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ASU Football: Grading former Sun Devils in the NFL

We look back on how ASU alumni performed this season.

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The Sun Devils boasted multiple influential pro players out on the field this year. Below, we deliver our thoughts regarding how they performed over the course of the season.


Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23 (Green Bay Packers)

Grade: A

After being regarded as one of the most exciting defensive back prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft, Randall proved those confident in him correct. The rookie finished the season with 58 combined tackles, 14 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. He has proven his worth and should be a mainstay in Green Bay's secondary for years to come.

Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11 (Houston Texans)

Grade: C-

Strong's first season in Houston wasn't great, but it provided some exciting and encouraging moments. The Texans are in need of a player to step up and be a consistent target opposite of DeAndre Hopkins, but if Strong is to claim that role, he'll need to convince not only his coaching staff to believe in him, but he needs to perform at a much higher level.

Jamil Douglas, OG - No. 75 (Miami Dolphins)

Grade: C-

After starting the Dolphins' first four games at right guard, Douglas found himself splitting time on a futile offensive line unit. In fact, the Dolphins were one of the worst teams in the NFL when running behind him. His up-and-down year may be concerning, but there was enough positive play from him to expect improvement next year.

Marcus Hardison, DL - No. 91 (Cincinnati Bengals)

Grade: N/A

Hardison did not see the field in 2015 for the Cincinnati Bengals, who boast one of the deeper defensive line units in the league.


Lawrence Guy, DL - No. 67 (Baltimore Ravens)

Grade: B-

Guy posted career-highs in games played (16), combined tackles (46), total tackles (29), and sacks (4.5).

Will Sutton, DL - No. 93 (Chicago Bears)

Grade: C+

Sutton played in two fewer games during the 2015 season than he did in his rookie year, however managed to post identical totals (23 combined tackles, 4 pass deflections).

Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55 (Cincinnati Bengals)

Grade: B+

Aside from his antics, Burfict is a very good and talented football player. Despite missing the first six games of the year, Burfict still finished with 74 combined tackles, a sack and 2 interceptions.

Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17 (Denver Broncos)

Grade: B

Osweiler's name was called sooner than most expected, and he wasn't relatively bad. The 6-foot-8 signal caller was serviceable, guiding the Broncos to five wins while throwing for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Omar Bolden, DB/RET - No. 31 (Denver Broncos)

Grade: B-

Bolden only played in nine games for Denver in 2015, but he had an impact in quite a few of his appearances, notably as a returner. For the first time in his career, Bolden returned punts. Of the five he fielded, he returned one for a score, and averaged 24.6 yards per return.

Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19 (Washington)

Grade: B

Ross served primarily as a special teamer, but had some influence in the passing game, too. He hauled in 8 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown (5 of his receptions were for first downs). In the return game, Ross averaged 24.4 yards per kick return, and housed a 101-yarder against the New York Giants. Ross also recovered a blocked punt for a score in the Meadowlands against the New York Jets.