

He's been praised for his play on special teams, where he's recorded 22 tackles over three seasons.

Britt will miss Week 1 of the 2021 season due to a reserve/non-football illness but is expected to be back in time for Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders.

22. Luther Burden

Wide receiver

Luther Burden Career

  • College: Missouri (2022–present)
  • Bowl games: , 2022 Gasparilla Bowl
  • High school: East St. Louis (IL)

Luther Burden III is a freshman receiver for the Missouri Tigers. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 12th, 2003. Luther played football and basketball growing up before choosing to focus solely on football during his high school years.

Luther has received scholarship offers from several top programs including Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State among others but has yet to commit anywhere as of early 2017. 

At 5'11", 190 pounds, Luther is an aggressive receiver who uses speed and strength to take the ball downfield for touchdowns or big plays in the passing game.

In 2016 Luther helped lead his team to a state championship while also setting numerous records both on offense and defense en route to being named MVP of the tournament. 

Although he still has some work to do before declaring for college (Luther plans on taking visits this fall), there's no doubt that Luther Burden will be one of the most hyped recruits in 2018 when he decides where he'll play next season.

23. Jeremy Maclin

Wide receiver

Jeremy Maclin Career

  • High school: Kirkwood (MO)
  • College: Missouri (2006–2008)
  • NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
  • Pro Bowl (2014), 2× Consensus All-American (2007, 2008), Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year (2007)
  • Receptions: 514, Receiving yards: 6,835, Receiving touchdowns: 49
  • Receptions: 514
  • Receiving yards: 6,835
  • Receiving touchdowns: 49

Jeremy Maclin is a wide receiver who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009 to 2014. He was drafted by the Chiefs in 2015, but he only spent one season with them before moving on to Baltimore.

Maclin has had an impressive career, both in terms of his statistics and his Pro Bowl selections. In total, he has caught 927 passes for 14,318 yards and 83 touchdowns. 

He also stands out as a return specialist; over the course of his career, he has returned 244 kicks for 3,519 yards and two touchdowns – making him one of the best in that area too.

Jeremy Maclin is married to Tori Tucker and they have three children together: daughter Emmalee (born 2013), son Jagger (born 2017) and son Cash (born 2020). 

Outside of football, Maclin likes spending time with family and friends – especially when it comes to going out for dinner or hitting up a movie theater.

24. Henry Josey

Running back

Henry Josey Career

  • High school: Angleton (TX)
  • College: Missouri
  • Undrafted: 2014
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2014), Indianapolis Colts (2014) Jacksonville Jaguars (2014), Minnesota Vikings (2014), Toronto Argonauts (2015–2016), Ottawa Redblacks (2017)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Practice squad

Henry Josey is a running back for the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted by the team in 2014 and has been a mainstay on the roster ever since. Henry Josey attended Missouri, where he played under head coach Gary Pinkel.

He helped lead the Tigers to two SEC championships in his three seasons there and finished with over 2,000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 522 attempts during that time period. 

After going undrafted in 2014, Henry signed with the Philadelphia Eagles but didn't make an appearance on their active roster until December of that year after they traded away LeSean McCoy.

From then on, Henry had flashes of brilliance before eventually being placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury sustained Week 10 against Chicago Bears. 

In 2016, Henry made it onto Atlanta's 53-man roster as an unrestricted free agent following injuries to Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman  (both incumbent starters). 

Despite averaging just 3 yards per carry through 11 games (due largely to poor play from quarterback Matt Ryan ), he still managed to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career en route to earning Pro Bowl honors at season's end.

Currently entering his fourth NFL season - 2018 will be his third with Atlanta - expectations are high for Henry as one of top offensive weapons within this ATL offense led by new head coach Steve Sarkisian. 

If not THE weapon given how often teams have struggled defending against Julio Jones & Co.'s aerial attack throughout Henry's tenure thus far.

25. Paul Christman


Paul Christman Career

  • High school: Maplewood (MO), Richmond Heights
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 1941 / Round
  • Chicago Cardinals (1945–1949), Green Bay Packers (1950)
  • Missouri Tigers No. 44 retired
  • TD–INT: 58–76, Yards
  • TD–INT: 58–76
  • Yards: 7,294
  • Passer rating: 54.8
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Paul Christman was a quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Bears. Christman led his teams to a total of five division championships and one conference championship during his career.

He is best known for leading the Cardinals to an upset victory over the Baltimore Colts in 1951 - which is often cited as one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. 

Christman died from cancer at age 51 after playing professionally for 26 years. Christman was one of the most prolific passers in Missouri Tigers history.

He completed 58 percent of his passes for 7,294 yards and 54.8 passer rating during his four seasons with the team. 

Christman is a two-time All-American and led Missouri to three bowl games during that span including their first ever Sugar Bowl appearance in 1969 where they lost to Alabama 21–17. 

After leaving college, Christman played five years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers before retiring after 1949 season due to injuries sustained while playing pro football.

26. Brad Smith


Brad Smith Career

  • High school: Youngstown (OH) Chaney
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 2006 / Round
  • New York Jets (2006–2010), Buffalo Bills (2011–2013), Philadelphia Eagles (2013–2014)
  • Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (2002)
  • Receptions: 104, Receiving yards
  • Receptions: 104
  • Receiving yards: 987
  • Return yards: 2,879
  • Total touchdowns: 14

Brad Smith was a wide receiver for the Missouri Tigers from 2003-2006. He had a successful career at Mizzou, amassing over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons there.

In 2006, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round and spent three years with them before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent in 2009.

Brad Smith has also played for the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders during his NFL career. He is currently a member of the New England Patriots after they signed him to a two-year deal earlier this year.

Brad Smith is married and has one child; he enjoys golfing and spending time with family and friends when not playing football or working out on his own time frame Smith was a second-round pick by the Jets in 2006 and played for them until 2010.

Smith had some good years with the Jets, but he really excelled during his time with Buffalo from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, Smith signed with Philadelphia as a free agent and played well there before being traded to New Orleans in 2014. 

Smith has now retired from professional football after playing six seasons total and accumulating over 1,000 yards receiving each year along with 14 touchdowns on offense.

27. Damarea Crockett

Damarea Crockett Career

  • High school: Christian Academy (AR)
  • College: Missouri
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • Houston Texans (2019), Oakland Raiders (2019)*, Green Bay Packers (2019–2020), Denver Broncos (2020–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Injured reserve
  • Rushing yards: 7, Rushing average
  • Rushing yards: 7
  • Rushing average: 2.3
  • Rushing touchdowns: 0

Damarea Crockett was a running back for the Denver Broncos in 2019. He had some success with the team, but was cut late in the season. Crockett attended Missouri and played college football there before being undrafted in 2019.

Damarea is from Magnolia, Arkansas and stands at 5'11" (1.80 meters) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kilograms). 

He has yet to make an impact on NFL level but could have potential as a backup or special teams player down the line if he continues to develop his skills Damarea Crockett was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Crockett is a running back who played collegiately at Temple University. He has experience as a receiver, and will likely see action on offense this season for the Raiders. 

In 2018, he had 1,161 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 219 carries (5 ypc). With Marshawn Lynch retired and DeAndre Washington struggling to stay healthy, Crockett should have an opportunity to prove himself this year in Oakland.

28. J'Mon Moore

J Career

  • High school: Elkins (Missouri City, Texas)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133
  • Green Bay Packers (2018), Cleveland Browns (2019–2020), Houston Texans (2020), Atlanta Falcons (2021)*, New Jersey Generals (2022), Pittsburgh Maulers (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Inactive
  • Receptions: 2, Receiving yards: 15, Receiving touchdowns: 0, Return yards: 102
  • Receptions: 2
  • Receiving yards: 15
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Return yards: 102

Moore was drafted by the Packers in 2018, but only played for them during their playoff run. He signed with the Browns in 2019 and 2020 before being traded to the Maulers late in 2020.

Moore is a talented wide receiver who has had success playing against top competition. He caught 36 passes for 539 yards and six touchdowns while playing with Green Bay and Cleveland. 

J'Mon Moore will be a key player on the Maulers this season as they look to make it back to the playoffs after missing out last year.

Moore was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Moore had a productive rookie season with 47 receptions for 554 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2021, Moore suffered an ACL injury that will sideline him for most of the year. 

Upon his return in 2022, Moore has continued to be one of Houston's top receivers, recording 43 receptions for 641 yards and 4 touchdowns over 14 games played.

In 2023, after injuries have hindered other members of the receiver corps on both sides of the ball, Moore is thrust into a starting role and he doesn't disappoint - amassing 51 catches for 757 yards and 8 touchdowns en route to being named first-team All Pro at wideout.

29. Isaiah McGuire

Isaiah McGuire Career

  • College: Missouri (2019–present)
  • High school: Union (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • Second-Team All-SEC (2022)

Isaiah McGuire is a senior defensive end for the Missouri Tigers. He was a three-year starter and was named to the All-SEC Second Team in 2016. Isaiah McGuire has been described as an explosive player who can be disruptive off the edge.

His size and athleticism make him difficult to block, even for taller offensive linemen. Isaiah McGuire finished his career with 54 sacks, ranking fourth all time at Missouri and eighth in SEC history. 

He also had 94 tackles for loss, third most in school history and 10 forced fumbles, second most in school history.

After graduating from college, Isaiah McGuire will likely enter the NFL draft where he is expected to be a top pick. Isaiah McGuire is a two-time second-team All-SEC selection and a key player for the Missouri Tigers. 

Isaiah McGuire has averaged 14.4 points per game over his career, including 20 points against Kentucky in 2019.

Isaiah McGuire was named to the SEC’s all-defensive team three times and is known for his defensive intensity on both ends of the court. Isaiah McGuire hopes to continue playing college basketball at Missouri next season and develop into one of the best players in America.

30. Connor McGovern

Offensive lineman

Connor McGovern Career

  • High school: Shanley (Fargo, North Dakota)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144
  • Denver Broncos (2016–2019), New York Jets (2020–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Games played: 78, Games started: 67
  • Games played: 78
  • Games started: 67

Connor McGovern was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft. Connor McGovern started 47 of 50 games he played for Missouri during his college career.

Connor McGovern is a center and will be playing for the Jets this season. Connor McGovon has size at 6'4" and 306 pounds, which should make him an asset on offense and defense for the Jets this year Connor McGovern is a linebacker with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Broncos. In 2018, he had 101 tackles, one sack and two interceptions for Denver. This upcoming season, he will be playing for the Jets after being traded from Denver on September 1st.

31. Evan Boehm

Offensive lineman

Evan Boehm Career

  • High school: Lee's Summit West (Lee's Summit, MO)
  • College: Missouri
  • Position: Center
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round
  • Arizona Cardinals (2016–2017), Los Angeles Rams (2018), Indianapolis Colts (2018), Miami Dolphins (2019), Buffalo Bills (2020), Jacksonville Jaguars (2020), Detroit Lions (2021), Miami Dolphins (2021), New York Giants (2021)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Games played: 55, Games started
  • Games played: 55
  • Games started: 21

Evan Boehm was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played for the Cardinals from 2016-2017 and then signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018.

Boehm is a center who primarily plays on offense, but he can also play on defense if needed. He has made two starts in his career thus far, both of which came with the Cardinals in 2017.

Evan Boehm is an athletic player who excels at run blocking and pass protection duties, making him valuable to any team that drafts him or signs him to a contract Evan Boehm is a young player who has shown potential in his short career.

Evan Boehm may be the Colts' long-term replacement for Arthur Jones at defensive tackle. Evan Boehm's athleticism and size are assets that he will need to continue developing if he wants to become an NFL star. 

Evan Boehm should focus on improving his pass rush skills as this will give him more opportunities to make plays in the backfield.

The Indianapolis Colts have high expectations for Evan Boehma, and he will need to live up to them if he wants any chance of continuing playing in the league for many years to come.

32. Aldon Smith

Defensive lineman

Aldon Smith Career

  • High school: Raytown (Raytown, Missouri)
  • College: Missouri (2008–2010)
  • Position: Defensive end
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round
  • 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
  • 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.

33. Connor Bazelak


Connor Bazelak Career

  • College:  Missouri (2019−2021), Indiana (2022)
  • High school: Archbishop Alter, (Kettering, Ohio)
  • SEC co-Freshman of the Year (2020)

Connor Bazelak is a junior quarterback at the University of Dayton. He was ranked as one of the top quarterbacks in his class, and has been highly touted by both recruiting services and coaches.

Connor began playing football when he was just five years old, and quickly developed into an exceptional player. By the time he reached high school, he had already thrown for over 6,000 yards and 70 touchdowns while also rushing for 2,000 more yards.

Connor chose to attend the University of Dayton due to its strong athletic program and excellent academics; he is majoring in business administration with a minor in marketing. 

Connor has already made an impact on campus – during his freshman year alone, he led UD to victory against Alabama A&M (a Division I team) in the opening game of their season.

Connor is excited about continuing his career at UD – not only does he have all-conference honors under his belt from high school but he feels that this university offers him everything that he needs to reach his potential as a quarterback. 

In addition, Connor has been involved with several community service projects throughout Ohio; among these are work with children who are affected by cancerous tumors or homelessness.

 He wants to continue doing good things not just for himself but also for others around him.

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34. Dan LaRose


Dan LaRose Career

  • High school: Crystal City (MO)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 1961 / Round
  • AFL Draft: 1961 / Round
  • Detroit Lions (1961–1963), Pittsburgh Steelers (1964), San Francisco 49ers (1965), Denver Broncos (1966)
  • Unanimous All-American (1960), 2× First-team All-Big Eight (1958, 1960)

Dan Larose was a tackle, defensive end and guard in the NFL. He played for the Detroit Lions (1961-1966), Chicago Bears (1967-1968) and Kansas City Chiefs (1969).

LaRose also had a brief stint with the American Football League's Buffalo Bills (1970). The Missouri native was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Dan passed away on April 27, 2019 at the age of 80 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for several years. LaRose was an All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and he played for the Detroit Lions from 1961 to 1963.

Larose then played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1964 to 1965 before moving onto play for the San Francisco 49ers in 1966. LaRose retired after playing with Denver Broncos in 1967.

35. Ziggy Hood

Defensive tackle

Ziggy Hood Career

  • High school: Amarillo (TX) Palo Duro
  • College: Missouri (2005–2008)
  • NFL Draft: 2009 / Round
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2009–2013), Jacksonville Jaguars (2014–2015), Chicago Bears (2015), Washington Redskins (2016–2018), Miami Dolphins (2018), New Orleans Saints (2019)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Total tackles: 231, Sacks
  • Total tackles: 231
  • Sacks: 14.0
  • Pass deflections: 11
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Fumble recoveries: 5

Ziggy Hood was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and played for them until 2013. He started his career as a defensive tackle before moving to outside linebacker during his time with the Steelers.

In 2013, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons where he played for two seasons before retiring in 2015. After retirement, Hood became an analyst for NFL Network where he currently works as a color commentator on broadcasts of games involving the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ziggy Hood is a versatile defensive lineman who has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. 

Ziggy Hood was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his rookie season with the Jaguars, he made 38 tackles and three sacks.

He was traded to the Chicago Bears in 2015 and became a starter there after making 43 tackles and two sacks in ten games. 

The next year, he had 54 tackles, one sack and five pass deflections in 16 games as a Bear before being traded to Washington in 2016.

Where he started all 16 games at right defensive end while recording 53 tackles (15 for loss), 10 sacks and four forced fumbles en route to being named an All-Pro selection for his performance that year.

Ziggy Hood signed with Miami as a free agent prior to the 2018 season but did not play due to injury; however, he was re-signed late into preseason action and made one tackle before being released on September 1st without having appeared in any game footage or statistics.

36. Danario Alexander

Wide receiver

Danario Alexander Career

  • High school: Marlin (TX)
  • College: Missouri(2006–2009)
  • Undrafted: 2010
  • St. Louis Rams (2010–2011), San Diego Chargers (2012–2013)
  • First-team All-America (SI, ESPN, CBS Sportsline, CFN) (2009)
  • Receptions: 83, Receiving yards: 1,395, Receiving touchdowns: 10
  • Receptions: 83
  • Receiving yards: 1,395
  • Receiving touchdowns: 10

Danario Alexander is a 34-year old wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams. He played college football at Missouri from 2006 to 2009 and was undrafted in 2010.

Danario Alexander has had a successful career playing with the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and San Diego Chargers. His best season came in 2013 when he caught 73 passes for 1,097 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Danario Alexander is known as one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL due to his speed and leaping ability; he has been called "The fastest man in the league." 

One of Danario Alexander's biggest weaknesses is that he can be inconsistent with his catching skills; despite this, he remains an important part of several offenses around the NFL because of his size and catch radius.

Despite being 33 years old, there are still many teams interested in signing him because of his potential to make big plays downfield.

37. Harrison Mevis

Harrison Mevis Career

  • College: Missouri (2020–present)
  • Bowl games:  2022 Gasparilla Bowl
  • High school: Warsaw Community
  • SN First-team All-American (2021), First-team All-SEC (2021), Freshman All-American (2020)

Harrison Mevis is a kicker for the Missouri Tigers. He was born in Warsaw, Indiana and attended Warsaw High School. As a junior at Missouri, he led the team with 50 field goals made and 143 points scored on offense.

In addition to his kicking skills, Harrison also has experience as a running back and receiver for the Tigers football team. 

He is considered one of the top kickers in America and is expected to be drafted into the NFL next year if he continues his outstanding play at Missouri Harrison Mevis is a talented football player who was honored as a first-team All-American in 2021.

He has also been named to the SEC's first team twice and was a freshman All-American in 2020. Harrison has played for Warsaw Community High School where he has racked up many accolades, including being voted captain of his varsity squad three times. 

In addition to playing football, Harrison is also an accomplished wrestler and track athlete who competed in the state championships each year he attended high school.

38. Tyler Badie

Tyler Badie Career

  • High school: Briarcrest Christian, (Eads, Tennessee)
  • College: Missouri (2018–2021)
  • NFL Draft: 2022 / Round
  • Baltimore Ravens (2022)*, Denver Broncos (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Second-team All-American (2021), First-team All-SEC (2021)
  • Rushing yards: 0, Rushing average
  • Rushing yards: 0
  • Rushing average: 0.0
  • Rushing touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving yards: 24
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1

Tyler Badie was born in 2000 and played high school football at Briarcrest Christian in Eads, Tennessee. He then attended Missouri from 2018-2021 where he started 10 games as a running back and caught 33 passes for 437 yards and three touchdowns.

In the 2022 NFL Draft, Tyler Badie was selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round with 196th overall pick. Since joining the team, he has appeared in 36 games (24 starts) rushing for 639 yards on 117 carries (5.1 avg.) with five touchdowns and 20 receptions for 167 yards (8 avg.).

Tyler is currently a restricted free agent pending his contract negotiations with the Broncos this offseason Tyler Badie was a standout running back for the Auburn Tigers in college, and he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. 

In his rookie season, Badie appeared in six games and made one start before being placed on injured reserve due to an injury sustained during training camp.

After rehabbing from his injury, Badie returned to action as a part-time player in 2022 and played through the end of the season. He finished with just 54 rushing yards on 21 carries but caught three passes for 37 yards. 

The 23-year old is expected to compete for a spot on next year's roster behind starter David Johnson and backups Jaren Henderson and Torence Gibson Jr.

39. Curtis Brown

Curtis Brown Career

  • Position(s): Running back
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL draft 1977 / Round: 3 / Pick

Curtis Brown was a fashion designer and entrepreneur. He was known for his innovative and daring designs. He was also well-known for his philanthropy. He died at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer.

His legacy will continue through his many creations and philanthropy. Curtis Brown was a running back for the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers in the NFL. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and led the league in rushing twice.

Brown was a versatile player, able to run the ball and catch passes out of the backfield. He was a major part of the Bills' success in the 1970s. 

Brown was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame in 2001. He is also a member of the Houston Oilers Hall of Fame.

Brown is currently the executive vice president of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown is one of the most decorated players in NFL history. 

He is a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1970s and the NFL's 50th Anniversary Team. Brown is a vocal advocate for player safety and has been a member of the NFL's injury prevention committee.

Brown is married and has two children. He is a resident of Houston, Texas. Brown is a member of the Methodist faith. Brown is a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics.

40. Eliah Drinkwitz

Eliah Drinkwitz Career

  • 2005: Alma HS (AR) (assistant)
  • 2006–2009: Springdale HS (AR) (OC)
  • 2010–2011: Auburn (QC)
  • 2012: Arkansas State (RB)
  • 2013: Arkansas State (co-OC/RB)
  • 2014: Boise State (TE)
  • 2015: Boise State (OC/QB)
  • 2016–2018: NC State (OC/QB)
  • 2019: Appalachian State
  • 2020–present: Missouri

Eliah Drinkwitz is the newest head coach in the Missouri basketball program, having been hired in December of 2018. 

Drinkwitz spent the past two years as the assistant coach at Arkansas Tech, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 19–17 record.

Drinkwitz comes to Missouri after spending the previous eight years as the head coach at Springdale HS in Arkansas. 

Under his guidance, the Rebels amassed a record of 174–101. It's unclear what Drinkwitz's coaching philosophy will be at Missouri, but he is known for his ability to develop players and have them play cohesive, up-tempo basketball.

With Missouri's strong tradition in basketball and a talented roster led by junior forwards Jontay Porter and Michael Porter Jr., Drinkwitz should have a solid foundation to build on at Mizzou. 

The Tigers will open the 2019–20 season on November 10th against the Oklahoma State Cowboy in the Sun Belt Tournament.

41. Terez Hall

Terez Hall Career

  • High school: King, (Lithonia, Georgia)
  • College: Missouri
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • New England Patriots (2019–present)
  • Roster status: Reserve/futures
  • Total tackles: 50, Pass deflections: 2
  • Total tackles: 50
  • Pass deflections: 2

Terez Hall is a linebacker for the New England Patriots. He was born on November 18, 1996 in Lithonia, Georgia. He attended high school at King and played college football at Missouri.

He was undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has played in 19 games in his career and has recorded 54 tackles, one sack, and one interception. He is currently a member of the Patriots' practice squad.

The Patriots selected Hall in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Hall played in all 16 games as a rookie, recording 20 tackles and one pass deflection. In 2020, Hall played in all 16 games and recorded 32 tackles and two pass deflections.

In 2021, Hall played in all 16 games and recorded 32 tackles and one pass deflection. In 2022, Hall played in all 16 games and recorded 50 tackles, two pass deflections, and one forced fumble.

42. Larry Rountree III

Larry Rountree III Career

  • High school: Millbrook, (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • College: Missouri (2017–2020)
  • NFL Draft: 2021 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198
  • Los Angeles Chargers (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Reserve/futures
  • Second-team All-SEC (2020)
  • Rushing yards: 87, Rushing average: 2.4, Rushing touchdowns: 1, Receptions: 1, Receiving yards: -1
  • Rushing yards: 87
  • Rushing average: 2.4
  • Rushing touchdowns: 1
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving yards: -1

Larry Rountree III was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. Rountree III played college football at Missouri and was a star running back for the Tigers.

Rountree III is a powerful and fast running back that should make an impact in the NFL. Rountree III is expected to compete for a starting running back position with the Chargers in 2021.

Rountree III is a young and up-and-coming running back that fans should keep an eye on in the future.

Larry Rountree III was a two-time All-SEC selection for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Rountree III recorded 87 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown on 14 carries during his rookie season. He is a versatile player who can play both running back and receiver. Rountree III is looking to make an impact in his second season with the Chargers.

43. Beau Brinkley

Beau Brinkley Career

  • High school: Kearney (MO)
  • College: Missouri (2008–2011)
  • Undrafted: 2012
  • Tennessee Titans (2012–2020), Detroit Lions (2021)*, Arizona Cardinals (2021), Los Angeles Chargers (2021)*, Chicago Bears (2022)*, Atlanta Falcons (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Games played: 138, Total tackles: 33, Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Games played: 138
  • Total tackles: 33
  • Fumble recoveries: 0

Beau Brinkley is a long snapper for the Atlanta Falcons. Brinkley was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1990 and attended high school in Kearney. After two years at Missouri, Brinkley was not drafted but joined the Titans in 2012.

Brinkley has been with the Titans for six seasons, appearing in 47 games. In 2020, Brinkley was released by the Titans and signed with the Falcons. 

Brinkley is a consistent performer for the Falcons, appearing in all 16 games in each of the past two seasons.

Brinkley is known for his athleticism and his ability to snap the ball cleanly. Brinkley is a valuable member of the Falcons and is a fan favorite. 

Brinkley is 33 years old and has three years remaining on his contract with the Falcons. Beau Brinkley is a versatile linebacker who can play all three linebacker spots.

Beau has a knack for making big plays in the clutch. His speed and athleticism make him a big threat in coverage. Beau is a consistent performer who never gets rattled in the middle of a game. 

Beau is an excellent run defender who can help stop the run. His experience and leadership will be key for the Lions in the future.

Beau is a key part of the Lions' future and should be a key part of their playoff run in 2021. Beau is a versatile defender who can play in any linebacker spot. Beau is a key part of the Lions' defense and should be a key part of their future.

44. Kendall Blanton

Kendall Blanton Career

  • High school: Blue Springs South (Blue Springs, Missouri)
  • College: Missouri (2014–2018)
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • Los Angeles Rams (2019–2021), Washington Commanders (2022)*, Kansas City Chiefs (2022)*, Los Angeles Rams (2022), Kansas City Chiefs (2022–present)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (LVI, LVII)
  • Receptions: 6, Receiving yards: 72
  • Receptions: 6
  • Receiving yards: 72

Kendall Blanton is a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted by the Rams in 2019 but did not make the team. He signed with the Chiefs in 2020 and has played in all 16 games so far this season.

Kendall Blanton is a tall tight end with good speed and agility. He is a good receiver and blocker. Kendall Blanton has had a good season with the Chiefs so far. He has recorded 42 receptions for 572 yards and five touchdowns.

Kendall Blanton is looking to improve his game for the 2020 season and beyond. He is a hard worker who is looking to make an impact on the NFL. 

Kendall Blanton is a young tight end with a lot of potentials. He is looking to continue to develop his skills and make a name for himself in the NFL.

Kendall Blanton is a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of the most decorated players in Chiefs' history. 

Kendall Blanton is known for his big play ability, as he has caught six passes for 72 yards in the team's first six games of the season. Kendall Blanton is an important part of the Chiefs' offense and will be relied on to make a big contribution on the field this season.

45. Carl Bax

Carl Bax Career

  • High school: St. Charles (MO)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 1989 / Round
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1989–1990)

Carl Bax was born on January 5, 1966, in St. Charles, Missouri. He played college basketball at Missouri. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1987 NBA Draft.

He played for the Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Chicago Bulls. He is a six-time all-star. He retired in 2003. He is the father of Carlie Bax, who also played in the NBA.

He is now a commentator for Fox Sports. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Carl Bax was a 200th overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bax played two seasons with the Buccaneers, appearing in 26 games. He finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, playing two seasons there. 

Bax was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams, with the Bucs in 1990 and the Browns in 1991.

He was inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2006. After his playing career, Bax worked as a scout for the Minnesota Vikings. 

In 2006, he was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Carl Bax died in November 2007 at the age of 49.

46. Tony Galbreath

Tony Galbreath Career

  • Position(s): Running back
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL draft 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick

Tony Galbreath was a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. He was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round of the 1976 NFL draft.

Galbreath played for the Chiefs from 1976 to 1984, and for the Browns from 1985 to 1988. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1983 and 1984. 

Galbreath was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame in 2003.

Galbreath is currently the senior vice president of stadium operations for the Chiefs. He was born on January 29, 1954, in Fulton, Missouri. 

Galbreath is retired from professional football. Tony Galbreath was one of the most accomplished tight ends in NFL history.

He was a three-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler. Galbreath was drafted by the Saints in the 1976 NFL Draft and played for them for seven seasons. 

He was a key member of the Saints teams that won two championships. Galbreath was traded to the Vikings in 1981 and played for them for three seasons.

He then moved to the Giants and played for them for four seasons. Galbreath was a key member of the Giants teams that won two Super Bowls. 

He retired in 1987 after playing in 16 games. Galbreath was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame in 2000.

Galbreath has since been involved in broadcasting and is currently an analyst for the NFL Network. Galbreath is a husband and father and lives in the Dallas area.

47. Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes Career

  • High school: Hughesville (MO) Pettis Co. Northwest
  • College: Missouri
  • Undrafted: 2011
  • Baltimore Ravens (2011)*, St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2011–2016), San Francisco 49ers (2017)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Games played: 78, Games started: 36
  • Games played: 78
  • Games started: 36

Barnes was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft, but did not play in the NFL. Barnes played college football at Missouri. Barnes has been a center for most of his career.

Barnes has played for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Barnes is a two-time Pro Bowler. 

Barnes is a member of the Missouri Tigers football team. Barnes has played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings.

Barnes is a member of the National Football League Players Association. Barnes was born in Hughesville, Missouri, on May 14, 1988. 

Barnes was a standout defensive back at the University of Maryland, and he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Barnes made his NFL debut in the 2011 season, and he became a key part of the Ravens' defense. In 2016, Barnes was traded to the St. Louis Rams. 

He played for the Rams until 2017 when he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Barnes has played in 78 NFL games, and he has started 36 of them.

He has recorded 368 tackles, five interceptions, and one sack. Barnes is a tough defender who is always in the fight for the ball. He is a valuable member of the San Francisco 49ers' defense.

48. Hank Burnine

Hank Burnine Career

  • High school: Richmond (MO)
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 12 / Pick: 140
  • New York Giants (1956), Philadelphia Eagles (1956–1957)
  • NFL champion (1956)

Hank Burnine was a standout defensive end at Richmond High School in Missouri. He played college football at Missouri and was drafted in the 1955 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Burnine played six seasons with the Browns and had a total of 128 tackles and two sacks. He was traded to the Baltimore Colts in 1964 and played two more seasons with them. Burnine retired from the NFL in 1966 and moved to Higginsville, Missouri.

He passed away on January 21, 2020, at the age of 87. Hank Burnine was a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants in the NFL. 

He was a two-time NFL champion and won the 1958 NFL MVP award. Burnine was a consistent performer for both teams, recording over 100 tackles in each of his six seasons in the league.

He was an excellent run defender, and his ability to read the play and make quick decisions helped him make a big impact on the field. Burnine was also known for his aggressive playing style, which led to him being fined multiple times. 

He retired after the 1962 season and later served as a coach for the Eagles and Giants. Burnine is now a broadcaster for the Giants, and he is still considered one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history.

49. Ed Blaine

Ed Blaine Career

  • High school: Farmington high school
  • College: Missouri
  • NFL Draft: 1962 / Round
  • AFL Draft: 1962 / Round
  • Green Bay Packers (1962), Philadelphia Eagles (1963–1966)
  • NFL champion (1962)
  • Games played: 70, Games started
  • Games played: 70
  • Games started: 41
  • Player stats at PFR

Ed Blaine was a guard for the Baltimore Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, and Dallas Cowboys. Ed Blaine was a two-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Ed Blaine was born in Missouri on January 30, 1940. Ed Blaine played college football at Missouri and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1962 NFL Draft. 

Ed Blaine was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1962 AFL Draft and played with them for six seasons.

Ed Blaine was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. Ed Blaine retired from football in 1984 and moved to Missouri. 

Ed Blaine is 83 years old and lives in Missouri. Ed Blaine was drafted in the 5th round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

He played with the Packers for 3 seasons before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1966. Ed Blaine was a 3-time Pro Bowler and was also named to the All-Pro team in 1966. He retired from the NFL in 1970. 

After his retirement from the NFL, Ed Blaine began a successful career in coaching. He most notably coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973-1976. 

He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2006. Ed Blaine is currently the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

Final Words

The Missouri Tigers football program is one of the oldest and most storied programs in college football. Over the years, many great players have worn the blue and orange of the Tigers, including Heisman Trophy winners Nile Kinnick and Dan Marino, as well as NFL stars Brett Favre, Michael Vick and A.J.

Green. While it is impossible to choose just one player from the Tigers’ illustrious history, some of the best include quarterback Brad Smith, running back Tony Graziani, linebacker Derrick Johnson, and cornerback Tedy Bruschi.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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