The National Football League broke down the number of high school players from each state selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, and while the top three states may not surprise you, the state with the most players selected per capita will probably come as a bit of a shock.
Texas led the way with 32 prep players taken in the seven rounds, followed closely by fellow football happy states Florida (30) and California (26). Texas unseated Florida, which produced the most players in 2014 (44) and 2015 (39). Here’s the full breakdown:
- Texas: 32
- Florida: 30
- California: 26
- Georgia: 15
- Ohio: 14
- Illinois: 10
- Pennsylvania: 9
- North Carolina: 8
- Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and South Carolina: 7
- Alabama, Arizona and Indiana: 6
- Louisiana and Tennessee: 5
- Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Washington: 4
- Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin: 3
- Connecticut, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah: 2
- Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota and Nebraska: 1
Headlined by No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa and infamous draft star Laremy Tunsil, Florida produced the most first-round picks (7), followed by Texas (4), Georgia (3) and Ohio (3).
However, North Dakota produced the most players per capita with a whopping two high school products selected — No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz and fifth-round pick Connor McGovern — which works out to a grand total of one NFL player per 336,296 people.
With three prep players selected, including first-round pick DeForest Buckner, Hawaii was second with one player taken per 453,434 people, followed by Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The ratio of NFL players selected to people nationwide was one in 1,239,942.
Finally, per the NFL Communications release, six different high schools produced two draft picks apiece: Glenville in Cleveland, Ohio (Willie Henry and Cardale Jones); Legacy in Mansfield, Texas (Josh Doctson and Rees Odhiambo); Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md. (Kendall Fuller and Blake Countess); Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Bosa and Jake Rudock); Walsh Jesuit in Stow, Ohio (Connor Cook and Drew Kaser); and Wheatley in Houston, Texas (William Jackson and Xavien Howard).