Former FCS Players Abound on 2022 NFL Rosters
Nearly 200 former FCS college football players help fill NFL rosters and practice squads entering the 2022 season, including some of the league’s more prominent players.
Over 140 players from Division I subdivisions programs were on the 32 rosters following the 53-man cutdown this week, although more than 15 designated as injured reserve or physically unable to perform. More than 50 were signed to practice squads.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver and Super Bowl 56 MVP Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington) and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (South Carolina State) are considered among the best at their respective position. Former North Dakota State quarterbacks Trey Lance of the San Francisco 49ers and Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders are two of the other high-profile players in the league.
North Dakota State led FCS programs after the cutdown with a whopping 11 players on NFL 53-man rosters plus two more on practice squads. Delaware, Montana State, Northern Iowa and South Carolina State were tied for the second-most players on 53-man rosters with five each.
(Here’s a look back to The Analyst 2021 All-FCS NFL Team)
Former FCS Players on NFL Rosters (Subject to Change)
Arizona Cardinals (1/0)
Antonio Hamilton, DB, South Carolina State.
Atlanta Falcons (5/1)
Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State; Quinton Bell, LB, Prairie View A&M; Mike Ford, DB, Southeast Missouri; KhaDarel Hodge, WR, Alcorn State/Prairie View A&M; Dean Marlowe, DB, James Madison. Practice Squad: MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois.
Baltimore Ravens (3/3)
Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware; Michael Pierce, DL, Samford; Patrick Ricard, FB, Maine. Practice Squad: Isaiah Mack, DT, Chattanooga; Rayshad Nichols, DT, Stephen F. Austin; Raleigh Webb, WR, The Citadel.
Buffalo Bills (6/0)
Christian Benford, CB, Villanova; Spencer Brown, OL, Northern Iowa; Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State; Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington; Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State; Siran Neal, DB, Jacksonville State; Greg Van Roten, OG, Penn.
Carolina Panthers (3/3)
Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois; Andre Roberts, WR/RS, The Citadel; Julian Stanford, LB, Wagner (Injured Reserve). Practice Squad: Josh Babicz, TE, North Dakota State; Madre Harper, CB, Southern Illinois; Ra’Shaun Henry, WR, Saint Francis.
Cincinnati Bengals (1/0
Cordell Volson, OL, North Dakota State.
Chicago Bears (6/6)
Ja’Tyre Carter, Southern; Dakota Dozier, OL, Furman (Injured Reserve); DeAndre Houston-Carson, DB, William & Mary; Caleb Johnson, LB, Houston Baptist; Braxton Jones, OL, Southern Utah; Joe Thomas, LB, South Carolina State. Practice Squad: Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island; Dieter Eiselen, OL, Yale; Davontae Harris, DB, Illinois State; Sam Kamara, DL, Stony Brook; Lachavious Simmons, OL, Tennessee State; Nsimba Webster, WR, Eastern Washington.
Cleveland Browns (2/4)
Drew Forbes, OL, Southeast Missouri; Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa (Injured Reserve). Practice Squad: Daylen Baldwin, WR, Jackson State; David Moore Jr., OL, Grambling State; Roderick Perry II, DL, South Carolina State; Alex Taylor, OL, South Carolina State.
Dallas Cowboys (6/0)
Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M; DaRon Bland, DB, Sacramento State; Jabril Cox, LB, North Dakota State; Dennis Houston, WR, Western Illinois; John Ridgeway, DL, Illinois State; Matt Waletzko, OL, North Dakota.
Denver Broncos (8/2)
Jacob Bobenmoyer, LS, Northern Colorado; Tom Compton, OL, South Dakota (PUP); Jonas Griffith, LB, Indiana State; Aaron Patrick, LB, Eastern Kentucky; Eric Saubert, TE, Drake; Alex Singleton, LB, Montana State; Billy Turner, OL, North Dakota State; Montrell Washington, WR, Samford. Practice Squad: Josh Johnson, QB, San Diego; Darrius Shepherd, WR, North Dakota State.
Detroit Lions (3/2)
Chris Board, LB, North Dakota State; Bobby Price, S, Norfolk State; Kalif Raymond, WR, Holy Cross. Practice Squad: James Houston, LB, Jackson State; Tom Kennedy, WR, Bryant.
Green Bay Packers (3/0)
Robert Tonyan, TE, Indiana State; Samori Toure, WR, Montana; Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State.
Houston Texans (4/2)
Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB, Eastern Illinois; Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State; Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State (Injured Reserve); Tremon Smith, DB, Central Arkansas. Practice Squad: Drew Estrada, WR, Dartmouth; Tristan McCollum, S, Sam Houston.
Indianapolis Colts (5/4)
Eric Johnson, DL, Missouri State; Shaquille Leonard, LB, South Carolina State; Drew Ogletree, TE, Youngstown State (Injured Reserve); Luke Rhodes, LS, William & Mary; Rodney Thomas II, S, Yale. Practice Squad: Kameron Cline, DE, South Dakota; Forrest Rhyne, LB, Villanova; Jared Scott, TE, Idaho State; Chris Williams, DL, Wagner.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4/1)
Jamal Agnew, WR, San Diego; De’Shaan Dixon, DE, Norfolk State; Foye Oluokun, LB, Yale; James Robinson, RB, Illinois State. Practice Squad: E.J. Perry, QB, Brown.
Kansas City Chiefs (3/3)
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern; Khalen Saunders, DL, Western Illinois; Justin Watson, WR, Penn. Practice Squad: Jack Cochrane, LB, South Dakota; Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa; Chris Oladokun, QB, South Dakota State.
Las Vegas Raiders (5/0)
Tae Davis, LB, Chattanooga (Injured Reserve); Jesper Horsted, TE, Princeton; Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware; Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T (Injured Reserve); Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Presbyterian.
Los Angeles Chargers (6/1)
Nasir Adderley, DB, Delaware ; DeAndre Carter, WR, Sacramento State; Donald Parham Jr., TE, Stetson; Troy Reeder, LB, Delaware; Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State; Andrew Trainer, OL, William & Mary (Injured Reserve). Practice Squad: Michael Bandy, WR, San Diego.
Los Angeles Rams (9/2)
Cobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State; Daniel Hardy, LB, Montana State; Michael Hoecht, DT, Brown; J.J. Koski, WR, Cal Poly (Injured Reserve); Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington; Lance McCutcheon, WR, Montana State; Robert Rochell, DB, Central Arkansas; Christian Rozeboom, LB, South Dakota State; Jonah Williams, DE, Weber State. Practice Squad: Brayden Thomas, LB, North Dakota State; Benton Whitley, LB, Holy Cross.
Miami Dolphins (6/0)
Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Elijah Campbell, DB, Northern Iowa; Tanner Conner, WR, Idaho State; Keion Crossen, DB, Western Carolina; Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham; John Lovett, FB, Princeton (Injured Reserve).
Minnesota Vikings (2/2)
Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State; Oli Udoh, OL, Elon. Practice Squad: Nick Muse, TE, William & Mary; Josh Sokol, OL, Sacred Heart.
New England Patriots (5/1)
Kendrick Bourne, WR, Eastern Washington; Cole Strange, OL, Chattanooga; Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State; Kristian Wilkerson, WR, Southeast Missouri (Injured Reserve); Bailey Zappe, QB, Houston Baptist. Practice Squad: Bill Murray, DT, William & Mary.
New Orleans Saints (6/2)
Kaden Elliss, LB, Idaho; Ethan Greenidge, OL, Villanova (Injured Reserve); Lewis Kidd, OL, Montana State; Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova; Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa (Injured Reserve); Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton. Practice Squad: Dai’Jean Dixon, WR, Nicholls; Rashid Shaheed, WR, Weber State.
New York Giants (5/3)
Austin Calitro, LB, Villanova; Jamie Gillan, P, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Andre Miller, WR, Maine (Injured Reserve); Elerson Smith, LB, Northern Iowa; Nick Williams, DL, Samford. Practice Squad: C.J. Board, WR, Chattanooga; Darren Evans, CB, Nicholls; Jaylon Moore, WR, UT Martin.
New York Jets (4/1)
Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware; John Franklin-Myers, DE, Stephen F. Austin; Greg Senat, OL, Wagner (Reserve/Non-Football); Quincy Williams, LB, Murray State. Practice Squad: Chris Streveler, QB, South Dakota.
Philadelphia Eagles (5/2)
James Bradberry, CB, Samford; Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State; Jaeden Graham, TE, Yale (Injured Reserve); Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State; Sua Opeta, OG, Weber State. Practice Squad: Christian Ellis, LB, Idaho; Reid Sinnett, QB, San Diego.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4/0)
Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah; Christian Kuntz, LB/LS, Duquesne; Mark Robinson, LB, Presbyterian/Southeast Missouri; Derrek Tuszka, DE, North Dakota State.
San Francisco 49ers (7/1)
Ross Dwelley, TE, San Diego; Samson Ebukam, DE, Eastern Washington; Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois; Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard; Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State; George Odum, S, Central Arkansas; Nick Zakelj, OL, Fordham. Practice Squad: Jason Poe, OG, Mercer.
Seattle Seahawks (4/1)
Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State; Jason Myers, PK, Marist; Ryan Neal, SS, Southern Illinois; Tyler Ott, LS, Harvard. Practice Squad: Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7/4)
Cameron Brate, TE, Harvard; Dee Delaney, DB, The Citadel; Cam Gill, LB, Wagner (Injured Reserve); Nick Leverett, OG, North Carolina Central; Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston; Aaron Stinnie, OL, James Madison (Injured Reserve); Josh Wells, OL, James Madison. Practice Squad: Dylan Cook, OL, Montana; Don Gardner, CB, South Dakota State; Mike Greene, DL, James Madison; JJ Howland, TE, Yale.
Tennessee Titans (4/0)
Julius Chestnut, RB, Sacred Heart; Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State; Corey Levin, OL, Chattanooga; Dillon Radunz, OL, North Dakota State.
Washington Commanders (2/1)
Taylor Heinicke, QB, Old Dominion; Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State. Practice Squad: Danny Johnson, CB, Southern.
Stats Perform research analyst Chase Weight contributed to this story.