32 Tigers in NFL Training Camps

According to rosters on the NFL website, 32 former Clemson football players are currently in training camps with NFL teams.

The list includes 11 defensive linemen.

NFL training camps opened last week and the first exhibition game is this coming Sunday. At least one former Tiger is represented on the rosters of 22 of the 32 teams. Ten different teams have two former Tigers.

As stated above, there are more defensive linemen on the list than any other position with 11. There are six defensive backs, four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two tight ends, two wide receivers, two running backs, one quarterback and one punter. Twenty of the 32 players are defensive players, 11 are offensive players and there is one special teams player.

The veteran of the group is Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Nick Eason, who is in his 10th year in the NFL. Five of the players are rookies and were starters on Clemson's 2011 ACC Championship team. Those players are Dwayne Allen, Andre Branch, Kourtnei Brown, Antoine McClain and Rennie Moore. Eighteen members of Clemson's 2009 team that won the Atlantic Division of the ACC, are on NFL rosters at the moment.

For the first time since 1996, Brian Dawkins is not on this list. Dawkins returned in the off season after 17 years in the NFL.

Former Clemson Players in NFL Training Camps
Name Pos Team NFL Yrs CU Years
Dwayne Allen TE
Indianapolis Colts R (2008-11)

Thomas Austin OG
Houston Texans 3rd (2006-09)

DaQuan Bowers DE
Tampa Bay Bucs 2nd (2008-10

Andre Branch DE
Jacksonville Jaguars R (2008-11)

Kourtnei Brown LB
San Francisco 49ers R (2008-11)

Crezdon Butler CB
Arizona Cardinals 3rd (2006-09)

Chris Clemons S
Miami Dolphins 4th (2005-08)

Kavell Conner LB
Indianapolis Colts 3rd (2006-09)

Jamie Cumbie DT
Oakland Raiders 2nd (2006-08)

Nick Eason DT
Arizona Cardinals 10th (1999-02)

Jacoby Ford WR
Oakland Raiders 3rd (2006-09)

Maurice Fountain DE
Philadelphia Eagles R (2001-04)

Marcus Gilchrist SS
San Diego Chargers 2nd (2007-10)

Tyler Grisham WR
Denver Broncos 4th (2005-08)

Chris Hairston OT
Buffalo Bills 2nd (2007-10)

Jamie Harper RB
Tennessee Titans 2nd (2008-10)

Leroy Hill LB
Seattle Seahawks 8th (2001-04)

Jarvis Jenkins DE
Washington Redskins 2nd (2007-10)

Byron Maxwell CB
Seattle Seahawks 2nd (2007-10)

Antoine McClain OG
Baltimore Ravens R (2008-11)

Phillip Merling DE
Green Bay Packers 5th (2005-07)

Justin Miller DB
Detroit Lions 5th (2002-04)

Rennie Moore DE
Houston Texans R (2008-11)

Michael Palmer TE
Atlanta Falcons 3rd (2006-09)

Barry Richardson OT
St. Louis Rams 5th (2004-07)

Ricky Sapp DE
New York Jets 3rd (2006-09)

Dorell Scott DT
St. Louis Rams 4th (2005-08)

Coty Sensabaugh CB
Tennessee Titans R (2008-11)

C.J. Spiller RB
Buffalo Bills 3rd (2006-09)

Brandon Thompson DT
Cincinnati Bengals R (2008-11

Charlie Whitehurst QB
San Diego Chargers 7th (2002-05)

Dawson Zimmerman P
Atlanta Falcons R (2008-11)

Note: Chansi Stuckey, a five year NFL veteran is currently a free agent and has night signed with an NFL team yet.

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