The Top 10 Utah Utes in NFL History

Two No. 1 Picks and Eight Gritty Players

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The Utah Utes don't have a long tradition of Pro Football Hall of Famers like Pac-12 rivals USC and Washington.

However, here's a look at 10 of the best all-time Utes in the NFL:

Alex Smith, QB, - San Francisco, 2005-current: Smith is the only overall No. 1 pick in Ute football history. He appears to be coming into his own after six dismal years of high expectations. The 2012 season could be his breakout year after a respectable 2011.

Bob Trumpy, TE - Bengals, 1968-1977: In 128 games with the Bengals, Trumpy gained 4,600 yards on 298 receptions. The four-time Pro Bowler scored 35 touchdowns in a period that defined a good tight end.

Larry Wilson, FS - St. Louis Cardinals, 1960-1972: The Hall of Fame free safety made the term "safety blitz" famous, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wilson played in eight Pro Bowls in a career that saw him intercept 52 passes, leading the league in that category in 1966.

Manny Fernandez, DL - Miami Dolphins, 1968-1975: Named to the Pro Football Weekly and USA Today "All-Time Super Bowl Team" for his three sacks and 28 tackles in three Super Bowls.

Steve Smith, WR- Carolina Panthers, 2001-current: Last year, Smith was fifth among NFL wide receivers in yards gained. So long as he remains Cam Newton's primary target, he could stack up big numbers.

Roy Jefferson, WR - Washington, Pittsburgh, Baltimore Colts, 1965-1976: In his 12-year career, Jefferson caught 451 passes for 7,539 yards and scored 53 touchdowns. He played in three Pro Bowl games and the led the league in receiving yards (1,074) in 1968 with the Steelers.

Luther Elliss, DT - Detroit and Denver, 1995-2004: A first-round pick (20th overall) in his 10-year career, Elliss is credited with 29 sacks, 213 tackles, and 118 assists.

Jamal Anderson, RB, - Atlanta, 1994-2001: A torn ACL shortened a stellar career, including four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In his 1998 all-pro season, he rushed for 1,846 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Scott Mitchell, QB - Miami, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, 1991-2001: Mitchell started 57 games with Barry Sanders in the backfield from 1994 to 1998. Sanders rushed for 7,000 yards while Mitchell's QB rating stood at 79.2.

Mike Anderson, RB - Denver, Baltimore, 2000-2007: Injuries plagued a promising career for the 2000 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Anderson rushed for 1,487 yards and five yards per carry to earn the award.

Anthony Mercado is a U of U graduate and doesn't understand how the University of Miami can call itself the "U." There's only one "U" and it's in Salt Lake City.

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