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What Jersey Numbers Will 2012 NFL Draft Picks Wear?

The 2012 NFL Draft is over and we’re starting to get information about which uniform numbers will be worn by all the rookies. For fans who just can’t wait to buy a brand-new Nike jersey of their team’s newest player, information about NFL rookie jersey numbers for 2012 can’t come fast enough. I’ll do my best to update this post as soon as that information becomes available. If you see something I’m missing, leave me a note in the comments section down below!

Arizona Cardinals

Wide receiver Michael Floyd will join Larry Fitzgerald (number 11) in the teens. Floyd will wear jersey number 15.

Atlanta Falcons

Center Peter Konz will wear number 66 for the Falcons.

Baltimore Ravens

Rush linebacker Courtney Upshaw will wear jersey number 91.

Buffalo Bills

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore will wear jersey number 27. Gilmore picked the number because seven minus two equals five, which the number he wore in college. He didn’t reveal the formula he used to turn 27 into 7-2, however.

Carolina Panthers

Linebacker Luke Kuechly will wear number 59 for the Panthers. Offensive lineman Amini Silatolu will wear number 61.

Chicago Bears

Defensive end Shea McClellin will wear jersey number 99 for the Bears. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will wear jersey number 17.

Cincinnati Bengals

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will wear jersey number 27 for the Bengals (though he said he would have preferred number 21, the number sported by his idol, Deion Sanders–a number currently held by the Bengals’ Brandon Ghee). Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler will wear jersey number 68.

Cleveland Browns

Nothing is confirmed yet, but it sounds like it’s official: running back Trent Richardson will wear jersey number 33. He wore the number 3 in college, but that is a number designated for quarterbacks and kickers in the NFL. New Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden also wore number 3 in college and he’ll continue to wear it in the pros.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys traded up to select cornerback Morris Claiborne. He will wear jersey number 24 in Big D. He wore number 17 in college, but cornerbacks aren’t allowed to wear this number in the NFL.

Denver Broncos

Running back Ronnie Hillman will wear jersey number 21.

Detroit Lions

Offensive tackle Riley Reiff will wear jersey number 71 for the Lions. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles will wear number 84.

Green Bay Packers

New rush linebacker Nick Perry will wear jersey number 53. Defensive end Jerel Worthy will wear number 99.

Houston Texans

First-round pick Whitney Mercilus will wear number 59, formerly worn by linebacker DeMeco Ryans (who was traded to the Eagles back in March).

Indianapolis Colts

To no one’s surprise, first overall pick Andrew Luck will wear jersey number number 12, his college number, when he lines up behind center for the Colts. Luck’s college teammate, tight end Coby Fleener, will wear number 80.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Wide receiver Justin Blackmon will take the field in jersey number 14. Reportedly, he was asked if his college number (81) was important to him and he said no. Laurent Robinson currently wears 81 for the Jaguars. It’s possible we will see some kind of number exchange happen in the future.

Kansas City Chiefs

Defensive tackle Dontari Poe will suit up for the Chiefs in jersey number 92.

Miami Dolphins

New Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill says that he’s going to wear jersey number 17, the same number he wore in college. Running back Lamar Miller will wear 44.

Minnesota Vikings

New left tackle Matt Kalil will wear number 67 struck a deal with DeMarcus Love and will wear number 75 and safety Harrison Smith will wear 22.

New England Patriots

To be announced.

New Orleans Saints

Wide receiver Nick Toon will honor his father, three-time Pro Bowler Al Toon, by wearing the same number he wore in the pros, 88.

New York Giants

The last pick of the first round, running back David Wilson, will wear jersey number 34 for the Giants.

New York Jets

Defensive end Quinton Coples will wear jersey number 98. Wide receiver Steven Hill will wear jersey number 84.

Oakland Raiders

To be announced.

Philadelphia Eagles

Fletcher Cox will be wearing jersey number 91 when he lines up as part of a fearsome Eagles defensive line next season. He’ll be joined by defensive end Vinny Curry, number 75. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks will wear 95.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers went after offensive linemen in the draft. Guard David DeCastro will wear number 61 and tackle Mike Adams will wear 76.

San Diego Chargers

Rush linebacker Melvin Ingram will wear jersey number 54.

San Francisco 49ers

Wide receiver AJ Jenkins says he plans to wear jersey number 17 for the 49ers. Running Back LaMichael James will wear number 23.

Seattle Seahawks

Defensive end Bruce Irwin will wear jersey number 51. Bobby Wagner will wear number 54 and Russell Wilson will wear number 3.

St. Louis Rams

Defensive tackle Michael Brockers will wear jersey number 96. Wide receiver Brian Quick will wear 83.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Safety Mark Barron will wear jersey number 24 for the Buccaneers. He wore number 4 in college. Running back Doug Martin will keep his college number, 22.

Tennessee Titans

Speedy wide receiver Kendall Wright will wear jersey number 13 for the Titans. Linebacker Zach Brown will wear 55.

Washington Redskins

New quarterback Robert Griffin III said he “[plans] to wear 10.” He added, “I think it’ll be available.” That doesn’t sound good for Jabar Gaffney, the current number 10 on the Redskins.


Remember that these numbers won’t necessarily be set in stone. Some rookies will end up changing their numbers during training camp when cuts occur and new numbers become available. That said, it’s a safe bet to assume that the big names in the draft won’t be changing numbers any time soon because teams will already be selling their jerseys.

David Woods is the editor of PigskinBuzz.com. You can contact him at pigskinbuzz@gmail.com.


  1. Greg

    April 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    AJ Jenkins of the 49ers will wear #17

    • David Woods

      April 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

      • Greg

        April 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        Of course! Great site, and you guys have been a great twitter follow this draft season

  2. Jake

    April 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    On Packers.com it says Perry will wear 53. On vikings.com says Kalil will wear 67 and Harrison will wear 22

    • David Woods

      April 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  3. Joe

    April 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    on newyorkjets.com it says stephen hill will wear 84

  4. David Woods

    April 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Post updated with this info. Thanks.

  5. Dylan

    April 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Stephon Gilmore of the Bills will wear number 27. Gilmore stated that 7 minus 2 equals five, which was his college number.

  6. JR Victorian

    April 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    New @AZCardinals WR Michael Floyd will wear jersey No. 15. You can pre-order your own right here –> http://bit.ly/IlEE9y #CardsDraft

  7. Dylan

    April 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Also: https://twitter.com/#!/jaguarsinsider

    Player number update: Justin Blackmon will wear jersey number 14, Andre Branch #90, Bryan Anger #19, Brandon Marshall #53

  8. Charles

    April 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Michael Floyd- 15
    Justin Blackmon- 14
    Brandon Weeden- 3

  9. dcameronh

    April 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    LaMichael James will were 23 for the 49ers. He tweeted it this morning.

    LaMichael James ‏ @LaMichaelJames
    I will be #23… I honestly can say I want to be like mike except with hair (pause)
    18m LaMichael James LaMichael James ‏ @LaMichaelJames

    LaMichael James ‏ @LaMichaelJames
    Anyone want to guess what # I’m going to wear for the 49ers? Hmm
    27m LaMichael James LaMichael James ‏ @LaMichaelJames

  10. Mike

    April 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The Panthers Kuechly will be #59 by the process of elimination for LBs. Of course if someone is cut he could pick a new number.

  11. Jay

    May 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Dontari Poe will wear #92 with the Chiefs

  12. Michael

    May 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  13. bmo

    May 2, 2012 at 12:30 am

    SEAHAWKS-Bruce Irwin is wearing 51, Bobby Wagner 54, Russell Wilson 3, Jaye Howard 94

  14. jetsdt715

    May 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Quinton Coples announced he will be wearing #98

  15. Dylan

    May 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Matt Kalil will now wear 75 after a deal with Love got him 75 and Love 73.
    David DeCastro will wear 61 with Pittsburgh (Mike Adams is getting 76 with the Steelers).
    Whitney Mercilus will wear 59 in Houston.
    Kendell Wright will wear 13 in Tennessee.
    Peter Konz will wear 66 in Atlanta.
    Richardson and Weeden are officially 33/3.

    • David Woods

      May 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

  16. Dylan

    May 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    You still have Matt Kalil down as wearing number 67. You just typed in your correction wrong.

    Courtney Upshaw will be 91 in Baltimore.
    Coby Fleener will be number 80 with the Colts as 82 is retired.
    Michael Brockers (96) and Brian Quick (83) have picked their numbers in St. Louis.
    Ronnie Hillman will be number 21 in Denver.

  17. Tolete

    May 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    lamar miller of the dolphins will wear number 44, the photo are in the nfl.com

  18. Charlie

    May 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    New Jersey Numbers Of Note: Cox (91), Kendricks (95), Curry (75), Foles (9), Boykin (22), Kelly (67), McNutt (83), Washington (78), Brown (34), Polk (32).

    Per @EaglesInsider

  19. Alex Ramirez

    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Chargers Jersey Numbers

    LB Melvin Ingram (54)
    DE Kendall Reyes (91)
    SS Brandon Taylor (28)
    TE LaDarius Green (89)
    OL Johnnie Troutman (63)
    C David Molk (60)
    RB Edwin Baker (26)