Florida leads the 2018 NFL Draft with 35 former high school players chosen

For the first time since 2015, Florida high school football is the big winner in the NFL Draft. Thirty-five former Florida high school football players were drafted over three days at the 2018 NFL Draft that was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Not only was the Sunshine State eight picks better than California and Texas, who had 27 players each selected, but two Florida teams — Miami’s Booker T. Washington and Lakewood — had three players each chosen over seven rounds. Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian Academy had two players selected.

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Other high schools with multiple former players selected are: Alief Taylor (Texas), Callaway (Mississippi), Dan River (Virginia), Imhotep Charter (Pennsylvania), Narbonne (California), Norcross (Georgia), Oscar Smith (Virginia), Serra (Gardena, California) and Stonewall Jackson (Virginia).

38 different states, plus Washington DC had players chosen. In addition, Australia (2) and Canada (1) had players picked.

Here’s the state-by-state breakdown:

Florida – 35

California, Texas – 27 each

Virginia – 15

North Carolina – 14

Georgia, Pennsylvania – 12 each

Louisiana – 11

Alabama, Mississippi – 9 each

New Jersey – 8

Maryland – 7

Michigan, Ohio – 6 each

Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee – 5 each

Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, South Carolina – 3 each

Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Utah, Washington – 2 each

Idaho, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Washington DC, Wisconsin, Wyoming – 1 each

Australia – 2

Canada – 1

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.