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Which state produced the most picks in the 2019 NFL Draft? Here’s the answer

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the San Francisco 49ers selected Bosa in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the San Francisco 49ers selected Bosa in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. AP

There’s long been a debate over which state produces the most football talent.

Is it Florida? Is it Texas? How about California or any other states in SEC Country?

If we’re going off producing NFL talent in this year’s draft class, the title goes to Florida.

The Sunshine State, thanks to the talent hotbed of South Florida, had more picks than any other state in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Players native to Florida accounted for 32 of the 254 picks. Florida had five first-round players picked, the most of any state, and they were Nick Bosa (49ers), Devin Bush (Steelers), Brian Burns (Panthers), Marquise Brown (Ravens) and Deandre Baker (Giants).

Here are totals from various states:

Florida: 32

Texas: 27

California: 22

Georgia: 15

Ohio: 12

North Carolina: 10

Louisiana: 10

Mississippi: 9

Virginia: 9

Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.


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