Ex-Cats

The Herald-Leader’s guide to former UK players in the NFL (2016 season)

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates after making a touchdown reception during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates after making a touchdown reception during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. AP

[Click here for a newer version of this list that has been updated for the 2017 NFL season.]

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This list of former University of Kentucky players on NFL rosters was last updated on May 16, 2017, after the NFL Draft and undrafted free agent signings were announced:

RANDALL COBB

Team/position: Green Bay Packers wide receiver

UK career: 2008-10

On Twitter: @rcobb18

BUD DUPREE

Team/position: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker

UK career: 2011-14

On Twitter: @Bud_Dupree2

JOSH FORREST

Team/position: Los Angeles Rams linebacker

Other Kentucky connection: Paducah Tilghman High School

UK career: 2012-15

On Twitter: @Josh4re5t

J.D. HARMON

Team/position: Cleveland Browns defensive back

Other Kentucky connection: Paducah Tilghman High School

UK career: 2012-16

On Twitter: @JDVibezzz

FARRINGTON HUGUENIN

Team/position: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker

UK career: 2012-15

On Twitter: @FHARO_Turn91

STEVIE JOHNSON

Team/position: Free agent wide receiver

UK career: 2006-07

On Twitter: @StevieJohnson13

CHRIS MATTHEWS

Team/position: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver

UK career: 2009-10

On Twitter: @TheRealCMaTT13

MARCUS MCWILSON

Team/position: Oakland Raiders defensive back

UK career: 2013-16

On Twitter: @mcwils15

COREY PETERS

Team/position: Arizona Cardinals defensive end

UK career: 2006-09

On Twitter: @CoreyPeters91

RONNIE SHIELDS

Team/position: Seattle Seahawks tight end

UK career: 2011-14

On Twitter: @80_steps_ahead

ZA’DARIUS SMITH

Team/position: Baltimore Ravens defensive end

UK career: 2013-14

On Twitter: @TheRealZSmith

JACOB TAMME

Team/position: Free agent tight end

Other Kentucky connection: Boyle County High School

UK career: 2004-07

On Twitter: @JacobTamme

DANNY TREVATHAN

Team/position: Chicago Bears linebacker

UK career: 2008-11

On Twitter: @Grindin_59

LARRY WARFORD

Team/position: New Orleans Saints offensive guard

Other Kentucky connection: Madison Central High School

UK career: 2009-12

On Twitter: @wardaddy_75

BOOM WILLIAMS

Team/position: Cincinnati Bengals running back

UK career: 2014-16

On Twitter: @boom_that_guy

AVERY WILLIAMSON

Team/position: Tennessee Titans linebacker

UK career: 2010-13

On Twitter: @AWilliamson54

WESLEY WOODYARD

Team/position: Tennessee Titans linebacker

UK career: 2005-07

On Twitter: @WoodDro52

OTHERS

▪  Undrafted free agents Patrick Towles, Ryan Timmons, Josh Clemons, Blake McClain and Jon Toth and second-year player Melvin Lewis were in rookie minicamps on a tryout basis, but none of those players have signed with a team.

▪  The Kansas City Chiefs waived defensive lineman Cory Johnson on May 9, 2017.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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