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NFL Draft superlatives: Low numbers for California

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The 2021 NFL Draft is officially in the books. As part of its recap coverage, 247Sports is looking at the superlatives and the data from each of its regions.

In recent years the state of California has been one of the biggest producers of NFL Draft talent. That number was relatively low in 2021, though, as only 19 players from the Golden State were selected.

That number means the state of California accounted for only 7.3 percent of the total selections in the NFL Draft.

Georgia, Louisiana and Texas — three states that traditionally boast a ton of talent — all have multiple draft selections before a player from California was taken. Within the West region, even the state of Utah had a pair of representatives in Zach Wilson (Jets) and Penei Sewell (Lions) before the first California native came off the board.

And perhaps even more notable is the fact that only five of those 19 players were products of the state’s four Power Five programs.

Below we take a look at what else happened during a down year in one of the nation’s most talent-rich territories:

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