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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Florida colleges send 30 players to NFL combine



The official list of 330 players invited to this year's NFL combine is out, and as you may suspect, Florida's colleges are sending more prospects than any other state, with a total of 30 from seven different schools.

Miami, surprisingly, leads the state with nine prospects, just ahead of Florida and Florida State with eight each. There's a big dropoff to USF (2), and one each from UCF, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. The next closest state -- we pause a moment to let you fashion an educated guess -- is California, with 24 prospects, ahead of Texas (22) and Michigan, which has 21, including a massive 14 from the University of Michigan.

Which state has the most schools sending players to the combine? Florida's seven falls just short of this year's high of eight, set by Texas (Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, TCU, UTEP, Texas, Texas Tech, Lamar), Ohio (Ohio State, Toledo, Ohio, Youngstown, Miami, Akron, Ashland, Cincinnati) and Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Temple, Penn State, Villanova, Saint Francis, Bucknell, Indiana, Kutztown).

In all, 38 states have colleges with a player at the combine -- the other 12 include 10 of the 11 least populated states, plus New Mexico (36th) and ... New Jersey, which comes up empty despite ranking 11th among states by population.

The more impressive feat would be confirming that Florida has the most prospects by high school (or birth), but that's much more research. The NFL posts a list each year of the states most represented on the opening-week 53-man rosters, and in 2016, Florida (239) edged out California (220) and Texas (214) for those honors.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:11am]


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