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Next Level Talent: 22 former Stanford players dot NFL rosters

16 NFL teams will feature Cardinal players this season

Richard Sherman looks to guide to Seattle to back to back Super Bowls
Richard Sherman looks to guide to Seattle to back to back Super Bowls
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season kicked off tonight as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers featuring two notable Stanford alumni in Richard Sherman (Seattle) and Doug Baldwin (Seattle).

Along with Sherman and Baldwin, 20 other former Stanford players survived finals cuts to make a 53-man NFL roster. The 22 former Stanford players on NFL rosters is two better than last year's 20 NFL players.

Don't expect this number to decrease anytime soon. The current Cardinal roster is littered with future NFL draft picks including Andrus Peat, Kevin Hogan, Ty Montgomery, Jordan Richards, James Vaughters, and AJ Tarpley.

Thomas Keiser (Arizona)

Stepfan Taylor (Arizona)

Levine Toilolo (Atlanta)

Ryan Hewitt (Cincinnati)

Alex Smith (Cincinnati)

Johnson Bademosi (Cleveland)

Jim Dray (Cleveland)

Coby Fleener (Indianapolis)

Andrew Luck (Indianapolis)

Griff Whalen (Indianapolis)

Toby Gerhart (Jacksonville)

Michael Thomas (Miami)

David Yankey (Minnesota)

Cameron Fleming (New England)

Erik Lorig (New Orleans)

Zach Ertz (Philadelphia)

David DeCastro (Pittsburgh)

Jonathan Martin (San Francisco)

Doug Baldwin (Seattle)

Richard Sherman (Seattle)

Chris Owusu (Tampa Bay)

Trent Murphy (Washington)