Raiders’ Trey Taylor joins fraternity of former Air Force stars to be drafted into NFL

FRISCO, TX – FEBRUARY 01: East Team safety Trey Taylor (27) of Air Force gets the defense set during the East-West Shrine Bowl game on February 1, 2024 at the Ford Center at the star in Frisco, TX. (Photo by Chris Leduc/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This past week, Trey Taylor became the 10th Air Force Academy graduate to be drafted in the NFL.

He was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders and will look to become among the group to make an opening day roster from the Academy.

The AFC East has had some of these players play in their division.

The first graduate in the Academy from the AFC East was Bryce Fisher.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1999 in the seventh round.

He joined the Bills in 2001 after his Air Force commitment.

In his first year with Buffalo he played in 13 games and garnered three sacks.

He went on to play for the Rams, Seahawks and Titans retiring in 2008.

He played in Super Bowl XL with the Seahawks. In 2006, the New Jets drafted linebacker, Anthony Schlegel in the 3rd round.

He played two seasons in the NFL with the Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.

Schlegel is now an assistant coach with Ohio State.

Another link to the AFC East is Cowboys defensive tackle Chad Hennings.

Hennings was on the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion teams that defeated the Bills in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII.

There is a long list of players from the Academy who had careers in the NFL.

If Taylor can earn a roster spot, he will join that storied list.

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