While winning championships might be the primary goal for most college football programs, being able to produce NFL talent has never hurt, especially when it comes to bragging rights.
NFL teams released their final 53-man roster for 2020 over Labor Day weekend as they prepare for the NFL’s first week. The season begins with Houston at Kansas City on Thursday, Sep. 10.
Out of the 1,696 players on NFL active rosters, 1,512 (89 percent) come from FBS schools. The SEC and Big Ten dominate most of these rosters, as the top two NFL talent-producing conferences combined for 612 of the 1,512 players. The top five schools that have produced the most professional talent come from these conferences as well.
Alabama leads all FBS schools in 2020 NFL players with 56 players on active rosters, highlighted by Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans), Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders) and rookie Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins). Fifty-six players also ties last year’s mark by Alabama.
Ohio State, LSU, Florida and Michigan round out the top five, with the first non-SEC or non-Big Ten school to appear on the list being Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes clock in with 30 current players on the initial 53-man active rosters. They lead the ACC with the most players, followed by Clemson with 29 and Florida State with 28.
After the ACC, the Pac-12 comes in as the conference with the fourth-most players on active rosters with 195. The Big 12 is the fifth conference on the list with 133 players. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with 29 former Sooners in the NFL, while Washington leads the Pac-12 with 28 former players.
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The first team to make the list that isn’t in the SEC, Big 10, ACC, Pac-12 or Big 12 is independent Notre Dame. The Irish currently have 29 players on active NFL rosters.
(Note: This list only highlights players on active 53-man rosters, according to NFL team websites, as of Sept. 6. It includes FBS teams and conferences only. It does not include players on the injury reserved lists, COVID-19 opt-out lists, practice squads or the commissioner’s exempt list).
|Conference||Players on NFL Rosters|
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|North Carolina State||20|
|San Diego State||7|
|Middle Tennessee State||3|
|San Jose State||3|
|New Mexico State||1|