Missouri Valley accounts for 23 athletes on NFL squads this season

ST. LOUIS, M.O. (Valley-Football.org) — The NFL season begins tonight and a total of 23 former athletes from current Missouri Valley Football Conference schools appear on NFL season-opening rosters. Notably, FCS college football has 142 former players on NFL season-opening rosters and another 66 signed to practice squads.

James Madison has the most players on 53-man active rosters with seven followed by Delaware, Harvard, North Dakota State and South Carolina State with six each. North Dakota State, the three-time defending national champion, has five players on practice squads, bringing its overall total to 11, the high among FCS programs.

All 32 NFL rosters have an FCS player. (information courtesy Craig Haley, Stats Perform)

Following are former players from current MVFC schools on NFL season-opening active rosters:
Buccaneers – Joe Haeg (North Dakota State)
49ers – Tom Compton (South Dakota)
Texans – Dylan Cole (Missouri State), David Johnson (UNI)
Broncos – Davontae Harris (Illinois State), Shelby Harris (Illinois State)
Eagles – Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State), Craig James (Southern Illinois), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State)
Titans – MyCole Pruitt (Southern Illinois)
Chiefs – Khalen Saunders (Western Illinois)
Ravens – Chris Board (North Dakota State), L.J. Fort (UNI)
Cardinals – Chris Streveler (South Dakota)
Colts – Bruce Anderson III (North Dakota State)
Packers – Robert Tonyan (Indiana State), Billy Turner (North Dakota State)
Panthers – Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois)
Washington Football Team – Mike Liedtke (Illinois State)
Chargers – Easton Stick (North Dakota State)
Jaguars – James O’Shaughnessy (Illinois State), James Robinson (Illinois State)
Patriots – Derek Rivers (Youngstown State)