Which former Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns can make NFL rosters in 2021
With seven players selected in the last five years combined, UL has more NFL Draft picks in that span that any other Sun Belt Conference program.
Appalachian State is next closest with four.
Six of the seven players drafted since 2017 remain on NFL rosters. Cornerback Simeon Thomas was waived with an injury settlement last season by Washington.
Here’s a look at former UL players on NFL rosters:
Defensive lineman Christian Ringo, New Orleans
Ringo played eight games for Green Bay in 2016 and six for Detroit in 2017 after the Packers drafted him in the sixth round in 2015.
He was signed to New Orleans’ practice squad in November, released in January and subsequently signed to a reserve/futures contract.
Defensive lineman Justin Hamilton, Dallas
After time on Green Bay’s 2015 practice squad and Seattle’s from 2015-16, the undrafted Hamilton played for Philadelphia in 2017 and Kansas City from 2017-18.
He had 10 appearances in 2020 for Dallas, giving him 21 total NFL games.
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Running back Elijah McGuire, Kansas City
A sixth-round pick by the New York Jets in 2017, McGuire played 24 games from 2017-18.
Since then he’s bounced on and off four teams’ practice squads/active rosters without playing. Kansas City re-signed the Vandebilt Catholic product from Houma in late March. McGuire won a Super Bowl ring in 2020 as a Chiefs practice player.
Safety Tracy Walker, Detroit
Drafted by Detroit in the third round in 2018, Walker has played 44 games for the Lions.
He started 12 in 2019 and seven in a diminished role last season, when he moved from free safety to strong safety.
Offensive lineman Robert Hunt, Miami
Selected last year in the second round by the Miami Dolphins, Hunt played all 16 games. He had 11 starts. The Dolphins, according to the Miami Herald, plan to move him from right tackle to right guard.
Guard Kevin Dotson, Pittsburgh
The 2020 fourth-round pick by Pittsburgh started four of the 13 games he played, including the Steelers’ last two. Dotson’s first start came because of injuries to two starters. He played on both the right and left sides.
Running back Raymond Calais Jr., Los Angeles Rams
Picked by Tampa Bay in the seventh round in 2020 but waived, the Cecilia High product played four games as a Rams rookie. He returned seven kickoffs, including a 41-yarder against the Giants.
Cornerback Michael Jacquet III, Philadelphia
Undrafted Jacquet had 18 total tackles over seven games including two starts as an Eagles rookie last season. He had seven tackles including a sack against Arizona.
Wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley, Cleveland
Undrafted Bradley played three games as a Browns rookie last year, making five catches for 60 yards. All five came in a late-December game against the Jets, leaving a favorable impression.
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Running back Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco
A sixth-round 2020 pick by San Francisco, Mitchell will try to join a crowded backfield led by Raheem Mostert and Wayne Gallman. The 49ers also drafted Ohio State’s Trey Sermon ahead of the Erath High product.
Running back Trey Ragas, Las Vegas
Ragas signed as a rookie undrafted free agent. The Raiders are stacked with returnees at his position, but Las Vegas didn’t draft any running backs this year.
Multiple reports indicate tight end Nick Ralston, a senior in 2019, planned to sign with Dallas as an undrafted free agent and use him as an H-back/fullback. … Linebacker Otha Peters Jr., who played three NFL games for Washington in 2017, is on the roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL. … Linebacker Jacques Boudreaux is scheduled to make his pro debut for Frisco of the new Indoor Football League when the Fighters visit Spokane on Saturday.