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NFL Draft Off the Clock: Breakdown the 253 Players by State & High School
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10 May 2017 05:15 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan defensive backs Jabrill Peppers, Jourdan Hill, and Delano Hill combine on a tackle. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Here’s a breakdown of the 2017 NFL Draft by state and high schools:

— The 253 players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft from April 27-29, came from 242 high schools.

—There were 12 high schools that had two players drafted, including two schools from the states of Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana.

—The 12 schools are Cass Technical (Michigan), Cypress Bay (Florida), Dacula (Georgia), Ensworth (Tennessee), Gainesville (Georgia), Hebron (Texas), John Curtis Christian (Louisiana), Lakewood (Florida), Long Beach Poly (California), Pickerington North (Ohio), Saint Rita (Illinois), and West Monroe (Louisiana).

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— In total 37 states, as well as Washington, DC, and American Samoa produced at least one player drafted. Defensive back Shalom Luani (Oakland) hails from American Samoa, the 11th time in the past 12 drafts that a player who went to high school outside of the United State was selected.

— There were eight states that produced at least ten players in the 2017 NFL Draft led by Georgia’s 29 draftees. The Peach State was followed by Florida (27), California (26), Texas (24), Louisiana (16), Ohio (16), Pennsylvania (11), and Illinois (10). Last year, Texas produced the most draftees with 32 picks from the Lone Star State.

—Ohio and Texas had the most first-round picks with four, while Alabama, California, Georgia, and New Jersey all had three players selected in the first round.

—In case you were wondering, the state of Alabama produced nine players who were drafted this year. Of those nine, five went to Alabama, including first-round selections cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Baltimore), tight end O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay), and linebacker Reuben Foster (San Francisco).  

—The only school that produced more draft picks than Alabama’s 10, was the University of Michigan which had 11 of their players have their names called. Of those 11, only two came from the Mitten State, cornerback Jourdan Lewis and safety Delano Hill. Not only were Lewis and Hill teammates at Michigan but they are both products of Cass Technical in Detroit.

—Louisiana led the way when it came to producing draft picks per capita (one player per 283,336), followed by a pair of SEC states in Georgia (one player per 334,057) and Alabama (one player per 531,082). Washington, DC, which had one player (out of 601,723 people) was fourth and Utah (one player per 690,971) fifth. For comparative purposes, as a nation the United States produced one draft pick per 1,225,181 people. Florida Gators cornerback Teez Tabor (Detroit) was the lone draftee from the nation’s capital.

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—Locally, New York had two players drafted, including Brooklyn’s (Erasmus Hall Campus) Curtis Samuel who was selected in the second round by Carolina.

—There were nine players drafted from New Jersey, with tight end David Njoku (Cleveland), safety Jabrill Peppers (Cleveland), and linebacker Haason Reddick (Arizona) all going in the first round.

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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