NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This information on former Vanderbilt student-athletes on current National Football League and additional professional rosters was updated Jan 18.
Khari Blasingame (2015-18) // Tennessee // Blasingame was signed to the Titans’ 53-man roster during the 2019 season. He finished the 2019 campaign appearing in nine games with four receptions for 54 yards.
Blasingame played in 16 games this season for the Titans and started seven. He had four receptions for 39 yards, an 11-yard kick return and three tackles.
Oren Burks (2014-17) // Green Bay // Burks was a third-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft and competed for a starting job at linebacker as a rookie in Green Bay.
Burks has played 17 games in 2020 and has 22 tackles, two forced fumbles and one tackle for a loss. The Packers host Tampa Bay on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
Our Week 4 #CommunityMVP goes to @BangTimeBurks who hosted #TouchdownsForHope for House of Hope Green Bay to raise money for women + kids experiencing homelessness & also challenged fellow @Packers LBs to a competition that generated another $2,200.
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— NFLPA (@NFLPA) October 9, 2020
Adam Butler (2013-16) // New England // Butler completed his third season in New England in 2019. He played in 16 games, had 26 tackles – 8.0 for a loss – and 6.0 sacks as well as five passes defended.
Butler made 34 tackles – 6.0 for a loss – and 4.0 sacks in 15 games for the Patriots this season.
Zach Cunningham (2013-16) // Houston // The 57th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cunningham has become a starter and one of Houston’s most-productive defenders. He was a consensus first team All-American at inside linebacker for the Commodores in 2016.
The Houston linebacker made an NFL-best 164 tackles to go along with 3.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss in 16 games this season.
— NFL (@NFL) January 6, 2021
Casey Hayward (2008-11) // Los Angeles Chargers // Hayward completed his eighth season in 2019. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro defender who topped the NFL in 2016 with seven interceptions.
Hayward made 41 tackles and defended eight passes in 14 games for the Chargers this season.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 17, 2020
Tre Herndon (2014-17) // Jacksonville // Herndon finished his second NFL season in 2019 after playing in 11 games with Jacksonville. He played in 16 games and started 14 in 2019 and finished with 54 tackles – one for a loss – and defended 13 passes.
This season, Herndon made 76 tackles (4.0 for a loss), recorded a sack and defended five passes in 16 games for the Jaguars.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 8, 2020
Will Holden (2013-16) // Indianapolis // A fifth-round pick by Arizona in 2017, Holden has been with five NFL teams as an offensive tackle and guard. He began the 2020 campaign with the Ravens’ practice squad before being elevated to the active roster Nov. 21 and played 30 offensive snaps and four special teams snaps for the Ravens that day.
Holden then signed with Indianapolis on Dec. 14 and started a Dec. 27 game at Pittsburgh in which he played 52 snaps on offense.
Jared Pinkney (2015-2019) // Tennessee // Pinkney signed a free agent deal with Atlanta in April and spent the 2020 season with the Falcons practice squad.
Pinkney set the Vanderbilt record for career receiving yards by a tight end with 1,560. Pinkney’s 114 career receptions shares the program mark by tight ends and he appeared in 50 games as a Commodore.
Pinkney signed with the Tennessee Titans in January.
Spencer Pulley (2011-15) // New York Giants // Pulley joined the Giants early in the 2018 season and eventually went on to start nine games on the offensive front. In 2017, Pulley served as the Los Angeles Chargers’ starting center for all 16 regular season games. He finished the 2019 season with 95 offensive plays.
Pulley did not play in a games during the 2020 season.
Trent Sherfield (2014-17) // Arizona // Signed as a rookie free agent, Sherfield is in his fourth season with Arizona. He was targeted 13 times in 16 games during the 2019 campaign and had four receptions for 80 yards.
Sherfield had five receptions for 50 yards in 15 games for the Cardinals this season. He also recovered three fumbles and made nine tackles during special teams duties.
Kyle Shurmur (2015-18) // Cincinnati // Shurmur put together one of the more impressive careers in a Vanderbilt uniform by passing for more than 8,800 yards in 44 careers games. He also completed 64 touchdown passes.
Shurmur originally signed with Kansas City in 2019 as an undrafted free agent and spent this past fall as a volunteer coach on campus with the Commodores. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 17 and was assigned to Cincinnati’s practice squad.
Justin Skule (2015-18) // San Francisco // Skule was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the 49ers and played 546 snaps this season on offense and 85 on special teams in 17 games in 2019.
Skule played in all 16 games and started four this past season mostly as a special teams contributor. Skule played on 255 offensive snaps and 66 special teams plays.
Emmanuel Smith (2014-17) // Kansas City // Smith is in his second season with the Chiefs and has appeared in one career game, that coming Dec. 20 when he played 16 snaps on special teams at New Orleans.
Kansas City hosts Buffalo on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn (2017-2019) // Tampa Bay // Vaughn was selected 76th overall in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Vaughn ranks fifth all-time at Vanderbilt with 2,272 rushing yards despite making just 24 appearances.
Vaughn has five receptions for 34 yards and 31 carries for 130 yards in 11 games this season. The Buccaneers travel to Green Bay for the NFC Championship on Sunday.
Stephen Weatherly (2012-15) // Carolina // Weatherly played his fourth NFL season in 2019 with the Minnesota Vikings. In March, Weatherly signed a two-year free agent deal with Carolina.
Weatherly made 17 tackles – 1.0 for a loss – in nine games this season.
I’m a firm believer that we should leave things, places, and people better than the way we found them, so I’m excited to announce the launch of The Stephen Weatherly Foundation! Learn more at https://t.co/6U0xhdijNe 💪🏿 pic.twitter.com/vmdGIoKnmg
— Stephen Weatherly (@s_weatherly91) October 12, 2020
Joejuan Williams (2016-18) // New England // Williams was selected as the 45th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Patriots.
Williams made 18 tackles and defended two passes in 15 games for the Patriots this season.
Commodores in the NFL Draft
|Year||Player||NFL Team||Draft Selection|
|2020||Ke'Shawn Vaughn • RB||Tampa Bay||3rd Round, 76th pick|
|2019||Joejuan Williams • DB||New England||2nd Round, 24th pick|
|Justin Skule • OL||San Francisco||6th Round, 183rd pick|
|2018||Oren Burks • LB||Green Bay||3rd Round, 88th pick|
|2017||Zach Cunningham • LB||Houston||2nd Round, 57th pick|
|Will Holden • OL||Arizona||5th Round, 157th pick|
|2016||Stephen Weatherly • LB/DE||Minnesota||7th Round, 227th pick|
|2014||Jordan Matthews • WR||Philadelphia||2nd Round, 42nd pick|
|Wesley Johnson • OL||Pittsburgh||5th Round, 173rd pick
|Andre Hal • DB||Houston||7th Round, 216th pick|
|2013||Zac Stacy • RB||St. Louis||5th Round, 160th pick|
|Ryan Seymour • OL||Seattle||7th Round, 220th pick|
|2012||Casey Hayward • DB||Green Bay||2nd Round, 62nd pick|
|Tim Fugger • DE||Indianapolis||7th Round, 214th pick|
|2010||Myron Lewis • DB||Tampa Bay||3rd Round, 67th pick|
|Thomas Welch • OL||New England||7th Round, 208th pick|
|2009||D.J. Moore • DB||Chicago||4th Round, 119th pick|
|2008||Chris Williams • OL||Chicago||1st Round, 14th pick|
|Earl Bennett • WR||Chicago||3rd Round, 70th pick|
|Jonathan Goff • LB||N.Y. Giants||5th Round, 164th pick|
|2006||Jay Cutler • QB||Denver||1st Round, 11th pick|
|2005||Jovan Haye • DL||Carolina||6th Round, 189th pick|
|Justin Geisinger • OL||Buffalo||6th Round, 197th pick|
|2003||Hunter Hillenmeyer, • LB||Green Bay||5th Round, 166th pick|
|2001||Jamie Winborn • LB||San Francisco||2nd Round, 47th pick|
|Matt Stewart • LB||Atlanta||4th Round, 102nd pick|
|John Markham • PK||N.Y. Giants||5th Round, 160th pick|
|Jimmy Williams • DB||Buffalo||6th Round, 196th pick|
|1999||Fred Vinson • DB||Green Bay||2nd Round, 47th pick|
|1998||Corey Chavous • DB||Arizona||2nd Round, 33rd pick|
|Jamie Duncan • DB||Tampa Bay||3rd Round, 84th pick|
|Anthony Jordan • LB||Indianapolis||5th Round, 135th pick|
|1996||James Manley • DL||Minnesota||2nd Round, 45th pick|
|1992||Corey Harris • WR/DB||Houston||3rd Round, 77th pick|
|1990||DeMond Winston • LB||New Orleans||4th Round, 98th pick|
|John Gromos • QB||Seattle||12th Round, 312th pick|
|1988||Chris Gaines • LB||St. Louis||5th Round, 120th pick|
|Carl Parker • WR||Cincinnati||12th Round, 307th pick|
|1986||Will Wolford • OL||Buffalo||1st Round, 20th pick|
|Jim Popp • TE||San Francisco||8th Round, 203rd pick|
|Steve Wade • DL||Indianapolis||12th Round, 309th pick|
|1985||Chuck Scott • WR/TE||Los Angeles||2nd Round, 50th pick|
|Rob Monaco • OL||St. Louis||8th Round, 212th pick|
|Ricky Anderson • K||St. Louis||11th Round, 298th pick|
|Karl Jordan • LB||Dallas||12th Round, 324 pick|
|1984||Leonard Coleman • CB||Baltimore||1st Round, 8th pick|
|Steve Bearden • DL||New Orleans||3rd Round, Supplemental Draft|
|1983||Jim Arnold • P||Kansas City||5th Round, 119th pick|
|Allama Matthews • TE||Atlanta||12th Round, 322nd pick|
|1982||Ken Hammond • OL||Dallas||6th Round, 143rd pick|
|Van Heflin • TE||Cleveland||8th Round, 204th pick|
|1980||Preston Brown • WR||New England||6th Round, 150th pick|
|Frank Mordica • RB||New Orleans||9th Round, 233rd pick|
|Mike Wright • QB||Cincinnati||12th Round, 308th pick|
|1979||Martin Cox • WR||New England||10th Round, 270th pick|
|Ed Smith • LB||Pittsburgh||12th Round, 322nd pick|
|1978||Dennis Harrison • DL||Philadelphis||4th Round, 92nd pick|
|1976||Jay Chesley • DB||San Francisco||7th Round, 194th pick|
|Barry Burton • TE||Pittsburgh||7th Round, 209th pick|
|Steve Curnette • DB||New York Giants||17th Round, 471st pick|
|1975||Gene Moshier • OL||Kansas City||14th Round, 346th pick|
|1974||Mark Ilgenfritz • DL||Cleveland||5th Round, 118th pick|
|Doug Nettles • DB||Baltimore||5th Round, 129th pick|
|1973||Rod Freeman • TE||New York Giants||7th Round, 172nd pick|
|Ken Stone • DB||Washington||10th Round, 245th pick|
|Dave Leffers • OL||Oakland||15th Round, 387th pick|
|1971||Karl Weiss • OL||Chicago||8th Round, 192nd pick|
|1970||Bob Asher • OL||Dallas||2nd Round, 27th pick|
|Pat Tommay • DL||Dallas||6th Round, 153rd pick|
|1969||Chip Healy • LB||St. Louis||3rd Round, 71st pick|
|1968||Gary Davis • QB||Cincinnati||3rd Round, 56th pick|
|Bob Goodridge • WR||Minnesota||6th Round, 144th pick|
|1966||Dick Lemay • OL||Washington||5th Round, 70th pick|
|1965||Bennett Baldwin • RB||Washington||15th Round, 202nd pick|
|Gary Hart • E||Washington||17th Round, 230rd pick|
|1963||Steve Shaw • B||Cleveland||20th Round, 275 pick|
|1961||Cody Binkley • OL||New York Giants||15th Round, 207th pick|
|1960||Tim Moore • RB||Green Bay||1st Round, 5th pick|
|1959||Jimmy Butler • B||St. Louis||3rd Round, 27th pick|
|Tom Redmond • OL||St. Louis||6th Round, 63rd pick|
|Ben Donnell • OL||Detroit||7th Round, 77th pick|
|Lew Akin • E||San Francisco||8th Round, 90th pick|
|George Deiderich • OL||Los Angeles||23rd Round, 272nd pick|
|Ron Miller • E||Pittsburgh||25th Round, 295th pick|
|1958||Phil King • B||New York||1st Round, 12th pick|
|Bob Taylor • E||Baltimore||6th Round, 69th pick|
|Eric Soesbe • OL||St. Louis||24th Round, 279th pick|
|1957||Joe Scales • B||Detroit||24th Round, 287th pick|
|Bob Swann • OL||Pittsburgh||26th Round, 307th pick|
|1956||Charley Horton • B||Los Angeles||1st Round, 11th pick|
|Tommy Harkins • E||Philadelphia||12th Round, 137th pick|
|Joe Stephenson • E||Detroit||20th Round, 230th pick|
|Don Orr • B||Chicago||26th Round, 311th pick|
|Billy Krietemeyer • B||Chicago||29th Round, 346th pick|
|John Battos • E||Cleveland||29th Round, 349th pick|
|1955||Herman Watson • OL||Philadelphia||8th Round, 94th pick|
|Charley Horton • B||Washington||15th Round, 172nd pick|
|Terry Fails • E||Philadelphia||19th Round, 225th pick|
|1953||Mick Lakos • B||Los Angeles||10th Round, 120th pick|
|1952||Bill Wade • QB||Los Angeles||1st Round, 1st pick|
|Ted Kirkland • E||Washington||24th Round, 283rd pick|
|Bob Werckle • OL/DL||Detroit||24th Round, 285th pick|
|1951||Herb Rich • B||Los Angeles||2nd Round, 24th pick|
|Bucky Curtis • E||Cleveland||2nd Round, 26th pick|
|Ken Cooper • OL||Chicago||10th Round, 115th pick|
|1950||Herb Rich • B||Baltimore||6th Round, 67th pick|
|Carl Copp • OL||New York Giants||26th Round, 332nd pick|
|1949||Lee Nalley • B||Chicago||10th Round, 99th pick|
|Ken Cooper • OL||Green Bay||15th Round, 143rd pick|
|Carl Copp • OL||Philadelphia||15th Round, 151st pick|
|Zealand Thigpen • B||Detroit||17th Round, 162nd pick|
|1947||Charley Hoover • OL||Detroit||4th Round, 24th pick|
|Alf Satterfield • OL||Philadelphia||8th Round, 61st pick|
|Fred Hamilton • OL||Pittsburgh||21st Round, 189th pick|
|Binks Bushmaier • B||Pittsburgh||23rd Round, 209th pick|
|1945||Johnny North • E||Washington||6th Round, 51st pick|
|Bob Cummings • OL||Washington||31st Round, 320th pick|
|1944||J.P. Moore • B||Chicago||12th Round, 117th pick|
|1943||Jack Jenkins • B||Washington||1st Round, 10th pick|
|1942||Bob Gude • OL||Chicago||14th Round, 130th pick|
|1941||Ed Hiestand • E||Washington||20th Round, 190th pick|
|1940||Ray Andrus • B||Green Bay||16th Round, 149th pick|
|1938||Ed Merlin • OL||Brooklyn||5th Round, 33rd pick|
|Carl Hinkle • OL||Philadelphia||11th Round, 92nd pick|
|1937||Dick Plasman • B||Chicago||3rd Round, 28th pick|