Which Angels players were drafted in the NFL?
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.
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.
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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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.