Former Arlington High School offensive lineman Luke Joeckel will join an elite group today. Only a handful of players from Arlington high schools have been drafted into the NFL and only 16 ever made a 53-player roster. Joeckel, who could be the first overall pick, will become the highest-drafted ever, replacing Arlington Sam Houston’s Mark Clayton, who was 22nd overall in 2005.
|Player||High school||Pos.||Years in NFL||Comment|
|Mike Adams||Sam Houston||WR||1997||A seventh-round pick (223rd overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997, he played in six games and made one catch for 39 yards.|
|John Brandes||Lamar||TE||1987-93||A 1982 Lamar grad, he didn’t play high school football. He was the team manager. But he played in 90 career NFL games .|
|Mark Clayton||Sam Houston||WR||2005-11||The city’s highest-drafted player, going to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (22nd overall) in 2005, he has 260 career catches .|
|Jamell Fleming||Seguin||CB||2012-present||A third-round pick (80th overall) of the Arizona Cardinals last year, he has a bright future after making three starts as a rookie.|
|Justin Forsett||Grace Prep||RB||2008-present||A seventh-round pick (233rd overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 2008, he has 1,661 career rushing yards and eight TDs.|
|Ali Haji-Sheikh||Arlington||K||1983-87||A ninth-round pick of the New York Giants in 1983, he made 76 of 111 field-goal tries.|
|Kenny Iwebema||Bowie||DE||2008-10||A fourth-round pick (116th overall) of the Cardinals, he played in 31 games with seven career tackles.|
|Fred Jackson||Lamar||RB||2007-present||An undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills, he has 4,231 career rushing yards and 19 TDs.|
|Scott McGarrahan||Lamar||DB||1998-2005||A sixth-round pick (156th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 1998, he played in 108 games and had one career INT.|
|Shirdonya Mitchell||Sam Houston||DB||2006||He played one game with the Miami Dolphins in 2006, making one tackle.|
|Guy Morriss||Sam Houston||C||1973-87||A tight end in high school, he arguably is the city’s most productive NFL player. He was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 1973 .|
|Attauyo Nsekhe||Bowie||OT||2012-present||He played in two games for the St. Louis Rams last season.|
|Boone Stutz||Martin||LS||2006-07||He played in 28 games in two NFL seasons with Seattle and Atlanta.|
|Joe Walker||Lamar||DB/KR||2001-02||He made three career starts at DB for the Tennessee Titans after signing as a free agent out of Nebraska .|
|Mitch Willis||Lamar||DT||1985-90||A seventh-round pick of the LA Raiders in 1983, Willis played in 51 games, with one start and two sacks.|
|Jamie Winborn||Bowie||LB||2001-2010||Winborn, who finished his high school career in Alabama, was a second-round pick (47th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in 2001.|
*Players have to have been on a 53-player roster to qualify. The practice squad does not count. Joe Jon Finley, Brandon Foster, Ricky Brown, Reggie Harrell, Aaron Oliver, Adam Hill, Cedric Hilliard, Dave Joeckel, Albert Bimper, Bobby Sign, Rusty Gunn, Gordon Utgard, Ryan Fisher and Ronald Burns are among other Arlington products who flirted with an NFL career. Brown, an Arlington High grad, was on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad in 2000. Bimper, who played at Bowie, was on the Colts’ practice squad in 2006 when they won the Super Bowl. Former NFL players Kevin Breedlove and Reggie Barnes were born in Arlington but played high school football elsewhere.
Source: Pro Football Reference.
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