In total, 253 players heard their names called as draft picks during the 2016 NFL Draft. Many of them came from Power Five college football programs, as you’d expect, but there were others who came from smaller college programs to defy the odds and will now have the opportunity to carve out a career in the most popular professional sports league in the United States.
One thing every drafted player (with the exception of Moritz Boehringer) has in common, though, is that they played high school football before developing into an NFL-caliber prospect during their college years. The National Football League’s Communications department recently released a report on where each of the 253 players that were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft played their high school football. And the results were eye-opening.
For example, there were six high schools throughout the country that each produced two 2016 Draft picks, and six states that each produced a double-digit number of Draft picks this year. On that note, here is a look at which states produced the highest number of NFL Draft picks in 2016.