Former Bryan Harsin players in the 2022 NFL Playoffs
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Former Bryan Harsin players in the 2022 NFL Playoffs

Cole Pinkston01/10/22
Article written by:Cole PinkstonCole Pinkston


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It has become normal for Auburn to be represented in the NFL Playoffs. There are plenty of Auburn players on NFL rosters and that tradition only looks to grow so far under first year head coach Bryan Harsin.

Harsin had lots of success in putting players in the league while at Boise. Some of his former players are going to be a part of this year’s NFL Playoffs as well. Let’s take a look at who made it, their former recruiting rankings, and what they mean to their franchises.

Cowboys WR, Cedrick Wilson, Rd. 6, 2018 draft

Wilson was a JUCO signee from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. He is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. He carried a low 3-star rating and eventually signed with Boise State after being committed to Arkansas State. Wilson has had his best season yet with 45 catches, 602 yards, and 6 touchdowns. He hauled in 2 touchdowns in the Cowboy’s regular season finale. Wilson is a top receiver option for QB Dak Prescott going into the playoffs.

Cowboys DE, DeMarcus Lawrence, Rd. 2, 2014 draft

After a stellar Boise State career, the former 3-star recruit from El Dorado, Kansas was drafted late in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has been known as one of the better pass rushers in the NFL for a few years now. In 2021 Lawrence had 21 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a pick-6.

Cowboys LB, Leighton Vander Esch, Rd. 1, 2018 draft

Vander Esch was a walk-on at Boise State from Riggins, Idaho. There was not a ranking for him no matter what service you look at. Vander Esch has been a top LB in the pros since his arrival as the 19th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has 77 tackles, a sack, and an interception in 2021 heading into the playoffs.

Rams CB, Dont’e Deayon, Undrafted

Deayon was a mid 3-star recruit from Fontana, California. He is currently of the smaller NFL players on a roster coming in at 5-foot-9 159-pounds. Even so, he is a rotational piece for the Rams defense and has had 29 tackles and 2 pass break ups in 2021 heading into the playoffs.

Other Boise State players in playoffs

  • Cardinals C, Marcus Henry, Undrafted
  • Cardinals LB, Tanner Vallejo, Rd. 6, 2017 draft
  • Cowboys DB, Darian Thompson, Rd. 3, 2016 draft
  • Eagles WR, John Hightower, Rd. 5, 2020 draft
  • Buccaneers OL, John Molchon, Undrafted

Former Auburn Tigers in playoffs

  • Bengals TE, CJ Uzomah, Rd. 5, 2015 draft
  • Chiefs OL, Prince Tega Wanogho, Rd. 6, 2020 draft
  • Raiders RB, Peyton Barber, Undrafted
  • Raiders K, Daniel Carlson, Rd. 5 2018 draft
  • Patriots DB, Jonathan Jones, Undrafted
  • Patriots LB, Brandon King, Undrafted
  • Patriots QB, Jarett Stidham, Rd. 4, 2019 draft
  • Eagles OL, Jack Driscoll, Rd. 4, 2020 draft
  • Eagles RB, Kerryon Johnson, Rd. 2, 2018 draft
  • Eagles P, Arryn Siposs, Undrafted
  • Steelers DL, Montravius Adams, Rd. 3 2017 draft
  • 49ers DE, Dee Ford, Rd. 1, 2014 draft
  • Buccaneers LB, KJ Britt, Rd. 5, 2021 draft
  • Buccaneers CB, Carlton Davis, Rd. 2, 2018 draft
  • Buccaneers CB, Jamel Dean, Rd. 3, 2019 draft

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