Dores in the NFL

Tracking how former Vanderbilt standouts are doing in professional football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. β€” 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.





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.Β 





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.



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.



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.



Joejuan Williams (2016-18) // New England //Β 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

YearPlayerNFL TeamDraft Selection
2020Ke'Shawn Vaughn β€’ RBTampa Bay3rd Round, 76th pick
2019Joejuan Williams β€’ DBNew England2nd Round, 24th pick
Justin Skule β€’ OLSan Francisco6th Round, 183rd pick
2018Oren Burks β€’ LBGreen Bay3rd Round, 88th pick
2017Zach Cunningham β€’ LBHouston2nd Round, 57th pick
Will Holden β€’ OLArizona5th Round, 157th pick
2016Stephen Weatherly β€’ LB/DEMinnesota7th Round, 227th pick
2014Jordan Matthews β€’ WRPhiladelphia2nd Round, 42nd pick
Wesley Johnson β€’ OLPittsburgh 5th Round, 173rd pick
Andre Hal β€’ DBHouston7th Round, 216th pick
2013Zac Stacy β€’ RBSt. Louis 5th Round, 160th pick
Ryan Seymour β€’ OLSeattle7th Round, 220th pick
2012Casey Hayward β€’ DBGreen Bay2nd Round, 62nd pick
Tim Fugger β€’ DEIndianapolis7th Round, 214th pick
2010Myron Lewis β€’ DBTampa Bay3rd Round, 67th pick
Thomas Welch β€’ OLNew England7th Round, 208th pick
2009D.J. Moore β€’ DBChicago4th Round, 119th pick
2008Chris Williams β€’ OLChicago1st Round, 14th pick
Earl Bennett β€’ WRChicago3rd Round, 70th pick
Jonathan Goff β€’ LBN.Y. Giants5th Round, 164th pick
2006Jay Cutler β€’ QBDenver1st Round, 11th pick
2005Jovan Haye β€’ DLCarolina6th Round, 189th pick
Justin Geisinger β€’ OLBuffalo6th Round, 197th pick
2003Hunter Hillenmeyer, β€’ LBGreen Bay5th Round, 166th pick
2001Jamie Winborn β€’ LBSan Francisco2nd Round, 47th pick
Matt Stewart β€’ LBAtlanta4th Round, 102nd pick
John Markham β€’ PKN.Y. Giants5th Round, 160th pick
Jimmy Williams β€’ DBBuffalo6th Round, 196th pick
1999Fred Vinson β€’ DBGreen Bay2nd Round, 47th pick
1998Corey Chavous β€’ DBArizona2nd Round, 33rd pick
Jamie Duncan β€’ DBTampa Bay3rd Round, 84th pick
Anthony Jordan β€’ LBIndianapolis 5th Round, 135th pick
1996James Manley β€’ DLMinnesota2nd Round, 45th pick
1992Corey Harris β€’ WR/DBHouston3rd Round, 77th pick
1990DeMond Winston β€’ LBNew Orleans4th Round, 98th pick
John Gromos β€’ QBSeattle12th Round, 312th pick
1988Chris Gaines β€’ LBSt. Louis5th Round, 120th pick
Carl Parker β€’ WRCincinnati12th Round, 307th pick
1986Will Wolford β€’ OLBuffalo1st Round, 20th pick
Jim Popp β€’ TESan Francisco8th Round, 203rd pick
Steve Wade β€’ DLIndianapolis12th Round, 309th pick
1985Chuck Scott β€’ WR/TELos Angeles2nd Round, 50th pick
Rob Monaco β€’ OLSt. Louis8th Round, 212th pick
Ricky Anderson β€’ KSt. Louis11th Round, 298th pick
Karl Jordan β€’ LBDallas12th Round, 324 pick
1984Leonard Coleman β€’ CBBaltimore1st Round, 8th pick
Steve Bearden β€’ DLNew Orleans3rd Round, Supplemental Draft
1983Jim Arnold β€’ PKansas City5th Round, 119th pick
Allama Matthews β€’ TEAtlanta12th Round, 322nd pick
1982Ken Hammond β€’ OLDallas6th Round, 143rd pick
Van Heflin β€’ TECleveland8th Round, 204th pick
1980Preston Brown β€’ WRNew England6th Round, 150th pick
Frank Mordica β€’ RBNew Orleans9th Round, 233rd pick
Mike Wright β€’ QBCincinnati12th Round, 308th pick
1979Martin Cox β€’ WRNew England10th Round, 270th pick
Ed Smith β€’ LBPittsburgh12th Round, 322nd pick
1978Dennis Harrison β€’ DLPhiladelphis4th Round, 92nd pick
1976Jay Chesley β€’ DBSan Francisco7th Round, 194th pick
Barry Burton β€’ TEPittsburgh7th Round, 209th pick
Steve Curnette β€’ DBNew York Giants17th Round, 471st pick
1975Gene Moshier β€’ OLKansas City14th Round, 346th pick
1974Mark Ilgenfritz β€’ DLCleveland5th Round, 118th pick
Doug Nettles β€’ DBBaltimore5th Round, 129th pick
1973Rod Freeman β€’ TENew York Giants7th Round, 172nd pick
Ken Stone β€’ DBWashington10th Round, 245th pick
Dave Leffers β€’ OLOakland15th Round, 387th pick
1971Karl Weiss β€’ OLChicago8th Round, 192nd pick
1970Bob Asher β€’ OLDallas2nd Round, 27th pick
Pat Tommay β€’ DLDallas6th Round, 153rd pick
1969Chip Healy β€’ LBSt. Louis3rd Round, 71st pick
1968Gary Davis β€’ QBCincinnati3rd Round, 56th pick
Bob Goodridge β€’ WRMinnesota6th Round, 144th pick
1966Dick Lemay β€’ OLWashington5th Round, 70th pick
1965Bennett Baldwin β€’ RBWashington15th Round, 202nd pick
Gary Hart β€’ EWashington17th Round, 230rd pick
1963Steve Shaw β€’ BCleveland20th Round, 275 pick
1961Cody Binkley β€’ OLNew York Giants15th Round, 207th pick
1960Tim Moore β€’ RBGreen Bay1st Round, 5th pick
1959Jimmy Butler β€’ BSt. Louis3rd Round, 27th pick
Tom Redmond β€’ OLSt. Louis6th Round, 63rd pick
Ben Donnell β€’ OLDetroit7th Round, 77th pick
Lew Akin β€’ ESan Francisco8th Round, 90th pick
George Deiderich β€’ OLLos Angeles23rd Round, 272nd pick
Ron Miller β€’ EPittsburgh25th Round, 295th pick
1958Phil King β€’ BNew York1st Round, 12th pick
Bob Taylor β€’ EBaltimore6th Round, 69th pick
Eric Soesbe β€’ OLSt. Louis24th Round, 279th pick
1957Joe Scales β€’ BDetroit24th Round, 287th pick
Bob Swann β€’ OLPittsburgh26th Round, 307th pick
1956Charley Horton β€’ BLos Angeles1st Round, 11th pick
Tommy Harkins β€’ EPhiladelphia12th Round, 137th pick
Joe Stephenson β€’ EDetroit20th Round, 230th pick
Don Orr β€’ BChicago26th Round, 311th pick
Billy Krietemeyer β€’ BChicago29th Round, 346th pick
John Battos β€’ ECleveland29th Round, 349th pick
1955Herman Watson β€’ OLPhiladelphia8th Round, 94th pick
Charley Horton β€’ BWashington15th Round, 172nd pick
Terry Fails β€’ EPhiladelphia19th Round, 225th pick
1953Mick Lakos β€’ BLos Angeles10th Round, 120th pick
1952Bill Wade β€’ QBLos Angeles1st Round, 1st pick
Ted Kirkland β€’ EWashington24th Round, 283rd pick
Bob Werckle β€’ OL/DLDetroit24th Round, 285th pick
1951Herb Rich β€’ BLos Angeles2nd Round, 24th pick
Bucky Curtis β€’ ECleveland2nd Round, 26th pick
Ken Cooper β€’ OLChicago10th Round, 115th pick
1950Herb Rich β€’ BBaltimore6th Round, 67th pick
Carl Copp β€’ OLNew York Giants26th Round, 332nd pick
1949Lee Nalley β€’ BChicago10th Round, 99th pick
Ken Cooper β€’ OLGreen Bay15th Round, 143rd pick
Carl Copp β€’ OLPhiladelphia15th Round, 151st pick
Zealand Thigpen β€’ BDetroit17th Round, 162nd pick
1947Charley Hoover β€’ OLDetroit4th Round, 24th pick
Alf Satterfield β€’ OLPhiladelphia8th Round, 61st pick
Fred Hamilton β€’ OLPittsburgh21st Round, 189th pick
Binks Bushmaier β€’ BPittsburgh23rd Round, 209th pick
1945Johnny North β€’ EWashington6th Round, 51st pick
Bob Cummings β€’ OLWashington31st Round, 320th pick
1944J.P. Moore β€’ BChicago12th Round, 117th pick
1943Jack Jenkins β€’ BWashington1st Round, 10th pick
1942Bob Gude β€’ OLChicago14th Round, 130th pick
1941Ed Hiestand β€’ EWashington20th Round, 190th pick
1940Ray Andrus β€’ BGreen Bay16th Round, 149th pick
1938Ed Merlin β€’ OLBrooklyn5th Round, 33rd pick
Carl Hinkle β€’ OLPhiladelphia11th Round, 92nd pick
1937Dick Plasman β€’ BChicago3rd Round, 28th pick