More than 135 former Georgians on NFL opening-day rosters

There are more than 130 former Georgia high school football players on NFL rosters – at least one on all 32 teams – entering the 2017 season openers this week, according to research by GHSF Daily.

The Kansas City Chiefs, with 11, have the most. The Tennessee Titans have eight. The Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins have seven each.

The Falcons have four Georgia players. They are LB Vic Beasley of Adairsville, DT Grady Jarrett of Rockdale County, LS Josh Harris of Carrollton and DB Quincy Mauer of Kell.

Westlake has the most NFL players among Georgia high schools with four. They are QB Cam Newton, CB Adam Jones, LB Edwin Jackson and OL Chance Warmack.

Schools with three players are Gainesville, Lowndes, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Starr’s Mill and Tucker. Eighteen other schools have at least two players.

Nineteen Georgia NFL players played at the University of Georgia. Auburn claims 11. Other schools with five are more are Georgia Tech (nine), Tennessee (seven), Louisville (six) and Alabama (five).

There are several significant former Georgia high school players who are not on NFL rosters this season.

Robert Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowl player with 123 career sacks, has retired after 14 seasons. He played at McNair in DeKalb County and Alabama A&M.

Leodis McKelvin, a first-round pick in 2008 from Ware County and Troy University, did not hook on with any teams.

Jarvis Jones, a first-round pick in 2013, was released last week by the Cardinals with injury settlement. Jones played at Carver of Columbus and Georgia.

The list below includes those on 53-man rosters, injured reserve or suspended lists. They do not include those on practice squads.

NFL rosters change daily, and NFL high school data must be researched, as it is not provided officially by the league. We welcome notice of omissions or mistakes and will update this list accordingly on AJC.com.

Pos Player High shool College NFL
OLB Vic Beasley Adairsville Clemson Falcons
QB Joshua Dobbs Alpharetta Tennessee Steelers
WR Breshad Perriman Arabia Mountain Central Florida Ravens
OT Ulrick John Bradwell Institute Georgia State Cardinals
LB Cameron Lynch Brookwood Syracuse Buccaneers
CB Justin Coleman Brunswick Tennessee Seahawks
CB Darius Slay Brunswick Mississippi State Lions
OT Vadal Alexander Buford LSU Raiders
LS Reid Ferguson Buford LSU Bills
DE DaVonte Lambert* Burke County Auburn Buccaneers
DE Cornelius Washington Burke County Georgia Lions
DB J.J. Wilcox Cairo Georgia Southern Buccaneers
LB Jarrad Davis Camden County Florida Lions
LS Josh Harris Carrollton Auburn Falcons
CB Jonathan Jones Carrollton Auburn Patriots
RB Isaiah Crowell Carver (Columbus) Alabama State Browns
OT Chris Hubbard Carver (Columbus) UAB Steelers
OG David Yankey* Centennial Stanford Panthers
DB Chris Milton Charlton County Georgia Tech Colts
G Clint Boling Chattahoochee Georgia Bengals
RB Senorise Perry Chattooga Louisville Dolphins
FB Marquez Williams* Clarke Central Miami Jaguars
WR Tyreek Hill Coffee West Alabama Chiefs
QB Taylor Heinicke* Collins Hill Old Dominion Vikings
OT Cameron Erving Colquitt County Florida State Chiefs
TE Gerald Everett Columbia South Alabama Rams
OT Eric Smith Columbia Virginia Dolphins
P Chris Jones Coosa Carson-Newman Cowboys
SS Eric Berry Creekside Tennessee Chiefs
DB Joshua Holsey Creekside Auburn Redskins
OG Corey Levin Dacula Chattanooga Titans
OLB Leonard Floyd Dodge County Georgia Bears
DT Montravius Adams Dooly County Auburn Packers
FB Mike Tolbert Douglas County Coastal Carolina Bills
LB Erik Walden Dublin Middle Tennessee Titans
SS Shawn Williams Early County Georgia Bengals
DT Sheldon Rankins Eastside Louisville Saints
DE Isaac Rochell ELCA Notre Dame Chargers
CB Buster Skrine Etowah UT-Chattanooga Jets
DB Brandon Boykin* Fayette County Georgia Ravens
QB Connor Shaw* Flowery Branch South Carolina Bears
WR T.J. Jones Gainesville Notre Dame Lions
DE Jeremiah Ledbetter Gainesville Arkansas Lions
QB Deshaun Watson Gainesville Clemson Texans
RB Wayne Gallman Grayson Clemson Giants
DT Robert Nkemdiche Grayson Mississippi Cardinals
WR Kalif Raymond Gr. Atlanta Christian Holy Cross Jets
DE Ronald Blair Greene County Appalachian State 49ers
SS Corey Moore Griffin Georgia Texans
WR Tavarres King Habersham Central Georgia Giants
DE Marcus Smith Hardaway Louisville Seahawks
OLB Jordan Jenkins Harris County Georgia Jets
DE Charles Johnson Hawkinsville Georgia Panthers
DT Dalvin Tomlinson Henry County Alabama Giants
G James Carpenter Hephzibah Alabama Jets
RB Kenyan Drake Hillgrove Alabama Dolphins
TE Evan Engram Hillgrove Mississippi Giants
OLB Lorenzo Mauldin Jackson (Atl.) Louisville Jets
DE Anthony Lanier Jenkins Alabama A&M Redskins
WR Harry Douglas Jonesboro Louisville Titans
CB Cameron Sutton Jonesboro Tennessee Steelers
CB Brendan Langley Kell Lamar Broncos
DB Quincy Mauger Kell Georgia Falcons
ILB Wesley Woodyard LaGrange Kentucky Titans
LB Donald Payne Landmark Christian Stetson Jaguars
LB Raekwon McMillan* Liberty County Ohio State Dolphins
G Chris Scott* Lovejoy Tennessee Panthers
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons Lowndes Louisville Redskins
DB Kenny Moore Lowndes Valdosta State Colts
OLB Telvin Smith Lowndes Florida State Jaguars
RB Mack Brown M.L. King Florida Redskins
FS Kevin Byard M.L. King Middle Tennessee Titans
DB Jalen Hall Marietta Jacksonville State Ravens
LB Tyrell Adams Mays West Georgia Raiders
DE Allen Bailey McIntosh Co. Academy Miami Chiefs
RB Peyton Barber Milton Auburn Buccaneers
LB Carl Lawson Milton Auburn Bengals
DT Grover Stewart Mitchell County Albany State Colts
DE Stephon Tuitt Monroe Area Notre Dame Steelers
MLB Alec Ogletree Newnan Georgia Rams
DB Demetrius McCray* Newton Appalachian State Seahawks
WR Brice Butler Norcross San Diego State Cowboys
OG Max Garcia Norcross Florida Broncos
RB Alvin Kamara Norcross Tennessee Saints
SS Morgan Burnett North Clayton Georgia Tech Packers
DE Kyle Love North Clayton Mississippi State Panthers
TE Darren Waller** North Cobb Georgia Tech Ravens
TE Jared Cook North Gwinnett South Carolina Raiders
T Ja’Wuan James North Gwinnett Tennessee Dolphins
TE C.J. Uzomah North Gwinnett Auburn Bengals
WR Chris Conley North Paulding Georgia Chiefs
K Wil Lutz Northgate Georgia State Saints
DT Abry Jones Northside (W.R.) Georgia Jaguars
CB Steven Nelson Northside (W.R.) Oregon State Chiefs
WR Tre McBride Ola William & Mary Bears
RB Chris Carson Parkview Oklahoma State Seahawks
WR Demarcus Robinson Peach County Florida Chiefs
DE Cameron Heyward Peachtree Ridge Ohio State Steelers
LB Kevin Minter Peachtree Ridge LSU Bengals
CB Bradley Roby Peachtree Ridge Ohio State Broncos
CB Casey Hayward Perry Vanderbilt Chargers
QB T.J. Yates Pope North Carolina Bills
OLB Thomas Davis Randolph-Clay Georgia Panthers
SS Vonn Bell Ridgeland Ohio State Saints
T Cordy Glenn Riverdale Georgia Bills
DT Grady Jarrett Rockdale County Clemson Falcons
P Marquette King Rutland Fort Valley State Raiders
DB Mike Hilton Sandy Creek Ole Miss Steelers
CB Jalen Myrick Savannah Christ. Minnesota Jaguars
LB Philip Wheeler Shaw Georgia Tech Cardinals
DE Stephen Weatherly Shiloh Vanderbilt Vikings
LB Terrance Smith Southwest DeKalb Florida State Chiefs
RB Jerick McKinnon Sprayberry Georgia Southern Vikings
DB Brynden Trawick Sprayberry Troy Titans
LB Ufomba Kamalu Starr’s Mill Jacksonville State Texans
FB Zach Laskey* Starr’s Mill Georgia Tech Rams
P Sam Martin* Starr’s Mill Appalachian State Lions
OLB Justin Houston Statesboro Georgia Chiefs
OLB Bruce Irvin Stephenson West Virginia Raiders
OLB Preston Smith Stephenson Mississippi State Redskins
LB Ukeme Eligwe Stone Mountain Georgia Southern Chiefs
SS Da’Norris Searcy Towers North Carolina Titans
WR Quan Bray Troup Auburn Colts
CB A.J. Bouye Tucker Central Florida Jaguars
WR Dwayne Harris Tucker East Carolina Giants
DB Neiko Thorpe Tucker Auburn Seahawks
CB Darqueze Dennard Twiggs County Michigan State Bengals
CB D.J. White Union Grove Georgia Tech Chiefs
WR Malcolm Mitchell Valdosta Georgia Patriots
C Brandon Kublanow* Walton Georgia Ravens
DT Jimmy Staten* Ware County Middle Tennessee Titans
FS Reshad Jones Washington Georgia Dolphins
LB Brandon Watts* Washington County Georgia Tech Dolphins
DT T.Y. McGill Wayne County N.C. State Browns
C David Andrews Wesleyan Georgia Patriots
WR Demaryius Thomas West Laurens Georgia Tech Broncos
ILB Edwin Jackson* Westlake Georgia Southern Colts
CB Adam Jones** Westlake West Virginia Bengals
QB Cam Newton Westlake Auburn Panthers
OG Chance Warmack Westlake Alabama Eagles
K Harrison Butker Westminster Georgia Tech Panthers
OT Trent Brown Westover Florida 49ers
WR Rashad Greene* Westover Florida State Jaguars
CB Kareem Jackson Westside (Macon) Alabama Texans
OLB Bud Dupree Wilkinson County Kentucky Steelers
FS Andrew Adams Woodward Academy UConn Giants
DE Henry Anderson Woodward Academy Stanford Colts
*Injured reserve
**Suspended list

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