Video: Looking back at top draft picksRewinding on the high school careers of Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold and others.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose cornerback Carlton Davis
in the second round of last week's NFL Draft, Norland (Miami)
moved into double digits of former players drafted into the league since 2006.
Norland now has 10 former players chosen over the last dozen years, including first-round selections Ereck Flowers
(Giants, 2015), Xavier Rhodes
(Vikings, 2013) and Dwayne Bowe
Only two teams surpass Norland, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
and Glenville (Cleveland)
, which have 19 and 13 picks, respectively. Neither, however, had a 2018 selection.
One of the biggest movers this year was another Florida school, Lakewood (St. Petersburg)
, which added three selections in 2018 to give the Spartans eight picks. Those players were linebacker Shaquem Griffin
(Seahawks), Isaiah Wynn
(Patriots) and wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Griffin's selection made global news
, not only because he had his right hand amputated as a 4-year-old, but also since he joined his twin Shaquill Griffin
with Seattle. The twins were inseparable, playing at Lakewood and Central Florida, while also joined forces with USA Football
Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
tied with three other schools for eighth with seven selections each after Rasheem Green
(Seahawks) was taken in the third round and Jordan Lasley
(Ravens) in the fifth.
• Over the past dozen drafts, 21 programs have had at least six players
drafted. Of those programs, eight have come from Florida and six from
• Two of the California schools — Colton
(6) and Dorsey (Los Angeles)
(6) — have not played for a state championship.
• Georgia has boasted two with at least six — Norcross
Stephenson (Stone Mountain)
• Surprisingly, only one Texas school — DeSoto
— has had six drafted during that span.
• Other states having one program with at least six selections are Maryland, Louisiana, Arizona and Ohio.