For the fifth straight year, High School Football America will celebrate the NFL Draft with a round-by-round look at where the players went to high school. We will also keep tabs on which state sends the most players into the pro ranks.
Last year, Florida led the way with 35 former players being selected. Miami’s Booker T. Washington and Lakewood — had three players each chosen over the seven rounds, while Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian Academy had two players chosen. Texas finished second with 27 players selected.
The highlight of last year’s draft was when, for the first time ever, two brothers were picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills selected linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 16 pick and then the Pittsburgh Steelers chose Terrell Edmunds, a safety, at No. 28. The pair played for their father Ferrell Edmunds, the head coach at Dan River High School in Ringgold, Virginia.
38 different states, plus Washington DC had players chosen in 2018. 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