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NFL Draft: A Demographical Breakdown By State, High School and Country
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14 May 2015 03:20 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Miami man Phillip Dorsett was one of seven first-round picks out of Florida. (Image Source: Brad Barr/USA TODAY Sports)

Here are some news & notes from the 2015 NFL Draft:

—High School Breakdown: The 256 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft were the products of 240 different high schools. Fifteen high schools had multiple players drafted, led by St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with three draftees: WR Phillip Dorsett (1st Rd by the Indianapolis Colts), WR Rashad Greene (fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars) and OL Bobby Hart (seventh round by the New York Giants). Not including St. Thomas Aquinas, the city of Miami had three high schools with two players drafted.

Here’s the breakdown of the aforementioned 15 high schools by state:

Florida: 5, Georgia: 4, Alabama: 2, California: 1, Kansas: 1, Texas: 1, Wisconsin: 1

—State Breakdown: There were 37 states represented in the NFL draft and one player was selected from the District of Columbia. Six states had double-digit players drafted with Florida’s 39 leading the way. The Sunshine State, which also topped the list of draftees in the 2014 NFL Draft with 44, was followed by Georgia (30), Texas (27), California (26), Alabama (14) and Ohio (10).

Florida also produced the most first-round picks with seven and Georgia came in second with four players drafted in the first round. California and North Carolina tied for third, with three first rounders apiece.

Overall, one person in 1,220,338 Americans heard their name called in the 2015 NFL Draft. With 30 players from a population of 9,687,653, Georgia had the highest per capita (one person in 322,922 people). Alabama (one person in 341,410 people), Florida (one person in 482,085 people), Mississippi (one person in 494,550 people) and Kansas (one person in 570,624 people) round out the top five states per capita.

—International Breakdown: In addition to the 37 states and DC, there were three international players who joined the NFL during the draft. Canada, Germany and American Samoa each had one player drafted. That marks the ninth time in the past 10 drafts that at least one player who attended high school outside of the United States was drafted by an NFL team.

Among the three international players drafted this year was Canadian Christian Covington, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. The defensive tackle was a sixth round choice of the Houston Texans. Over the past 34 years, the NFL has drafted 25 Canadian players.

In addition to our neighbors to the north, two international players were selected in the seventh round. The Tampa Bucs drafted running back Joey Iosefa out of Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Dallas Cowboys chose linebacker Mark Nzeocha from Neusitz, Germany.

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. 

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