We roll on with the three schools that just missed the top 10 of this list.
13. Miami: Olivier Vernon DE NYG Honorable Mentions: Jimmy Graham TE SEA, Frank Gore RB IND, Greg Olsen TE CAR Lamar Miller RB HOU
Miami aka the “U” always provides loads of NFL talent. As always there’s plenty of NFL talent right now that came from the U. The top former Hurricane in the NFL right now is Giants defensive end Oliver Vernon. Vernon who strung together monster years for the Dolphins earned a monster contract from the Giants and did not disappoint. He had 63 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, forced a fumble, recovered one and as a result was named second team all pro. Honorable mentions go out to Seahawks Tight End Jimmy Graham, Colts Running Back Frank Gore, Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen, and Texans Running Back Lamar Miller. Graham was once in the conversation with Rob Gronkowski as the NFL’s top tight end before he was traded from New Orleans to Seattle. He is a three time pro bowler, first team all pro Tight End, second team all pro honor, and was the NFL’s touchdown receiving touchdown leader in 2013. Frank Gore at age 33 is still one of the NFL’s top running backs. He ran for 1,025 yards in 2016 and in a career split with the 49ers and Colts he is five time pro bowler, and second team all pro honor. Greg Olsen is one of the NFL’s Tight End. The former Bear turned Panther is a three time pro bowler, and two time second team all pro honor. Olsen helped Carolina win the NFC championship in 2015. Lamar Miller has been an 1,000 yard rusher twice in his career and rushed for at least eight touchdowns twice. He has split time with the Dolphins and Texans.
12. Oregon: LeGarrette Blount RB NE Honorable Mentions: Kiko Alonso MIA, Marcus Mariota QB TEN, Max Unger C NO, T.J. Ward S DEN, Kyle Long OL CHI: Oregon has been one of the top Football programs the last 10 years or so which makes sense as to why they have produced so much NFL talent. The top former Duck in the NFL is Patriot running back LeGarrette Blount. Blount who has spent time with the Bucs, Steelers and the Pats had his best year in 2016. He ran for 1,161 yards and an NFL leading 18 touchdowns in 2016. Honorable mentions go to Dolphins Linebacker Kiko Alonso, Titan Quarterback Marcus Mariota, Saint Center Max Unger, Bronco Safety T.J. Ward, and Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long. Alonso who has played for the Bills, Eagles and now with the Dolphins recorded 159 total tackles in 2013 and grabbed four picks. Finally healthy again in 2016 he had 115 total tackles, two picks, a forced fumble, and four fumble recoveries. Former Heisman winner Marcus Mariota has helped turn the Titan franchise around. Mariota who led the Titans to a .500 season in 2016. Mariota threw 26 touchdowns and was good for 3,426 yards in 2016. Saints center Max Unger who has split time in Seattle and New Orleans is a two time pro bowler and was named first team all pro in 2012. He helped Seattle win the Super Bowl in 2013. T.J. Ward who helped Denver’s top ranked defense win Super Bowl 50 is a two time pro bowler and was named second team all pro in 2013. Ward had a huge Super Bowl grabbing a pick and recovering a fumble against Carolina. Kyle Long is a three time pro bowl offensive tackle and was named second team all pro in 2014.
11.Clemson: Vic Beasley JR LB ATL, Honorable Mentions: DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU, Bashaud Breeland CB WAS, Martavis Bryant WR PIT
Clemson won the National Championship in 2016 for the first time since 1981 which means they should be able to get into the top 10 soon. Right now however they fall just short but still have some solid NFL talent. The top former Tiger in the NFL is Vic Beasley Falcon edge rusher. Beasley had a monster 2016. He was named first team all pro, voted into the Pro Bowl, and led the NFL in sacks with 15.5. Shout outs go to Texans Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Redskin corner Bashaud Breeland, and Steelers Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant. Hopkins who is a former Pro Bowler and second team all pro honor is one of the game’s elite Wide Receivers. In 2015 Hopkins had 11 touchdown grabs, and racked 1,521 receiving yards. Hopkins has had two 1,200 plus receiving yard seasons and has had at least 800 receiving yards in all four years of his carrier. Bashaud Breeland stepped up as the Redskins top corner over Josh Norman due to great play. Breeland grabbed three picks, forced a pair of fumbles, and had 73 total tackles in 2016. In all three years of his career Breeland has at least two picks and two forced fumbles proving to be a ball hawk. Martavis Bryant of the Steelers is Ben Roethlisberger’s second favorite target only behind Antonio Brown. Bryant has caught 14 total touchdowns in his first two years of his career and had 765 receiving yards for the Steelers in 2016.