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Which Angels players were drafted in the NFL?

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24 APR 1991: DAVE WINFIELD OF THE CALIFORNIA ANGELS SWINGS ATA PITCH DURING A GAME WITH THE SEATTLE MARINERS AT ANAHEIM STADIUM IN ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA. MANDATORY CREDIT: STEPHEN DUNN/ALLSPORT.
24 APR 1991: DAVE WINFIELD OF THE CALIFORNIA ANGELS SWINGS ATA PITCH DURING A GAME WITH THE SEATTLE MARINERS AT ANAHEIM STADIUM IN ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA. MANDATORY CREDIT: STEPHEN DUNN/ALLSPORT.
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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 18: Quan Cosby #17 of the Denver Broncos after a punt return against the New England Patriots on December 18, 2011 during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Honorable Mentions

These are players who don’t technically fit the criteria of playing for the Angels while also being drafted in the NFL, either because their time with the Halos was only ceremonious in nature, or they made it to the NFL as undrafted players.

Quan Cosby

Before becoming a wide receiver and special teams player in the NFL, Quan Cosby tried to make his way up the minor league ranks in the Angels system. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 MLB Draft, Cosby spent four seasons between Rookie ball and Single-A before joining the NFL. Cosby remains an honorable mention since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in the NFL.

Jake Locker

Before being selected as the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Jake Locker was drafted by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Locker decided to remain at the University of Washington as a football star. The Angels retained Locker’s rights during his short professional football career. And when the quarterback suddenly retired in 2015, there was speculation that he could try his hand at baseball again with the Halos. However, a reunion (or first real meeting) never materialized.

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Matt Moore

An honorable mention because he went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, Matt Moore was drafted by the Angels, but made his career in the NFL. The quarterback has played for four different teams in the NFL. The Oregon State product spent most of his adult life playing football; however, he was drafted by the Angels in the 22nd round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Scouts had seen him play in a semi-pro baseball league in Southern California, peaking their interest. Ultimately, Moore would enroll at Oregon State to chase his football dreams.

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