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Saint Thomas Aquinas leads all high schools with three players selected in 2015 NFL Draft

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With the 2015 NFL Draft now concluded, the incoming class of drafted rookies will soon experience its first taste of NFL life.

And while the drafted rookies enter the NFL from a variety of different backgrounds, one thing they generally all have in common is an outstanding experience playing high school football.

A total of 240 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30-May 2, USA Football announced today.

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida led all high schools with three players selected – PHILLIP DORSETT(Indianapolis, first round), RASHAD GREENE(Jacksonville, fifth round) and BOBBY HART(New York Giants, seventh round).

The breakdown of the 15 high schools that had multiple players drafted by NFL clubs:

* *

*HIGH SCHOOL  *

TOTAL

PLAYERS (NFL TEAM/ROUND)

Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

3

Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis/1); Rashad Greene (Jacksonville/5); Bobby Hart (New York Giants/7)

Billy Ryan (Denton, TX)

2

Mario Edwards, Jr. (Oakland/2); Bud Sasser (St. Louis/6)

Grant (Sacramento, CA)

2

Shaq Thompson (Carolina/1); James Sample (Jacksonville/4)

Hutchinson (Hutchinson, KS)

2

Geneo Grissom (New England/3); Ben Heeney (Oakland; 5)

Jackson (Jackson, GA)

2

Lorenzo Mauldin (New York Jets/3); Neiron Ball (Oakland/5)

Lakewood (Saint Petersburg, FL)

2

Dante Fowler Jr. (Jacksonville/1); Austin Reiter (Washington/7)

Mary D. Bradford (Kenosha, WI)

2

Trae Waynes (Minnesota/1); Melvin Gordon (San Diego/1)

Miami Central (Miami, FL)

2

John Miller (Buffalo/3); Charles Gaines (Cleveland/6)

Miami Norland (Miami, FL)

2

Ereck Flowers (New York Giants/1); Duke Johnson (Cleveland/3)

Miami Northwestern (Miami, FL)

2

Amari Cooper (Oakland/1); Tray Walker (Baltimore/4)

Norcross (Norcross, GA)

2

Max Garcia (Denver/4); Geremy Davis (New York Giants/6)

North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA)

2

C.J. Uzomah (Cincinnati/5); Austin Shepherd (Minnesota/7)

Oxford (Oxford, AL)

2

Kwon Alexander (Tampa Bay/4); Bobby McCain (Miami/5)

Stephenson (Dekalb County, GA)

2

Preston Smith (Washington/2); Mike Davis (San Francisco/4)

Vigor (Mobile, AL)

2

Jalston Fowler (Tennessee/4); Darius Philon (San Diego/6)

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STATES WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT PLAYERS DRAFTED


FLORIDA

39

GEORGIA

30

TEXAS

27

CALIFORNIA

26

ALABAMA

14

OHIO

10


STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS DRAFTED IN 2015 PER CAPITA


State

Population*

NFL Players

NFL Players Per Capita

Georgia

9,687,653

30

1 NFL player per 322,922 people

Alabama

4,779,736

14

1 NFL player per 341,410 people 

Florida

18,801,310

39

1 NFL player per 482,085 people

Mississippi

2,967,297

6

1 NFL player per 494,550 people

Kansas

2,853,118

5

1 NFL player per 570,624 people

United States

308,745,538

253

* *

1 NFL player per 1,220,338 people

  • Based on most recent U.S. Census Data (2010).


STATE BREAKDOWN


STATE

PLAYERS DRAFTED

STATE

PLAYERS DRAFTED

FLORIDA

39

KENTUCKY

2

GEORGIA

30

OREGON

2

TEXAS

27

VIRGINIA

2

CALIFORNIA

26

WISCONSIN

2

ALABAMA

14

ARKANSAS

1

OHIO

10

COLORADO

1

NORTH CAROLINA

9

CONNECTICUT

1

PENNSYLVANIA

9

DELAWARE

1

MARYLAND

8

INDIANA

1

ILLINOIS

6

MINNESOTA

1

LOUISIANA

6

NEBRASKA

1

MICHIGAN

6

NEVADA

1

MISSISSIPPI

6

NEW YORK

1

NEW JERSEY

6

OKLAHOMA

1

KANSAS

5

UTAH

1

ARIZONA

4

IOWA

4

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

1

MISSOURI

4

SOUTH CAROLINA

4

INTERNATIONAL

3

TENNESSEE

4

WASHINGTON

4

TOTAL

256

HAWAII

2


Some interesting notes on high schools in the 2015 NFL Draft:

  • Thirty-seven states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, Germany and American Samoa had at least one player drafted. 
  • For the ninth time in the past ten seasons, at least one player who attended high school outside of the United States was selected in the NFL Draft. One player from Canada was selected: defensive tackle CHRISTIAN COVINGTON (Houston, Round 6) from Vancouver, British Columbia. The past 34 NFL Drafts have featured 25 Canadians selected by NFL teams. The other drafted players to attend high school outside of the United States were running back JOEY IOSEFA (Tampa Bay, Round 7) from Pago Pago, American Samoa and linebacker MARK NZEOCHA (Dallas, Round 7) from Neusitz, Germany.
  • Florida led all states with seven first-round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. Georgia followed with four players selected in Round 1, while California and North Carolina each had three first-round selections.
  • Florida (39) remained on top with the most drafted players in 2015. They were first in 2014 with 44 players drafted. 
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