Since Ed "Red" Wade from Utah State was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1937 in the second NFL draft, the state of Utah has consistently produced NFL-caliber players. Some players were drafted but never played, while others went on to have long careers in the NFL. HIghlights of this century's draft include former Utes Steve Smith, who hold numerous record with the Carolina Panthers and first overall pick Alex Smith who has had a roller coaster career playing under numerous head coaches in San Francisco. Take a look at our previous lists of Utah football players drafted in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Byron Frisch - Defensive end, BYU

2000 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 93
Tennessee Titans

Frisch played three seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

Matt Johnson - Center, BYU

2000 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 138
Indianapolis Colts

Johnson was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts but did not play a game in the NFL.

John Frank - Defensive end, Utah

2000 NFL draft
Round 6, Pick 178
Philadelphia Eagles

Frank was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but did not play a game in the NFL.

Mike Anderson - Running back, Utah

2000 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 189
Denver Broncos

Anderson played eight seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. Anderson earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2000 after rushing for 1,487 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had another 1,000 yard rushing season during his last year in Denver.

Richard Seals - Defensive tackle, Utah

2000 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 218
New York Jets

Seals was drafted by the New York Jets but never played a game in the NFL.

Andre Dyson - Cornerback, Utah

2001 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 60
Tennessee Titans

Dyson played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. Dyson had 22 career interceptions, scoring four touchdowns. Dyson is the brother of former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson. They were the first brothers to score touchdowns in the same game.

Steve Smith - Wide receiver, Utah

2001 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 74
Carolina Panthers

Smith is currently in his twelfth season in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. Smith is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. In 2005 he led the NFL in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and receptions. He is currently the Panthers all time leading receiver in yards and as of the 2011 season has had six 1,000 yard seasons.

Owen Pochman - Kicker, BYU

2001 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 216
New England Patriots

Pochman played three seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

Tevita Ofahengaue - Tight End, BYU

2001 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 246
Arizona Cardinals

Ofahengaue was drafted with the final pick in the draft by the Arizona Cardinals earning the title Mr. Irrelevant. He never played a game in the NFL.

Doug Jolley - Tight End, BYU

2002 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 55
Oakland Raiders

Jolley played five seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jolley started Super Bowl XXXVII for the Raiders. Jolley's father, Gordon Jolley, also played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.

Ryan Denney - Defensive End, BYU

2002 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 61
Buffalo Bills

Denney played nine seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans. He had 23.5 career sacks.

Cliff Russell - Wide Receiver, Utah

2002 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 87
Washington Redskins

Russell played six seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.

Ed Ta'amu - Guard, Utah

2002 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 132
Minnesota Vikings

Ta'amu was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings but did not play a game in the NFL. He currently plays in the Arena Football League for the Utah Blaze.

Brandon Doman - Quarterback, BYU

2002 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 163
San Francisco 49ers

Doman played two seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.

Luke Staley - Running Back, BYU

2002 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 214
Detroit Lions

Staley was drafted by the Detroit Lions but did not play a game in the NFL.

Brett Keisel - Defensive end, BYU

2002 NF Draft
Round 7, Pick 242
Pittsburg Steelers

Keisel is currently in his 11th season in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Keisel has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2010. In 2010 Keisel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown.

Jordan Gross - Offensive Tackle, Utah

2003 NFL Draft
Round 1, Pick 8
Carolina Panthers

Gross is currently in his 10th NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers. During his rookie season, he played in every offensive down for the Panthers. He started in Super Bowl XXXVIII and has been elected to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010.

Kevin Curtis - Wide receiver, Utah State

2003 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 74
St. Louis Rams

Curtis played nine seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans. He has 3,297 career receiving yards and has scored 21 touchdowns.

Lauvale Sape - Defensive Tackle, Utah

2003 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 187
Buffalo Bills

Sape played two seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. He also played with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. He also played for the New Orleans VooDoo, Colorado Crush and Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

Dustin Rykert - Offensive Tackle, BYU

2003 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 204
Oakland Raiders

Rykert was drafted by the Oakland Raiders but did not play a game in the NFL.

Spencer Nead - Fullback, BYU

2003 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 234
New England Patriots

Nead played one season in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams.

Antwoine Sanders - Defensive back, Utah

2003 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 258
Baltimore Ravens

Sanders was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens but did not play a game in the NFL. He played one season in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Chris Cooley - Tight end, Utah State

2004 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 81
Washington Redskins

Cooley is in his 9th season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. Cooley has been elected to two Pro Bowls and one All Pro team. He currently holds the Redskins franchise record for most receptions by a tight end.

Colby Bockwoldt - Linebacker, BYU

2004 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 240
New Orleans Saints

Bockwoldt played four seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns.

Alex Smith - Quarterback, Utah

2005 NFL Draft
Round 1, Pick 1
San Francisco 49ers

Smith is currently in the 8th season in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2011 Smith led the 49ers to the NFC championship game after posting a 13-3 records. He currently hold the 49ers franchise record for most game winning drives in a season with six, and the record for fewest interceptions in a season with five.

Sione Pouha - Defensive Tackle, Utah

2005 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 88
New York Jets

Pouha is currently in his 8th season in the NFL with the New York Jets. He has appeared in two AFC championship games with the Jets.

Brady Poppinga - Linebacker, BYU

2005 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 125
Green Bay Packers

Poppinga is currently in his 8th NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys. Poppinga previously played for the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams. Poppinga was part of the Green Bay team that won Super Bowl XLV.

Scott Young - Offensive Tackle, BYU

2005 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 172
Philadelphia Eagles

Young played four seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.

Chris Kemoeatu - Guard, Utah

2005 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 204
Pittsburgh Steelers

Kemoeatu played seven seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was on two Super Bowl winning teams starting in Super Bowl XLIII.

Paris Warren - Wide receiver, Utah

2005 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 225
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Warren played two seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Shaun Nua - Defensive End, BYU

2005 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 228
Pittsburgh Steelers

Nua played two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was part of the Steelers team which won Super Bowl XL.

Jonathan Fanene - Defensive End, Utah

2005 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 233
Cincinnati Bengals

Fanene played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Paul McQuistan - Guard, Weber State

2006 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 69
Oakland Raiders

McQuistan is currently in his 7th season in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. He has also played with the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.

Pat McQuistan - Offensive Tackle, Weber State

2006 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 211
Dallas Cowboys

McQuistan is currently in his 7th season in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals. He has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.

Todd Watkins - Wide Receiver, BYU

2006 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 218
Arizona Cardinals

Watkins played three seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders.

Spencer Toone - Linebacker, Utah

2006 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 245
Tennessee Titans

Toone played one season in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Quinton Ganther - Running Back, Utah

2006 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 246
Tennessee Titans

Ganther played five seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.

Eric Weddle - Safety, Utah

2007 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 37
San Diego Chargers

Weddle is currently in his 6th season in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. Weddle is a two time All Pro and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2011.

John Beck - quarterback, BYU

2007 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 40
Miami Dolphins

Beck played six seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins.

Paul Soliai - Defensive tackle, Utah

2007 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 108
Miami Dolphins

Soliai is currently in his 6th season in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011.

Shawn Murphy - Offensive Tackle, Utah State

2008 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 110
Miami Dolphins

Murphy played three seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

Bryan Kehl - Linebacker, BYU

2008 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 123
New York Giants

Kehl is currently in his 5th season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. He has also played for the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.

David Hale - Offensive Tackle, Weber State

2008 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 133
Baltimore Ravens

Hale played two seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

Kevin Robinson - Wide Receiver, Utah State

2008 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 182
Kansas City Chiefs

Robinson played one season in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also played in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Paul Kruger - Defensive End, Utah

2009 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 57
Baltimore Ravens

Kruger is in his 4th season in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

Sean Smith - Cornerback, Utah

2009 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 61
Miami Dolphins

Smith is in his 4th season in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

Austin Collie - Wide Receiver, BYU

2009 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 127
Indianapolis Colts

Collie is in his 4th season in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.

Brice McCain - Cornerback, Utah

2009 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 188
Houston Texans

McCain is in his 4th season in the NFL with the Houston Texans.

J.D. Folsom - Linebacker, Weber State

2009 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 214
Miami Dolphins

Folsom played one season in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

Fui Vakapuna - Running Back, BYU

2009 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 215
Cincinnati Bengals

Vakapuna played one season in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Freddie Brown - Wide Receiver, Utah

2009 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 252
Cincinnati Bengals

Brown was drafted by the CIncinnati Bengals but did not play a game in the NFL.

Koa Misi - Defensive End, Utah

2010 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 40
Miami Dolphins

Misi is currently in his third NFL season with the Miami Dolphins.

Zane Beadles - Offensive Tackle, Utah

2010 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 45
Denver Broncos

Beadles is currently in his third NFL season with the Denver Broncos.

Dennis Pitta - Tight End, BYU

2010 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 114
Baltimore Ravens

Pitta is currently in his third season in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

Robert Johnson - Safety, Utah

2010 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 148
Tennessee Titans

Johnson is currently in his third NFL season with the Tennessee Titans.

David Reed - Wide Receiver, Utah

2010 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 156
Baltimore Ravens

Reed is currently in his third NFL season with the Baltimore Ravens. His first NFL touchdown was a franchise record 103-yard kickoff return.

Stevenson Sylvester - Linebacker, Utah

2010 NFL Drafts
Round 5, Pick 166
Pittsburgh Steelers

Sylvester is currently in his third NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

R.J. Stanford - Cornerback, Utah

2010 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 223
Carolina Panthers

Stanford is currently in his third NFL season with the Miami Dolphins. He also played for the Carolina Panthers.

Tim Toone - Wide Receiver, Weber State

2010 NFL Drafts
Round 7, Pick 255
Detroit Lions

Toone was drafted with the final pick in the draft by the Detroit Lions earning the title Mr. Irrelevant. He spent time on the practice squad with the Lions, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos before making the roster of the Atlanta Falcons.

Harvey Unga - Running Back, BYU

2010 NFL supplemental draft
Round 7
Chicago Bears

Unga is currently in his second season in the NFL with the CHicago Bears.

Curtis Marsh - Cornerback, Utah State

2011 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 90
Philadelphia Eagles

Marsh is currently in his second season in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brandon Burton - Cornerback, Utah

2011 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 139
Minnesota Vikings

Burton is currently in his second season in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

Caleb Schlauderaff - Guard, Utah

2011 NFL Draft
Round 6, Pick 179
Green Bay Packers

Schlauderaff is currently in his second NFL season with the New York Jets.

Bobby Wagner - Linebacker, Utah State

2012 NFL Draft
Round 2, Pick 47
Seattle Seahawks

Wagner is currently in his first season in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.

Tony Bergstrom - Guard, Utah

2012 NFL Draft
Round 3, Pick 95
Oakland Raiders

Bergstrom is currently in his first season in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders.

Robert Turbin - Running Back, Utah State

2012 NFL Draft
Round 4, Pick 106
Seattle Seahawks

Turbin is currently in his first season in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.

Michael Smith - Running Back, Utah State

2012 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 212
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Smith is currently in his first season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ziggy Ansah - Defensive End, BYU

2013 NFL Draft
Round 1, Pick 5
Detroit Lions

Ansah was drafted fifth overall by the Detroit Lions.

Star Lotulelei - Defensive Tackle, Utah

2013 NFL Draft
Round 1, Pick 14
Carolina Panthers

Lotulelei was drafted fourteenth overall by the Carolina Panthers.