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Sunshine State dominates in NFL Draft talent again

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It should not come as a surprise with the surplus of football talent from the high school and the college level every year, that the State of Florida would once again, lead NFL Draft with players selected from our state.

The final tally is in, and while there was only one state college player taken in the opening round of the draft, there were an impressive 34 players with high school ties to the state of Florida that heard their name called at some point last weekend.

That gaudy number topped Texas by seven picks, California by 12 and further, those were the only three states that had 20 or more players taken during the seven rounds of the NFL selection process.

A deeper look at Florida’s high school depth and talent is illustrated by the names that continued to fly off the board on the first two nights of the process.

Whether it was the aforementioned DE Brian Burns from Plantation American Heritage and FSU, as the first round pick of the Panthers or guys like OT Jawaan Taylor from Coco and the Gators being drafted early on night two by the Jaguars, the list goes on and on.

Names like DE Nick Bosa from St Thomas Aquinas, LB Devin Bush Jr. From Pembroke Pines Flannagan and WR Marquise Brown from South Broward may have played at out-of-state colleges, but still were Florida high schoolers that ended up being first round picks for 2019.

And as the second and third rounds rolled on Friday night, players like LB Jachai Polite from Daytona Mainland and the Gators, RB Devin Singletary of American Heritage in Delray Beach and FAU and DT Trysten Hill from Suwanee Live Oak and UCF, also came off the board.

Finally, it is clearly no surprise with dozens and dozens of players in the state of Florida ending up going every year to FBS schools on a scholarship that there would be that many that would excel every year and go to the National Football League.

Still, to see that total and those names laid out, it only makes young youth football players battling every fall dream their NFL dream, too.

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