LSU Hopes to Maintain Status as Having Most Players in NFL

Christopher Walsh@@WritingWalshCollege Football National ColumnistJuly 24, 2015

After eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, former LSU receiver Dwayne Bowe will play this year in Cleveland.
After eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, former LSU receiver Dwayne Bowe will play this year in Cleveland.Tony Dejak/Associated Press

One of the most impressive accomplishments for head coach Les Miles since he arrived at LSU in 2005, other than winning a national championship and two Southeastern Conference titles, is continuing the pipeline of players to the National Football League.

Although LSU only had four players selected in this year’s NFL draft after having nine in each of the previous two, it’s had 64 players picked during the Miles era (since 2006).

Consequently, during the NFL’s opening weekend last season, the 38 former LSU players on active rosters topped all schools, one ahead of Southern California and two more than Alabama.

It'll try and hold on to that lead when the first NFL training camps open this week. Rookies on the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints first reported Wednesday, with the rookies and veterans of the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers following suit on Saturday. Every camp will be in full swing by Aug. 2.

The Hall of Fame Game, which opens the preseason, will be played Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET, NBC). With Super Bowl rematches a season-long theme as part of the buildup to Super Bowl 50, the Steelers will play the Vikings (Super Bowl IX).

As of Thursday afternoon, both teams had one former LSU player on their roster, punter Brad Wing for the Steelers and defensive lineman Danielle Hunter with the Vikings. Actually, the only teams that didn’t have any former LSU players were the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints—sort of.

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Defensive back Delvin Breaux was an LSU commitment who sustained a serious neck injury during a high school game in 2006. The school honored his scholarship, and he enrolled and served as a player/coach but was never cleared to play.

Breaux eventually stopped going to practices and left school, only to play in the Arena Football League and then in the CFL before signing with the Saints. However, he’s officially listed as not having played college football.

On Sept. 1, after each NFL team has played at least three preseason games, rosters must be reduced to a maximum of 75 players on the active list. 

Just four days later, the final cuts to 53 players must be made.

The regular season is set to open Sept. 10. 

Here’s a look at who’s where:

Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB

Joe Barksdale, San Diego Chargers, OT

Lamin Barrow, Denver Broncos, LB

Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants, WR

Alfred Blue,Houston Texans, RB

Dwayne Bowe, Cleveland Browns, WR

(Delvin Breaux, New Orleans Saints, DB)

Michael Brockers, St. Louis Rams, DT

Ron Brooks, Buffalo Bills, CB

Morris Claiborne, Dallas Cowboys, CB

Jalen Collins, Atlanta Falcons, CB

La'el Collins, Dallas Cowboys, OL

Glenn Dorsey, San Francisco 49ers, DL

Lavar Edwards, Dallas Cowboys, DE

Ego Ferguson, Chicago Bears, DT

Matt Flynn, New England Patriots, QB

Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals, RB

Kenny Hilliard, Houston Texans, RB

Trindon Holliday, Oakland Raiders, WR

Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings, DE

Tyson Jackson, Atlanta Falcons, DE

Ricky Jean Francois, Washington Redskins, DE

Anthony Johnson, Miami Dolphins, DT

Donnie Jones, Philadelphia Eagles, P

Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots, WR

Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins, WR

Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles, DT

Craig Loston, Jacksonville Jaguars, S

Roland Martin, Seattle Seahawks, S

Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals, S

Danny McCray, Dallas Cowboys, S

Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans, QB

Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns, LB

Kevin Minter, Arizona Cardinals, LB

Sam Montgomery, Cincinnati Bengals, DE

Connor Neighbors, Tennessee Titans, FB

Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals, CB

Rueben Randle, New York Giants, WR

Jermauria Rasco, Green Bay Packers, LS

Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers, S

Stevan Ridley, New York Jets, RB

Perry Riley Jr., Washington Redskins, LB

After two stints with Green Bay, Matt Flynn signed with New England during the offseason.
After two stints with Green Bay, Matt Flynn signed with New England during the offseason.Stephan Savoia/Associated Press

Russell Shepard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

Kelvin Sheppard, Miami Dolphins, LB

Tharold Simon, Seattle Seahawks, CB

Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers, G

Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs, RB

Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals, OT

Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills, DT

Brad Wing, Pittsburgh Steelers, P

Al Woods, Tennessee Titans, DL

James Wright, Cincinnati Bengals, WR

Team-by-team list with jersey numbers

Atlanta Falcons: Tyson Jackson, 94, DE; Jalen Collins, 32, CB

Arizona Cardinals: Tyrann Mathieu, 32, S; Kevin Minter, 51, LB; Patrick Peterson, 21, CB

Baltimore Ravens: None

Buffalo Bills: Ron Brooks, 33, CB; Kyle Williams, 95 DT

Carolina Panthers: Trai Turner, 70, G

Chicago Bears: Ego Ferguson, 95, DT

Most Players in NFL, Kickoff Weekend 2014
1. LSU38
2. USC37
3. Alabama36
4. Georgia34
5. Florida33
(tie) FSU33
7 Miami31
8. Cal29
(tie) Ohio State29
10. Notre Dame28
10. Tennessee28
Source: NFL

Cincinnati Bengals: Jeremy Hill, 32, RB; Sam Montgomery, 67, DE; Andrew Whitworth, 77, OT; James Wright, 86, WR

Cleveland Browns: Dwayne Bowe, 80, WR; Barkevious Mingo, 51, LB

Dallas Cowboys: Morris Claiborne, 25, CB; La'el Collins, 71, OL; Lavar Edwards, 95, DE; Danny McCray, 40, S

Denver Broncos: Lamin Barrow, 57, LB

Detroit Lions: None

Green Bay Packers: Jermauria Rasco, 59, LS

Houston Texans: Alfred Blue, 28, RB; Kenny Hilliard, 38, RB

Indianapolis Colts: None

Jacksonville Jaguars: Craig Loston, 20, S

Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Ware, 30, RB

Miami Dolphins: Anthony Johnson, 76, DT; Jarvis Landry, 14, WR; Kelvin Sheppard, 62, LB

Minnesota Vikings: Danielle Hunter, 99, DE

New England Patriots: Matt Flynn, 8, QB; Brandon LaFell, 19, WR

New Orleans Saints: (Delvin Breaux, 40, DB).

New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr., 13, WR; Rueben Randle, 82, WR

New York Jets: Stevan Ridley, 22, RB

Oakland Raiders: Trindon Holliday, 16, WR

Philadelphia Eagles: Bennie Logan, 96, DT; Donnie Jones, 8, P

Pittsburgh Steelers: Brad Wing, 9, P

St. Louis Rams: Michael Brockers, 90, DT

San Diego Chargers: Joe Barksdale, 72, OT

San Francisco 49ers: Glenn Dorsey, NA, DL; Eric Reid, 35, S

Seattle Seahawks: Roland Martin, 42, S; Tharold Simon, 27, CB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kwon Alexander, 58, LB; Russell Shepard, 89, WR

Tennessee Titans: Zach Mettenberger, 7, QB; Connor Neighbors, 46, FB; Al Woods, 96, DL

Washington Redskins: Ricky Jean Francois, 99, DE; Perry Riley Jr., 56, LB

Christopher Walsh is a lead SEC college football writer.

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