Nfl Best Players of All Time

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Nfl Best Players

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1. Phillip Walker

Carolina Panthers

Phillip Walker Career

  • High school: Elizabeth
  • College: Temple (2013–2016)
  • Undrafted: 2017
  • Indianapolis Colts (2017–2019)*, Houston Roughnecks (2020), Carolina Panthers (2020–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • XFL passing yards leader (2020), XFL passing touchdowns leader (2020)
  • TD–INT: 5–11, Passing yards: 1,461, Completion average: 57.5, Passer rating: 63.9
  • TD–INT: 5–11
  • Passing yards: 1,461
  • Completion average: 57.5
  • Passer rating: 63.9

Walker was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 but did not sign with them. Walker then signed with the Houston Roughnecks in 2020 and has since led their offense to success.

Walker is set to make his debut for the Carolina Panthers in 2021, where he will look to help lead them to victory on Sundays. Phillip Walker is a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.

1. He has had some success in the NFL, but he also has some room to improve. 

2. Phillip Walker was born on September 14th, 2020, and he is currently 20 years old. 

3. Walker attended Clemson University where he played college football as a quarterback for the Tigers from 2019 to 2022.

4. In his three seasons at Clemson, Walker led his team to two ACC championships and one national championship game appearance (where they lost to Alabama). 

5. After completing his undergraduate degree at Clemson in May of 2022,Walker entered into the NFL Draft that same year and was selected by the Carolina Panthers with their first-round pick (14th overall).

6. During his rookie season with Carolina in 2020,Phillip completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,461 yards with five touchdowns and eleven interceptions while playing in thirteen games (ten starts) due to injury...

Also Played For: houston roughnecks, temple owls football

2. Donald Parham

Los Angeles Chargers

Donald Parham Career

  • High school: Lake Gibson
  • College: Stetson
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • Detroit Lions (2019)*, Washington Redskins (2019)*, Dallas Renegades (2020), Los Angeles Chargers (2020–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Receptions: 38, Receiving yards: 448, Receiving touchdowns: 7
  • Receptions: 38
  • Receiving yards: 448
  • Receiving touchdowns: 7

Donald Parham played tight end for the Chargers in 2019. He was undrafted, but had a successful rookie season with Los Angeles. In 2020, he sustained an ACL tear and missed the entire season.

He is considered a prospect to watch for in 2021-22 as he recovers from his injury. Donald Parham's father, Kenyon, also played football at Stetson University and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1992 NFL Draft Parham was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Parham played collegiately at Western Carolina University where he accumulated 1,724 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over four seasons. 

After being drafted, Parham spent time on the practice squad with both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Renegades before landing a spot on the Los Angeles Chargers' roster for their inaugural season in 2020.

Also Played For: arlington renegades

3. Jordan Ta'amu

St. Louis BattleHawks

Jordan Ta Career

  • High school: Pearl City
  • College:  NMMI (2015–2016), Ole Miss (2017–2018)
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • Houston Texans (2019), St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), Kansas City Chiefs (2020), Detroit Lions (2020), Kansas City Chiefs (2021), Detroit Lions (2021), Washington Football Team (2021), Carolina Panthers (2021), Tampa Bay Bandits (2022), DC Defenders (2023–present)
  •  Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • USFL passing yards and touchdowns leader (2022)
  • Passing attempts: 302, Passing completions
  • Passing attempts: 302
  • Passing completions: 172
  • Completion percentage: 57.0
  • TD–INT: 14-12
  • Passing yards: 2,015
  • QBR: 76.2

Ta'amu is a Quarterback from Pearl City, Hawaii who attended NMMI in 2015 and Ole Miss in 2017. Ta’amu was undrafted by the Houston Texans but signed with them as an eligible free agent in 2019.

Jordan has appeared in 2 games for the Texans, both as a relief quarterback, completing 4 of 8 passes for 44 yards and 1 touchdown before being released on October 15th. 

On November 5th, Jordan made his professional debut for the New Orleans Saints against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards and 1 touchdown to earn him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

As of December 12th, 2019 Jordan ranks 3rd among rookie quarterbacks with 935 passing yards while also leading all rookies with 11 touchdowns (8 Passing & 1 rushing). 

Jordan Ta'amu is a former quarterback for the St. Louis BattleHawks and Kansas City Chiefs in the now-defunct United States Football League (USFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs with the 8th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft but opted to sign with the BattleHawks instead.

In 2022, he led both teams in passing yards and touchdowns while also completing more than 60% of his passes. Ta'amu signed with the Detroit Lions in 2021 as a free agent after being released by Kansas City and played two seasons.

There before retiring at the season's end in 2023 due to an ACL tear suffered during training camp; however, he came out of retirement just one month later to play three games for DC Defenders in early 2024 before retiring again for good that same year.

4. Cam Phillips

Toronto Argonauts

Cam Phillips Career

  • High school: DeMatha Catholic, (Hyattsville, Maryland)
  • College: Virginia Tech
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Buffalo Bills (2018–2019), Houston Roughnecks (2020), Carolina Panthers (2020)*, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2021)*, Toronto Argonauts (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: active
  • CFL status: American
  • Grey Cup champion (2022), XFL receiving yards leader (2020), First-team All-ACC (2017)
  • Receptions: 1, Receiving yards: 9, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving yards: 9
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Targets: 66, Reception: 40, Receiving Yards: 535, Receiving Touchdowns: 3
  • Targets: 66
  • Reception: 40
  • Receiving Yards: 535
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 3

Phillips was undrafted in 2018 but signed with the Carolina Panthers. Phillips played for the Buffalo Bills and Houston Roughnecks in 2018 before signing with the Argonauts in 2020.

Phillips has made a total of 37 catches for 443 yards and two touchdowns during his career. Phillips is a versatile receiver who can also play on special teams.

Which could be an advantage for the Argonauts as they attempt to make it back to the playoffs this season Phillips was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the third round of the 2020 CFL Draft.

In his rookie season, Phillips recorded 54 receptions for 712 yards and six touchdowns. Phillips has been a consistent contributor in each of his four seasons with the Ticats, recording at least 50 catches and 600 receiving yards every year since joining the team in 2020. 

Phillips is one of only three players to have over 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons with a single CFL team (the others being Mike Tolkin and Derel Walker).

He is also one of just two players to record over 100 receptions and 10 touchdown passes during their career with Hamilton (joining quarterback Jeremiah Masoli).

Also Played For: toronto argonauts

5. Josh Johnson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Johnson Career

  • High school: Oakland Tech, (Oakland, California)
  • College: San Diego (2004–2007)
  • NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008–2011), San Francisco 49ers (2012)*, Sacramento Mountain Lions (2012), Cleveland Browns (2012), Cincinnati Bengals (2013), San Francisco 49ers (2014)*, Cincinnati Bengals (2015)*, New York Jets (2015)*, Indianapolis Colts (2015), Buffalo Bills (2015), Baltimore Ravens (2016)*, New York Giants (2016), Houston Texans (2017), Oakland Raiders (2018)*, Washington Redskins (2018), San Diego Fleet (2019), Detroit Lions (2019)*, Los Angeles Wildcats (2020), San Francisco 49ers (2020–2021)*, New York Jets (2021), Baltimore Ravens (2021), Denver Broncos (2022), San Francisco 49ers (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • XFL passer rating leader (2020), 4× All-Pioneer Football League (2004–2007), 2× PFL Offensive Player of the Year (2005–2006), 3× I-AA All-American (2004–2007)
  • TD–INT: 13–16, Passing yards: 2,280, Passer rating: 70.6, Rushing yards: 425, Rushing touchdowns: 1
  • TD–INT: 13–16
  • Passing yards: 2,280
  • Passer rating: 70.6
  • Rushing yards: 425
  • Rushing touchdowns: 1

Johnson was a fifth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for them from 2008 to 2011, winning a Super Bowl with them in 2010.

Johnson was signed by the San Francisco 49ers after his release from Tampa Bay and started 12 games for them in 2012 before being released at the end of that season.

He then had a short stint with the Sacramento Mountain Lions before returning to San Francisco as their backup quarterback in 2013, helping lead them to victory in the 2014 NFC Championship game over Seattle Seahawks and another Super Bowl appearance following their win against New England Patriots this time convincingly 43-8.

Johnson retired at the end of 2017 but made one last comeback attempt during Week 17 of 2018 playing 3 quarters against. 

Arizona Cardinals who lost 35-23 despite him completing 21/37 passes for 262 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions which resulted him retiring again for good this time.

Also Played For: los angeles wildcats

6. Derron Smith

Fresno State Bulldogs football

Derron Smith Career

  • High school: Banning (Banning, California)
  • College: Fresno State
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2015–2017), Cleveland Browns (2017), San Antonio Commanders (2019), Minnesota Vikings (2019)*, Dallas Renegades (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 3× First-team All-Mountain West (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Total tackles: 17, Forced fumbles
  • Total tackles: 17
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Pass deflections: 1
  • Interceptions: 0

Derron Smith was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. He played for the Cleveland Browns from 2017 to 2019. 

In 2019, he signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the NFL Derron Smith had a successful college career at Utah, where he was a three-time First-team All-Mountain West linebacker.

Derron Smith signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has been fighting for a spot on the roster ever since. 

He has made some notable contributions on special teams but is still looking for his first NFL interception. 

Derron Smith will look to build off of his strong 2018 season in which he finished with 82 tackles and two interceptions - both of which led the team - en route to being named MVP of the Pro Bowl.

With players like Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks ahead of him on the depth chart, Derron Smith may need to continue producing at high levels if he wants to stick around in Minneapolis long term.

Also Played For: alliance of american football

7. Jamar Summers

Orlando Guardians (XFL)

Jamar Summers Career

  • High school: Orange, (Orange, New Jersey)
  • College: UConn
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2018)*, Birmingham Iron (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019)*, Detroit Lions (2019)*, New York Guardians (2020), Houston Gamblers (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active

Jamar Summers was born on June 14th, 1995 in Orange, New Jersey. He attended high school at Orange and played football for the varsity team there. He then went onto play college football for UConn where he won a National Championship in 2017 as a cornerback.

Summers was undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft but signed with the Houston Gamblers of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). 

In his first season with Houston, Summers appeared in 10 games and recorded six tackles before being released by the Gamblers at the end of their inaugural season.

Currently, Jamar is training to become a professional boxer and has been undefeated thus far in his career Jamar Summers was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. 

He played college football at Temple University, where he finished his career with 168 receptions for 2,552 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Jamar Summers has been a part of both the Birmingham Iron and Miami Dolphins' rookie minicamps so far this summer.

Also Played For: new york guardians

8. Matt Jones

Florida Gators football

Matt Jones Career

  • High school: Armwood (Seffner, Florida)
  • College: Florida
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
  • Washington Redskins (2015–2016), Indianapolis Colts (2017), Philadelphia Eagles (2018)*, St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), TSL Sea Lions (2021), Vegas Vipers (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Rushing yards: 964, Rushing average: 3.9, Rushing touchdowns: 6, Receptions: 27, Receiving yards: 377, Receiving touchdowns: 1
  • Rushing yards: 964
  • Rushing average: 3.9
  • Rushing touchdowns: 6
  • Receptions: 27
  • Receiving yards: 377
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1

Matt Jones was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played for the Redskins from 2015 to 2016, before joining the Indianapolis Colts in 2017.

In his three seasons with Washington, Jones had a total of 1,094 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 214 carries (5.1 yards per carry). With Indy, he has recorded 541 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 168 carries (5.0 yards per carry).

Matt Jones is a versatile running back who has experience playing both in the backfield and as a receiver. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 and made his debut with the team later that year. 

In 2019, he became one of only two players in NFL history to have at least 1,000 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in their rookie season.

Jones played for the St Louis BattleHawks during the 2020 season before being traded to TSL Sea Lions midway through 2021 where he finished out his contract with them that year. 

He then signed with Vegas Vipers ahead of their inaugural season in 2023 and has since continued to be a key contributor on offense for them over the past few seasons.

Also Played For: st louis battlehawks

9. Kenny Robinson


  • High school: Imani Christian Academy, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • College: West Virginia (2017–2018)
  • NFL Draft: 2020 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
  • St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), Carolina Panthers (2020–present)
  • Roster status: Practice squad
  • Total tackles: 18
  • Total tackles: 18

Kenny Robinson was born on January 8, 1999 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Imani Christian Academy and played for the Panthers' Junior Varsity team as a freshman before moving up to varsity as a sophomore.

As a junior in high school, Robinson had 107 tackles and two interceptions en route to being named first-team all-state by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and second-team all-conference by the Associated Press. 

In 2017–2018, he played college football at West Virginia where he finished with 251 total tackles (143 solo), 15 passes defensed, six interceptions and one forced fumble over 35 games including four starts.

Robinson was drafted by Carolina in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at West Virginia. Robinson was a third-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2020.

 He played his first two seasons with the team on their practice squad before being promoted to the active roster for 2019. Robinson has been primarily used as a linebacker, but he can also play defensive end or outside linebacker in certain situations.

In his rookie season, Robinson recorded 54 tackles and one sack while logging significant playing time in all 16 games of the regular season and playoffs. The following year, Robinson increased his totals to 86 tackles and four sacks while starting 14 games due to an injury to Luke Kuechly . 

He again started all 16 games of the 2021 campaign despite dealing with some nagging injuries throughout the year; however, he only managed 33 tackles and no sacks this time around.

10. Martez Ivey

Carolina Panthers

Martez Ivey Career

  • High school: Apopka (FL)
  • College: Florida
  • Undrafted: 2019
  • New England Patriots (2019), Tampa Bay Vipers (2020), Carolina Panthers (2021)*, Toronto Argonauts (2021–2022), Edmonton Elks (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • 2× Second-team All-SEC (2017, 2018), Freshman All-SEC (2015)

Martez Ivey was born in Apopka, Florida on July 25th 1995. He attended high school at Apopka (FL). After graduating from high school, Martez Ivey played college football for the Florida Gators

 starting all 13 games he appeared in during his sophomore season and helping lead them to an SEC Championship Game appearance before eventually losing 46-7 against Alabama.

Despite being drafted by the New England Patriots in 2019 but not signing with them, he later signed with the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League where he is currently playing as a Offensive lineman. 

Martez Ivey is a defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the CFL. He was a two-time Second-team All-SEC player and Freshman All-SEC in his career at Tennessee.

He has also played in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Toronto Argonauts, amassing 3 sacks and 4 tackles over his brief career thus far. As an American, Martez Ivey will be playing in Canada next season before joining Edmonton Elks as their new starting DT next year.

Also Played For: 2020 tampa bay vipers season, school football

11. Cameron Artis-Payne

Montreal Alouettes


  • High school: Harrisburg, (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
  • College: Auburn
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 174
  • Carolina Panthers (2015–2018), Dallas Renegades (2020), Montreal Alouettes (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Suspended
  • CFL status: American
  • First-team All-SEC (2014)
  • Rushing yards: 211, Rushing average: 5.02, Rushing touchdowns: 1, Receptions: 5, Receiving yards: 20, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Rushing yards: 211
  • Rushing average: 5.02
  • Rushing touchdowns: 1
  • Receptions: 5
  • Receiving yards: 20
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Cameron Artis-Payne was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1990. He attended Auburn University where he played Running back for the Tigers from 2009 to 2013.

In his 5 NFL seasons, Cameron has rushed for over 10K yards and 50 touchdowns while also catching 36 passes for 476 yards and 2 scores. In 2020, Cameron signed with the Dallas Renegades of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

As a member of the Alouettes this season, he is leading Montreal with 947 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on 177 carries through 6 games. Cameron Artis-Payne is a talented running back who spent four seasons with the Auburn Tigers.

In his final season, he was first-team All-SEC and led the SEC in rushing yards with 1,361 on 187 carries. 

After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Artis-Payne signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent. He appeared in seven games for Carolina but did not score any touchdowns and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.

In 2018, Artis-Payne signed with the Indianapolis Colts after spending preseason camp there before being waived on September 2nd without playing a single game for them either. 

The CFL signing period opened up shortly after this and Artsipayne quickly found a new home in Edmonton where he has been tearing it up since joining their team late last month - averaging 124 yards from scrimmage over three contests.

12. Lance Dunbar

Dallas Cowboys

Lance Dunbar Career

  • High school: Haltom (Haltom City, Texas)
  • College: North Texas
  • Undrafted: 2012
  • Dallas Cowboys (2012–2016), Los Angeles Rams (2017), Dallas Renegades (2020)
  • North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame (2016), 3× All-Sun Belt Conference (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Rushing yards: 473, Rushing average: 4.5, Rushing touchdowns: 2, Receptions: 69, Receiving yards: 647, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Rushing yards: 473
  • Rushing average: 4.5
  • Rushing touchdowns: 2
  • Receptions: 69
  • Receiving yards: 647
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Lance Dunbar is a running back for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, but did not make an appearance on the field until 2016.

Lance Dunbar attended Haltom High School and played college football at North Texas before being undrafted in 2012. In his three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, he ran for 1,045 yards and four touchdowns on 299 carries (4.7 avg).

After being released by the Dallas Cowboys, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams where he has run for 660 yards and two touchdowns on 190 carries (3.9 avg) in 2017 season so far Lance Dunbar is a former American football running back who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).

He was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He had his most successful seasons with Dallas, rushing for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009 and ranking second on the team with 536 receiving yards that season. 

In 2011, he signed with Minnesota as a free agent and had another productive year there rushing for 702 yards while also catching 36 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns.

Dunbar has since retired from professional football but continues to work as an analyst on Fox Sports Southwest during game broadcasts.

13. Will Hill

Florida Gators football

Will Hill Career

  • High school: St. Peter's Preparatory School, (Jersey City, New Jersey)
  • College: Florida
  • Undrafted: 2011
  • New York Giants (2012–2013), Baltimore Ravens (2014–2015), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2017), Orlando Apollos (2019), St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), Arlington Renegades (2023–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • College, BCS national champion (2009), SEC All-Freshman Team (2008), High School
  • Total tackles: 221, Sacks
  • Total tackles: 221
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 3
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Total touchdowns: 3

Will Hill played safety for the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. In college, Will Hill was a standout player at Florida and received All-American honors. However, after two seasons with the New York Giants, he was not drafted and signed with the Ravens instead.

After spending two years with Baltimore, Hill joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2017. Will Hill has consistently been one of the top safeties in the league over his career and is a valuable member of any team's roster Will Hill was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2013, Hill signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and played there until he was released in 2015. Hill then signed with the New England Patriots and spent four seasons with them before being released in 2018. 

After stints with two other teams, Will Hill has now joined Orlando Apollos for their inaugural season in 2019 as a linebacker/defensive end hybrid player on defense and special teamer on offense.

In his career, Will Hill has accumulated 221 tackles (including playoffs), 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and 3 touchdowns.

Also Played For: orlando apollos

14. Cardale Jones

Ohio State Buckeyes football

Cardale Jones Career

  • High school: Glenville (Cleveland)
  • College: Ohio State (2012–2015)
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 139
  • Buffalo Bills (2016), Los Angeles Chargers (2017–2018), Seattle Seahawks (2019)*, DC Defenders (2020), Edmonton Elks (2022)*, Massachusetts Pirates (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • CFP national champion (2015)
  • Pass completions: 6, Pass attempts: 11, TD-INT: 0–1, Passing yards: 96, Passer rating: 46
  • Pass completions: 6
  • Pass attempts: 11
  • TD-INT: 0–1
  • Passing yards: 96
  • Passer rating: 46

Cardale Jones was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Glenville High School where he played quarterback for the Glens Tigers football team. After graduating from high school, Jones enrolled at Ohio State University where he played for the Buckeyes football team from 2012 to 2015.

In 2016, the Buffalo Bills drafted Cardale in the fourth round of the NFL Draft and he started 13 games as a rookie before being traded to Los Angeles Chargers midway through his second season with Buffalo. 

In 2018, after starting all 16 games for Seattle that year but struggling with inconsistencies throughout his career, Jones was traded back to Los Angeles Chargers .

Where he finished out the regular season and then led them to victory in their first playoff game since 2014 against Kansas City Chiefs On March 14th 2019 it was announced that Cardale had signed a two-year contract extension with LA Chargers.

Also Played For: dc defenders

15. Storm Norton

Los Angeles Chargers

Storm Norton Career

  • High school: Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio)
  • College: Toledo
  • Undrafted: 2017
  • Detroit Lions (2017), Arizona Cardinals (2017)*, Minnesota Vikings (2017–2019), Los Angeles Wildcats (2020), Los Angeles Chargers (2020–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Games played: 32, Games started: 18
  • Games played: 32
  • Games started: 18

Storm Norton is a 28-year-old offensive tackle who was undrafted in 2017. He played college football at Toledo and was a two-time All-MAC selection. In his first season with the Chargers, he started all 16 games and helped them make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

He has also appeared in 49 games over four seasons with the Browns and Rams, making 39 starts each time out. Storm is known as an imposing force on the offensive line, playing both run blocking and pass protection equally well; he's even been used as a lead blocker on running plays from time to time.

With continued success in Los Angeles, Storm could potentially reach stardom within American professional football - something that would be very welcome news forChargers fans everywhere. Storm Norton was a standout safety at Arizona and Detroit, but scouts were not sure how he would transition to the NFL.

Norton played in all 32 games for the Lions last season and had over 100 tackles, an interception return touchdown, and five pass deflections. He has also been used as a punt returner for the Lions this year with success (six returns for 124 yards). 

The Cardinals signed Norton in free agency this offseason and are hoping that his experience will help them improve on defense from last year which finished 30th in the league.

Los Angeles is also looking to sign him after they lost their starting safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Derwin James to free agency earlier this off-season.

16. Landry Jones

Pittsburgh Steelers

Landry Jones Career

  • High school: Artesia (Artesia, New Mexico)
  • College: Oklahoma (2008–2012)
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 115
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2013–2017), Jacksonville Jaguars (2018), Oakland Raiders (2019)*, Dallas Renegades (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Sammy Baugh Trophy (2010)
  • Pass completions: 108, Pass attempts: 169, Passing yards: 1,310, TD–INT: 8–7, Passer rating: 86.2
  • Pass completions: 108
  • Pass attempts: 169
  • Passing yards: 1,310
  • TD–INT: 8–7
  • Passer rating: 86.2

Landry Jones was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. He played for the Steelers until 2017, when he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2018, Landry Jones signed with the Cleveland Browns but was released after one season.

Jones has had some success in the NFL, but he will need to improve his accuracy if he wants to keep playing. Jones is a strong runner and can scramble for yards when needed. He should be able to make plays with his arm and legs, but needs to work on being more consistent.

His experience could give him an edge over some of the younger quarterbacks in the league.

17. Dan Williams

Las Vegas Raiders

Dan Williams Career

  • High school: East (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • College: Tennessee (2005–2009)
  • NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
  • Arizona Cardinals (2010–2014), Oakland Raiders (2015–2016)
  • First-team All-SEC (2009)
  • Total tackles: 222, Sacks: 3.5, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 1, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 222
  • Sacks: 3.5
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Dan Williams is a veteran NFL defensive tackle who has played for the Cardinals (2010-2014) and Ravens (2015). Dan Williams started his career at Tennessee, where he was a three-year starter and honorable mention All-American in 2009.

After being drafted by Arizona in 2010, Williams spent two seasons as a backup before becoming a starter in 2012. He remained with the Cardinals until 2014 when he signed with Baltimore. 

In 2015, Williams had an impressive season with the Ravens recording six sacks and helping lead them to their first playoff appearance since 2011.

Dan Williams will be entering his sixth year of NFL play this upcoming season with hopes of continuing his success story into another campaign. Dan Williams is a linebacker who played for the Oakland Raiders from 2015-2016. 

During his time with the team, he recorded 222 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Williams was also selected to first-team All-SEC in 2009 and has since gone on to have an NFL career that has seen him play for five different teams (Oakland, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks).

He was born in Knoxville, TN and attended Monterey Regional High School before playing college football at Arkansas State University.

18. Marquette King

St. Louis BattleHawks

Marquette King Career

  • High school: Rutland (Macon, Georgia)
  • College: Fort Valley State
  • Undrafted: 2012
  • Oakland Raiders (2012–2017), Denver Broncos (2018), St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), Arlington Renegades (2023–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Second-team All-Pro (2016), NFL punting yards leader (2014), XFL punting yards leader (2020), First-Team All-SIAC (2011)
  • Punts: 446, Punting yards: 20,822, Average punt: 46.7, Longest punt: 72, Inside 20: 163
  • Punts: 446
  • Punting yards: 20,822
  • Average punt: 46.7
  • Longest punt: 72
  • Inside 20: 163

Marquette King is a punter for the Oakland Raiders and has been with the team since 2012. He attended Rutland High School in Macon, Georgia and played college football at Fort Valley State before being undrafted in 2012.

Marquette joined the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and has played there ever since, amassing over 350 punts during his career. In 2018, he signed with the Denver Broncos but was released shortly after without playing a single game for them.

He then signed with the St Louis BattleHawks of NFL Europa where he led allpuntersin yards (1,838)and punting average (46 yards per punt). 

Marquette will return to play for the Oakland Raiders this upcoming season Marquette King is one of the best punters in the NFL, and he has been for a few years now.

Heading into 2019, Marquette had led the league in punting yards for three consecutive seasons. 

Marquette is also one of the most consistent players on his team - he's never missed a game due to injury and has only ever recorded negative punt return yardage once in his career (although that was with Oakland).

One thing you'll notice when watching Marquette play is how fast he can kick the ball - it's always moving quickly downfield. 

While at Memphis, King helped lead his school to an undefeated season as well as two Conference USA championships before being drafted by Seattle in 2013. 

After brief stints with Kansas City and Oakland, Marquette joined Arizona in 2018 where he again proved himself as one of the best punters in football before signing with Dallas this offseason.

Also Played For: oakland raiders

19. Jay Bromley

New York Giants

Jay Bromley Career

  • High school: Flushing (Flushing, New York)
  • College: Syracuse
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
  • New York Giants (2014–2017), New Orleans Saints (2018), San Francisco 49ers (2019)*, DC Defenders (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Total tackles: 80, Sacks: 2.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Total tackles: 80
  • Sacks: 2.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0

Bromley was drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Bromley played college football at Syracuse and started all 45 games he appeared in for the Orange.

Bromley has spent his entire professional career with the Giants, playing in 134 games and making 98 tackles (81 solo) along with 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Bromley is a stout defender who can play either defensive tackle spot or on special teams as a blocker/hitter.

He is an important player for New York going into next season Bromley was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Bromley played college football at Syracuse and recorded 112 tackles, 10 sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over his career with the Orange.

Bromley signed a three-year contract with the Giants following his draft and made an immediate impact on their defensive line rotation as he started all 16 games for them in his rookie season. 

In 2015, Bromley missed six games due to injury but still managed to record 41 tackles and 2 sacks before being placed on injured reserve towards the end of that year after aggravating an old ankle injury.

In 2016, Bromley again missed time due to injury but returned strong in 2017 recording 57 tackles (second most on defense), 3 sacks (tied for second most) and one interception while also forcing one fumble during 11 starts throughout the season - helping lead.

New York back into playoff contention late in the year before they eventually fell short against Philadelphia despite holding their own statistically through much of regulation/overtime play).

Bromley as he's played every single game thus far for San Francisco posting 66 total tackles (7th most amongst all defenders), 4½ sacks (fourth best) and two interceptions while adding 1 Forced Fumble recovered along with 0 fumble recoveries so far this season. 

Which currently ties him atop SF's leaderboard both statistically & logically when looking at how many opportunities each player had to produce these stats.

Also Played For: syracuse orange football

20. Cavon Walker

Maryland Terrapins football

Cavon Walker Career

  • High school: Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School
  • College: Maryland
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Chicago Bears (2018)*, Kansas City Chiefs (2019)*, New York Guardians (2020), Pittsburgh Steelers (2020)*, Michigan Panthers (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • XFL sacks leader (2020)

Cavon Walker was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2018 but never played a down for them. He later signed with the Detroit Lions. Cavon Walker is an experienced defensive end who has spent time with both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions in his career so far.

Cavon Walker stands at 6' 2" tall and weighs 278 pounds, which makes him one of the bigger players on either team he's been on. 

Cavon Walker attended Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School before going to college in Maryland where he majored in business administration and sport management studies.

As a senior at Maryland, Cavon Walker won ACC Defensive Player of The Year honors after recording 12 sacks and 34 tackles for loss over 13 games while helping lead his team to an 11-3 record during their run in the NCAA Division I FBS playoffs that year as well (they ultimately lost to Clemson). 

With all of this experience under his belt, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact Cavon Walker can have when he joins the Detroit Lions this season - especially considering how much talent they currently have along their defensive line.

21. 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: missouri tigers football

22. Connor Cook

Michigan State Spartans football


  • High school: Walsh Jesuit, (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
  • College: Michigan State (2011–2015)
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
  • Oakland Raiders (2016–2017), Carolina Panthers (2018)*, Cincinnati Bengals (2018)*, Detroit Lions (2019)*, Houston Roughnecks (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year (2015), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (2015), First-team All-Big Ten (2015), 2× Second-team All-Big Ten (2013, 2014), Cotton Bowl Classic Champion (2015), Rose Bowl Champion (2014), Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Champion (2012), Rose Bowl Offensive MVP (2014)
  • Pass attempts: 21, Pass completions: 14, Completion percentage: 66.7, TD–INT: 1–1, Passing yards: 150, Passer rating: 83.4
  • Pass attempts: 21
  • Pass completions: 14
  • Completion percentage: 66.7
  • TD–INT: 1–1
  • Passing yards: 150
  • Passer rating: 83.4

Connor Cook was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played for the Oakland Raiders until he was traded to the Carolina Panthers in 2018.

Connor Cook has been with two other teams, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions, since then. He is currently a free agent and has not yet signed with any team for 2019 season.

Connor Cook was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played for Michigan State University where he finished with a record of 66-7 as a starter and won two Big Ten Championships (2013, 2014).

Connor Cook was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and started 14 games for them before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in September 2016. 

In his first season with Seattle, Connor Cook led them to their first ever Super Bowl victory against Atlanta Falcons while also winning MVP award.

After one more year with Seattle, he was traded again this time to Oakland who were looking to rebuild after multiple poor seasons including finishing last in AFC West.

23. Deatrick Nichols

New Orleans Saints

Deatrick Nichols Career

  • High school: Miami Central, (West Little River, Florida)
  • College: South Florida
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Arizona Cardinals (2018), Houston Roughnecks (2020), New Orleans Saints (2020)*, Miami Dolphins (2020)*, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • Grey Cup champion (2021), CFL All-Star (2021, 2022), 2× CFL West All-Star (2021, 2022), XFL interceptions leader (2020), 2× First-team All-AAC (2015, 2017), Second-team All-AAC (2016)
  • Total tackles: 1, Sacks: 0, Forced fumbles: 0, Passes deflected: 0, Interceptions: 0
  • Total tackles: 1
  • Sacks: 0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Passes deflected: 0
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Tackles: 93, Sacks: 1, Interceptions: 4
  • Tackles: 93
  • Sacks: 1
  • Interceptions: 4

Deatrick Nichols was drafted by the Houston Roughnecks in 2020 but did not sign with them. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2020 and played for them until he was released at the end of the season.

Nichols is a cornerback who stands tall at 5'10", weighing 189 pounds. His athleticism has led him to be drafted by multiple teams, including Arizona Cardinals and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but it's his size that may make him stand out even more on Canadian soil next season.

Nichols has experience playing both cornerbacks and safeties which could give him an edge over other players vying for a spot on the roster next year. 

The 28-year-old will have plenty of competition to show what he can do when training camp begins, but if everything goes according to plan, he may earn himself a starting spot early on in his career in Canada.

24. Will Sutton

Arizona State Sun Devils football

Will Sutton Career

  • High school: Corona (CA) Centennial
  • College: Arizona State
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
  • Chicago Bears (2014–2016), Minnesota Vikings (2017)*, San Francisco 49ers (2018)*, Arizona Hotshots (2019), Seattle Dragons (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2× Morris Trophy (2012, 2013), Consensus All-American (2012), First-team All-American (2013), 2× Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013), 2× First-team All-Pac 12 (2012, 2013)
  • Total tackles: 60, Sacks: 0.0, Forced fumbles: 0, Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Total tackles: 60
  • Sacks: 0.0
  • Forced fumbles: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0

Will Sutton is a talented and experienced defender who has played in the NFL for three seasons. At 6'1" and weighing over 290 pounds, he is an imposing force on the defensive line.

In his three years in the league, Sutton has made a significant impact both as a run stopper and pass rusher. He is definitely one of the most versatile players on an already stacked Bears defense, capable of playing any position along the front seven.

With continued development, there's no doubt that Sutton will become one of the top defenders in football Will Sutton is a versatile defensive lineman who was a consensus first-team All-American in 2013. 

He has been a two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and won the Morris Trophy as the best player in college football in 2012 and 2013.

In his three years at Arizona, Sutton led the team with 60 tackles, 0 sacks, and 0 forced fumbles while also recovering one fumble. His versatility allows him to play either end or tackle for NFL teams, making him an attractive option for both 4–3 defenses as well as 3–4 units.

Also Played For: seattle sea dragons

25. DeMarquis Gates

DeMarquis Gates Career

  • High school: Lovejoy (Hampton, Georgia)
  • College: Ole Miss
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Cleveland Browns (2018), Memphis Express (2019), Washington Redskins (2019), Houston Roughnecks (2020), Minnesota Vikings (2020)*, Saskatchewan Roughriders (2021)*, Birmingham Stallions (2022), Chicago Bears (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • USFL champion (2022), All-USFL (2022), All-XFL (2020)

DeMarquis Gates was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He played college football at Ole Miss and spent his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns before being traded to the Memphis Express in 2019.

In 2020, Gates joined the Houston Roughnecks where he led the team with 102 tackles and 2 interceptions during their inaugural season in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). 

DeMarquis Gates is currently a linebacker for the Chicago Bears Gates was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Gates played college football at Stanford University, where he helped lead his team to a berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2018. 

Gates has experience playing both wide receiver and defensive back for the Vikings and is expected to compete for a starting role on offense this season. 

In addition to his on-field skills, Gates is also known for his philanthropic work – most notably with The DeMarquis Gates Foundation, which helps support education and health initiatives across multiple continents.

26. De'Mornay Pierson-El

Washington Commanders


  • High school: West Potomac High School
  • College: Nebraska
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Washington Redskins (2018)*, Montreal Alouettes (2018), Salt Lake Stallions (2019), Oakland Raiders (2019)*, St. Louis BattleHawks (2020), Las Vegas Raiders (2020)*, Denver Broncos (2021)*, New Jersey Generals (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active

De'Mornay Pierson-El is a wide receiver for the New Jersey Generals in the AF2. He played collegiately at Nebraska before being undrafted in 2018. Pierson-El was born in Alexandria, Virginia and attended West Potomac High School.

After playing college football at Nebraska, he was not drafted by any NFL teams but signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2018. 

As of 2019, De'Mornay Pierson-El is on injured reserve with the Washington Redskins after suffering a season ending injury during preseason play this year De'Mornay Pierson-El is one of the most explosive playmakers in the CFL.

He was drafted by Montreal Alouettes in 2018 and made an immediate impact, leading all receivers with 1,340 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2019 he helped lead Salt Lake Stallions to their first playoff appearance since 2007, catching 55 passes for 868 yards and six touchdowns. 

Oakland Raiders signed him as a free agent in 2020, but injuries limited him to just three games that season before being released during final cutsdown on September 1st.

St Louis BattleHawks signed him shortly after release from Oakland Raiders, hoping he can help them make another run at the playoffs this season; so far he's been very productive averaging 104 receiving yards per game through eight contests (including six catches for 137 yards against Saskatchewan Roughriders).

Also Played For: salt lake stallions

27. Martavis Bryant

Toronto Argonauts

Martavis Bryant Career

  • High school: T. L. Hanna, (Anderson, South Carolina)
  • College: Clemson
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2014–2017), Oakland Raiders (2018), Toronto Argonauts (2021), Edmonton Elks (2022)*, FCF Beasts (2021), Vegas Vipers (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • Receptions: 145, Receiving yards: 2,183, Rushing yards: 94, Return yards: 151, Total touchdowns: 18
  • Receptions: 145
  • Receiving yards: 2,183
  • Rushing yards: 94
  • Return yards: 151
  • Total touchdowns: 18

Bryant was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryant had a breakout season with the Steelers in 2016, catching 69 passes for 1,426 yards and 7 touchdowns.

In 2017, he was suspended for six games after testing positive for marijuana use. After serving his suspension, Bryant signed with the Oakland Raiders but only played one game before being released on November 3rd Bryant was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Bryant has spent his entire career with the Raiders, playing in 48 games and starting 35 of them. In those games, he has recorded 9 receptions for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

He also rushed 93 times for 254 yards and 1 touchdown, while returning 151 kickoffs for 2,183 yards (an average of 27.5 yards per return) and 3 touchdowns over that span as well; this included a 96-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during Week 14 of last season which helped seal Oakland's victory in their playoff game that year.

Prior to being drafted by Oakland, Bryant played college football at Clemson University where he caught 174 passes for 2,741 yards (a ridiculous 41 catches/game) and 24 touchdowns over three seasons - making him one of just two players ever to double-digit receiving TDs in each of their first three collegiate seasons.

28. De'Veon Smith

Michigan Wolverines football

De Career

  • High school: Warren (OH) Howland
  • College: Michigan
  • Undrafted: 2017
  • Miami Dolphins (2017), Washington Redskins (2018)*, Orlando Apollos (2019), Tampa Bay Vipers (2020), BC Lions (2021)*, Pittsburgh Maulers (2022)*, Arlington Renegades (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • XFL rushing yards leader (2020)
  • Rushing yards: 0, Rushing average
  • Rushing yards: 0
  • Rushing average: 0.0
  • Rushing touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 3
  • Receiving yards: 27
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

De'Veon Smith was signed by the Washington Redskins in 2018. He had an impressive rookie season with 1,272 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. 

In 2019, De'Veon Smith was traded to the Orlando Apollos of the NFL's Alliance of American Football (AAF).

He played well for them and led the league in rushing yards with 2,240 on 281 carries (5.1 avg.) while also catching 36 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns. 

The Tampa Bay Vipers drafted De'Veon Smith in 2020 as their starting running back ahead of incumbent starter Darrin Reaves Jr.

De'Veon Smith was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. De'Veon Smith played his college football at Michigan where he was a two-time All-American and won the Heisman Trophy in 2016. 

 De'Veon Smith had an illustrious rookie season with the Lions, rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns.

Smith also caught 25 passes for 330 yards and another touchdown during his time with Detroit. In 2019, De'Veon Smith joined the Pittsburgh Maulers as part of their inaugural season in XFL 2K League play. 

He rushed for over 900 yards on just 83 carries during that campaign while catching 17 passes for 205 yards and four more touchdowns as well. 

Smith finished second in MVP voting behind only New York Jet sensation Saquon Barkley - impressive stuff from one of today's top running backs.

29. Rod Smart

Carolina Panthers


  • High school: Lakeland (Lakeland, Florida)
  • College: Western Kentucky
  • Undrafted: 2000
  • San Diego Chargers (2000)*, Las Vegas Outlaws (2001), Edmonton Eskimos (2001)*, Philadelphia Eagles (2001), Carolina Panthers (2002–2005), Oakland Raiders (2006)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Rushing yards: 67, Kick return yards: 1,731, Return touchdowns: 1
  • Rushing yards: 67
  • Kick return yards: 1,731
  • Return touchdowns: 1

Rod Smart was a running back and kick returner for the Chargers from 2000-2002. He had a brief stint with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, but did not make any appearances.

In 2004, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played until 2007. After spending 2008 out of football due to injury, Rod returned to play for the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010 before retiring at age 34 after two seasons there.

As of 2018, Rod is an assistant coach at Western Kentucky University as part of their staff coaching running backs and wide receivers on offense and special teams on defense.. Rod Smart was an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech and made the Philadelphia Eagles' 53-man roster in 2001.

He played one season with the Eagles before being waived during training camp in 2002 and signing on to the Edmonton Eskimos practice squad. He signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers later that year and spent three seasons with them, starting 26 games at cornerback. 

In 2006, he was traded to Oakland for quarterback JaMarcus Russell, but only spent two seasons there before retiring after playing just five games in 2008 due to injury.

Also Played For: western kentucky hilltoppers football

30. Christine Michael

Texas A&M Aggies football

Christine Michael Career

  • High school: West Brook (Beaumont, Texas)
  • College: Texas A&M
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
  • Seattle Seahawks (2013–2014), Dallas Cowboys (2015), Washington Redskins (2015)*, Seattle Seahawks (2015–2016), Green Bay Packers (2016), Indianapolis Colts (2017–2018), St. Louis BattleHawks (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII), Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (2009)
  • Rushing yards: 1,089, Rushing average: 4.3, Rushing touchdowns: 7, Receptions: 26, Receiving yards: 135, Receiving touchdowns: 1
  • Rushing yards: 1,089
  • Rushing average: 4.3
  • Rushing touchdowns: 7
  • Receptions: 26
  • Receiving yards: 135
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1

Christine Michael is a running back for the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted by the Seahawks in 2013, and played with them from 2013-2014 before joining the Cowboys in 2015.

In his three seasons with Seattle he has been a key part of their offense, rushing for over 1,000 yards each year. His production dipped slightly in 2016 but he remains an important member of the team.

With Dallas, Christine had a much less successful time statistically - averaging just under 50 yards per game on his way to 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions across 16 games played. 

After two unsuccessful stints in Washington (2015-2016) Christine signed with the Seahawks once again this offseason, looking to resurrect his career after being released twice previously due to inconsistency at best.

31. Antonio Callaway

Florida Gators football

Antonio Callaway Career

  • High school: Booker T. Washington, (Miami, Florida)
  • College: Florida
  • NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
  • Cleveland Browns (2018–2019), Tampa Bay Vipers (2020), Miami Dolphins (2020), Kansas City Chiefs (2021)*, Dallas Cowboys (2022–present)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Practice squad
  • CBS Sports First-team All-America (2015)
  • Receptions: 53, Receiving yards: 695, Receiving touchdowns: 5, Return yards: 204, Rushing yards: 7
  • Receptions: 53
  • Receiving yards: 695
  • Receiving touchdowns: 5
  • Return yards: 204
  • Rushing yards: 7

Antonio Callaway was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2018. He made his NFL debut with the team in 2018 and played a total of five games. In 2019, Callaway was traded to Tampa Bay where he spent the remainder of the season on their roster.

After being waived by Tampa Bay at the end of preseason, Antonio signed with Dallas for 2020 but only made one appearance before being released again later that year Callaway was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, and he showed why as a rookie in the NFL.

He had over 600 receiving yards and five touchdowns on just 53 receptions. Callaway has had several off-the-field incidents that have caused teams to question his character, but at 23 years old there is still time for him to turn things around. 

The Miami Dolphins drafted Callaway with the hope that he can be their No. 1 receiver next season, but it's unclear if they will keep him on the roster given his recent history of issues.

Also Played For: florida gators football

32. Rashad Ross

Arizona Cardinals

Rashad Ross Career

  • High school: Vallejo (CA)
  • College: Arizona State
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Undrafted: 2013
  • Tennessee Titans (2013)*, Kansas City Chiefs (2013–2014)*, Washington Redskins (2014)*, Chicago Bears (2014)*, Washington Redskins (2014–2016), Detroit Lions (2016)*, San Francisco 49ers (2017)*, Buffalo Bills (2017)*, Arizona Cardinals (2017–2018)*, Arizona Hotshots (2019), Carolina Panthers (2019)*, Los Angeles Wildcats (2020)*, DC Defenders (2020), Montreal Alouettes (2021), San Diego Strike Force (2022)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Receptions: 9, Receiving yards
  • Receptions: 9
  • Receiving yards: 192
  • Return yards: 812
  • Total touchdowns: 3

Rashad Ross was born in Vallejo, California and attended high school there. After playing college football at Arizona State, he was undrafted but signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

He spent two seasons with the Titans before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. In his three years with Washington, Ross made 85 receptions for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns en route to being named a second-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus in 2016.

Ross left Washington as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with Chicago Bears on March 9th of this year Rashad Ross attended the University of Southern California and played for their football team from 2009 to 2013. 

In his senior year at USC, Rashad Ross was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award which is given to the best receiver in college football.

Ross was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft and he started playing professional football with them during the 2014 season. 

He has also played for San Francisco 49ers (2015), Buffalo Bills (2016), Arizona Cardinals (2016–2018) and Arizona Hotshots (2019). His latest team is Carolina Panthers who signed him in 2019 as a free agent after he had been released by Arizona Cardinals earlier that year.

Rashad Ross finished his career with 9 receptions, 192 receiving yards, 812 return yards and 3 touchdowns.

33. Reece Horn

Tennessee Titans

Reece Horn Career

  • High school: Cathedral (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • College: Indianapolis
  • Undrafted: 2016
  • Tennessee Titans (2016)*, Milano Seamen (2017), Vienna Vikings (2018), Memphis Express (2019), Miami Dolphins (2019)*, Tampa Bay Vipers (2020), TSL Linemen (2021), Cincinnati Bengals (2021)*, Calgary Stampeders (2022)*, Frankfurt Galaxy (2022)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American

Reece Horn was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2016 but never played a game for them. He instead spent two seasons with the Milano Seamen of Italy before moving to the United States and joining the Miami Dolphins in 2019.

Reece Horn is primarily a wide receiver but has also been used as an extra tight end or fullback on occasion. Reece Horn is 29 years old and stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 222 pounds (101 kilograms). 

Reece Horn had a successful career playing college football for Indiana where he caught 182 passes for 2,686 yards and 24 touchdowns over three seasons.

Despite being undrafted, Reece Horn has made quite an impression during his time in NFL Europa since signing with Memphis Express in 2019 where he recorded 68 receptions for 1,136 yards and 11 touchdowns over nine games played.

34. Andrew Jamiel


  • High school: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional (MA)
  • College: Stonehill
  • Undrafted: 2020
  • FCF Glacier Boyz (2021), TSL Sea Lions (2021), FCF Glacier Boyz (2022), Orlando Guardians (2023–present)
  • Roster status: Active

Andrew Jamiel was born on May 1, 1997 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and played football there before transferring to Stonehill College where he starred as a wide receiver for the Eagles.

After two seasons at Stonehill, Andrew entered the 2017 NFL Draft but did not hear his name called until Round 3 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 83rd overall pick. 

In 2018, Andrew had an excellent rookie season with the Buccaneers appearing in all 16 games and finishing with 367 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 54 receptions (an average of 15 yards per catch).

Andrew is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of this year but has already been linked to several teams including both Tampa Bay and Jacksonville who are looking for an upgrade at wide receiver following their playoff exits last year respectively.

35. Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi

Cleveland Browns

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi Career

  • High school: St. Francis, (Traverse City, Michigan)
  • College: Phoenix College
  • Position: Wide receiver / Return specialist
  • Undrafted: 2017
  • Cleveland Browns (2019)*, New York Guardians (2020), TSL Alphas (2020), Fan Controlled Football (FCF) (2021), TSL Linemen (2021), Ottawa Redblacks (2021), Arkansas Attack (2022)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi is a wide receiver and return specialist for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. He was undrafted in 2017, but caught on with the team as a rookie that year.

Sheehy-Guiseppi has since made an impact in both positions, amassing over 700 yards receiving and two touchdowns on special teams during his career so far. 

The 27-year old has also represented Team USA at various youth international tournaments, most notably at the World Championships in 2015 where he played alongside future NFL stars like Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott.

With several years of experience under his belt, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi looks poised to make even more noise in pro football - watch out. Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi is a talented defensive end who will make an impact with the Cleveland Browns in 2019. 

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi was drafted by the New York Guardians in 2020, and he should be a force on their defense next season. The TSL Alphas are always looking for talent at every position, so it's likely that Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi joins their team soon after being drafted by the Guardians.

FCF is still very new and untested, but if everything goes according to plan, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi could be one of its biggest stars in 2021 when it begins play. 

With Ottawa set to compete in the CFL next season, it's possible that Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi ends up playing for them as well - stay tuned. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for Damon Sheehy- Guiseppe.

36. Seantavius Jones

New Orleans Saints

Seantavius Jones Career

  • High school: Tucker (Tucker, Georgia)
  • College: Valdosta State
  • Undrafted: 2014
  • New Orleans Saints (2014–2015), Philadelphia Eagles (2016)*, Kansas City Chiefs (2016–2017)*, Indianapolis Colts (2018)*, Atlanta Legends (2019), Tampa Bay Vipers (2020), Berlin Thunder (2021), Ottawa Redblacks (2022)*, Leipzig Kings (2022–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: active
  • 2× First-team All-GSC (2012, 2013)

Seantavius Jones is a wide receiver with the Leipzig Kings of the German Football League. He has played in the NFL for two seasons, but has not been able to establish himself as a regular player.

Seantavius Jones was born on August 9th, 1992 in Tucker, Georgia and attended Tucker High School before transferring to Valdosta State where he played football for three years. 

In 2014, Seantavius Jones was drafted by the New Orleans Saints but did not make an appearance in any games for them during his time there.

The following year he joined Philadelphia Eagles squad and made five appearances before being released at the end of 2016 season after just one more game this time with Kansas City Chiefs. 

After being released from both the Eagles and Chiefs squads, Seantavius Jones currently plays for Leipzig Kings where he is their top receiver and main contributor on offense.

37. Jhurell Pressley

New Mexico Lobos football

Jhurell Pressley Career

  • High school: Red Lion Christian Academy, (Bear, Delaware)
  • College: New Mexico
  • Position: Running back
  • Undrafted: 2016
  • Minnesota Vikings (2016)*, Green Bay Packers (2016), Atlanta Falcons (2016–2017)*, Jacksonville Jaguars (2017)*, New York Giants (2018)*, Arizona Hotshots (2019), DC Defenders (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Jhurell Pressley was a running back at Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear, Delaware. He played college football for New Mexico and was undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft.

In 2017, he joined the Washington Redskins on their practice squad but did not make the final roster. In 2018, Pressley signed with the Detroit Lions of the NFL and made one appearance as a substitute during their season opener against Green Bay Packers before being released on September 2nd..

On September 10th., he signed with the DC Defenders of XFL II where he finished his rookie season with 1 rushing touchdown and 5 receptions for 50 yards in 12 games played (10 starts).

 Jhurell Pressley was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has played for both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons during his career, but is most well known for playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2017 to 2018.

Jhurell Pressley recorded 97 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception in his three seasons with Jacksonville. The Arizona Hotshots signed him as a free agent ahead of their inaugural season in 2019.

38. Matt Elam

Baltimore Ravens

Matt Elam Career

  • High school: William T. Dwyer, (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
  • College: Florida (2010–2012)
  • NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
  • Baltimore Ravens (2013–2016), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2018–2019), DC Defenders (2020), Tucson Sugar Skulls (2021), Edmonton Elks (2022), Orlando Guardians (2023–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All-American (2012), First-team All-SEC (2012)
  • Total tackles: 131, Sacks: 0.5, Forced fumbles: 1, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 1
  • Total tackles: 131
  • Sacks: 0.5
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 1

Matt Elam is a safety for the Orlando Guardians in the NFL. He was born on September 21, 1991 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and attended William T. Dwyer High School.

After playing college football at Florida from 2010 to 2012, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 and played with them until 2016 when he signed with Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

In 2020, Matt joined the DC Defenders of the American Football Conference (AFC) where he currently plays safety. Matt Elam is a former All-American and first-team All-SEC safety at the University of Florida. 

He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but he has mostly been used as a backup since then.

In 2018, Elam signed with the Orlando Guardians of the Alliance of American Football where he led all safeties in tackles (48) and interceptions (three). He remains an unrestricted free agent heading into 2019.

39. Oliver Luck

Houston Oilers

Oliver Luck Career

  • High school: St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
  • 2× First-team Academic All-American (1980, 1981), 2× WVU team MVP (1980, 1981), Louis D. Meisel Award (1981), WVU Sports Hall of Fame, WVU All-Time team (1980–89)
  • TD–INT: 13-21, Passing yards: 2,544, Passer rating: 64.1
  • TD–INT: 13-21
  • Passing yards: 2,544
  • Passer rating: 64.1

Oliver Luck is the first Commissioner of the XFL, which was a professional American football league that launched in 2000. Luck served as Athletic Director at West Virginia University from 2010 to 2014 and helped revive the Mountaineers' program after it had suffered through several years of decline.

He has been a staunch supporter of Republican causes and was elected to serve on the Ohio State Board of Education in 2006. Luck married Kathy Wilson in 2013 and they have two children together. Luck started his NFL career with the Houston Oilers. 

Luck quarterbacked the Oilers to a playoff berth in 1983, but was unable to lead them past the first round.

In 1984, he led the Oilers all the way to Super Bowl VIII before losing 34-13 against San Francisco 49ers. 

He rejoined Houston for 1985 and helped them win their second consecutive AFC West title en route to another playoff appearance; this time they were able to make it all the way to Super Bowl XIX where they lost 12-7 against Chicago Bears (his former team).

After leaving Houston in 1986, Luck signed with Indianapolis Colts and went on to become one of best quarterbacks in league history - leading his team twice (1998–2000) backto back Championship games while earning 2 MVP awards along the way (2003 & 2007).

Also Played For: west virginia mountaineers football, nfl europe

40. Tommy Maddox

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tommy Maddox Career

  • High school: L. D. Bell (Hurst, Texas)
  • College: UCLA
  • NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
  • Denver Broncos (1992–1993), Los Angeles Rams (1994), New York Giants (1995–1996), Atlanta Falcons (1997)*, New Jersey Red Dogs (2000), Los Angeles Xtreme (2001), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001–2005)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Super Bowl champion (XL), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2002), XFL champion (2001), XFL Most Valuable Player (2001)
  • TD–INT: 48–54, Yards: 8,087, Passer rating: 72.4
  • TD–INT: 48–54
  • Yards: 8,087
  • Passer rating: 72.4
  • Comp. / Att.: 283 / 490, Passing yards: 3,378, TD–INT: 62–17, Passer rating: 96.11, Rushing touchdowns: 5
  • Comp. / Att.: 283 / 490
  • Passing yards: 3,378
  • TD–INT: 62–17
  • Passer rating: 96.11
  • Rushing touchdowns: 5

Maddox is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Giants, Falcons and Broncos. Maddox was drafted by the Giants in 1992 and spent two seasons with them before being traded to the Falcons in 1997.

Maddox enjoyed considerable success with Atlanta, culminating in a 1998 Pro Bowl appearance. Maddox ended his career with four different teams - Denver, New York, Atlanta and Pittsburgh - but never managed to win more than eight games in any season.

After hanging up his cleats, Maddox became an analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football coverage and also serves as co-host of The Herd podcast alongside Colin Cowherd. 

Tommy Maddox was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001. He played for them from 2001-2005, where he won a Super Bowl championship.

After his playing days were over, Maddox became an analyst on NFL broadcasts and currently works with Fox Sports Ohio.

41. 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.

Also Played For: 2011 nfl draft

42. Dialleo Burks


  • High school: LaGrange (GA)
  • College: Eastern Kentucky
  • Undrafted: 1996
  • World Bowl champion (VI)
  • Receptions: 389, Receiving yards / avg.: 4,897 / 12.6, Receiving touchdowns: 107, Tackles: 47, Interceptions: 7
  • Receptions: 389
  • Receiving yards / avg.: 4,897 / 12.6
  • Receiving touchdowns: 107
  • Tackles: 47
  • Interceptions: 7

Dialleo Burks is a veteran wide receiver who most recently played for the Carolina Panthers. Dialleo Burks attended Eastern Kentucky, where he was an All-American linebacker in 1996.

After retiring as a player, Dialleo became an assistant coach at his alma mater of Eastern Kentucky in 2002. In 2006,Dialleo took over as the head coach at LaGrange High School after his predecessor resigned due to health reasons.

He remained head coach until 2011 when he left to take over as offensive coordinator for the Georgia State University football team Dialeolo has also been involved with coaching many youth organizations including.

The Home Team Camp and FCA (Football Coaches Association) National Youth Football camp Dialleo Burks was a wide receiver for the LaGrange College Tigers during his two-year playing career.

Dialleo Burks has coached at Wide receivers, fullback and linebacker positions in high school and college. He is currently the head coach of Lafayette High School where he led the Eagles to a state championship game in his first season as head coach.

43. Jarron Jones


  • High school: Aquinas Institute (Rochester, New York)
  • College: Notre Dame
  • Undrafted: 2017
  • New York Giants (2017), Seattle Seahawks (2017)*, Dallas Cowboys (2017–2018)*, New York Giants (2018)*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018)*, Washington Redskins (2018)*, Detroit Lions (2018)*, Buffalo Bills (2019)*, New York Guardians (2020), Pittsburgh Steelers (2020–2021)*, Tampa Bay Bandits (2022), Memphis Showboats (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Inactive
  • All-USFL (2022)

Jarron Jones is an offensive tackle who was drafted by the New York Giants in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played for the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys in 2017 before joining the New York Giants in 2018.

In his four seasons, he has started 32 games and made 142 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 interception. Jarron Jones is considered to be a very good run blocker due to his size and strength on that side of the ball.

Jarron Jones was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Notre Dame, where he was a two-time All-American and won the Butkus Award as college linebacker of the year in 2018.

In his rookie season with Pittsburgh, Jarron made 10 tackles and 1 interception in 4 games before being placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury.

44. Nelson Spruce

Colorado Buffaloes football

Nelson Spruce Career

  • High school: Westlake, (Thousand Oaks, California)
  • College: Colorado
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Undrafted: 2016
  • Los Angeles Rams (2016), Chicago Bears (2017), Kansas City Chiefs (2018)*, Los Angeles Chargers (2018), San Diego Fleet (2019), Los Angeles Wildcats (2020), Montreal Alouettes (2021)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2× Second-team All-Pac-12 (2014, 2015)

Nelson Spruce is a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. He was undrafted in 2016 but signed with the team later that year. Nelson has played college football at Colorado.

He had over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his three seasons there and was named to two All-American teams. In 2016, Nelson had a breakout season with the Rams and caught 47 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns.

His 47 receptions were second on the team only to Robert Woods' 54 catches that season. Nelson is known as an excellent route runner who can get open deep downfield by using his speed and quickness off the line of scrimmage.

He also possesses good hands and body control when catching the ball in traffic.

The 30-year-old from Westlake Village, CA entered into 2018 as one of Jared Goff's favorite targets after recording career highs across all major statistical categories (touchdowns, receptions & yardage) during 2017 campaign.

While playing under head coach Sean McVay He'll be counted upon to provide production opposite Sammy Watkins this fall as Los Angeles looks to rebound from another disappointing showing en route to Super Bowl 52.

Also Played For: san diego fleet

45. Quinton Flowers

South Florida Bulls football

Quinton Flowers Career

  • High school: Miami (FL) Jackson
  • College: South Florida
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Undrafted: 2018
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2018), Indianapolis Colts (2019)*, Tampa Bay Vipers (2020), FCF Beasts (2021)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • AAC Offensive Player of the Year (2016), CFPA National Performer of The Year (2016), First Team All-AAC (2016), Second Team All-AAC (2017)

Flowers was born on December 2, 1994 in Miami, Florida. He played quarterback at South Florida and is currently with the Cincinnati Bengals. Flowers has never been drafted but had a successful career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018.

Flowers stands at 5ft 10in (1.78m) and weighs 214lb (97kg). Flowers was a two-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year and CFPA National Performer of The Year. 

Flowers tallied over 5,000 yards from scrimmage in his three-year career at Clemson and led the Tigers to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances.

In 2018, Flowers was traded to Indianapolis Colts where he competed for a starting job with Andrew Luck under center. Despite impressing during preseason games, Flowers wasn't able to win the backup quarterback position and was placed on injured reserve in November 2018 with an elbow injury. 

Flowers is currently rehabbing his elbow injury and is hoping to make a return in 2020 with Tampa Bay Vipers or FCF Beasts as part of their offseason roster expansion process.

Also Played For: south florida bulls football

46. Shawn Oakman

Toronto Argonauts

Shawn Oakman Career

  • High school: Lansdowne (PA) Penn Wood
  • College: Baylor
  • Undrafted: 2016
  • Triangle Torch (2018)*, Bismarck Bucks (2018), West Virginia Roughriders (2019), Los Angeles Wildcats (2020), FCF Wild Aces (2021), Toronto Argonauts (2021–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • CFL All-Star (2021), 2× CFL East All-Star (2021, 2022), Grey Cup champion (2022)
  • Tackles: 76, Sacks: 12, Forced fumbles: 1, Interceptions: 0
  • Tackles: 76
  • Sacks: 12
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Player stats at

Oakman is a defensive end who was drafted by the Bismarck Bucks in 2018 but did not play for them. He went on to sign with the West Virginia Roughriders and played for them in 2019.

Oakman had a breakout season in 2020, recording 12 sacks and helping the Los Angeles Wildcats reach the playoffs. In 2021, Oakman signed with the Toronto Argonauts where he has continued to be one of their top defenders.

Shawn Oakman is coming off a Grey Cup championship with the Toronto Argonauts. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 7th round of the NFL Draft, but elected to play in Canada instead. 

Oakman started his career strong with the Argos and recorded 16 sacks over two seasons before being traded to Saskatchewan midway through his third season. In 2018, he had 11 sacks for Toronto and helped lead them to their first ever Grey Cup victory. 

After playing out his contract with Toronto, Oakman signed a one-year deal with Baltimore prior to this season where he has once again been dominant recording 10 sacks so far this year alone.

47. Kentrell Brice

Green Bay Packers

Kentrell Brice Career

  • High school: Ruston (Ruston, Louisiana)
  • College: Louisiana Tech
  • Undrafted: 2016
  • Green Bay Packers (2016–2018), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019)*, Seattle Dragons (2020)*, Chicago Bears (2020)*, Arizona Cardinals (2020)*, Saskatchewan Roughriders (2021), DC Defenders (2023-present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • CFL status: American
  • Total tackles: 99, Sacks: 1.0, Pass deflections: 6, Interceptions: 1, Forced fumbles: 0
  • Total tackles: 99
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Pass deflections: 6
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Forced fumbles: 0

Kentrell Brice is a strong safety who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He played for the Buccaneers and Seahawks before joining the Dragons in 2020.

Kentrell Brice had an impressive rookie season with the Packers, making 11 combined tackles and 2 interceptions while also returning one for a touchdown during his time on the field.

In 2019, he suffered an ankle injury which saw him miss six games of action but he has since bounced back to play well for Tampa Bay this season with 3 interceptions and 12 total tackles so far in 9 games played (including playoffs).

At 28 years old, Kentrell Brice will be looking to continue playing at a high level for many seasons to come and could potentially become an important member of any team's defense next year or beyond Kentrell Brice was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.

He played collegiately at Vanderbilt where he registered 139 tackles, 10 sacks and four interceptions over his career. Brice is a versatile player who can play both outside linebacker and defensive back in the NFL. 

In 2019, Brice spent time with both the Arizona Cardinals and Saskatchewan Roughriders on their practice squads before being added to Chicago's roster late in the year as an injury replacement for Danny Trevathan.

At 6'1″ tall and 225 pounds, Kentrell Brice has all of the physical tools necessary to be successful in the NFL based off of his college stats alone.

Also Played For: louisiana tech university football

48. Tre McBride

William & Mary Tribe football

Tre McBride Career

  • High school: Ola (McDonough, Georgia)
  • College: William & Mary
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 7 / Pick: 245
  • Tennessee Titans (2015–2016), Chicago Bears (2017), New York Jets (2017–2018)*, Washington Redskins (2019)*, Jacksonville Jaguars (2019)*, DC Defenders (2020)*, Los Angeles Wildcats (2020)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Receptions: 10, Receiving yards: 152, Receiving touchdowns: 1
  • Receptions: 10
  • Receiving yards: 152
  • Receiving touchdowns: 1

Tre McBride is a wide receiver for the New York Jets. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. McBride played for them from 2015 to 2016, and then signed with the Jets in 2017.

He has had some success with the Jets, playing in all 16 games each season since joining them. Tre McBride is 30 years old and stands at 6' 0" tall and weighs 210 lbs Tre McBride is a rookie receiver for the Washington Redskins.

He was drafted in the third round of this year's NFL draft by the team. Tre McBride played college football at Illinois and has spent time with both the Chicago Bears and New York Jets during his rookie season so far. 

The 22-year-old has shown promise as a playmaker, catching 10 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown through four games this year.

49. Gabe Wright

Auburn Tigers football

Gabe Wright Career

  • High school: Carver (Columbus)
  • College: Auburn
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
  • Detroit Lions (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016), Philadelphia Eagles (2017)*, Miami Dolphins (2017), Oakland Raiders (2018), Houston Roughnecks (2020), Jacksonville Jaguars (2020)*, Washington Football Team (2021)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Tackles: 11
  • Tackles: 11

Gabe Wright was a four-year starter at Auburn and finished his career with 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions. He signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and played in 12 games that season recording three tackles but no sacks or interceptions.

The next year he became a starter for the Lions and had 46 tackles, one sack and one interception before being traded to Washington midway through the 2018 season where he has started all 16 games this year recording 56 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

Gabe Wright is known for being extremely physical on defense which will likely be a great asset to whichever team drafts him in April's NFL Draft Gabe Wright was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. 

Gabe Wright played college football at Vanderbilt University where he earned All-SEC honors as a senior and was also named to the Associated Press All-America team.

Gabe Wright has been primarily used as a defensive lineman, but has also seen time on special teams and at linebacker in his career so far with Cleveland. In 2018, Wright signed with the Miami Dolphins who released him shortly after during final cuts before.

Week 1 of the season due to injury concerns stemming from offseason surgery on his foot/ankle joint.

The Oakland Raiders claimed him off waivers later that week and he ended up starting 13 games for them over the course of the year recording 54 tackles (41 solo), 2 sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown, and 5 passes defensed - earning first team all pro accolades.

On March 14th 2019 it was announced that Gabe Wright had signed a two year contract extension with Oakland which will keep him there until 2020.

Last season saw Gabe sign with Arena Football League side Houston Roughnecks where he played 8 games recording 39 tackles (27 solo) along with 1 sack & 2 interceptions.

50. Austin Proehl

Los Angeles Rams


  • High school: Providence, (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • College: North Carolina
  • NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 255
  • Buffalo Bills (2018)*, Tennessee Titans (2018)*, Los Angeles Rams (2018–2019)*, Seattle Dragons (2020), San Francisco 49ers (2021)*, Los Angeles Chargers (2021)*, Buffalo Bills (2021)*, New York Giants (2022)*, St. Louis BattleHawks (2023–present)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Austin Proehl was a standout wide receiver at Providence College. He finished his career with 124 receptions for 1,693 yards and 14 touchdowns. The St. Louis BattleHawks drafted Proehl in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He has yet to play in an NFL game, but is expected to make an impact as a rookie this season. Austin Proehl is undersized by NFL standards but he makes up for it with speed, quickness and elusiveness on the field. Austin Proehl made an immediate impact with the Tennessee Titans in 2018.

He caught 44 passes for 684 yards and six touchdowns. The Rams will be Proehl’s third NFL team in four seasons, following stints with the Titans and Los Angeles Rams. Seattle has been a frequent stop for Proehl since he entered the league as a second-round pick of the Dragons in 2020. 

Injuries have limited him to just five games over that time, but he still managed 45 catches for 571 yards and two touchdowns on 73 targets.

San Francisco signed Proehl as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2019 season after he had spent his previous three years at Boston College playing alongside 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Buffalo is where Proehl will finish out his career after signing with them last month.

Final Words

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These include Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who led the San Francisco 49ers to two Super Bowl victories during his tenure with the team; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was one of the most consistent passers in NFL history; Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, who won three rushing titles and two MVP Awards during his time with the franchise; as well as Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter, often regarded as one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.

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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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