The 2017 NFL Draft is upon us and the amount of drama surrounding this annual spectacle promises to make this a must-watch event. Like with every draft before it, this year’s NFL ritual has the power to transform lives and potentially make or break entire NFL franchises.
What’s at stake for many pro-hopefuls is countless millions in salary and bonuses and the opportunity to play for a storied franchise or the possibility of watching round after round go by without so much as a nod from a pro team. It’s literally a gut-wrenching experience for all but a few of the sports truly elite players.
Beyond the money and glory, lies one other major NFL perk that’s difficult to value on paper. And that’s the possibility of dating or marrying the hottest women on the planet. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the Top 15 NFL WAGs (wives and girlfriends). Now we’re not saying these guys wouldn’t have landed such beauties had they become insurance salesmen or car mechanics instead of NFL players, but we’re pretty sure it didn’t hurt their chances.
Claudia Sampedro – Julius Peppers (LB – Carolina Panthers)
Julius Peppers was the 2nd overall pick in 2002 and is currently dating model Claudia Sampedro who has appeared in several publications and music videos.
Jessie James – Eric Decker (WR – NY Jets)
A country music singer, reality TV star, and drop-dead gorgeous wife of Eric Decker, who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by the Broncos.
Marissa Van Noy – Kyle Van Noy (LB – NE Patriots)
Kyle Van Noy just won a Superbowl ring with the Patriots but he also won off the field by putting a ring on the model Marissa Van Noy.
Sarah Celek – Garrett Celek (TE – San Francisco 49rs)
Garret Celek was picked up by the 49rs as an undrafted free agent. He married a former model & Hooters Dream Girl, the gorgeous Sarah Hinton.
Nicole Williams – Larry English (DE – Retired)
Larry English was the 16th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Selected by the Chargers, he has since retired. He’s currently dating the Canadian model Nicole Williams who has appeared in hundreds of publications and advertisements for several major brands.
Kristin Cavallari – Jay Cutler (QB – Free Agent)
Currently seeking a home on the field, he should be comfortable knowing that his wife and mother of his 3 kids is Kristin Cavallari, an ex reality TV star and TV hostess.
Lauren Tannehill – Ryan Tannehill (QB – Miami Dolphins)
Ryan Tannehill was selected 8th overall to be the Dolphins’ starting QB. He had already married his college girlfriend, Lauren, who gained 3,000 twitter followers overnight and became a hit on social media because of her presence at the NFL Draft.
Katherine Webb-McCarron – AJ McCarron (QB – Cincinnati Bengals)
AJ McCarron was picked up in the 4th round of the 2014 draft to back up current starting QB Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. A few months later, AJ married Katherine Webb, a former beauty queen, model and TV personality, whose beauty distracted Brent Musburger and almost cost him his job.
Ariel Meredith – Hakeem Nicks (WR – Free Agent)
Hakeem Nicks was the 29th overall pick by the NY Giants in the 2009 draft. Nicks’ current girlfriend is the hugely successful model, Ariel Meredith. Meredith has worked with Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, Cover Girl, Roca Wear, H&M, and plenty more household name brands.
Kasey Moore – Lance Moore (WR – Retired)
Lance Moore retired after 10 years in the league and managed to marry the beautiful Kasey Trione.
Shenae Saifi – Patrick Willis (LB – Retired)
Patrick Willis was picked up the San Francisco 49rs in 2007 with the 11th overall pick. The pro bowler is currently retired, and now has more time to spend with the on again, off again girlfriend Shenae Saifi.
Draya Michele – Orlando Scandrick (CB – Dallas Cowboys)
Orlando Scandrick was selected in the 5th round of the 2008 draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Scandrick is currently dating Draya Michele, who is an ex-Reality TV star, current model and successful businesswoman. She is also the CEO of the appropriately named Fine Ass Girls and Mint Swim clothing lines.
Leila Lopes – Osi Umenyiora (DE – Retired)
Osi Umenyiora was selected in the 2nd round in 2003, he went on to have a successful career as part of the Giants and won 2 Superbowls and Pro bowl selections. Umenyiora currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons and is married to Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes.
Gisele Bundchen – Tom Brady (QB – New England Patriots)
Tom Brady was selected in the 2000 NFL Draft as a 6th round selection. He started as a 4th string QB and went on to lead the Patriots to 4 Superbowls. He is currently the world’s most talented trophy husband of the highest paid model in the world, Gisele Bundchen, and proving once again that QBs eat well.
October Gonzalez – Tony Gonzalez (TE – Retired)
Tony Gonzalez is one of the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL and he also has one of the best looking wives in October Gonzales.