Football Programs producing the Most NFL players
Many high school football players have heard the quote “If you play well enough on Friday, You’ll be good enough to play Saturday” in reference to securing a spot on a college roster whose teams traditionally played on Saturdays. When said players make it to the college level the next step is to be good enough to play on Sunday.
Making a college team is hard enough with roughly 7% of high school players making the cut. Becoming a professional is a gauntlet riddled with trials that makes making a college team look like a joke. NFL teams are highly selective, weeding out players through training camps and the draft with less than 1% of eligible college players making it to the pros.
If your dream is to play on Sunday it only makes sense to get a head start by finding a school known for producing NFL level talent. Just as a law student goes to the best college to land a position with a good firm, going to a university with history offers potential players the best chances of fulfilling their NFL dreams.
Louisiana State University
The bayou has a rich history of producing top level talent and currently holds the spot for the most players on roster in the NFL. With 38 players playing on 22 different teams including the Carolina Panthers who played in this past years Super Bowl against the Broncos.
University of Southern California
The Trojans have produced the most NFL players over the years but more importantly memorable players who consistently find their teams making the Super Bowl. A few of the over 400 players the Trojans have put in the NFL include O.J. Simpson, Carson Palmer, Troy Polamalo, and Keyshawn Johnson.
The Fighting Irish are no strangers to our best schools list. They have a reputation in sports for producing professional athletes. There are currently 29 former Fighting Irish in the pros including Ryan Harris, who played for the Broncos in the 2015 Super Bowl. Notre Dame has produced more NFL players than any other program with a staggering 543 total as of 2015.
University of Miami (FL)
Florida has a history of sending top players to college teams as well as the NFL at an alarming rate. In 2001,the Hurricanes squad had 38 draft picks, 17 of which were first rounds . The Hurricanes currently hold the number two spot behind LSU with the most players on NFL roster at 37. Our own staff member ,David Gilbert, played for the Hurricanes and later on professionally for the Tennessee Titans.
University of Alabama
The Crimson Tide. The oldest and largest public university in Alabama, has several players from across the decades with spots in the Hall of Fame. The team currently has 35 players on NFL rosters and currently ranks number 1 in the country for college programs.
Florida State University
The Seminole’s have been stepping up their game the last few years with the number 1 overall draft pick of 2015, Jameis Winston. In 2013 and 2015 the squad saw 11 NFL draft picks and currently has 33 former Noles in the NFL. Notable Alumni of the program include Hall of Famer Deion Sanders,
Ohio State Buckeyes
The defending champions for the 2015 NCAA Football Playoff may have only 26 players in the NFL but that number may increase in the upcoming years if they can continue to play well and produce talent like Ezekiel Elliot who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys.
University of Clemson
Clemson ended their 2015 season being ranked number 2 in the nation and enter the 2016 season poised at the number 2 ranking again behind Alabama. The tigers currently have 28 players in the NFL and had 16 draft picks for 2015.
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