2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Dec. 27

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NEPB alumni in the NFL, Part II

These four New Era Pinstripe Bowl alumni are now making their presence felt in the National Football League. 11/11/2013
sanu Former Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is now a force to be reckoned with for the Patriots.

Marcus Cooper - 2011 Rutgers - CB Kansas City Chiefs

In the span of a year, Cooper has gone from being a standout at Rutgers to a final-round pick in the NFL Draft to a major contributor for the undefeated Chiefs. Cooper has played in all ten games this season and has two interceptions, including a key fourth-quarter pick against the Titans in October.




Leonard Johnson - 2011 Iowa State - CB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Though he went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft after starting 43 games for the Cyclones, Johnson signed with his hometown Buccaneers. The 5-foot-10 corner has played in all 25 games of his NFL career and has recorded three interceptions, including an 83-yard touchdown return last November.




Chandler Jones - 2010 Syracuse - DE New England Patriots

Since being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones has played in 23 games for the Patriots and recorded 14.5 sacks. He amassed 10.5 sacks during his three years with Syracuse and his 8.5 sacks in 2013 are seventh best in the NFL through Week 10.




Daniel Thomas - 2010 Kansas State - RB Miami Dolphins

In his third season with the Dolphins, Thomas continues to get his share of the carries. The Florida native, who scored three touchdowns in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, has gained 214 yards on 64 carries with two touchdowns in 2013.




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