Dores in the NFL

Tracking how former Vanderbilt standouts are doing in professional football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This information on former Vanderbilt student-athletes on current National Football League and additional professional rosters was updated Jan. 24.

Khari Blasingame (2015-18) // Tennessee // In 21 career games with Tennessee coming into the 2021 season the former Vandy running back had eight receptions for 93 yards, five total tackles and a 11-yard kick return while serving on special teams and as a fullback in 2020.

Blasingame made two tackles and also had three carries for six yards and two receptions for four yards in 12 games this season.

Oren Burks (2014-17) // Green Bay // Burks was a third-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft and had played in 42 games with the Packers registering 56 tackles and forced two fumbles before the start of the 2021 season.

Burks made 38 tackles – one for a loss – and recovered a fumble in 18 games for the Packers this season.

Adam Butler (2013-16) // Miami // Butler played his fifth NFL season in 2021 after signing as an undrafted free agent with New England in 2017. Butler played 63 games with the Patriots as a defensive lineman and made 96 tackles and 15 sacks.

Butler made 17 tackles – two for a loss – to go along with two sacks and three defended passes in 17 games with the Dolphins. He was credited with five quarterback hits.


David Culley (1973-77) // Houston // Culley was head coach of the Houston Texans in 2021-22.

Houston went 4-13 and Culley was let go after the season.

Zach Cunningham (2013-16) // Tennessee // The 57th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cunningham had made 503 tackles – 22 for a loss – in 62 career games coming into the 2021-22 campaign.

Cunningham made 101 tackles – eight for a loss – in 10 games for the Texans and five games with the Titans this season. He has also defended three passes and forced a fumble.

Casey Hayward (2008-11) // Las Vegas // Hayward has been in the NFL for a decade after being selected 62nd overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2012 NFL Draft. He had appeared in 129 games with Green Bay, San Diego and Los Angeles, respectively, and recorded 385 tackles coming into 2021.

Hayward made 47 tackles – three for a loss – and defended six passes in 18 games with the Raiders. He also recorded a safety in Week 3 against Miami and an interception in Week 18 against the Chargers.



Tre Herndon (2014-17) // Jacksonville // Herndon played his fourth NFL season in 2021 and had played in 43 games, made 144 tackles and grabbed three interceptions prior to the start of the campaign.

Herndon made 17 tackles – one for a loss – in nine games for the Jaguars.

Will Holden (2013-16) // Detroit // A fifth-round draft pick by Arizona in 2017, Holden has played with the Cardinals, Baltimore and Indianapolis, respectively.

The offensive tackle played 14 games this past season for the Lions and started Sept. 26 against Baltimore.

Jordan Matthews (2010-13) // San Francisco // Matthews signed a one-year contract with San Francisco in July. Matthews shifted to tight end after seven years in the league as a wide receiver and has appeared in one game this season.

In his career, Matthews has played in 75 career games. In his first three NFL seasons, with the Philadelphia Eagles, he caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Andre Mintze (2016-20) // Denver // Mintz signed with Denver in 2021 as an undrafted free agent.

Mintze made four tackles in six games for the Broncos.

Dayo Odeyingbo (2017-20) // Indianapolis // Selected 54th overall by the Colts in the 2021 NFL Draft, Odeyingbo played in 44 games for Vanderbilt as a defensive linemen.

Odeyingbo recorded six tackles, half a sack and forced a fumble in 10 games this season.



Jared Pinkney (2015-19) // Detroit // 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. He signed with the Detroit Lions in September and then the Los Angeles Rams in October to be on the practice squad.

Trent Sherfield (2014-17) // San Francisco // Sherfield, who signed with the 49ers in March, enters his fourth season after spending the first three with the Arizona Cardinals. He has 28 career receptions for 340 yards and one career touchdown reception.

Sherfield has made nine receptions for 87 yards and hauled in a touchdown pass in 18 games for the 49ers. He also made a tackle in the 49ers’ playoff win over Green Bay.



Kyle Shurmur (2015-18) // Washington // 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. He signed with Washington on Sept. 13 to be on the team’s practice squad.

Justin Skule (2015-18) // San Francisco // Skule was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the 49ers.

The left tackle has played in 31 career games for the 49ers and is currently on injured reserve.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn (2017-19) // 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. He made five receptions for 34 yards and 31 carries for 130 yards in 11 games during his rookie season.

Vaughn played in 14 games this season and rushed 53 times for 233 yards and made six receptions for 35 yards. Vaughn had three rushing touchdowns.

Stephen Weatherly (2012-15) // Denver // Weatherly is going into his sixth NFL season, the first four of which were in Minnesota. He spent the 2020 campaign with the Carolina Panthers and has played in 62 career games and has 87 career tackles to go along with seven sacks.

Weatherly made 23 tackles – six for a loss – and two sacks in 15 games for first the Minnesota Vikings and then the Broncos this season.



Joejuan Williams (2016-18) // New England // Williams was selected as the 45th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Patriots. Williams, a cornerback, had played 24 games and made 23 career tackles coming into 2021.

Williams made 26 tackles, defended five passes and recorded a quarterback hit in 13 games this season for the Patriots.

Commodores in the NFL Draft

YearPlayerNFL TeamDraft Selection
2021Dayo Odeyingbo • DLIndianapolis2nd Round, 54th pick
2020Ke'Shawn Vaughn • RBTampa Bay3rd Round, 76th pick
2019Joejuan Williams • DBNew England2nd Round, 24th pick
Justin Skule • OLSan Francisco6th Round, 183rd pick
2018Oren Burks • LBGreen Bay3rd Round, 88th pick
2017Zach Cunningham • LBHouston2nd Round, 57th pick
Will Holden • OLArizona5th Round, 157th pick
2016Stephen Weatherly • LB/DEMinnesota7th Round, 227th pick
2014Jordan Matthews • WRPhiladelphia2nd Round, 42nd pick
Wesley Johnson • OLPittsburgh 5th Round, 173rd pick
Andre Hal • DBHouston7th Round, 216th pick
2013Zac Stacy • RBSt. Louis 5th Round, 160th pick
Ryan Seymour • OLSeattle7th Round, 220th pick
2012Casey Hayward • DBGreen Bay2nd Round, 62nd pick
Tim Fugger • DEIndianapolis7th Round, 214th pick
2010Myron Lewis • DBTampa Bay3rd Round, 67th pick
Thomas Welch • OLNew England7th Round, 208th pick
2009D.J. Moore • DBChicago4th Round, 119th pick
2008Chris Williams • OLChicago1st Round, 14th pick
Earl Bennett • WRChicago3rd Round, 70th pick
Jonathan Goff • LBN.Y. Giants5th Round, 164th pick
2006Jay Cutler • QBDenver1st Round, 11th pick
2005Jovan Haye • DLCarolina6th Round, 189th pick
Justin Geisinger • OLBuffalo6th Round, 197th pick
2003Hunter Hillenmeyer, • LBGreen Bay5th Round, 166th pick
2001Jamie Winborn • LBSan Francisco2nd Round, 47th pick
Matt Stewart • LBAtlanta4th Round, 102nd pick
John Markham • PKN.Y. Giants5th Round, 160th pick
Jimmy Williams • DBBuffalo6th Round, 196th pick
1999Fred Vinson • DBGreen Bay2nd Round, 47th pick
1998Corey Chavous • DBArizona2nd Round, 33rd pick
Jamie Duncan • DBTampa Bay3rd Round, 84th pick
Anthony Jordan • LBIndianapolis 5th Round, 135th pick
1996James Manley • DLMinnesota2nd Round, 45th pick
1992Corey Harris • WR/DBHouston3rd Round, 77th pick
1990DeMond Winston • LBNew Orleans4th Round, 98th pick
John Gromos • QBSeattle12th Round, 312th pick
1988Chris Gaines • LBSt. Louis5th Round, 120th pick
Carl Parker • WRCincinnati12th Round, 307th pick
1986Will Wolford • OLBuffalo1st Round, 20th pick
Jim Popp • TESan Francisco8th Round, 203rd pick
Steve Wade • DLIndianapolis12th Round, 309th pick
1985Chuck Scott • WR/TELos Angeles2nd Round, 50th pick
Rob Monaco • OLSt. Louis8th Round, 212th pick
Ricky Anderson • KSt. Louis11th Round, 298th pick
Karl Jordan • LBDallas12th Round, 324 pick
1984Leonard Coleman • CBBaltimore1st Round, 8th pick
Steve Bearden • DLNew Orleans3rd Round, Supplemental Draft
1983Jim Arnold • PKansas City5th Round, 119th pick
Allama Matthews • TEAtlanta12th Round, 322nd pick
1982Ken Hammond • OLDallas6th Round, 143rd pick
Van Heflin • TECleveland8th Round, 204th pick
1980Preston Brown • WRNew England6th Round, 150th pick
Frank Mordica • RBNew Orleans9th Round, 233rd pick
Mike Wright • QBCincinnati12th Round, 308th pick
1979Martin Cox • WRNew England10th Round, 270th pick
Ed Smith • LBPittsburgh12th Round, 322nd pick
1978Dennis Harrison • DLPhiladelphis4th Round, 92nd pick
1976Jay Chesley • DBSan Francisco7th Round, 194th pick
Barry Burton • TEPittsburgh7th Round, 209th pick
Steve Curnette • DBNew York Giants17th Round, 471st pick
1975Gene Moshier • OLKansas City14th Round, 346th pick
1974Mark Ilgenfritz • DLCleveland5th Round, 118th pick
Doug Nettles • DBBaltimore5th Round, 129th pick
1973Rod Freeman • TENew York Giants7th Round, 172nd pick
Ken Stone • DBWashington10th Round, 245th pick
Dave Leffers • OLOakland15th Round, 387th pick
1971Karl Weiss • OLChicago8th Round, 192nd pick
1970Bob Asher • OLDallas2nd Round, 27th pick
Pat Tommay • DLDallas6th Round, 153rd pick
1969Chip Healy • LBSt. Louis3rd Round, 71st pick
1968Gary Davis • QBCincinnati3rd Round, 56th pick
Bob Goodridge • WRMinnesota6th Round, 144th pick
1966Dick Lemay • OLWashington5th Round, 70th pick
1965Bennett Baldwin • RBWashington15th Round, 202nd pick
Gary Hart • EWashington17th Round, 230rd pick
1963Steve Shaw • BCleveland20th Round, 275 pick
1961Cody Binkley • OLNew York Giants15th Round, 207th pick
1960Tim Moore • RBGreen Bay1st Round, 5th pick
1959Jimmy Butler • BSt. Louis3rd Round, 27th pick
Tom Redmond • OLSt. Louis6th Round, 63rd pick
Ben Donnell • OLDetroit7th Round, 77th pick
Lew Akin • ESan Francisco8th Round, 90th pick
George Deiderich • OLLos Angeles23rd Round, 272nd pick
Ron Miller • EPittsburgh25th Round, 295th pick
1958Phil King • BNew York1st Round, 12th pick
Bob Taylor • EBaltimore6th Round, 69th pick
Eric Soesbe • OLSt. Louis24th Round, 279th pick
1957Joe Scales • BDetroit24th Round, 287th pick
Bob Swann • OLPittsburgh26th Round, 307th pick
1956Charley Horton • BLos Angeles1st Round, 11th pick
Tommy Harkins • EPhiladelphia12th Round, 137th pick
Joe Stephenson • EDetroit20th Round, 230th pick
Don Orr • BChicago26th Round, 311th pick
Billy Krietemeyer • BChicago29th Round, 346th pick
John Battos • ECleveland29th Round, 349th pick
1955Herman Watson • OLPhiladelphia8th Round, 94th pick
Charley Horton • BWashington15th Round, 172nd pick
Terry Fails • EPhiladelphia19th Round, 225th pick
1953Mick Lakos • BLos Angeles10th Round, 120th pick
1952Bill Wade • QBLos Angeles1st Round, 1st pick
Ted Kirkland • EWashington24th Round, 283rd pick
Bob Werckle • OL/DLDetroit24th Round, 285th pick
1951Herb Rich • BLos Angeles2nd Round, 24th pick
Bucky Curtis • ECleveland2nd Round, 26th pick
Ken Cooper • OLChicago10th Round, 115th pick
1950Herb Rich • BBaltimore6th Round, 67th pick
Carl Copp • OLNew York Giants26th Round, 332nd pick
1949Lee Nalley • BChicago10th Round, 99th pick
Ken Cooper • OLGreen Bay15th Round, 143rd pick
Carl Copp • OLPhiladelphia15th Round, 151st pick
Zealand Thigpen • BDetroit17th Round, 162nd pick
1947Charley Hoover • OLDetroit4th Round, 24th pick
Alf Satterfield • OLPhiladelphia8th Round, 61st pick
Fred Hamilton • OLPittsburgh21st Round, 189th pick
Binks Bushmaier • BPittsburgh23rd Round, 209th pick
1945Johnny North • EWashington6th Round, 51st pick
Bob Cummings • OLWashington31st Round, 320th pick
1944J.P. Moore • BChicago12th Round, 117th pick
1943Jack Jenkins • BWashington1st Round, 10th pick
1942Bob Gude • OLChicago14th Round, 130th pick
1941Ed Hiestand • EWashington20th Round, 190th pick
1940Ray Andrus • BGreen Bay16th Round, 149th pick
1938Ed Merlin • OLBrooklyn5th Round, 33rd pick
Carl Hinkle • OLPhiladelphia11th Round, 92nd pick
1937Dick Plasman • BChicago3rd Round, 28th pick