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2018 NFL Draft: A Breakdown of By State and High Schools
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17 May 2018 02:10 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Tremaine Edmonds poses with Roger Goodell after he was drafted. (Image Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

There were a dozen high schools that produced multiple draft picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, including three from the states of Virginia and Florida.

Dan River in Ringgold (Tremaine Edmunds, Terrell Edmunds), Oscar Frommel Smith in Chesapeake (Josh Sweat, Andre Brown), and Stonewall Jackson in Manassas (Tim Settle, Greg Stroman) were all Virginia schools that saw two of their former students drafted. Both Edmunds brothers were first-round picks, Tremaine was selected by the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Terrell. No other high school produced multiple players in the first two rounds.

Two is the same amount as Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian (Kendrick Norton, Andre Smith) and Pensacola’s Washington High School (Antonio Callaway, Mark Walton), while Lakewood in Saint Petersburgh produced three players (Isaiah Wynn, Shaquem Griffin, Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

Lakewood tied with Serra High School in San Diego (Dante Pettis, Rasheem Green, Jordan Lasley) for the most former students drafted with three. California’s Narbonne in Harbor City (Uchenna Nwosu, Keishawn Bierria) had two selected. Pettis was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers and Green was a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, which made Serra the only school with two draftees on Day 2 of the draft.

The other schools that produced multiple players were Callaway High School in Callaway, Missouri (Breeland Speaks, Rod Taylor); Imhotep in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (D.J. Moore, David Williams); Norcross in Norcross, Georgia (Lorenzo Carter, Christopher Herndon); and Taylor in Houston, Texas (Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Duke Ejiofor).

With Carter going to the New York Giants in the third round and the New York Jets pick of Herndon in the fourth round, Norcross was one of four high schools with multiple selections through four rounds. As was Washington with both Callaway (Cleveland Browns) and Walton (Cincinnati Bengals) going in the fourth round.

The state of Florida led the way with 35 players, followed by California and Texas with 27 each, 15 from Virginia, 14 from North Carolina, 12 out of Georgia and Pennsylvania, 11 hailing from Louisiana, with 10 coming out of Alabama. California and Florida led the way with six first-round picks with three coming out of Pennsylvania.

Of the 32 first-round selections, 29 played multiple sports in high school, a 91 percent clip.

Mississippi (eight players) led the way per capita with one player per 370,912 people compared to the national average of one player per 1,220,338 people. Louisiana was second, with Delaware (two), Alabama, and Virginia rounding out the top five.

In all, 38 states, as well as Washington, D.C. had at least one player selected. There were also three international players drafted, two from Australia and one from Canada.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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