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NFL Rosters Feature 35 Former Utes

May 10, 2013


With the latest class of draft picks and free agents, the ranks of former Utes on active NFL rosters has swelled to 35. Highlighting Utah's latest NFL class are draft picks Star Lotulelei and Joe Kruger.

Lotulelei, an All-America defensive tackle, was the first-round selection of the Carolina Panthers, who claimed him with the 14th overall pick. Lotulelei became the seventh ever Ute first-round draft pick and the fourth-highest overall pick.

Two days later, defensive end Joe Kruger went to the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round as the 212th overall pick. Kruger, who bypassed his senior year at Utah to enter the draft, was the sixth player selected in the seventh round.

Ten other members of the 2012 senior class have signed free agent contracts: OL Sam Brenner (Miami Dolphins), WR DeVonte Christopher (Washington Redskins), WR/KR Reggie Dunn (Pittsburgh Steelers), DL Dave Kruger (Cleveland Browns), DB Ryan Lacy (New Orleans Saints), DB Moe Lee (Baltimore Ravens), TE David Rolf (San Diego Chargers), P Sean Sellwood (Atlanta Falcons), OL Tevita Stevens (Washington Redskins) and DB Reggie Topps (Arizona Cardinals), DL.

Several NFL teams have multiple Utes on their current rosters, led by the Miami Dolphins with five: Paul Soliai, Koa Misi, R.J. Stanford, Derrick Shelby and Sam Brenner. Next with three Utes are Carolina (Steve Smith, Jordan Gross and Star Lotulelei) and Baltimore (Ma'ake Kemoeatu, David Reed and Moe Lee).

Signing a contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League was running back John White.

Below is a complete list of former Utes on NFL rosters as of May 9:

Year  Round     Pick    Name                    Pos.    Current Team
2001	3	74	Steve Smith      	WR 	Carolina
2002			Ma'ake Kemoeatu	        DT	Baltimore
2003	1	8	Jordan Gross 	        OL	Carolina
2005	1	1	Alex Smith 	        QB 	Kansas City
2007	2	37	Eric Weddle 	        DB	San Diego
2007	4	108	Paul Soliai	        DT	Miami
2009	2	57	Paul Kruger	        DE	Cleveland
2009	2	61	Sean Smith	        DB	Kansas City
2009	6	188	Brice McCain	        DB	Houston
2010	2	40	Koa Misi	        LB	Miami
2010	2	45	Zane Beadles	        OL	Denver
2010	5	148	Robert Johnson	        DB	Tennessee
2010	5	156	David Reed	        WR	Baltimore
2010	5	166	Stevenson Sylvester     LB	Pittsburgh
2010	7	223	R.J. Stanford           DB	Miami
2011	5	139	Brandon Burton	        DB	Minnesota
2011	6	179	Caleb Schlauderaff	OL	N.Y. Jets
2011			Matt Asiata	        RB	Minnesota
2011			Sealver Siliga          DL	Denver
2012	3	95	Tony Bergstrom	        OL	Oakland
2012			Conroy Black	        DB	Detroit
2012			Tevita Finau	        DL	N.Y. Jets
2012			Derrick Shelby	        DE	Miami
2013	1	14	Star Lotulelei	        DT	Carolina
2013	7	212	Joe Kruger	        DE	Philadelphia
2013			Sam Brenner	        OL	Miami
2013			DeVonte Christopher	WR	Washington
2013			Reggie Dunn	        WR	Pittsburgh
2013			Dave Kruger	        DL	Cleveland
2013			Ryan Lacy	        DB	New Orleans
2013			Moe Lee	                DB	Baltimore
2013			David Rolf	        TE	San Diego
2013			Sean Sellwood	        P	Atlanta
2013			Tevita Stevens	        OL	Washington
2013			Reggie Topps	        DB	Arizona



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