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Connecticut comes up big in draft

Posted by Albert Breer  May 13, 2010 11:13 AM

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I went to school in Ohio, lived in Texas and my family's roots are in the Midwest. And if you tell anyone in those parts of our country that New England is, in any way, a hotbed for football, you'll get laughed out of the room.

That's why it was pretty shocking when this Tweet came across from @NFLfootballinfo ... States with the most players drafted per capita ... Hawaii, Louisiana, FL, GA, CT.

The first four are staples of any list like this one. But Connecticut? Really?!?

Yeah, really. And the Patriots even got in the act, taking Aaron Hernandez of Bristol Central. Here are the six Nutmeg Staters to be selected:

* OL Vladimir Ducasse, Jets, Round 2, 61st overall (Stamford/UMass)

* CB
Amari Spievey, Lions, Round 3, 66th overall (Middletown Xavier/Iowa)

* OT Bruce Campbell, Raiders, Round 4, 106th overall (Hyde-New Haven/Maryland)

* WR Marcus Easley, Bills, Round 4, 107th overall (Stratford/UConn)
* TE Aaron Hernandez, Patriots, Round 4, 113th overall (Bristol Central/Florida)

* WR David Reed, Ravens, Round 5, 156th overall (New London/Utah)

Congrats to all the people involved with football down there. To be mentioned with some of those other states, well, it's easy to see that all the high school coaches in Connecticut have reason to be proud.
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