Texas, Florida high schools led NFL draft

Texas and Florida high schools led the way among 2016 NFL draft picks.

With the 2016 NFL draft picks now getting acclimated to their new surroundings and many teams already conducting rookie minicamps, it’s worth a look back and seeing where these picks developed their skills in high school.

The 253 draft picks represented 37 states, Washington D.C., Australia, Germany and Nigeria. Texas won the prize this year with 32 players getting their high school football training there, but Florida wasn’t far behind with 30, and California had 26. (Last year, Florida was first with 39 players drafted.) In all, six states – including Georgia (15), Ohio (14) and Illinois (10) – had double-digit players from their high schools chosen, according to a study by USA Football.

In addition, two players from Australia – P Lachlan Edwards (New York Jets in Round 7) and DT Adam Gotsis (Denver Broncos in Round 2) – were selected. German WR Moritz Bohringer (Minnesota Vikings in Round 6) and Nigerian DE David Onyemata (New Orleans Saints in Round 4) were also drafted.

Drilling down to the high school level, 247 high schools were represented in the 253 players drafted into the NFL from April 28-30, with six high schools sending two players (19 states had one or no players selected!). Those high schools with two players drafted were comprised of Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) with Willie Henry and Cardale Jones; Mansfield (Tex.) Legacy with Josh Doctson and Rees Odhiambo; Our Lady of Good Counsel (Wheaton, Md.) with Kendall Fuller and Blake Countess, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with Joey Bosa and Jake Rudock; Walsh Jesuit (Stow, Ohio) with Connor Cook and Drew Kaser; and Wheatley (Houston, Tex.) with William Jackson and Xavien Howard.

Back to the state level, Florida led the way with seven first-round selections, followed by Texas (four), and Georgia (three) and Ohio (three).

On a per-capita basis, the top five states were as follows:

State

Population *

NFL Players

NFL Players Per Capita

NORTH DAKOTA

672,591

2

 

1 NFL player per 336,296 people

HAWAII

1,360,301

3

 

1 NFL player per 453,434 people 

FLORIDA

18,801,310

30

 

1 NFL player per 626,710 people

GEORGIA

9,687,653

15

 

1 NFL player per 645,844 people

SOUTH CAROLINA

4,625,364

7

 

1 NFL player per 660,766 people

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

308,745,538

249

 

1 NFL player per 1,239,942 people

* Based on most recent U.S. Census Data (2010).

 

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