NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) -(KTRE) - The 2020 NFL draft had plenty of flavor from the Lone Star state. Thirty-three players who were drafted played high school football in Texas, leading the nation.
“There are no more secrets,” Dave Campbell Texas Football Managing Editor Greg Tepper said. “If you are good you are going to get noticed. The reputation in Texas is such that anywhere you go you are going to find some talent. Of course you can stay on the I-35 corridor or I-20 and just go find talent but in many ways some of the best talent is when you get on those county roads in those small towns. That is when you are going to find a diamond in the rough."
Out of the 33 players from Texas that were drafted, the Houston and Dallas Metroplex split 24 of them with 12 each. The East Texas region had four selections.
"You don’t just have the talent coming from the 6A and 5A schools but you have this depth there that makes Texas the king of high school football, Tepper said. “The two metro areas would have been in the top 5 of the nation if they were their own sates.”
East Texas Players Drafted:
Burkeville's Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette OL drafted 39th by Miami.
Daingerfield's Denzel Mims, Baylor WR drafted 59th by the New York Jets
Nacogdoches' Brandon Jones, Texas DB drafted 70th by Miami
Longview's Broderick Washington, Texas Tech LB drafted 170th by Baltimore
East Texas Undratfed Free Agents:
Longview's JaMycal Hasty, Baylor RB signed by San Francisco.
Gilmer's Blake Lynch, Baylor LB signed by Minnesota.
Corrigan's LaDarius Hamilton, North Texas DE signed by Dallas
Frankston's Kendric Rogers, Texas A&M WR signed by Dallas
Kilgore’s Jonathan Hubbard, Northwestern State OL signed Miami