By Staff Report.
Clemson, SC—Twenty-eight former Clemson football players are on NFL rosters. The list includes 10 members of the 2009 Clemson team, five who signed free agent contracts and five who were drafted. Five of the first-year players are offensive players and five are defensive players.
The list of Clemson rookies in camps includes C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford, the greatest all-purpose running duo in NCAA history. Spiller recently signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills after he was drafted in the first round, the ninth overall pick of the draft. Ford is in camp with the Oakland Raiders.
The list of Tigers on NFL rosters includes Brian Dawkins, now in his 16th year with the NFL, his second with the Denver Broncos. Trevor Pryce, now with the Baltimore Ravens, is in his 15th year in the NFL. Entering this year Pryce has 90 career sacks to match his uniform number.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns have the most former Tigers with three apiece. The Steelers roster includes veteran Nick Eason, second year player Tyler Grisham and rookie Crezdon Butler. The Broncos roster includes Dawkins, center Dustin Fry and rookie Kevin Alexander. The Browns roster includes veterans James Davis and Chansi Stuckey and rookie Chris Chancellor.
Clemson Players on NFL Rosters in 2010
No Player Pos CU years NFL Exp Team
48 Kevin Alexander LB 2006-09 R Denver Broncos
63 Thomas Austin G 2006-09 R Minnesota Vikings
40 Crezdon Butler CB 2006-09 R Pittsburgh Steelers
49 Chris Chancellor CB 2006-09 R Cleveland Browns
52 Vince Ciurciu LB 1998-99 8th Detroit Lions
30 Chris Clemons SAF 2005-08 2nd Miami Dolphins
53 Kavell Conner LB 2006-09 R Indianapolis Colts
28 James Davis RB 2005-08 2nd Cleveland Browns
20 Brian Dawkins SAF 1992-95 16th Denver Broncos
93 Nick Eason DT 1999-02 8th Pittsburgh Steelers
12 Jacoby Ford WR 2006-09 R Oakland Raiders
62 Dustin Fry C 2003-06 2nd Denver Broncos
13 Tyler Grisham WR 2005-08 2nd Pittsburgh Steelers
56 Leroy Hill LB 2001-04 6th Seattle Seahawks
26 Tye Hill CB 2002-05 5th Tennessee Titans
36 Mike Hamlin SAF 2005-08 2nd Dallas Cowboys
97 Phillip Merling DE 2005-07 3rd Miami Dolphins
47 Justin Miller DB 2002-04 7th Arizona Cardinals
81 Michael Palmer TE 2006-09 R Atlanta Falcons
90 Trevor Pryce DT 1996 15th Baltimore Ravens
67 Barry Richardson OT 2004-07 3rd Kansas City Chiefs
94 Ricky Sapp DE 2006-09 R Philadelphia Eagles
97 Dorell Scott DT 2005-08 2nd St. Louis Rams