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Chris Olave highlights list of Latinos in NFL

Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera has most Latino coaches on NFL staff

The National Football League officially kicks off today, and there are plenty of Latinos to track in the NFL this season.

The most high profile Latino in the NFL this year is perhaps Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera. But New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Chris Olave, Ohio State’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, is a special one to watch. 

Last week we put out a list of the Top 23 Latino high school football players in America. We also highlighted the Latinos in college football. Now we are listing all of the Latinos in the NFL.

Latino NFL Players

New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona

The two-time Super Bowl champion is starting his eighth NFL season.

Washington Commanders cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields

The rookie was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.  The Penn State product was released and claimed off waivers by Washington.

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis

Davis is one of the league’s most versatile corners. The Los Angeles native can run with some of the league’s fast wideouts. His length allows him to match up against tight ends. 

New York Giants center Jon Feliciano

The eight-year veteran center moves across the state, going from the Buffalo Bills to the New York Giants, where he’ll start.  Feliciano has started 43 NFL games in his career. 

Houston Texans defensive tackle Roy Lopez

Lopez, a sixth round selection in 2021, is considered an emerging player on a rebuilding team. He will be part of the team’s rotation along the defensive front. 

Arizona Cardinals guard Will Hernandez

Hernandez, a 2018 second-round pick of the New York Giants, signed a one-year free agent contract with the Cardinals. 

Chris Olave ready to shine

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave

Olave, who caught 35 touchdowns with the Ohio State buckeyes, was the 11th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He is expected to be a favorite target of quarterback Jameis Winston. 
Olave
was born along the Mexico-U.S. border in San Ysidro, Calif. He was the only Latino picked in the first round of the NFL 2022 draft.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco

Pacheco, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers despite running a 4.37 at the combine, is being mentioned as a potential impact player for the Super Bowl contenders. 

Carolina Panthers kicker Eddy Piñeiro

On Aug. 31, Piñeiro signed with the Carolina Panthers following a serious groin injury to kicker Zane Gonzalez. 

Detroit Lions linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez

Rodriguez was one of the stars of HBO’s Hard Knocks documentary series. The rookie known as “Rodrigo” looks to take the momentum of an outstanding preseason into the regular season.

New Orleans Saints right guard Cesar Ruiz

Ruiz, a 2020 first-round pick, can play either guard position or center. 

Captain Robert Quinn

Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn

The veteran pass rusher with 101 career sacks (35th all-time) was named one of four season-long team captains. The Boricua enters his 12th season. 

New York Jets right guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. 

Vera-Tucker, a 2021 first-round pick, looks to improve on his strong rookie campaign. 

San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner

Warner is a mainstay on a tough San Francisco defense. He was voted the 47th best player in the NFL in a recent NFL Network players poll.

Latino NFL Coaches 

  • Richard Angulo – Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends coach.
  • Moses Cabrera – New England Patriots head strength and conditioning coach.
  • Juan Castillo – Washington Commanders tight ends coach 
  • Cristian Garcia – Washington Commanders defensive quality control
  • Steven Oliver – Detroit Lions offensive quality control 
  • Ron Rivera– Washington Commanders head coach 
  • Vincent “Bug” Rivera – Washington Commanders assistant linebackers defensive quality control
  • Jim Salgado – Buffalo Bills safeties coach
  • Mike Sullivan – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach 

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