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234 HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2020 NFL DRAFT

234 HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2020 NFL DRAFT

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Story Courtesy of NFL Communications

With the 2020 NFL Draft now concluded, the incoming class of drafted rookies will soon experience their 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 234 high schools contributed to the 255 players selected in the seven rounds of the Draft on April 23-25.

IMG ACADEMY (Florida) led the way with four players selected, SAINT JOSEPH’S PREP (Pennsylvania) followed with three players selected, while 16 high schools – BLUE SPRINGS (Missouri), BULLIS (Maryland), CASS TECHNICAL (Michigan), CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (Florida), DE LA SALLE (Michigan), DEERFIELD BEACH (Florida), DEMATHA CATHOLIC (Maryland), DESOTO (Texas), HARRISON (Michigan), HIGHLAND SPRINGS (Virginia), KAHUKU (Hawaii), LAWRENCE ELKINS (Texas), LEE-MONTGOMERY (Alabama), OAKS CHRISTIAN (California), PACE ACADEMY (Georgia), and WYLIE (Texas) – each had two players selected

“Playing at IMG Academy was amazing,” said Denver Broncos second round pick K.J. HAMLER, who attended the school alongside
Cleveland Browns second round pick GRANT DELPIT, Minnesota Vikings fifth round pick K.J. OSBORN and New Orleans Saints first round pick CESAR RUIZ. “It prepared you for college from a school standpoint, in addition to training your body to be physically ready for college football.”

The breakdown of the 18 high schools that had multiple players drafted by NFL clubs:

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Some interesting notes on high schools in the 2020 NFL Draft:

  • Thirty-eight states, as well as Washington, D.C. had at least one player drafted.
  • For the 14th time in the past 15 seasons, at least one player who attended high school outside of the United States was selected in the NFL Draft [WR Chase Claypool (British Columbia) and DL Neville Gallimore (Ontario)].
  • Texas leads all states in drafted players for the first time since 2016, when they had 32 players selected.
  • Hawaii, the state with the most players were capita in 2020, had a player selected in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2016, when they had three players selected. 
  • Texas led all states with seven first-round selections. Florida followed with four players selected in Round 1.
  • ​IMG Academy is the first high school since 2014 (Saint Thomas Aquinas – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to have four players selected in a single NFL Draft.
  • The 18 high schools with multiple players selected are the most in a single NFL Draft since at least 2012.

The 2020 NFL Draft broken down by state listing of high schools:

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