May 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY--
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