NFL Draft Picks With California Track Roots

Javelin Guidry, a defensive back from Utah who was signed by the New York Jets after the NFL Draft, won the California State 100m title in 2017 a year after winning the Texas 100m title. (Credit: Eric Taylor) 


The good folks at MaxPreps identified 23 football players from California high schools who were among the 255 selected last week during the three-day NFL Draft. 

MileSplitCA has identified 11 of those with a track profile in the database. Of those, five only participated in track for one season, according to their database profile, with a couple of others only competing in a meet or two. 

Among those on the list is Utah State quarterback Jordan Love from Bakersfield Liberty (CS), who became one of the biggest storylines of Thursday's first round when he was selected by the Green Bay Packers.

Love, considered one of the top quarterback prospects available, was selected by a team that already has an elite quarterback in Chico Pleasant Valley HS product Aaron Rodgers. 

According to his profile on MileSplit, Love participated in track in both 2013 and 2014 with a focus on the high jump (6-0 PR), long jump (18-2) and triple jump (39-0). 

While Love's track numbers are far from stellar, a few of the Golden State football draftees did make an impact outdoors in the spring. 

  • Terrell Burgess (San Marcos/SD) was a league champion sprinter who qualified for the San Diego Section trials.
  • Cole McDonald (Sonora/SS) was a sprinter who qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 prelims in 2015 and 2016.
  • Mykal Walker (Vacaville/SJ), a hurdler, was a two-time league champion and Sac-Joaquin Section Masters qualifier in both 2014 and 2015.
  • Ashtyn Davis (Santa Cruz/CC) was a top 110-meter hurdler who medaled at the 2014 CIF-State Meet.

The most successful of all of the football/track athletes now connected with a NFL team is Javelin Guidry, who spent his senior year at Vista Murrieta (SS).

Guidry, a defensive back from Utah, wasn't drafted but signed as a free agent with New York Jets.

Guidry won the CIF-State 100-meter title in a blistering 10.13w (3.8) in 2017 a year after winning the 100m title at the UIL Championships in Texas. Guidry's CIF-winning time is the fastest all-conditions time ever by a California high school sprinter. 

According to the verified NFL Twitter account, Guidry ran 4.29 in the 40-yard dash and did 21 reps on the bench at the league's scouting combine over the winter. That was the most reps by a player with a sub-4.30 40yd since 2003.

Another undrafted free agent who signed is Khalil Dorsey from Colony (SS). Dorsey, a defensive back from Northern Arizona who signed with the Baltimore Ravens, was a two-time State Meet medalist in the 110m hurdles as well as a State Meet qualifier in the long jump. 


Track highlights of former CA high school athletes who were drafted by NFL teams last week:

Terrell Burgess - San Marcos (SD)

College/Postion: Utah/Safety

NFL team: 104. Los Angeles Rams

Track Highlights: Competed in track in 2014-2015. Ran 200m PR of 22.31w for 5th place at the San Diego Section (SDS) Trials in 2015. ... Placed 5th in that year's SDS Final (22.37). ... Avocado East League 200m champion (22.53). ... Also league triple jump champion (41-06.25). ... SDS Trials qualifier in the TJ. 

Ashtyn Davis - Santa Cruz (CC)

College/Postion: Cal/Safety

NFL team: 68. NY Jets

Track Highlights: Competed in track in 2013-2014. ... Placed 5th at State in the 110-meter hurdles in 2014 (14.07). ... Ran PR of 13.78w at State Prelims. ... Central Coast Section (CCS) 110mH champion in 2014 (14.19). Place 4th at CCS Finals in 2013 (14.69). ... Placed 5th in the 300mH in 2014 with 39.37 PR. ... CCS Trials qualifier in 2013 (40.90).

Jaylinn Hawkins - Buena Park (SS)

College/Postion: Cal/Safety

NFL team: 134. Atlanta Falcons

Track Highlights: Competed in five sprint races in 2013. ... Placed 5th at Freeway League Finals in the 200m (23.39). 

Isaiah Hodgins - Berean Christian (NC)

College/Postion: Oregon State/Receiver

NFL team: 207. Buffalo Bills

Track Highlights: Competed in three sprint races in 2014. ... PRs: 100m (12.88), 200m (26.14).

Darnay Holmes - Calabasas (SS)

College/Postion: UCLA/Cornerback

NFL team: 110. New York Giants

Track Highlights: Competed in the 100m and 200m in 2016. ... Placed fourth at the Marmonte League Finals in both sprints in 11.14 and 22.69, respectively. 

Joshua Kelley - Eastside (SS)

College/Postion: UCLA/Running Back

NFL team: 112. Los Angeles Chargers

Track Highlights: Competed in the 100m/200m between 2013-2015. ... CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Prelim qualifier in the 100m (11.16). ... Placed 3rd at the Golden League Finals in the 100m (11.02) and seventh in the 200m (24.38). 

Jordan Love - Bakersfield Liberty (CS)

College/Postion: Utah/Quarterback

NFL team:  26. Green Bay Packers

Track Highlights: Competed in the jumps between 2013-2014. ... PRs: HJ (6-0), LJ (18-2), TJ (39-0). 

Cassh Maluia - Paramount (SS)

College/Postion: Wyoming/Linebacker

NFL team:  204. New England Patriots

Track Highlights: Competed in only two races in 2014, both at the Redondo Nike Track Festival where he went 11.87w for 100m and 47.21 for 300m. 

Cole McDonald - Sonora (SS)

College/Postion: Hawaii/Quarterback

NFL team: 224. Tennessee Titans

Track Highlights: Competed in track between 2015-2016. ... In 2016, ran 100m PR of 11.06w for 2nd at the Freeway League Prelims. Placed 4th at league final (11.17w). ... Ran 200m PR for second at the league finals (22.59w) to qualify for the Southern Section Division 3 Prelims (22.78w). ... Also qualified for the CIF-SS D3 Prelims in the 100m and 200m in 2015, running 11.33w and 22.74w.

Michael Pittman Jr. - Oaks Christian (SS)

College/Postion: USC/Receiver

NFL team: 34. Indianapolis Colts

Track Highlights: Competed in one 100m race in 215 running 11.52w.

Mykal Walker - Vacaville (SJ)

College/Postion: Fresno State/Linebacker

NFL team: 119. Atlanta Falcons

Track Highlights: Competed between 2012-15. ... In 2015, placed 5th at CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section (SJS) Masters in the 300m hurdles (38.85) in both 2014 and 2015. ... Ran PR of 38.71 for 3rd at SJS Division 1 Finals in 2014. ... Ran 110mH PR of 15.03 for 8th at SJS Masters Prelims in 2015 (placed 7th at Final, 15.12). ... Monticello Empire League champion in both hurdles in 2014 and 2015. 


Khalil Dorsey (Colony/SS)

College/Postion: Northern Arizona/Defensive Back

NFL team: Baltimore Ravens

Track highlights: Competed between 2013-2016. ... State Track Championships finalists in the 110-meter hurdlers in 2015 and 2016 and State Meet finalists in the long jump in 2016. Placed 5th in the 110s in 2016 (14.17) and 5th in 2015 (14.25). ... 2016 CIF-SS Divisional champion 110mH (14.07). ... 2016 CIF-SS Masters champion in the long jump (22-09.50).

Javelin Guidry (Vista Murrieta/SS) 

College/Postion: Utah/Defensive Back

NFL team: New York Jets

Track Highlights: Transferred to Vista Murrieta from Texas for his senior year. ... 100m CIF-State champion in 2017 running 10.13w (3.8), the fastest all-conditions 100m in California history. ... 100m champion at the Southern Section Masters Meet (10.35w) ... Won 100m title at the 2016 UIL State Championships in Texas running 10.41.



High School (Section)


NFL Team

Devin Asiasi

De La Salle (NC)


91. New England

Josiah Deguara

Folsom (SJ)


94. Green Bay

Troy Dye

Norco (SS)


132. Minnesota

Collin Johnson

Valley Christian (CC)


165. Jacksonville

Jake Hanson

Eureka (NC)


208. Green Bay

Nick Harris

Serra (SS)


160. Cleveland

Keith Ismael

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (CC)

OL/San Diego State

156. Washington

Jaylon Johnson

Fresno Central (CS)


50. Chicago

Colby Parkinson

Oaks Christian (SS)


133. Seattle

Dezmon Patmon

Patrick Henry (SD)

WR /Washington State

212. Indianapolis

Casey Toohill

Cathedral Catholic (SD)


233. Philadelphia

Curtis Weaver

St. Anthony (SS)

Edge/Boise State / 164. Miami

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