A Look Inside The Numbers: NFL Kickoff 53-Man Roster Breakdowns

ALABAMA & LSU LED ALL COLLEGES WITH 39 NFL PLAYERS

​SEC COUNTRY: Alabama and LSU tied for the most players on NFL Kickoff 2017 active rosters with 39 each, the NFL announced today. LSU has ranked first the past three years, with 42 players in 2016, 40 in 2015 and 38 in 2014 on Kickoff Weekend rosters.

A total of 259 colleges were represented on Kickoff Weekend active rosters. The colleges with the most players in the NFL:

COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
Alabama 39 Ohio State 35 California 28 Texas 25
LSU 39 Florida State 34 Notre Dame 28 Wisconsin 24
Southern California 37 Miami 34 UCLA 27 Penn State 23
Clemson 35 Georgia 30 Auburn 26 Stanford 23
Florida 35 Oklahoma 30 Michigan 25 Utah 23

 

A breakdown by position of colleges with the most players in the NFL:

POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS
C Florida, Missouri 3 DT Alabama 7
G Alabama 4 DE Arkansas, Penn State, Southern California 5
T Florida, Iowa 5 LB Florida State 8
TE Notre Dame, Stanford 5 DB Florida 10
QB Michigan State, Southern California 4 P Miami, Tennessee 3
RB Alabama, Oklahoma 6 K Florida State, Texas, UCLA 2
WR Clemson 7  

 

QB BREAKDOWN: Quarterbacks were in the spotlight once again on Kickoff Weekend and the NFL has now had at least one rookie quarterback start in Week 1 in 10 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

A by-the-numbers look at the 32 starting quarterbacks in Week 1 (including projected starters for Miami and Tampa Bay):

4 Rookie or 2nd-year Kizer, Cle (Rookie); Prescott, Dal; Goff, LAR; Wentz, Phi
17 1st-round Draft picks Palmer, Az; Ryan, Atl; Flacco, Bal; Newton, Car; Stafford, Det; Rodgers, GB; Bortles, Jax; Smith, KC; Rivers, LAC; Goff, LAR; Cutler*, Mia; Bradford, Min; Manning, NYG; Wentz, Phi; Roethlisberger, Pit; Winston*, TB; Mariota, Ten
5 6th-Round Draft picks or later, or undrafted Taylor, Buf (Round 6); Siemian, Den (Round 7); Tolzien, Ind (undrafted); Brady, NE (Round 6), Hoyer, SF (undrafted)
8 No. 1 overall picks Palmer, Az; Newton, Car; Stafford, Det; Smith, KC; Goff, LAR; Bradford, Min; Manning, NYG; Winston*, TB
10 Drafted No. 75 overall or later, or undrafted Taylor, Buf; Prescott, Dal; Siemian, Den; Savage, Hou; Tolzien, Ind; Brady, NE; McCown, NYJ; Wilson, Sea; Hoyer, SF; Cousins, Was
18 Younger than 30 years old Taylor, Buf; Newton, Car; Glennon, Chi; Dalton, Cin; Kizer, Cle; Prescott, Dal; Siemian, Den; Stafford, Det; Savage, Hou; Bortles, Jax; Goff, LAR; Bradford, Min; Carr, Oak; Wentz, Phi; Wilson, Sea; Winston*, TB; Mariota, Ten; Cousins, Was
6 From California, most of any state Palmer, Az; Rodgers, GB; Smith, KC; Goff, LAR; Brady, NE; Carr, Oak
*Projected starter

THE TALL AND SHORT OF IT: On NFL Kickoff rosters, there were 291 players weighing under 200 pounds, 286 players under six feet tall, and 332 players weighing over 300 pounds.

San Francisco has 14 players weighing less than 200 pounds, the most of any team in that category. New England and Tampa Bay have the most players under six-feet tall with 13 each. Detroit and Green Bay both have 13 players weighing over 300 pounds, the most in the league.

A team-by-team player dimension breakdown based on 2017 Kickoff rosters:

AFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Baltimore               7 7 12
Buffalo 11 11 12
Cincinnati 7 6 8
Cleveland 5 8 9
Denver 8 11 8
Houston 10 11 11
Indianapolis 9 10 9
Jacksonville 9 8 11
Kansas City 9 8 12
LA Chargers 6 10 9
Miami 8 6 11
New England 8 13 10
NY Jets 8 8 12
Oakland 7 6 10
Pittsburgh 8 8 11
Tennessee 8 10 11


​NFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Arizona 11 9 10
Atlanta 12 11 9
Carolina 8 10 12
Chicago 11 9 11
Dallas 9 7 9
Detroit 10 11 13
Green Bay 8 7 13
LA Rams 9 8 10
Minnesota 13 8 10
New Orleans 8 9 9
NY Giants 9 6 11
Philadelphia 13 11 8
San Francisco 14 9 11
Seattle 8 9 9
Tampa Bay 10 13 10
Washington 10 8 11

HEIGHT, WEIGHT & AGE AVERAGES FOR 2017 AFC & NFC ROSTERS

AFC
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Baltimore 6.20 248.15 26.72 4.34 11 14 *
Buffalo 6.15 + 245.83 26.81 * 4.74 * 12 10
Cincinnati 6.20 246.43 25.45 3.75 14 7
Cleveland 6.19 248.72 * 24.17 + 2.55 + 16 * 3 +
Denver 6.19 245.38 26.02 3.92 7 5
Houston 6.19 246.00 25.70 3.75 11 6
Indianapolis 6.19 244.96 25.66 3.60 13 6
Jacksonville 6.19 245.83 25.62 3.74 9 6
Kansas City 6.20 243.90 25.90 4.02 7 6
LA Chargers 6.19 244.89 25.94 3.75 13 6
Miami 6.18 245.04 26.55 4.53 11 11
New England 6.16 247.51 26.47 4.74 * 5 + 8
NY Jets 6.20 243.89 + 25.68 3.55 11 3 +
Oakland 6.19 248.45 25.96 3.79 11 6
Pittsburgh 6.22 * 248.00 26.13 4.34 9 7
Tennessee 6.16 246.81 26.45 4.64 8 10
AFC Average 6.19   246.24   25.95   3.98   10.50   7.13  
NFC Average 6.18   244.54   26.15   4.22   10.56   7.81  
All NFL Average 6.18   245.39   26.05   4.10   10.53   7.47  
                         
* AFC high                        
+ AFC low                        
NFC
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Arizona 6.21 * 246.34 27.47 * 5.43 * 8 14 *
Atlanta 6.14 239.32 + 26.45 4.32 8 6
Carolina 6.19 247.58 * 26.77 4.91 9 13
Chicago 6.17 243.75 26.49 4.28 6 + 9
Dallas 6.15 244.00 26.02 4.36 10 7
Detroit 6.19 246.96 25.68 3.62 15 * 6
Green Bay 6.19 246.53 25.81 4.17 11 9
LA Rams 6.19 243.75 25.11 + 3.42 + 12 3 +
Minnesota 6.20 242.11 26.19 3.98 12 6
New Orleans 6.17 244.32 26.23 4.19 13 9
NY Giants 6.19 246.08 25.70 3.85 12 6
Philadelphia 6.13 + 243.96 26.47 4.75 9 9
San Francisco 6.17 244.08 25.75 3.85 14 8
Seattle 6.19 242.58 25.77 3.92 11 5
Tampa Bay 6.17 245.36 26.42 4.62 7 10
Washington 6.17 245.92 26.02 3.81 12 5
NFC Average 6.18   244.54   26.15   4.22   10.56   7.81  
AFC Average 6.19   246.24   25.95   3.98   10.50   7.13  
All NFL Average 6.18   245.39   26.05   4.10   10.53   7.47  
                         
* NFC high                        
+ NFC low                    

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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