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Florida High Schools Send 36 Players to 2023 NFL Draft

For the second time in three years, Florida had the most former high school football players taken in the NFL Draft.

According to High School Football America, 36 high school graduates from the Sunshine State were selected during the 2023 NFL Draft.

Florida had six more picks than Texas, which had 30 players taken. With 23 picks, Georgia had the third most players taken, followed by California with 22, Illinois with 12, Michigan with 11 and North Carolina with ten.

Related: Where every 2023 NFL Draft Pick played high school football

Fifteen high schools had multiple players drafted during the three-day event in Kansas City. 

Leading the way was Nevada’s Bishop Gorman with three former players chosen, including wide receiver Cedric Tillman (selected No. 74 by the Cleveland Browns), quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (No. 140, Cleveland Browns), and cornerback Kyu Blue Kelly (No. 157, Baltimore Ravens).

Below are the 14 schools with two players drafted. 

  • Cass Tech (Michigan) – Green Bay Packers No. 235 Lew Nichols III, RB; San Francisco 49ers No. 255 Jalen Graham, LB

  • De La Salle (Concord, California) – No. 40 New Orleans Saints Isaiah Foskey, DE; Houston Texans No. 167 Henry To’oTo’o, LB

  • DeMatha (Maryland) – Seattle Seahawks No. 254 Olu Oluwatimi, C; Atlanta Falcons No. 224 DeMarcco Hellams, S

  • Grayson (Georgia) – Kansas City Chiefs No. 92 Wanya Morris, OT; Arizona Cardinals No. 168 Owen Pappoe, LB

  • Hebron (Texas) – Washington Commanders No. 118 (4th Round) Braeden Daniels, G; Arizona Cardinals No. 139 (5th Round) Clayton Tune, QB

  • Hickory Ridge (North Carolina) – Arizona Cardinals No. 72 Garrett Williams, CB; Dallas Cowboys No. 244 Jalen Brooks, WR

  • IMG Academy (Florida) – Philadelphia Eagles No. 30 Nolan Smith, LB; Cincinnati Bengals No. 60 DJ Turner, CB

  • NSU University School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) – Baltimore Ravens No. 22 Zay Flowers, WR; Seattle Seahawks No. 237 Kenny McIntosh, RB

  • Orem (Utah) – Chicago Bears No. 148 (5th Round) Noah Sewell, LB; Los Angeles Rams No. 177 (5th Round) Puka Nacua, WR

  • Peachtree Ridge (Georgia) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 171 Payne Durham, TE; San Francisco No. 173 Robert Beal, Jr., EDGE

  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal (Florida) – Philadelphia Eagles No. 66 Sydney Brown, DB; Cincinnati Bengals No. 163 Chase Brown, RB

  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) – Philadelphia Eagles No. 65 Tyler Steen, OT; Cincinnati Bengals No. 95 Jordan Battle, S

  • Temple (Texas) – Los Angeles Chargers No. 21 Quentin Johnston, WR; Los New York Giants No. 209 Tre Hawkins III, CB

  • Union (Oklahoma) – Washington Commanders No. 97 Ricky Stromberg, C; Cleveland Browns No. 126 Isaiah McGuire, DE

High School Football America also tracked the star rating of each player in high school.

  • 5 stars – 28

  • 4 stars – 74

  • 3 stars – 109

  • 2 stars – 17

  • 1 star – 0

  • Zero stars - 31

Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson


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