Did you know there are 66 NFL players from Division 2 football? Kyle Dugger was the most recent Division 2 football player to be drafted. There are currently 66 D2 Football players on rosters. The majority of these players are from small college programs such as Northeast Louisiana, North Texas, and South Florida. A few high-profile names have come from larger schools like Arkansas State and Utah State.
Only 20 percent of Division 2 athletes will make it into the NFL. This number is much lower than other major sports leagues. For example, only 4 percent of NBA players come from Division 1 basketball programs. And only 3 percent of MLB players came from college baseball programs.
Which college football division has produced the most NFL players? Of the 66 NFL players from Division 2 football, 57 played for teams that competed in the Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt Conference, or Southern Conference. Only three players came from programs outside of this region: James Jackson from Notre Dame, Michael Robinson from Ohio State, and Eric Wright from Colorado.
Division 2 football has been around since 1936 when Midwestern colleges began competing against each other for a national title. Since then, more than 100 players have gone on to play in the NFL during this time. However, only a small fraction of those players would have been available because of scholarship limits at smaller schools.
210 former Division II and III players have participated in the NFL over the last three seasons: 93 in 2018, 57 in 2019, and 60 this year. On Draft Night, 32 players from this pool had their names called. "One would be a better use of analytics in the NFL, particularly in scouting." - Brian X. Chen of ESPN after the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.
Here are the 210 former Division III players who have gone into the NFL since 2007: 87 in 2008, 73 in 2009, 70 in 2010, 71 in 2011, 72 in 2012, 67 in 2013, 64 in 2014, 65 in 2015, 59 in 2016, 55 in 2017, and 52 so far in 2018.
The following is a list of all the former Division III players who have been drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. The list includes players who played at Division I programs as well as those who played at Division II or III schools. It also includes some players who began their careers at lower-level colleges but were later recruited by Division I programs.
There have been 81 former Division I players selected in the first two rounds of the draft since 2004. The most recent example came in 2019 when James Daniels was chosen second overall by the Detroit Lions. He played defensive end at Iowa.
Could you tell me how many players are in the National Football League and what the average wage is in the league? Each NFL club is permitted to have a roster of 53 players (plus a five-player practice squad). The NFL features 32 clubs and a total of 1,696 players as of 2011.
There are no left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL as of 2019. Former NFL quarterback and current pundit David Carr attributed the lesser percentage of left-handed quarterbacks to the fact that plays are typically written with a right-handed pass-thrower in mind, which may explain some of the difficulties faced by left-handed quarterbacks.