NFL Draft: What States are Sending Most Players to Combine?

NFL Draft: What States are Sending Most Players to Combine?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

One of the NFL’s main offseason events returns this week, when a handful of elite draft prospects gather to perform a series of skills-related drills.

The 2023 NFL Combine kicks off Tuesday, with 319 prospects taking part in the event that runs inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis through March 6.

Given Louisiana’s outsized impact on the NFL, with the sixth-most players of any state in the nation (71), it’s not much of a surprise the Pelican State figures to play a central role at this year’s combine.

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To do so, we used to calculate which states had the highest number of representation at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. Numbers were calculated based on the location of each attending athlete’s university. Out of the 319 attendees, 39 states were represented.

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Athletes by State at 2023 NFL Combine

State No. of Participants Percentage
South Carolina154.7%
South Carolina134.1%
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A Look at Louisiana’s NFL Prospects

The state of Louisiana ranks in a tie with Ohio and Georgia for sixth when it comes to the number of prospects at the 2023 NFL combine with 14 players.

The state trails other football factories — Texas (26 invitees), Alabama (23), California (17) and Michigan/South Carolina (15) — when it comes to combine representation.

Some of the homegrown combine prospects to keep an eye on at this year’s event are LSU wideouts Kayshon Boutte and Jaray Jenkins, Tulane running back Tyjae Spears and linebacker Dorian Williams and Louisiana Tech defensive back Myles Brooks.

Boutte made waves this offseason by first eschewing the draft, only to reverse course and enter in early December after posting a career-high 735 receiving yards as a junior.

Jenkins left Baton Rouge for the NFL after a five-year run with the Tigers that saw him haul in 89 catches for 1,370 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Down in New Orleans, Spears and Williams will look to catch on with an NFL team after guiding the Green Wave to a win over USC in the 2023 Cotton Bowl.

Both are listed as mid-round picks by, while Brooks of Louisiana Tech is estimated to be a seventh-round selection.

For now, all of the above are taking part in the NFL’s offseason hoopla in Indiana, as they look to become the next great college representative of Louisiana to play on Sundays.

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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