Thirty-three former Clemson Tigers are on NFL rosters as preseason camps are in full swing this week. Leading the way are the Buffalo Bills with five.
Here are some notes on Clemson players on NFL rosters:
• Clemson is represented on 20 NFL teams, including nine teams that have at least two. Buffalo has the most with five former Tigers, C.J. Spiller, Chris Hairston, Crezdon Butler, Kourtnei Brown and Jonathan Meeks.
• Seventeen of the 33 former Tigers on NFL rosters lettered on Clemson’s 2011 ACC Championship team.
• Clemson has at least one player from nearly every position represented on NFL rosters. Leading the way is the defensive end position with six. There are four safeties, four cornerbacks, three offensive tackles, three tight ends, three wide receivers, three defensive tackles, two running backs, two linebackers, one center, one kicker and one quarterback.
• 11 players off the 2012 Clemson team that won 11 games are trying to make the NFL as rookies. They are split evenly, five offensive players, five defensive players and one special teams player. All 10 of the seniors from Clemson’s 2012 team that are in NFL camps have their undergraduate degree from Clemson.
• While Clemson has had a record-breaking offense the last two years, 19 of the 33 former Tigers on NFL rosters are defensive players. There are 13 offensive players and one special teams player.
• Charlie Whitehurst is the veteran among the 33 players on NFL rosters. Whitehurst was a rookie in 2006 and is in his eighth year on an NFL roster. DeAndre Hopkins, who left after his junior year after a record breaking 2012 season, is the youngest former Tiger in a camp. He turned 21 on June 6.
Player, Pos Team CU years
Dwayne Allen, TE Indianapolis Colts 2009-11
Spencer Benton, PK Dallas Cowboys 2009-12
Da’Quan Bowers, DE Tampa Bay Bucs 2008-10
Andre Branch, DE Jacksonville Jags 2008-11
Xavier Brewer, CB Dallas Cowboys 2009-12
Jaron Brown. WR Arizona Cardinals 2009-12
Koutnei Brown, DE Buffalo Bills 2007-11
Crezdon Butler, CB Buffalo Bills 2006-09
Miguel Chavis, DT Kansas City Chiefs 2007-10
Chris Clemons, FS Miami Dolphins 2005-08
Kavell Connor, LB Indianapolis Colts 2006-09
Andre Ellington, RB Arizona Cardinals 2009-12
Brandon Ford, TE New England Patriots 2009-12
Jacoby Ford, WR Oakland Raiders 2006-09
Dalton Freeman, C New York Jets 2009-12
Marcus Gilchrist, CB San Diego Chargers 2007-10
Malliciah Goodman,DE Atlanta Falcons 2009-12
Chris Hairston, OT Buffalo Bills 2007-10
Rashard Hall, FS St. Louis Rams 2009-12
DeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston Texans 2010-12
Jarvis Jenkins, DT Washington Redskins 2007-10
Byron Maxwell, SS Seattle Seahawks 2007-10
Antoine McClain, OT Baltimore Ravens 2008-11
Jonathan Meeks, SS Buffalo Bills 2009-12
Phillip Merling, DE Washington Redskins 2005-07
Michael Palmer, TE Seattle Seahawks 2006-09
Barry Richardson, OT Tennessee Titans 2004-07
Ricky Sapp, DE New York Jets 2006-09
Coty Sensabaugh, CB Tennessee Titans 2008-11
C.J. Spiller, RB Buffalo Bills 2006-09
Brandon Thompson, DT Cincinnati Bengals 2008-11
Charlie Whitehurst, QB San Diego Chargers 2002-05
Jonathan Willard, LB Tennessee Titans 2009-12