Thirty-two former Clemson football players are on NFL rosters according to information on the NFL’s website. The list includes 10 members of last year’s Clemson team that won 11 games and finished ninth in the final USA Today coaches poll. It was the most wins for the Clemson program since 1981.
Twenty-nine of the 32 players on the list below played at least one season for current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. Seventeen of the players on the 2009 team, his first team, have played in at least one NFL game. Twenty-seven of the 32 players on the list below were on the 2009 Clemson roster.
Clemson is represented on 20 of the 32 NFL teams, with the most former Tigers on the Buffalo Bills. Five former Clemson players - Kourtnei Brown, Crezdon Butler, Chris Hairston, C.J. Spiller and Jonathan Meeks - are on the Bills roster. Spiller was a Pro Bowl running back last year.
Eight different teams have two former Clemson players apiece, including the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans.
The list of former Tigers on NFL rosters is well distributed by position. There are four linebackers, four defensive ends, four cornerbacks, three wide receivers, three cornerbacks, three defensive tackles, three tight ends, two centers, two running backs, a quarterback, an offensive tackle and an offensive guard.
The senior-most player on the list is quarterback Charlie Whitehurst who is in his eighth year in the NFL. He is in his second tour of duty with the San Diego Chargers. He was Clemson’s starting quarterback from 2002-05.
Three players not on the list are unsigned free agents Barry Richardson, Jamie Harper and Nick Eason. All played last season: Richardson with the St. Louis Rams, Harper with the Tennessee Titans and Eason with the Arizona Cardinals. Their status for 2013 is unknown.
Richardson, an offensive tackle, has played in 64 games over the last four years, 49 as a starter. Richardson, Dwayne Allen and Chris Clemons were the only former Tigers who started all 16 games for their respective teams last year.
No Name Team Pos Yrs CU Years
83 Dwayne Allen Indianapolis Colts TE 2nd 2009-11
71 Thomas Austin Carolina Panthers C 4th 2006-09
Spencer Benton Dallas Cowboys PK R 2009-12
91 Da’Quan Bowers Tampa Bay Bucs DE 3rd 2008-10
40 Andre Branch Jacksonville Jags DE 2nd 2008-11
Xavier Brewer Dallas Cowboys DB R 2009-12
56 Kourtnei Brown Buffalo Bills LB R 2008-11
13 Jaron Brown Arizona Cardinals WR R 2009-12
29 Crezdon Butler Buffalo Bills CB 4th 2006-09
Miguel Chavis Kansas City Chiefs DT R 2007-10
30 Chris Clemmons Miami Dolphins S 5th 2005-08
53 Kavell Connor Indianapolis Colts LB 4th 2006-09
38 Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals RB R 2009-12
49 Brandon Ford N.E. Patriots TE R 2009-12
12 Jacoby Ford Oakland Raiders WR 4th 2006-09
63 Dalton Freeman New York Jets C R 2009-12
38 Marcus Gilchrist San Diego Chargers DB 3rd 2007-10
93 Malliciah Goodman Atlanta Falcons DE R 2009-12
75 Chris Hairston Buffalo Bills OT 3rd 2007-10
10 DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans WR R 2010-12
99 Jarvis Jenkins Washington Redskins DT 3rd 2007-10
60 Antoine McClain Baltimore Ravens OG 2nd 2008-11
41 Byron Maxwell Seattle Seahawks CB 4th 2006-09
36 Jonathan Meeks Buffalo Bills S R 2009-12
93 Phillip Merling Washington Redskins DE 6th 2005-07
81 Michael Palmer Atlanta Falcons TE 4th 2006-09
55 Ricky Sapp New York Jets LB 4th 2006-09
24 Coty Sensabaugh Tennessee Titans CB 2nd 2008-11
28 C.J. Spiller Buffalo Bills RB 4th 2006-09
98 Brandon Thompson Cincinnati Bengals DT 2nd 2008-11
6 Charlie Whitehurst San Diego Chargers WR 8th 2002-05
Tig Willard Tennessee Titans LB R 2009-12