Georgia leads the way with 29 high school players taken in 2017 NFL Draft

2017 NFL Draft

2017 NFL Draft features 38 states

High school football fans in Georgia can be proud of the performance by former players in the 2017 NFL Draft.  The Peach State had 29 former players selected over the seven rounds of the three-day draft that was held in Philadelphia.

Finishing second behind Georgia was its neighbor to the south, Florida with 27 picks, followed by California with 26 and Texas with 24.  Louisiana and Ohio both had strong showings with 16 picks each.

In all 38 states, plus Canada and American Samoa were represented in the draft.

According to USA Football, the trend of multiple-sport athletes being picked in the 1st Round continued with 30 of 32 players chosen having played more than football in high school

State-by-State High School Football Players Drafted

Georgia – 29

Florida – 27

California – 26

Texas – 24

Louisiana, Ohio – 16

Pennsylvania – 11

Illinois – 10

Alabama, New Jersey, North Carolina – 9

Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia – 6

Missouri – 5

Maryland, South Carolina, Utah – 4

Kentucky, Washington, Wisconsin – 3

Arizona, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma – 2

Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington DC, West Virginia – 1

American Samoa – 1

Canada – 1

Another cool stat is that twelve high schools had two players picked. They are Cass Tech (Michigan), Cypress Bay (Florida), Dacula (Georgia), Ensworth (Tennessee), Gainesville (Georgia), Hebron (Texas),  John Curtis (Louisiana), Lakewood (Florida), Long Beach Poly (California), Pickerington North (Ohio) St. Rita (Illinois) and West Monroe (Louisiana)

Round-by-Round Picks

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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.