A three-year letterman at the University of Utah, Smith was elected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round (No. 61 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Smith started all 16 games as a rookie, becoming the 10th defensive rookie to do so in the history of the Dolphins franchise. In his first three seasons in the NFL, Smith has started 40 of 47 games, totaling 152 tackles, three interceptions and 28 passes defensed.
Four-year starter at the University of Utah, Weddle was twice named the Mountain West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year (2005, 2006) and earned All-American honors in 2005 (second-team) and 2006 (first-team). Selected in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Weddle has started 61 of 76 games during his first five seasons in the NFL, totaling 446 tackles, four sacks, 13 interceptions and 39 passes defensed. Weddle second-team All-Pro in 2010 and as one of the premier free agents in 2011, signed a five-year, $40 million contract with $19 million guaranteed to remain a leader in the Chargers' defensive backfield. Weddle established a career-high and tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions in 2011, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors.
A two-year letterman at the University of Utah, the 6-foot-4, 355-pound Soliai was a fourth round pick (No. 108 overall) of the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 NFL Draft. After three seasons in a reserve role, Soliai started 14 of 16 games as the anchor of a Dolphins defense that finished in the Top 10 after ranking 22nd in 2009. The Dolphins used a $12.476 million franchise tag to keep Soliai off the free agent market in 2011, and he responded with a Pro Bowl season after the Dolphins ranked third in the NFL against the run. Soliai signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Dolphins on March 16, 2012.
A three-year starter at the University of Florida, Siler totaled 214 tackles, 10 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Selected by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round (No. 240 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Siler totaled 161 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a starter in 12 of 58 games before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011.
A two-year starter at Iowa State University, Dobbins finished his Cyclones career with 164 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions and was named the Big 12's "Defensive Newcomer of the Year" in 2004 and was first-team All-Big 12 in 2005. Selected in the fifth round (No. 161 overall) by the San Diego Chargers in 2006, Dobbins has totaled 207 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions for the Chargers (2006-09), Miami Dolphins (2010) and Houston Texans, where he signed before the 2011 season.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gregory was a four-year starter at Syracuse University, playing both cornerback (60 tackles, six interceptions) for three seasons and catching 38 passes for 420 yards and a touchdown as a wide receiver during his junior year. Signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Gregory moved to safety and started 31 of 85 games and totaling 241 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed. Gregory signed a three-year contract worth up to $8.8 million with the New England Patriots on March 16, 2012.
A former quarterback who converted to wide receiver during his four-year career at Boise State University, Naanee was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (No. 172 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Naanee caught 63 passes for 746 yards with three touchdowns during his four seasons with the Chargers and was signed by the Carolina Panthers for the 2011 season. In 15 games, including 10 starts, Naanee established career-highs with 44 receptions for 467 yards and scored one touchdown. Naanee was signed to a one-year contract by the Miami Dolphins in 2012.
A three-year starter at Lafayette College, Costanzo finished his college career with 307 tackles, 18 sacks, and three interceptions. Undrafted in 2006, Costanzo was signed by the New York Jets. Costanzo made his NFL debut with the Buffalo Bills in 2007, recording six tackles on special teams in three games. In 2008, Costanzo led the Bills with 15 special teams tackles. Waived and claimed by the Cleveland Browns the following offseason, Costanzo had 14 tackles and three fumble recoveries on special teams in 2009 and eight more tackles on special teams in 2010. Signed to a one-year contract by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, Costanzo recorded 12 tackles on special teams and was signed to a two-year, $1.965 million contract by the Chicago Bears on March 15, 2012.
Recorded 125 tackles with one interception and 12 passes defensed in a 51-game career at the University of Utah. Selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round (No. 223 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, Stanford spent most of his rookie season on Carolina's practice squad and earned a spot on the 53-man roster in 2011. In 12 games in a reserve role, Stanford recorded 13 tackles and an interception. Waived by the Panthers before the start of the 2012 season, Stanford was claimed by the Miami Dolphins.
A three-year starter at the University of Utah, the 5-foot-9, 184-pound McCain finished his college career with 103 tackles, three interceptions, 21 passes defensed and a 22.8-yard average on 37 kick returns. Selected by the Houston Texans in the sixth round (No. 188 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In three NFL seasons, McCain has started four of 44 games, totaling 68 tackles, three interceptions and 18 passes defensed.
A 6-foot-2, 266-pound defensive end, Shelby posted 169 tackles, including 11 sacks and 28 tackles for loss, with one interception and 12 passes defensed during his 47-game career at the University of Utah. Shelby signed a three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on May 4, 2012 and earned a spot on the Dolphins' 53-man roster after recording six tackles, one sack and a team-high three tackles for loss in the preseason.
A running back at the beginning of his career at Syracuse University, Hogue ran for 483 yards and three touchdowns with 14 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown as a receiver before moving to linebacker in 2009. In two seasons on defense, Hogue totaled 167 tackles, including 12.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. Selected in the fifth round (No. 157 overall) by the Detroit Lions in 2011, Hogue was active for 13 games, recording six tackles on special teams as a rookie.
The 5-foot-11, 258-pound Lane ran for 2,090 with 49 touchdowns during his four-year career at Texas A&M. Undrafted out of college, Lane spent 2010 with the West Texas Roughnecks of the Indoor Football League and 2011 with the Orlando Predators. Signed to a three-year contract by the Dolphins on June 5, 2012, Lane earned a spot as the starting fullback on the team's 53-man roster during training camp.
Undrafted out of Boston College in 2006, Brown signed with the Oakland Raiders where he totaled 102 tackles with three forced fumbles in 58 games over six seasons. Brown had a stint with the New England Patriots in 2011 and went to training camp with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
Two-year starter at the University of Missouri, Gachkar totaled 208 tackles, including four sacks and 13 tackles for loss, with a pair of interceptions during his four-year career with the Tigers. A seventh round pick (No. 234 overall) by the San Diego Chargers in 2011, Gachkar recorded 15 tackles in 16 games as a rookie, including 12 on special teams, which tied for the team lead.
A two-year starter at the University of North Carolina, the 6-foot-4, 335-pound defensive tackle totaled 83 tackles, including 3.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (No. 146 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, Thomas has started two of 22 games entering 2012, totaling 27 tackles and six sacks.
Playing his college ball at Division II Washburn University, finishing his college career with 203 total tackles, including 81 in earning honorable mention All-MIAA honors as a senior. After beginning his professional career with the Omaha Nighthawks, Wilhoite joined the San Francisco 49ers practice squad late in the 2011 season. Wilhoite had nine tackles, includine one for a loss, in the 2012 preseason before he was released and resigned to the practice squad.
Totaled 58 tackles with five interceptions and seven passes defensed during a 26-game career at the University of Utah. Undrafted in 2011, Black was signed by the Oakland Raiders on May 4, 2012. Black appeared in two preseason games for the Raiders, but did not make the 53-man roster. Black was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad on Sept. 18, 2012.
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