Reason to roar: LSU leads college football in players on NFL rosters

Leonard Fournette
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What school produced the most players on NFL opening day rosters? Teams all over the SEC have a lot, but no one in the nation can compete with LSU.

A remarkable total of 50 former Tigers hold spots on the opening day rosters of the 32 NFL teams as compiled by the NCAA.

On average, each NFL team has more than one and a half players from the school on its roster, and in all, nearly 3 percent of the league’s current players come from LSU. It’s a list that includes established stars like Patrick Peterson, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, as well as new prospects like Leonard Fournette and Tre’Davious White.

In all, four of the top eight on the list are SEC schools.

Just behind the Tigers are Florida and USC, both tied at 45. Alabama ranks in a tie for fourth at 44, alongside Miami, while Georgia is tied for eighth at 38.

Kentucky and Vanderbilt bring up the rear in the conference with 11 players apiece on NFL rosters, tied for 67th overall. That’s behind several non-Power Five programs, including Louisiana Tech, Temple and Utah State.

A total of 405 players from SEC schools are part of the league on opening day, an average of 12.6 per NFL team.

A full list of SEC teams, along with their number of NFL representatives:

1. LSU: 50
T-2. Florida: 45
T-4. Alabama: 44
T-8. Georgia: 38
11. Auburn: 34
T-19. Tennessee: 29
T-19. Texas A&M: 29
T-24. Arkansas: 27
T-29. South Carolina: 25
T-33. Ole Miss: 23
36. Missouri: 22
T-40. Mississippi State: 17
T-67. Kentucky: 11
T-67. Vanderbilt: 11

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