Posted: 10:17 am Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

USA Football study: Lake Worth, Pahokee two of 2012 NFL Draft’s top producers 

By Matt Porter

According to a study released by USA Football, Lake Worth and Pahokee are among 10 high schools nationwide to have at least two alums chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Pahokee’s Janoris Jenkins went in the second round to the St. Louis Rams, while former teammate Dwight Bentley was chosen in the third round by the Detroit Lions.

Lake Worth produced Joe Looney, a fourth-round choice of the San Francisco 49ers, and LaVon Brazill, a sixth-round choice of the Indianapolis Colts.

According to the study, 241 high schools worldwide produced the 253 players selected in the draft, which was held April 26-28.

Miami Northwestern had four players drafted, the most from a single school in the same draft since USA Football began tracking the data in 2006.

Four other schools have had three draftees in the same year: Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas (2010) and California schools Colton (2011), De La Salle (2006), and Long Beach Polytechnic (2006).

Some other interesting notes from the study:

* Florida was second among states in total draftees, with 31. Texas (32) leads the way, with California (26), Ohio (16), Georgia (14) and North Carolina (10) also producing double-digit draft numbers.

* D.C. had two drafted players from a population of 601,723, giving it the honor of most draftees per capita. Idaho, with four draftees from a population of 1,567,582, is second. Florida is fourth:

Data courtesy of USA Football

Data courtesy of USA Football

* Forty states and the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Germany, had at least one player drafted.

* Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (New York Giants, Round 7) of Germany became the third European-trained player drafted, joining fellow German Sebastian Vollmer (2009) and Romeo Bandison (1994) from the Netherlands.

* Texas led all states with five first-round selections. Tennessee had three first-rounders, while Alabama, California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Oklahoma each had two.