It’s always interesting to look back at the NFL Draft and study where the players came from, whether it's their college, conference, high school, home state or all of the above. Let’s dive in and check out these numbers.
63 players were drafted from the SEC. That was by far the most. In fact the SEC East had 32 players selected and the SEC West had 31. That’s 24.8% of the entire draft from one league.
To put things in a little perspective, the conference with the second most drafted players was the ACC with 31. The Pac 12 had 28, the Big 10 and Big 12 each had 22 and the Big East had 17.
The school with the most drafted players was Florida State with 11. The Seminoles were the only team in double digits. Alabama and LSU each had nine while Florida and Georgia had eight each. South Carolina had seven as did Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights number may surprise some folks. Oklahoma and Notre Dame had six while Oregon, Texas A&M and North Carolina all had five.
Teams With Most Drafted Players
1 Florida State (11)
2 Alabama (9)
2 LSU (9)
4 Florida (8)
4 Georgia (8)
6 Rutgers (7)
6 South Carolina (7)
8 Notre Dame (6)
8 Oklahoma (6)
10 North Carolina (5)
10 Oregon (5)
10 Texas A&M (5)
Several BCS programs were shut out with no players selected – Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Pitt, Louisville, Minnesota, Northwestern and Indiana.
California Is Top State Producer
When it comes to producing college football prospects California is widely viewed as the third or fourth best state behind Florida, Texas and sometimes even Georgia. But when it came to last week’s draft more players played their high school football in California than any other. Check out the totals of the top ten producing states below.
1 California (29)
2 Florida (27)
3 Texas (25)
4 Georgia (20)
5 South Carolina (12)
6 Louisiana (11)
7 Ohio (10)
8 Pennsylvania (9)
9 Alabama (8)
10 New Jersey (7)
11 Virginia (7)
Foreign Born Players
There were six foreign born drafted prospects in Ezekiel Ansah (Ghana), Bjoern Werner (Germany), Margus Hunt (Estonia), Menelik Watson (England), Jesse Williams (Australia) and Luke Wilson (Canada).
Where Are QBs From?
Texas has surpassed California of late in the amount of high school quarterbacks produced. Therefore, both states are typically dominant in producing pro quarterbacks. But not this past week. No former Texas high school quarterbacks were drafted and only three from California, with Matt Barkley being taken the highest at No. 4 overall. The first quarterback selected was E.J. Manuel. He’s from Virginia. So too is Mike Glennon, who was the third signal caller drafted. Geno Smith, picked No. 2, is from South Florida. Ryan Nassib (Pennsylvania), Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) and Landry Jones (New Mexico) were all picked after Barkley. Then again, it was just a strange draft for quarterbacks all together.
Where's the Big 10 Beef?
Speaking of strange, typically the Big 10 is a large producer of linemen, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. This past draft the Big 10 only had four offensive linemen taken period – Travis Frederick (Wisconsin), Hugh Thornton (Illinois), Reid Fragel (Ohio State) and Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin). The Big 10 produced seven defensive line draftees.
High Schools produce multiple players
You are lucky to produce one NFL bound player if you are a high school. In this 2013 draft, there were several high schools that produced two drafted players and one that even produced three. Chandler (Az.) High School had former players Dion Jordan, Marc Anthony and Markus Wheaton all selected. Meanwhile, eight other high schools each had two picked. They are listed below.
1 Chandler (Az.) - Dion Jordan, Marc Anthony and Markus Wheaton
2 Davenport (Fla.) Ridge Community – Vince Williams, Mike James
3 Greenwood (S.C.) – D.J. Swearinger, Sam Montgomery
4 Geismar (La.) Dutchtown – Eddie Lacy, Eric Reid
5 Miami (Fla.) Norland – Xavier Rhodes, Tourek Williams
6 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes – Marcus Lattimore, Everett Dawkins
7 Garland (Texas) Rowlett – Damontre Moore, Marquise Goodwin
8 Miramar (Fla.) – Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey
9 Los Angleles (Calif.) Dorsey - Johnathan Franklin, Jeremy Harris