Preps to pros: Where do NFL LB's come from?

In this series, 247Sports takes a position-by-position look at where NFL talent has come from over the last decade. A linebacker’s job varies from play to play, and can include containing the running back, covering the tight end, and wreaking havoc in the backfield via designed blitzes down the middle or off the edge. Over the last 10 years, 305 linebackers have been taken in the NFL Draft, including 34 in the first round.

Anthony Barr is one of 44 linebackers drafted from the state of California over the last 10 years.

California led all states with 44 linebackers drafted over the last 10 years, Florida was next with 40, followed by Texas with 25, Georgia with 22 and North Carolina with 14. After outlier Washington D.C., Florida was tops among states with one linebacker drafted per 9,334 participants, Nevada was third, Georgia fourth, and Hawaii fifth among states in linebackers drafted per participant, based on participants data from the National Federation of State High School Association.

Florida and Georgia produced the most first round picks at linebacker over the last 10 years, with five each, followed by Alabama, North Carolina and Texas with three each. South Dakota, because of Chad Greenway, led all states with one linebacker taken in the first round in the last decade per 38,175 participants, followed by Georgia with one per 58,618 participants, and Alabama coming in third with one per 72,631 participants.

Texas led all states with three linebackers drafted in the last decade that made the Pro Bowl, Alabama, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio and Virginia were next with two each. After South Dakota, Maryland was next with one Pro Bowl linebacker per 80,833 participants, followed by Alabama with one linebacker drafted in the lst decade making the Pro Bowl per 108,946 participants.

Vonteze Burfict out of Arizona State via California was the only undrafted linebacker in the last decade to make the Pro Bowl.

First round linebackers by state

Florida, Georgia - 5
Alabama, North Carolina, Texas - 3
California, Ohio, Tennessee - 2
Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia

First round linebackers drafted per participant

South Dakota - 1 per 38,175 participants
Georgia - 1 per 58,618 participants
Alabama - 1 per 72,631 participants
Florida - 1 per 74,674 participants
North Carolina - 1 per 98,302 participants
Tennessee - 1 per 106,864 participants
Missouri - 1 per 146,979 participants
Maryland - 1 per 161,667 participants
South Carolina - 1 per 180,093 participants
Indiana - 1 per 222,245 participants
Virginia - 1 per 223,044 participants
Ohio - 1 per 243,095 participants
New Jersey - 1 per 256,118 participants
Michigan - 1 per 447,035 participants
California - 1 per 458,929 participants
Ohio - 1 per 486,191 participants
Texas - 1 per 535,074 participants

Jon Beason contributed to the state of Florida having 1 LB drafted per 9,334 participants since 2005.

Linebackers drafted by state

California - 44
Florida - 40
Texas - 25
Georgia - 22
North Carolina - 14
Ohio - 13
Alabama - 12
Illinois - 10
Virginia - 9
Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania - 8
Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina - 7
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New York - 5
Oklahoma, Tennessee - 4
Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon - 3
Connecticut, DC, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Wisconsin - 2
New Mexico, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming - 1

Linebackers drafted per participants

D.C. - 1 LB drafted per 3,393 participants
Florida - 1 LB drafted per 9,334 participants
Nevada - 1 LB drafted per 13,187 participants
Georgia - 1 LB drafted per 13,322 participants
Hawaii - 1 LB drafted per 15,534 participants
Alabama - 1 LB drafted per 18,157 participants
California - 1 LB drafted per 20,860 partcipants
North Carolina - 1 LB drafted per 21,064 participants
Maryland - 1 LB drafted per 23,095 participants
Arizona - 1 LB drafted per 23,997 participants
Idaho - 1 LB drafted per 24,138 participants
Virginia - 1 LB drafted per 24,782 participants
Montana - 1 LB drafted per 35,154 participants
South Carolina - 1 LB drafted per 25,727 participants
Wyoming - 1 LB drafted per 27,189 participants
Oklahoma - 1 LB drafted per 28,087 participants
Louisiana - 1 LB drafted per 29,491 participants
New Jersey - 1 LB drafted per 32,014 participants
Pennsylvania - 1 LB drafted per 35,795 participants
Ohio - 1 LB drafted per 37,399 participants
South Dakota - 1 LB drafted per 38,175 participants
Utah - 1 LB drafted per 38,999 participants
Oregon - 1 LB drafted per 45,076 participants
Mississippi - 1 LB drafted per 46,077 participants
Illinois - 1 LB drafted per 49,411 participants
Connecticut - 1 LB drafted per 49,471 participants
Nebraska - 1 LB drafted per 52,979 participants
Tennessee - 1 LB drafted per 53,432 participants
Michigan - 1 LB drafted per 63,862 participants
Texas - 1 LB drafted per 64,208 participants
Iowa - 1 LB drafted per 67,488 participants
New York - 1 LB drafted per 71,435 participants
Kansas - 1 LB drafted per 71,511 participants
Missouri - 1 LB drafted per 73,489 participants
Indiana - 1 LB drafted per 74,081 participants
New Mexico - 1 LB drafted per 74,528 participants
Massachusetts - 1 LB drafted per 78,885 participants
Minnesota - 1 LB drafted per 86,656 participants
Wisconsin - 1 LB drafted per 150,700 participants
Washington - 1 LB drafted per 206,304 participants

Stephenson has sent three LB to NFL since 2005

Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson (Anthony Cannon, Perry Riley, Kelvin Sheppard)

Fifteen high schools had two linebackers drafted in last 10 years

Agoura Hills (Calif.) Agoura (Joey LaRocque, Clay Matthews)
Graite Bay (Calif.) Granite Bay (Dallas Sartz, Miles Burris)
Seaside (Calif.) Seaside (Mason Foster, Ty Powell)
Tustin (Calif.) Tustin (Matt McCoy, Beau Bell)
Vacaville (Calif.) Vacaville (Thomas Williams, Josh Kaddu)
Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blance Ely (Clint Session, J. T. Thomas)
Miami (Fla.) Killian (Pat Thomas, Stephen Tulloch)
Miami (Fla.) Northwestern (Lavonte David, Sean Spence)
Plantation (Fla.) Plantation (H. B. Blades, Ryan Shazier)
Riverview (Fla.) Riverview (Tyrone McKenzie, Jacquian Williams)
Chicago (Ill.) Simeon Career Academy (Martez Wilson, Nate Palmer)
Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast (Barrett Ruud, Bo Ruud)
Thiells (N.Y.) North Rockland (Kelvin Smith, Brandon Hepburn)
Florence (S.C.) Wilson (Lawrence Timmons, Justin Durant)
Hallsville (Texas) Hallsville (Clint Ingram, Roddrick Muckelroy)

Von Miller is one of three LB from the state of Texas drafted since 2005 to make the Pro Bowl

Pro Bowl LB by state

Texas - 3
Alabama , California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia - 2
Florida, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee - 1

Pro Bowl LB per participants

South Dakota - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 38,175 participants
Maryland - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 80,833 participants
Alabama - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 108,946 participants
Virginia - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 111,522 participants
Missouri -1 Pro Bowl LB per 146,979 participants
Massachusetts - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 192,204 participants
Tennessee - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 213, 729 participants
Indiana - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 222,245 participants
Ohio - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 243,095 participants
New Jersey - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 256,118 participants
Pennsylvania - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 286,630 participants
Florida - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 373,370 participants
California - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 458,929 participants
Texas - 1 Pro Bowl LB per 535,074 participants

Trojans unmatched in NFL LB production since 2005

USC was tops in the nation with 12 linebackers drafted in the last decade, followed by Florida State with 11, Ohio State third with 10, and Oklahoma and Penn State tied with nine each. Georgia and USC led all colleges with two linebackers taken in the first round since 2005.
USC had the most Pro Bowl linebackers produced in the last 10 years with three, while Penn State was second with two.

First round linebackers by college

Georgia, USC - 4
Alabama, Ohio State - 3
Florida State, Missouri - 2
Boston College, Buffalo, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), N.C. State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Troy, UCLA, Wake Forest - 1

Devon Kennard is one of 12 LB drafted from USC since 2005.

Linebackers drafted by college

USC - 12
Florida State - 11
Ohio State - 10
Oklahoma, Penn State - 9
Miami (Fl.) - 8
Alabama, Georgia, Iowa - 7
Florida, Nebraska - 6
Arizona State, California, Connecticut, Missouri, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee - 5
Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, San Diego State, South Florida, TCU, Texas - 4
BYU, Clemson, Maryland, Mississippi State, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Pitt, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Texas Tech, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Virginia, Wake Forest - 3
Arizona, Boston College, Buffalo, Cal. Poly, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Illinois State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, Purdue, South Dakota, Temple, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Virgnia Tech, Washington, West Virgnia, Wisconsin - 2
Alabama A&M, Appalachian St., Arkansas State, Auburn, Boise State, Brown, Cincinnati, Elon, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Fresno State, Grambling State, Hampton, Harding, Hawaii, Marshall, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Portland State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, St. Augustine’s, Stephen F. Austin, Troy, Tulane, Tulsa, Utah State, Weber State, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky, William & Mary - 1

Pro Bowl linebackers by college

USC - 3
Penn State - 2
Alabama, Arizona State, Boston College, Brown, Iowa, Maryland, Miami (FL), Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Troy, Virginia

ACC, SEC, Big Ten split conference honors at NFL LB production

The ACC was tops among conferences with 50 linebackers drafted in the last 10 years, followed by the SEC with 45 and Pac-12 with 41. The SEC led all conferences with 10 linebackers drafted in the first round since 2005, while the Big Ten led all conferences with five linebackers drafted in the last decade making the Pro Bowl.

First round LB by conference
SEC - 10
ACC - 7
Big Ten, Pac-12 - 5
Big 12 - 4
Sun Belt, MAC, The American - 1

LB drafted by conference

ACC - 50
SEC - 45
Pac-12 - 41
Big Ten - 40
Big 12 - 34
Big East - 20
MWC - 17
C-USA, WAC - 9
MAC, Sun Belt - 5
Big Sky, Independents, MVFC - 4
Great West, The American - 3
MEAC , SoCon, SWAC- 2
CAA, CIAA, GAC, Gateway, Ivy, Southland - 1

Pro Bowl LB by conference

Big Ten - 5
ACC, Pac-12 - 4
Big 12, SEC - 3
Ivy, MWC, Sun Belt - 1

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