JCs in the NFL

A couple of years ago, I compiled a list of Juco players that made it to the big show. There are many who have made the transition over the years, but in this story we will focus on today's crop. I estimated back then that a good 10% of all NFL players had started out in the JC ranks, and I believe the ratio is still pretty close to that. [Photo: Brandon Banks]

This list is by no means a totally accurate account, some players are on injured reserve, others on the scout team, but I will attempt to make out a list that everyone can discuss and share memories about. So, if an NFL team were comprised solely of ex Juco players, would that team be a force in the NFL? That team might look like this……


QB - Aaron Rodgers - Butte College - California - Green Bay Packers
There are a few former juco QBs in the league, but you'd be hard pressed to find one who has performed better than Rodgers. I recall watching him play against Fresno City College and lighting them up for 350 yards while simultaneously running for his life. Predicting that he would be a guy playing on Sundays was no big deal, but Aaron has surprised many at just how successful he has been.  At Cal, Rodgers set many school records and also set the NCAA record with 23 straight completions in one game. After coming out following his Junior year, I was mystified when the 49ers took Alex Smith over Rodgers. Here was a native Norcal kid who starred at Cal, but they stepped right over him to pick Smith. I'm betting Mike Singletary wished they hadn't. Everyone knows the story of Brett Favre leaving after Rodgers was named heir apparent, and Rodgers has not disappointed Packer fans. He has thrown for over 4,000 yards the last two seasons, and is currently 5th in yards passing this season. Considering that the Packers are 20th in rushing offense, he has done a remarkable job in leading the Pack to an 8-4 record in the NFC North. In fact, just two weeks ago he was named the NFC player of the Week for his performance against the 49ers. The Pack saw just how valuable Rodgers was to the team when he was knocked out with a concussion last weekend and they could only muster 3 points.

RB - Brandon Jacobs - Coffeyville - New York Giants
An All Jayhawk Conference player for Coffeyville, Brandon's next stop was Auburn. But Auburn was chock full of talent at the position including Carnell Williams and Ron Brown. He transferred to Southern Illinois and became their most famous football alumnus. Jacobs is 4th all time for the Giants in TDs scored. Brandon is still pushing that huge 265 lb. body and has 577 yards with a whopping 5.8 yards per carry average so far this season.

RB - LeGarrette Blount -  East Mississippi - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You remember LeGarrette. He's most famous for smashing a Boise State player's grill after he felt he was being taunted, reminding players that if you talk smack, expect to get smacked. I must admit, it was one of the better punches I've seen a football player throw. If you had this guy and Jacobs on your team, defenses would have to contend with two huge runners. The 250 lb. rookie has close to 600 yards this season. He is a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year. A Juco All American, Blount had close to 2300 yards in his career at East Mississippi before starring for the Oregon Ducks. Unfortunately, that one punch had him sitting out the rest of that season.

FB - Marcel Reece - El Camino - Washington - Oakland Raiders
After helping Elco get to the State semi-finals, Reece went on to Washington and became a starter his senior season. He still holds the record for longest TD in Husky history taking a pass 98 yards to glory as a wide-out. He was voted most improved player that season. In the pros, his 240 lbs. has made for a change in scenery as he has earned the starting nod at Fullback for the Raiders where he is used primarily as a blocker. His years as a receiver have served him well as he has 17 catches for 204 yards this season.

WR - Chad Ochocinco - Cincinatti - Oregon State - Santa Monica
Many people do not realize that both Ochocinco, who was named Johnson before the name change, teamed up with All-Pro WR Steve Smith and three other D-1 quality receivers for the Corsairs. I think even I could have had a great year passing to them! Okay, maybe not, but that would be a signal callers dream team.  After his years at Santa Monica, Ochocinco teamed with future Bengal team mate WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh to lead the Beavers to an 11-1 record. He now owns just about every Bengal receiving record including most receptions, most yards, and most TDs. With the addition of Terrell Owens in the lineup, Ochocinco's stats have dropped a little but he still has 59 catches for 724 yards and 4 TDs. He is the 28th all-time receiving leader with over 10,000 yards and a candidate for Hall of Fame status should he keep his numbers going.

WR - Steve Smith - Santa Monica College - Utah - Carolina Panthers
Ochocinco's former team mate is also doing well for himself. He is projected to top 10,000 yards also within a couple of more seasons. He was the only rookie to make the Pro Bowl team his first season, and has several Panther records under his belt. At 5'9, he is one of the most feared receivers in football, not just for his skills, but for his huge heart and aggressiveness. He has 39 catches for around 500 yards so far this season.

WR - Johnny Knox - Tyler - Abilene - Texas -Chicago Bears
Knox made a huge statement his rookie year by being the second most prolific returner in 2009. That 29 yard average on kickoff returns gave him an All Pro nod. At ACU he was a two time All American. He led all Texas receivers in TD catches his sophomore year at Tyler with eleven, and led the entire NJCAA with an over 23 yard per catch average. Knox is still going deep having averaged 18 yards per catch this season with close to 774 yards.

TE - Jeremy Shockey - NEO -University of Miami -  New Orleans Saints
Shockey has been fighting off injuries of late, but when you mention NFL Tight Ends, he is always near the top. A four time Pro Bowler, Shockey got his Super Bowl ring last season to add to his honors. After a stint with NEO, Shockey became the all-time University of Miami Tight End reception leader. He has 33 catches so far this season.

OL - Deuce Lutui - Mesa and Snow College - USC -  Arizona Cardinals
The Trojans don't usually dip into the JC ranks for players, but they could not pass on this behemoth offensive lineman. At 6'6 and 340 lbs., Lutui immediately took over a starting job protecting Matt Lienart. He became  a consensus 1st team All American. Lutui is a Tongan and cousin of Vai Sikahema, the great return man and first Tongan in the NFL.

OL - Bryant McKinnie - Lackawanna -University of Miami - Minnesota Vikings
A high draft choice at #7, McKinnie has not disappointed the Vikes. Only the legendary Ron Yary was drafted higher for Minnesota as an offensive lineman. At 6'8 and 330, he has blocked for 5 of the top 7 rushers in Viking history. At Miami he was the Outland Trophy winner, and through his High School and College career NEVER allowed a QB sack! He was a Grid-wire and NJCAA All American at Lackawanna.

OL - Phil Loadholt - Garden City - Oklahoma -  Minnesota Vikings
Another huge lineman at 6'8 and 340, Loadholt was a Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention and All Big-12 player for the Sooners. At Garden City he was a two time All American and Jayhawk Conference Lineman of the Year in 2006. A testament to his athleticism is that he was Colorado State High School Discus Champ as well as leading his basketball team to a state title averaging 17 points, 11 boards, and 3 blocks a game.

OL - Carl Nicks - Hartnell - Nebraska - New Orleans Saints
Nicks was a Sporting News All Rookie Player in 2008, and got a Super Bowl ring as a starter at left guard in only his second season. After starring for Hartnell, he came into his own as a Senior for the Huskers allowing only one sack, and had 76 knockdown blocks. The 6'5 343 pounder could not draw up a better start to his NFL career.

OL - Barry Sims - Dixie State - Utah - San Francisco 49ers
Although listed as a backup on the depth chart, Sims has had a long successful career in the NFL. He did not even consider the pros until after his Junior season. As a refocused Senior, he made the Hula Bowl team. Unfortunately, right before that game he blew up his knee in practice. NFL teams were wary of his predicament after rehab, so he signed with the Scottish Claymores of the NFL Europe league. After playing fabulously over there, the Raiders took a shot at him and signed him. It took him only 4 games to get into the starting lineup, and he has since started over 100 NFL games. At 6'5 and 300 lbs., Sims is the "shrimp" on this NFL All Juco lineup. That front line averages 6'6 ½ and 331 lbs!


DT- Domata Peko - College of the Canyons - Michigan State - Cincinnati Bengals
I had the privilege of talking with Domata a few times on the sidelines at Cougar games. He always seemed to be smiling and having a good time. But lest you think he's not all business on the field, watch this short clip to see how he can not only tackle with the best, he also blocks pretty well as a goal line fullback too!   http://www.cincyjungle.com/2010/11/9/1803325/domata-pekos-awesome-hit-on-troy-polamalu
Domata is a lifelong friend of fellow Bengal and D- Lineman Jonathan Fanene. He has 32 tackles so far this season.

DT - Ahtyba Rubin - Trinity College- Iowa State - Cleveland Browns
A three star recruit coming out of Trinity, Rubin picked Iowa State over TCU. At Trinity, he started as a D lineman but was moved to offense where he became an Honorable Mention All American. After a season at OL with Iowa State, he was moved back to the DL. With 55 tackles so far this year, Rubin is 4th in the League in that category.

DL - Jamal Williams - Kemper Military (now closed) - Oklahoma State - Denver Broncos
Williams has been in the league so long (13 years), The JC he played out no longer exists. Williams was raised with 7 other siblings by a single mother who worked in corrections. He was an All Big 12 player as a Senior and has 35 tackles so far this season.

DT - Tommy Kelly - Hinds - Mississippi State - Oakland Raiders
After playing a year at Hinds, Kelly went on to Mississippi State and started most of his career there. His Senior year at Provine High School in Jackson Mississippi, he had over 100 tackles and averaged a sack a game. He has 5 sacks this season along with 46 tackles.

DT - Pat Williams - NEO and Navarro - Texas A&M - Minnesota Vikings
Like a fine wine, Williams keeps getting better. It took him 10 years in the league to get an All Pro nod, but he was honored three years in a row with that award. He also helped the Vikings lead the league in rushing defense three years in a row, a record since the merger between the NFL and AFL. A two time JC All American, Williams also played basketball for Navarro. He has 23 tackles and a forced fumble this season.

DL - Juqua Parker - NEO - Oklahoma State - Philadelphia Eagles
A relentless pass rusher, Parker has over 30 sacks since 2006. Parker played in the East West Shrine game as a Senior at Oklahoma State and led the team in sacks. At NEO, he had 29 sacks in two seasons and was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

DL - Issac Sopoaga - College of the Canyons - Hawaii - San Francisco 49ers
A perfect fit for the 3-4 defense, Sopoaga is strong AND quick. Lest you think differently, know that he uses 200 lb. dumbbells, and holds the JC record for sacks in a season with 31! He was named National Player of the Year for Canyons, and has been a mainstay on the 49er defense.

OLB - Larry Grant - City of San Francisco - Ohio State - St. Louis Rams
Grant was something very special even by CCSF standards. Fast and powerful, he had over 175 tackles in two seasons there. He also caused 7 fumbles, recovered 3, deflected 6 passes, and had 6 interceptions. He set the National Junior College record with an astounding 12 blocked kicks. He did more of that same kind of damage for the Buckeyes. He has 21 tackles with a sack this season.

ILB - Demorrio Williams - Southwestern - Nebraska - Kansas City Chiefs
This versatile athlete can play any Linebacker position. He has averaged over 100 tackles a year over the last 5 seasons and garnered a whopping 142 last year. In 3 seasons at Nebraska, he had 220 tackles with 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 8 passes knocked down, one pick and one blocked kick.

ILB - Desmond Bishop - City of San Francisco - California - Green Bay Packers
When I first saw Bishop play, I thought, …. this guy is a man among boys. At Cal he led the Pac-10 in tackles. Naturally an All Pac-10 player, I thought he got short changed by being a 3rd team All American at Cal. He followed in the footsteps of his father Dennis, who played at Illinois and the USFL. At City he was a 1st team All JC Grid wire player and was on two championship teams. He had 14 tackles against College of the Canyons in the State Final including 8 solo tackles. CCSF went undefeated and named National Champs. He has 71 tackles already this season.

OLB - Zac Diles - Fresno City - Kansas State - Houston Texans
Kansas State loves to pick up juco players and Zac did not disappoint them. He was All Big 12 for both of his seasons there. He also helped Fresno to a Valley Conference Title. He already has 73 tackles this season for the Texans. Although he plays the Sam LB position, the athletic and versatile Diles can play just about any Linebacker position.

OLB - Julian Peterson - Valley Forge - Michigan State - Detroit Lions
Peterson didn't go after far after college, I mean mileage wise. After a stint with the Seahawks, where he earned three All Pro honors, Peterson is back in Michigan and has 66 tackles so far this season. He was a Sporting News and Football News All American in Lansing, and a first team NJCAA All American and Conference Player of the Year for Valley Forge, where he averaged 20 sacks a season.

OLB - Quincy Black - Harper - New Mexico - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Black was a tackling machine in college. If you add up his two seasons at Harper, along with playing the Lobo Hybrid position at New Mexico, he had 283 tackles and 18 QB sacks. That kind of play earned him 1st Team All Mountain West and Honorable Mention All American status. He is still all over the field with 52 tackles thus far.

CB - Kelvin Hayden - Joliet - Illinois - Indianapolis Colts
Hayden was a phenomenally versatile player in Junior College. He played on Joliet's NJCAA Championship team, and was the first wide receiver to win the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year Award. He was also the Conference Player of the Year and the Championship game MVP. Obviously Hayden was a playmaker having played both sides of the ball. In High School he as All Conference for 4 straight seasons. At Illinois, Hayden was switched to CB from WR his Senior Season. In 5 ½ NFL seasons, he has 333 career tackles and 9 interceptions.

CB - Jonathan Joseph - Coffeyville - South Carolina - Cincinnati Bengals
Limited by injuries in 2007 and 2008, Joseph was resolved to stay healthy and has done so since then. He was an elite CB in the SEC but was limited to only 14 games due to a broken foot. He entered the draft after his Junior season. He has 31 tackles and 3 picks to date this year.

CB - Glover Quin - SW Mississippi - New Mexico - Houston Texans
After a year at SW Mississippi, breaking his arm before the second season, Quin became an All Mountain West Conference Player his Senior year after two Honorable Mention seasons. He was considered one of the premier cover men in the conference. Along with 3 picks and 12 pass deflections, Quin isn't afraid to stick his nose into a runner's chest. He has 63 tackles this season.

S - Kareem Moore - Itawamba - Nichols State - Washington Redskins
Voted "Newcomer of the Year" at Nichols State, Moore  ended up being the Southland Conference Player of the Year and an All American. He was also an NJCAA All American at Itawamba. He redshirted one year at Ole Miss before transferring. He has 54 tackles and one interception thus far in the 2010 season.

SS - C.C. Brown - Mississippi Delta - Louisiana Lafayette - Detroit Lions
A two time All Conference player and team MVP at Louisiana Lafayette, Brown also was chosen to play in the 2005 Hula Bowl. He had 168 tackles in two seasons for Delta, and has 40 tackles this year.

FS - Dashon Goldson - Coffeyville - Washington - San Francisco 49ers
When you combine both years at Coffeyville and both years with the Huskies, Dashon had almost 300 tackles! He was a Pac-10 Honorable Mention, despite the fact that he played out of position at Corner,  and a First Team All NJCAA player. He has 61 tackles already this year, and was 2nd on the team last year with 114 total tackles.

LS - Jon Dorenbos - Golden West - Texas El Paso - Philadelphia Eagles
Mr. Consistent earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season. Dorenbos is one of the most interesting men in the NFL. He grew up in a foster home after tragedy struck his family. He became a professional magician at an early age and produces music albums. He also won an Emmy award for hosting "Inside the Eagles" in 2008. He is asked often by corporations to give motivational speeches.

PR - Nick Miller - Scottsdale - Southern Utah - Oakland Raiders
At Southern Utah Miller led the nation in All Purpose Yards. He was the Great Lake Region's Special Team Player of the Year. As a Receiver he had 90 catches for about 1200 yards. He has around 200 yards in punt returns this season. The Raiders picked him up as a free agent last year, but a shin injury dampened his playing time. As a backup WR, he has 3 catches for 40 yards.

KR - Brandon Banks - Bakersfield College - Kansas State - Washington Redskins
The smallest man in the NFL has always wowed people in the stands. He owns all the receiving records at Bakersfield College, and has never let his 5'7 150 lb. frame get in the way of playing a physical game. He has already set a kickoff return record for the Redskins with 271 combined return yards in a loss to the Lions this year, including this 96 yard return…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ObRdzYanFA  He was the Big 12 Special Team Player of the Year his Senior year for the Wildcats, and he was also their top receiver. He is in the top 15 for kickoff returns this season, and is also the Skins punt returner.

FG Kicker - M. Bryant - Trinity - Baylor - Atlanta Falcons
Bryant is one of the best FG kickers in the NFL. Currently he is ranked third with 24 out of 27 FGs and 30 out of 30 extra points being made. Bryant kicked a 62 yard field goal against Philly in 2007, the second longest field goal in playoff history. Bryant does a lot of charity work off the field.

Kickoff Kicker - Rhys Lloyd - Rochester - University of Minnesota - Carolina Panthers
Lloyd ranks 3rd in the NFL in kickoffs averaging close to 69 yards a kick. Originally from Dover England, Lloyd was the University of Minnesota's Special Team Player of the Year after a solid career at Rochester. At Rochester he set an NJCAA record with 99 points and was a First Team All NJCAA player.


FB - Reagan Mauia - San Joaquin Delta - Hawaii - Arizona Cardinals
After being drafted by the Dolphins and earning a starting spot, Mauia displeased the Dolphin management by being arrested for assault for punching a guy's lights out in a restaurant parking lot. After sitting out a while, he has found a home in Arizona and earned the starting job.

TE - Delanie Walker - Mount SAC - Central Missouri - San Francisco 49ers
Delanie is probably Mt SACs all time receiver, and that's saying a lot considering the talent the Mounties have had in that position. Although he has stacked on some weight, in college Walker was their best receiver and a good return man which speaks volumes about his athleticism. He averaged 50 catches a year in his college career. He is definitely a matchup problem for defenses and his presence at Tight End keeps DBs from doubling up on receivers. He has 21 catches for 276 yards this season. He loves classic cars, and has a 1964 Chevy Impala, 1972 Buick Skylark and a 1989 Camaro IROC-Z28. Of course, I'm not sure how a 72 Buick Skylark qualifies as classic, but hey, maybe my Toyota will be a classic someday!

DE - Antonio Smith - NEO - Oklahoma State - Houston Texans
A two year starter for Oklahoma State, his Senior year he was hampered by a leg injury. The versatile DL has 3 sacks and 29 tackles this season.

DE- Brett Keisel - Snow - BYU - Pittsburgh Steelers
After a stellar career at Snow, Keisel went on to be an Honorable Mention All Mountain West Conference Player for Brigham Young. In High School he was the Wyoming Player of the Year. He has sat out half the season due to injury, but still has 16 tackles so far.

DL - Antonio Johnson - Mississippi Delta - Mississippi State - Indianapolis Colts
After being picked up off waivers from Tennessee in 08, Johnson has progressed into a starting role. He didn't start playing for Delta until his sophomore season, and started only 5 games at Mississippi State. But his learning curve is near completion now, and he is making an impact for the Colts.

NT - Aubrayo Franklin - Itawamba - San Francisco 49ers
Named the Mississippi Conference Defensive Player of the Year, it took Franklin a while but he took over a starting job at Tennessee his Senior Year. He has 30 tackles this year.

DT - Paul Soliai - Coffeyville - Utah - Miami Dolphins
He's three hundred and fifty five pounds of terror. But don't let the size fool you. Soliai played a lot of rugby in his youth in American Samoa, so running is no problem for this guy. Heck he even played soccer in High School! He was a two time All Jayhawk player at Coffeyville, and an All American his sophomore year. He was a 2nd team All Mountain West Player at Utah. He has 23 tackles after the 12th game.

DT - Remi Ayodele - NEO - Oklahoma -  New Orleans Saints
Originally signed by New England, Ayodele had brief stints with Baltimore, Atlanta, and even the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe before being signed by the Saints. Ayodele has continually improved since his days with the Sooners, and after a great game against Minnesota in the NFC Championship game, is now a starter for the Super Bowl Champs. His tackle total is 26 so far.

DL - Jeremy Mincey - Butler - Florida - Jacksonville Jaguars
The injury bug has hit Mincey hard the last three seasons, but he seems to be fairly healthy now. He has 16 tackles and 4 sacks this year from the Defensive End position. As a Senior, he garnered Second Team All-SEC honors for the Gators.

NT - Bryan Robinson - College of the Desert - Fresno State - Arizona Cardinals
A first team All WAC player at Fresno and a two time all conference player for COD, Robinson was drafted by the Rams, but was soon acquired by the Bears and he blossomed there. He is active in Special Olympics and bought new uniforms for his whole High School team last season. Robinson has 17 tackles so far.

OLB - Rob Ninkovich - Joliet - Purdue - NE Patriots
Ninkovich made 2nd Team All Big -10 his Senior year despite only being a partial starter. He was part of Joliet's NJCAA national champion team, and set the single season record for sacks there with 16. Each year he seems to keep getting better, and is a starting OLB for the hot Patriots.

LB - Koa Misi - Santa Rosa - Utah - Miami Dolphins
Misi got his first TD this season when Brett Favre fumbled and he fell on it in the end zone. At Santa Rosa he earned 1st Team All Northern Conference and followed that up as a three year starter for the Utes, and All Conference selection his Senior year. His father Sione, played football at Hawaii.

LS - John Denney - Ricks College - BYU - Miami Dolphins
In his 6th season, Denney took over the long snapping job his rookie season. He also has played on the Special Teams. He was an Academic All American at BYU, and was chosen to play in the Hula Bowl.

LS Ken Amato - Moorpark - Tennessee Titans
Amato took a break after his playing days at Montana State before he came into the NFL. I remember Amato as a good LB at Moorpark before a knee injury, and he still is a backup LB and special team tackler for the Titans. Amato is fluent in Spanish as his mom is Puerto Rican and his father half Italian and half Irish. No wonder he's a linebacker.

K. David Buehler - Santa Ana -  Southern California - Dallas Cowboys
Buehler is more than a kicker, he is also a good athlete at 6'2 and 225 lbs. He doesn't just get out of the way after kicking off, he goes after runners like any special teams linebacker.  Last season he broke the Cowboy record with 29 touchbacks in his rookie season last year, which led the N.F.L.

Other NFL Juco players

QB - Seneca Wallace - Sacramento - Cleveland Browns
QB - Brett Ratliff - Butte - Cleveland Browns
QB - Shaun Hill - Hutchinson - Detroit Lions
RB - Jerome Harrison - Pasadena - Philadelphia Eagles
RB - Eldra Buckley - N/W Mississippi - Tennessee - Chattanooga - Philadelphia Eagles
RB - Ryan Torain - Butler - Washington Redskins
RB - Bernard Scott - Blinn - Cincinnati Bengals
RB - Deji Karim - NEO - Jacksonville Jaguars
RB - Maurice Morris - Fresno City - Detroit Lions
WR - Taj Smith - Bakersfield College - Syracuse - Indianopolis Colts
WR - David Reed - Pasadena - Baltimore Ravens
WR - Lavelle Hawkins - City of San Francisco - Tennessee Titans
WR - Donald Jones - Lackawanna - Buffalo Bills
WR - Devin Thomas - Coffeyville - New York Giants
WR - Rashied Davis - West L.A. - Chicago Bears
WR - Julian Edelman - San Mateo - New England Patriots
WR - Deion Branch - Jones County - New England Patriots
OL - Mike Gibson - Solano - Seattle Seahawks
OL - Chris White - Holmes - Seattle Seahawks
LDE - Jason Pierre-Paul - College of the Canyons and Ft. Scott - New York Giants
LDE - Jonathan Fanene - College of the Canyons - Cincinnati Bengals
LDE - Ryan McBean - Hinds - Denver Broncos
LDE - Jarius Wynn - Georgia Military - Green Bay Packers
LDT - Junior Siavii - Butte - Seattle Seahawks
LDT - Fred Evans - Dupage - Minnesota Vikings
DE - Larry Hart - Holmes - Jacksonville Jaguars
RDE - C.J. Ah You - Snow - St. Louis Rams
RDE - David Tollefson - Los Medanos - New York Giants
RDE - Eugene Sims - Jones County - St. Louis Rams
RDE - Jacob Ford - Holmes - Tennessee Titans
NT - Dion Gales - Mississippi Gulf Coast - Kansas City Chiefs
NT - Terrence Cody - Mississippi Gulf - Baltimore Ravens
NT - Howard Green - S/W Mississippi - Green Bay Packers
DT - Ojemdi Nwagbuo - Southwestern - San Diego Chargers
MLB - Jasper Brinkley - Georgia Military - Minnesota Vikings
MLB - Akin Ayodele - El Camino - Buffalo Bills
ILB - Tim Dobbins - Copiah Lincoln - Miami Dolphins
WLB - Keith Ellison - El Camino - Buffalo Bills
OLB - Marcus Bernard - Grand Rapids - Cleveland Browns
OLB - Ashlee Palmer - Compton -  Mississippi - Detroit Lions
FS - Troy Nolan - College of the Canyons - Houston Texans
FS - Reggie Nelson - Coffeyville - Cincinnati Bengals
FS - Robert Johnson - L.A. Southwest - Tennessee Titans
FS - Hiram Eugene Pearl River - Oakland Raiders
SS - Matt Giordano - Fresno City - New Orleans Saints
SS - Larry Asante - Coffeyville - Tampa Bay
SS - Amari Spievey - Iowa Central - Detroit Lions
CB - Justin Tryon - College of the Canyons - Indianapolis Colts
CB - Nate Ness - El Camino - Miami Dolphins
CB - Jarrett Bush - American River - Green Bay Packers
CB - Elbert Mack - Butler - Tampa bay
CB - Jorrick Calvin - East Central Mississippi - Philadelphia Eagles
CB - Joselio Hanson - El Camino - Philadelphia Eagles
CB - Quincy Butler - Tyler - St. Louis Rams
CB - Tramaine Brock - Mississippi Gulf Coast - San Francisco 49ers
CB - Brandon McDonald - Jones County - Detroit Lions
CB - Zachary Bowman - New Mexico Military - Chicago Bears
CB - Ryan Mouton - Blinn - Tennessee Titans
CB - Chris Johnson - Blinn - Oakland Raiders
CB - Drew Coleman - Trinity - New York Jets
CB - Dwight Lowery - Cabrillo - New York Jets
CB - Jonathan Wilhite - Butler - New England

There you have it. It looks to me like a pretty solid NFL team with quite a few All Pro players as well as future Hall of Famers. What it does prove is that you CAN get to the league through Junior College football. How many of this year's crop of Juco players will make it to the Big Show? Time will tell, but there surely will be more than a few.

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