Why not talk some College Football History the day after one of the most thrilling games in the history of the sport. Here are the schools ranked 37-30.
37. Arizona State: Terrell Suggs LB BAL Honorable Mentions: Vontaze Burfict LB CIN, Brock Osweiler QB HOU
Arizona State hasn’t sent too many players to the NFL of late but the players they have sent are very good and are the reason they are close to being in the top half of this list. Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens pass rusher is the top Sun Devil in the NFL. Suggs has had an outstanding 14 year career. His hall of fame case includes six pro bowl nods, a first team all pro honor, NFL defensive player of the year award, defensive rookie of the year award, and 114.5 sacks. Honorable Mentions go to Vontaze Burfict of the Bengals and Brock Osweiler of the Texans. Burfict is one of the hardest hitting, most intimidating players in the NFL. On Top of all that he is a former Pro Bowler and Second Team all pro Linebacker for the Bengals and has three seasons with 100 plus tackles. Brock Osweiler came in and was very good at Quarterback for the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos while Peyton Manning was “injured”. Manning did earn the job back but Osweiler’s efforts in his place got him a 72 million dollar contract with the Houston. Despite his struggles he did help lead the Texans to an AFC South title in 2016.
36. Utah: Alex Smith QB KC Honorable Mentions: Eric Weddle S BAL, Sean Smith CB OAK
The Utah Utes are a program that quietly goes out and has winning seasons every year which makes sense that the players they have sent to the NFL have been good at that all important winning thing. The top Utah alum in the NFL would be Steve Smith SR but he’s now retired so it’s Alex Smith Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 2005 first overall pick in the NFL draft took some time to develop but finally did and in 2011 took a 49ers team that had suffered eight straight losing seasons to 13 wins falling one win short of Super Bowl 46. Smith was traded to the Chiefs after an injury in 2012 gave way to Colin Kaepernick who led the 49ers to Super Bowl 47 and Smith has played great. Smith made it to his first pro bowl with the Chiefs along with making it to the Playoffs in three of his four seasons in Kansas City. Honorable mentions go to Eric Weddle of the Ravens and Sean Smith of the Raiders. After a long successful run with the Chargers which earned Weddle three pro bowl nods, two first team all pro honors and three second team all pro honors Weddle was rewarded with a 26 million dollar contract with the Ravens. Sean Smith had great seasons for both the Dolphins and Chiefs which earned him a 40 million dollar contract with the Raiders in 2016.
35. Oregon State: Brandin Cooks WR NO, Honorable Mentions: Johnny Hekker P LA, Jacquizz Rodgers RB TB, Matt Moore QB MIA, Andy Levitre OG ATL
Though Oregon State isn’t exactly a winning football program the school has sent some really solid players to the NFL. The top former Beaver in the NFL right now is Saints Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks. In his first three years in the NFL Cooks has been a monster. He has a total of 2,861 Yards and has hauled in 20 Touchdown grabs. He is coming of back to back 1,100 yard plus receiving yard seasons. Honorable mentions go the Los Angeles Punter Johnny Hekker, Tampa Bay running back Jacquizz Rodgers, Dolphins Quarterback Matt Moore, and Falcon Offense lineman Andy Levitre. Hekker is the NFL’s best punter he is a three time pro bowler, three time all pro punter, and 2014 second team all pro. He’s racked in all of these accolades in just four NFL Seasons. Jacquizz Rodgers had a rebound 2016 season playing a big role for a successful Bucs season. Matt Moore a career backup Quarterback got his chance in 2016 with an injury to Ryan Tannehill in Miami and had a pair of incredible performances that led the Dolphins to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Andy Letrive is among the best offensive guards in the entire NFL.
34. Vanderbilt: Casey Hayward CB SD Honorable Mentions: Jordan Matthews WR PHI, Jay Cutler QB CHI
Vandy is another school that isn’t known for a winning tradition but have sent some really great players to the NFL of late. The top former Commodore in the NFL right now is Charger Cornerback Casey Hayward. After four solid seasons in Green Bay Hayward signed a 15.3 million dollar deal in 2016 with San Diego and proved to be worth every cent. Hayward led the NFL in picks in 2016 as well as being named to his first pro bowl. Shoutouts go out to Eagles Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews and Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler. Matthews has been the Eagles go to target the last two seasons. In each of his first three seasons he has raked in at least 800 yards and had a pair of eight receiving touchdown seasons. Bear Quarterback Jay Cutler has had an up and down career but really isn’t as bad as the representation he gets. Cutler is a former Pro Bowler and as both the Bears and Bronco starter he has a record just under .500 at 68-71 in 139 starts. In in his lone trip to the playoffs in 2010 he led the Bears to the NFC Championship game.
33. South Carolina: Alshon Jeffery WR CHI Honorable Mentions: Captain Munnerlyn CB MIN, Stephon Gilmore CB BUF, Jadeveon Clowney DE HOU
South Carolina is a program in transition as of now but over the years has given us some really good NFL talent. Bears Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery is the top former Gamecock in the NFL. Jeffrey is one of the NFL’s elite Receivers the former pro bowler has a pair of 1,100 plus receiving yard seasons. The best came in his Pro Bowl year of 2013 where Jeffery had 1,421 receiving yards and was good for 10 touchdown grabs. Honorable mentions go to cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn of the Vikings and Stephon Gilmore of the BIlls along with Texas pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. Munnerlyn has been a solid corner for the Vikings and Panthers throughout his career with 50 career pass breakups 12 of them coming in 2013 with the Panthers. Stephon Gilmore was a pick machine for the Bills in 2016 grabbing five picks getting his five year career total up to 14 picks. Jadeveon Clowney was the first overall pick in the NFL Draft back in in 2014. Injuries plagued him in his first two seasons but in 2016 he was able to get a to the Quarterback a career high six times and made 52 total tackles helping the Texans to an AFC South title.
32. Missouri: Kony Ealy DE CAR Honorable Mentions: Jeremy Maclin WR KC, , Sheldon Richardson DE NYJ Shane Ray LB DEN
Mizzou is only a few years removed from playing in the SEC Championship game thus they have sent some pretty solid players to the NFL as of late. The top former Mizzou Tiger in the NFL is Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy. Early may be best known for his interception of Peyton Manning in the Panthers loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 but he happens to be a solid defense end. He had five sacks in 2016 with two forced fumbles and another interception. Honorable mentions go to Jeremy Maclin of the Chiefs, Sheldon Richardson of the Jets, and young Shane Ray of the Broncos Maclin has become a solid NFL Wide Receiver. The 2014 Pro Bowler has a pair of 1,000 yard plus receiving yard seasons in his career split with the Eagles and Chiefs and only finished below the 700 yard mark once in his career. Sheldon Richardson had become a solid pass rusher for the New York Jets. In 2014 Richardson got to the Quarterback eight times. Shane Ray of the Broncos plays Linebacker but has the stats of a defensive end. Low tackle numbers but had four sacks in his rookie year of 2015 and eight in 2016.
31. Arkansas: Jason Peters OT PHI Honorable Mentions: Knile Davis RB KC, Hunter Henry TE SD
Though Arkansas hasn’t given us a big load of successful NFL players of late they are in the top half of this list and mainly because of former Razorback Jason Peters. This former Razorback is one of the best players in all of Football and one day will be enshrined in Canton. Jason Peters by the far the top former Razorback in the NFL has made it to an amazing nine pro bowls, is a three time first team all pro, and three time second team all pro in his outstanding career that has been split between Buffalo and Philadelphia. Peters has made it to the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons since turning 30 showing despite age he is still among the best in the sport. Honorable mentions are given to Chiefs running back Knile Davis and Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry. Touches have been a little hard to come by for Davis behind Jamaal Charles and Chardrick West in Kansas City but injuries to those to have given Davis chances and he’s done well in those. He scored six rushing touchdowns in 2014 with Jamaal Charles injured. Hunter Henry had a monster rookie season catching eight touchdowns for 476 yards in 2016
30. Michigan State: Le’Veon Bell RB PIT Honorable Mentions: Kirk Cousins QB WAS, Domata Peko DT CIN, Jack Conklin OT TEN
Now going into the top 30 some of players in the NFL will see their alum rewarded thanks to their great work in the NFL. Michigan State is a program who has given us a lot of solid players lately the top former Spartan being Steelers Running Back Le’Veon Bell. In just four NFL seasons Bell has run for 4,045 rushing yards, 2,005 receiving yards and 31 total touchdowns. The two time pro bowler and former first team all pro Running Back is among the top players in the NFL. Shoutouts go out ot Redskin Quarterback Kirk Cousins, Bengal Nose Tackle Domata Peko, and Titan offense lineman Jack Conklin. Kirk Cousins has caught fire the last two seasons leading the Redskins to two straight winning seasons including an NFC East title in 2015. Domata Peko the 11 year veteran has totaled 264 tackles and has been among the league’s top run stoppers in his career. Jack Conklin helped transform the Titans offense line from one of the worst to one of the best in 2016 as a rookie and helped the Titans finished third in rushing yards thanks to the wholes he helped create up front.