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Which state had the most NFL Draft picks in 2017?

The NFL Draft is now complete, but it is always great to keep looking at data from the Draft. A total of 242 high schools contributed to the 253 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27-29, USA Football announced today. 

Twelve high schools – CASS TECHNICAL (Michigan), CYPRESS BAY (Florida), DACULA (Georgia), ENSWORTH (Tennessee), GAINESVILLE (Georgia), HEBRON (Texas), JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (Louisiana), LAKEWOOD (Florida), LONG BEACH POLY (California), PICKERINGTON NORTH (Ohio), SAINT RITA (Illinois) and WEST MONROE (Louisiana) – had two players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, per NFL Communications. 

Cass Technical (Detroit, MI) 2 Jourdan Lewis (Dallas/3); Delano Hill (Seattle/3)
Cypress Bay (Weston, FL) 2 Danny Isidora (Minnesota/5); Matthew Dayes (Cleveland/7)
Dacula (Dacula, GA) 2 Alex Armah (Carolina/6); Corey Levin (Tennessee/6)
Ensworth (Nashville, TN) 2 Corn Elder (Carolina/5); Conor McDermott (New England/6)
Gainesville (Gainesville, GA) 2 Jeremiah Ledbetter (Detroit/6); Deshaun Watson (Houston/1)
Hebron (Carrollton, TX) 2 Jamal Adams (New York Jets/1); Deatrich Wise (New England/4)
John Curtis Christian (New Orleans, LA) 2 Duke Riley (Atlanta/3); Malachi Dupre (Green Bay/7)
Lakewood (Saint Petersburg, FL) 2 Shaquill Griffin (Seattle/3); Rodney Adams (Minnesota/5)
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA) 2 JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh/2); Jayon Brown (Tennessee/5)
Pickerington North (Pickerington, OH) 2 Pat Elflein (Minnesota/3); Jake Butt (Denver/5)
Saint Rita (Chicago, IL) 2 Kenny Golladay (Detroit/3); Pat O’Connor (Detroit/7)
West Monroe (West Monroe/LA) 2 Cam Robinson (Jacksonville/2); Xavier Woods (Dallas/6)


Georgia 29
Florida 27
California 26
Texas 24
Louisiana 16
Ohio 16
Pennsylvania 11
Illinois 10



State Population * NFL Players NFL Players Per Capita
Louisiana 4,533,372 16   1 NFL player per 283,336 people
Georgia 9,687,653 29   1 NFL player per 334,057 people
Alabama 4,779,736 9   1 NFL player per 531,082 people
Washington D.C. 601,723 1   1 NFL player per 601,723 people
Utah 2,763,885 4   1 NFL player per 690,971 people
UNITED STATES 308,745,538 252   1 NFL player per 1,225,181 people
* Based on most recent U.S. Census Data (2010).


Georgia 29   Mississippi 2
Florida 27   New York 2
California 26   Oklahoma 2
Texas 24   Arkansas 1
Louisiana 16   Colorado 1
Ohio 16   Connecticut 1
Pennsylvania 11   Delaware 1
Illinois 10   Iowa 1
Alabama 9   Massachusetts 1
North Carolina 9   Minnesota 1
New Jersey 9   Montana 1
Virginia 7   Nevada 1
Michigan 6   Oregon 1
Tennessee 6   South Dakota 1
Missouri 5   West Virginia 1
Maryland 4      
South Carolina 4   District of Columbia 1
Utah 4      
Kentucky 3   International 1
Washington 3      
Wisconsin 3   TOTAL  253
Arizona 2      

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