Cyclones in the NFL

With NFL training camp underway CN tracks down where all your favorite former ISU players are now. The newest editions to the league are Tyson Smith and Ellis Hobbs.

Mike Banks spent his first three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before relocating to the New Orleans Saints. The tight end has yet to catch a pass in the league; he has 18 yards on kick returns and eight tackles in three seasons.


Jordan Carstens, an ISU walk-on turned team captain began his professional career much the same as his collegiate. The defensive tackle originally signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. He was waived by the team in September but days later was signed to a practice squad contract. From there he was signed as a free agent from the practice squad in October of 2004. Carstens was one of five undrafted rookies to appear in a game for Carolina in 2004 and the only one to start a contest.


Kevin DeRonde was recently picked up the by Kansas City Chiefs. The linebacker had been playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy. DeRonde signed with the Dallas Cowboys in the spring of 2002, but was released at the end of training camp. He re-signed with the club in 2003 and was sent to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe. After a stop with the Houston Texas, DeRonde returned to NFL Europe.


Reggie Hayward signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March as an unrestricted free agent. Hayward was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2001 draft. The fifth-year defensive end developed into the Broncos' top pass rusher; leading the team with a career-high 10.5 sacks in 2004.


Ellis Hobbs was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (84th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft. At Iowa State the cornerback recorded 209 tackles (155 solo), nine interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two sacks.


Jeremy Lloyd signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2003, months later he was signed by the St. Louis Rams. In his first season, Lloyd played in 11 games for the Rams and finished fourth on the team with 18 special teams tackles. The linebacker suffered a shoulder injury last preseason and missed the entire year.


J.J. Moses was released from the Houston Texas in May, but is in the midst of try-outs with other NFL teams. Moses signed with the Chiefs in 2001 and was allocated to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe. He was later picked up by the Green Bay Packers and spent the last two seasons with the Texans. Moses totaled 309 yards on punt returns and averaged 8.6 yards per return a season ago.


James Reed was selected by the New York Jets in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2001 NFL draft. Throughout his four year career, Reed has played in 64 games, making two starts. He has compiled 118 tackles and four sacks.


Sage Rosenfels is entering his 5th season in the league. After beginning his NFL career with the Washington Redskins, Rosenfels is now a member of the Miami Dolphins. The quarterback has thrown for 314 yards over the last four seasons.


Oliver Ross relocated from the Pittsburg to Arizona in March after spending four seasons with the Steelers. He was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1998 NFL Draft; later Ross had a short stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. Last season the right tackle helped pave the way for Jerome Bettis' sixth 100-yard rushing performance.


Tyson Smith signed as a rookie free agent on April 29, 2005 with the Baltimore Ravens. Smith finished his ISU career with 225 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He is the only ISU football player to appear in four bowl games.


Seneca Wallace was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 13th pick in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2003 NFL draft. Last season he won the third quarterback spot for the second consecutive season. He played in all four preseason games, completing 41-of-77 passes for 439 yards and one touchdown.



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