Apr 262012
 

Andrew Luck, the first pick in this year’s NFL draft played football at Stratford High School in Houston, TX. He is the 11th player from the state of Texas to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Listed below is a map of where No. 1 picks played high school football.

Map of Where No. 1 Draft Picks Played High School Football

Map includes AAFC drafts (green pins) and AFL drafts (red pins). Blue pins represent No. 1 NFL draft picks.

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Where No. 1 Draft Picks Played High School Football

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

YearPlayerCityStateLeague
1936Jay BerwangerDubuqueIANFL
1937Sam FrancisOberlinKSNFL
1938Corbett DavisLowellINNFL
1939Ki AldrichTempleTXNFL
1940George CafegoOak HillWVNFL
1941Tom HarmonGaryINNFL
1942Bill DudleyBluefieldVANFL
1943Frank SinkwichYoungstownOHNFL
1944Angelo BertelliSpringfieldMANFL
1945Charley TrippiPittstonPANFL
1946Frank DancewiczLynnMANFL
1947Bob FenimoreWoodwardOKNFL
1947Frank AschenbrennerMilwaukeeWIAAFC
1948Harry GilmerBirminghamALNFL
1948Clyde ScottSmackoverARAAFC
1949Chuck BednarikBethlehemPANFL
1949Stan HeathMilwaukeeWIAAFC
1950Leon HartTurtle CreekPANFL
1951Kyle RoteSan AntonioTXNFL
1952Bill WadeNashvilleTNNFL
1953Harry BabcockPearl RiverNYNFL
1954Bobby GarrettSouth PasadenaCANFL
1955George ShawPortlandORNFL
1956Gary GlickLaPorteCONFL
1957Paul HornungLouisvilleKYNFL
1958King HillFreeportTXNFL
1959Randy DuncanDes MoinesIANFL
1960Billy CannonBaton RougeLANFL
1961Tommy MasonLake CharlesLANFL
1961Bob GaitersZanesvilleOHAFL
1962Ernie DavisElmiraNYNFL
1962Roman GabrielWilmingtonNCAFL
1963Terry BakerPortlandORNFL
1963Buck BuchananBirminghamALAFL
1964Dave ParksAbileneTXNFL
1964Jack ConcannonBostonMAAFL
1965Tucker FredericksonHollywoodFLNFL
1965Joe NamathBeaver FallsPAAFL
1966Tommy NobisSan AntonioTXNFL
1966Jim GrabowskiChicagoILAFL
1967Bubba SmithBeaumontTXNFL
1968Ron YaryBellflowerCANFL
1969O.J. SimpsonSan FranciscoCANFL
1970Terry BradshawShreveportLANFL
1971Jim PlunkettSan JoseCANFL
1972Walt PatulskiSyracuseNYNFL
1973John MatuszakOak CreekWINFL
1974Ed "Too Tall" JonesJacksonTNNFL
1975Steve BartkowskiSanta ClaraCANFL
1976Lee Roy SelmonEufaulaOKNFL
1977Ricky BellLos AngelesCANFL
1978Earl CampbellTylerTXNFL
1979Tom CousineauLakewoodOHNFL
1980Billy SimsHooksTXNFL
1981George RogersDuluthGANFL
1982Kenneth SimsGroesbeckTXNFL
1983John ElwayLos AngelesCANFL
1984Irving FryarMt HollyNJNFL
1985Bruce SmithNorfolkVANFL
1986Bo JacksonMcCallaALNFL
1987Vinny TestaverdeFloral ParkNYNFL
1988Aundray BruceMontgomeryALNFL
1989Troy AikmanHenryettaOKNFL
1990Jeff GeorgeIndianapolisINNFL
1991Russell MarylandChicagoILNFL
1992Steve EmtmanCheneyWANFL
1993Drew BledsoeWalla WallaWANFL
1994Dan WilkinsonDaytonOHNFL
1995Ki-Jana CarterWestervilleOHNFL
1996Keyshawn JohnsonLos AngelesCANFL
1997Orlando PaceSanduskyOHNFL
1998Peyton ManningNew OrleansLANFL
1999Tim CouchHydenKYNFL
2000Courtney BrownMoncks CornerSCNFL
2001Michael VickNewport NewsVANFL
2002David CarrBakersfieldCANFL
2003Carson PalmerRancho Santa MargaritaCANFL
2004Eli ManningNew OrleansLANFL
2005Alex SmithLa MesaCANFL
2006Mario WilliamsRichlandsNCNFL
2007JaMarcus RussellMobileALNFL
2008Jake LongLapeerMINFL
2009Matthew StaffordUniversity ParkTXNFL
2010Sam BradfordOklahoma CityOKNFL
2011Cam NewtonAtlantaGANFL
2012Andrew LuckHoustonTXNFL

 

Additional Info

  • No. 1 picks have come from high schools in 28 different states. The state of Arizona is the most populated state to never produce a No. 1 pick. West Virginia is the least populated state to ever produce a No. 1 pick (1940 – George Cafego from Oak Hill, WV).
State No. 1’s State No. 1’s State No. 1’s
AL 5 KY 2 OR 2
AR 1 LA 5 PA 4
CA 11 MA 3 SC 1
CO 1 MI 1 TN 2
FL 1 NC 2 TX 11
GA 2 NJ 1 VA 3
IA 2 NY 4 WA 2
IL 2 OH 6 WI 3
IN 3 OK 4 WV 1
KS 1

 

  • There have been five occasions in which the same state produced the No. 1 pick in back to back drafts.
California
Year Player H.S. City
1968 Ron Yary Bellflower
1969 O.J. Simpson San Francisco
California
Year Player H.S. City
2002 David Carr Bakersfield
2003 Carson Palmer Rancho Santa Margarita
Louisiana
Year Player H.S. City
1960 Billy Cannon Baton Rouge
1961 Tommy Mason Lake Charles
Ohio
Year Player H.S. City
1994 Dan Wilkinson Dayton
1995 Ki-Jana Carter Westerville
Washington
Year Player H.S. City
1992 Steve Emtman Cheney
1993 Drew Bledsoe Walla Walla

 

Sources: NFL and AFL draft histories retrieved from Pro-Football-Reference.com. AAFC draft histories retrieved from the members only section of the Pro Football Researchers website.

High school alma maters were retrieved from multiple sources. Please check out the full version of the map above to check out those source.

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