The NFL recent released the hometowns of all of the players on active opening day rosters and the results are in. We are sure that the map will spark many debates as state residents bicker over which state has the best football, produces the most NFL talent and has the best athletes.
In terms of pure numbers, the state of Florida takes the crown for 2016 as 239 NFL players come from the Sunshine State. Coming in second was California with 220 and Texas is third at 214. Florida, California and Texas benefit from size and excellent year round weather to help bolster their numbers. In terms of smaller states that pack a punch, states like Louisiana (62), North Carolina (60), South Carolina (57) and Ohio (94) have some impressive numbers as well.
I recently tweeted my Top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFL and as with any ranking of anything, especially in the World of sports, controversy ensues. The biggest bone that people chose to pick with me was concerning the fact that Andrew Luck failed to make my top 5. With all of the discussion that has arisen around this list, I thought it best to write an article with my explanation of my Top 5 and also added a couple of notes on some of the guys that did not make it.
There have been mock drafts, draft shows, draft analysis, draft previews and draft insight. Doesn’t matter where you go, the NFL draft is in your face. Well here’s one more draft article. Over the years there have been a fair amount of draft busts and some superstars that have come out of the first round which will be spotlighted tonight. This 2015 draft will once again produce busts and perhaps some guys that will end up in Canton. In my opinion, here are the Top 5 players in this year’s NFL draft. I base the list on ability, production and risk.
Here’s a look at my grades on each of the 32 NFL teams’ drafts. I have a formula for draft picking and team building. It’s very simple and I use it to grade drafts along with other factors.
Here are the positions you need to draft:
QB, RB, DT, WR, CB, LT, DE, MLB, WR2, DT2, FS, TE
Stay in those areas and your ability to have a successful draft increases greatly.
The other positions listed below, you address in free agency with low key signings. Not big named additions that achieved famed success elsewhere and will have a hard time doing things your way in you organization. Here those positions: