It has been well documented that Louisiana and, more precisely, the Crescent City produces a plethora of NFL talent each and every year. It comes as no surprise that 2012 is no different.
As a matter of fact, this season is a little more generous than most years.
An average of 33 to 34 former New Orleans prepsters usually dot NFL rosters this time of year as training camps around the league are in full swing. This summer, there are 40 locals on league rosters that plied their skills at high school stadiums during their formative years. That, as I always point out, is not only proof of the talent that we enjoy watching on Friday nights, but the excellent coaching that is sometimes not quite appreciated as much as it should.
Here are the names and places to watch this coming NFL preseason. It may even help you decide which teams you're going to pull for in some cases.
The 40 former New Orleans area prep stars...
-Jacoby Jones- Abramson
-Ed Reed- Destrehan
-Terrance Moore- McDonogh 35
-BenJarvus Green Ellis- St. Aug.
-Peyton Manning- Newman
-Chris Clark-McDonogh 35
-WR Mario Louis- N.O.
-Drake Nevis- John Ehret
-Reggie Wayne- John Ehret
-Dawan Landry- Hahnville
-Tyson Jackson- West St. John
-Kendrick Lewis- O.P. Walker
-LaRon Landry- Hahnville
-Joe McKnight- John Curtis
-Mike Wallace- O.P. Walker
-Keenan Lewis- O.P. Walker
-Ryan Clark- Shaw
-Ike Taylor- Abramson
-Danny Hrapmann- Holy Cross
-Mike Scifres- Destrehan
-Darius Reynaud- Hahnville
-Troy Kropog- Rummel
-Quin Johnson- West St. John
- WR Laron Byrd- Hahnville
-Craig Steltz- Rummel
-LB Patrick Trahan- St. Aug.
- OG Lance Louis- Landry
-Matt Forte- Slidell
-Corey Hilliard- Jesuit
-SS Jerico Nelson-Destrehan
- OT Anderious Simmons- John Ehret
-Eli Manning- Newman
-Chris Horton- De La Salle
-Corey Webster- St. James
-Ryan Perrilloux- East St. John
-Selvish Capers- St. Aug.
-Damaris Johnson- Destrehan
-Kevin Hughes- Edna Karr
-DeAngelo Peterson- Desire Street
Now if you happen to be keeping score for your alma mater, here is the final tally.
Destrehan and Hahnville are tied for first, each with four players on NFL rosters. St. Augustine, John Ehret and O.P. Walker with three players. McDonogh 35,Newman, Rummel and Abramson all with two players each.
Including the players coming out of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana has 104 players representing the Pelican state dotting National Football League rosters.
Which NFL team has the most players from Louisiana, you ask? There are a few tied in second on the list.
The Dallas Cowboys have six (Morris Claiborne, Marcus Spears, Nate Livings, Jason Hatcher, Ronald Leary and Isaiah Greenhouse). Also, the New York Giants also have a half dozen, including five from New Orleans (2012 second round draft pick Reuben Randle is the other).
The Chicago Bears have six as well (Steltz, Forte, Trahan, Louis along with Jonathan Wilhite and Chris Williams).
The Tennessee Titans have six players from Louisiana, besides the three previously mentioned; add in Chris Hawkins, Keynote Dawson and LaQuinton Evans.
But the leader is the Pittsburgh Steelers with nine coming from Louisiana soil (Wallace, Lewis, Clark, Taylor, Hrapmann with Al Woods, Terry Carter, Juamorris Stewart and Jimmy Young).
Others well represented are Arizona, Baltimore and Texans all with five players.
The only team in the NFL without any players from the Pelican state is the Washington Redskins.
The NFL coaching fraternity is also stocked with coaches with Louisiana ties...
- Carter Sheridan, qffensive assistant with wide receivers for the Saints, is a 1996 St. Aug graduate.
- Mark Carrier, DB coach with Bengals, is a Lake Charles native who played college football at USC before going to NFL with Bears, Lions and Redskins.
-Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator with the Broncos, is a former Saints linebacker.
-Tyke Tolbert, WR coach with the Broncos, ex-LSU WR 1988-90)
-Houston has Vance Joseph, DB coach and former Shaw quarterback, Joe Marciano, special teams (ex-Saints coach), and Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator, was interim head coach with the Saints in 1985.
-Jags with former LSU WR coach Jerry Sullivan
-Former East Jeff High star Otis Smith is defensive quality control with the Chiefs
-Harold Nash, ex-St. Aug standout, serves as strength and conditioning coach with Patriots.
-Karl Dunbar, former LSU and Saints defensive tackle, is the defensive line coach with Jets.
-Mark Hutson, Tulane interim head coach in 2011, is the tight ends coach in Oakland.
-Pittsburgh special team coach is Al Everest, formerly in same capacity with Saints.
-Hal Hunter, LSU OL coach from 95-'99, is offensive coordinator in San Diego.
-Brett Maxie, former Saints afety, is Titans' secondary coach while former Saints RB coach Jim Skipper is backfield coach in Tennessee.
-Atlanta's TE coach is Chris Scelfo (ex-Tulane HC). Terry Robiskie is on staff and a former LSU great.
-Dallas has former Louisiana Tech PK Chris Boniol tutoring special teams and ex-Saints starter Wade Wilson working with the QB's.
-Bradford Banta, Baton Rouge native, works with LB in Detroit.
-James Cmapen (ex-Tulane and Saints performer) is OL coach with Packers. Dom Capers is Green Bay's defensive coordinator (Saints DC '86-91). Jerry Fontenot, former Saints center, works with Packer tight ends.
-Jeff Davidson is OL coach with Vikings and was a Saints OT in 1994.
-Bobby April and his son, Bobby April III, are Chalmette natives work special teams in Philly.
-Rams' OL coach is Paul Boudreau, who coached the Saints OL from 1987-93.
-49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with Saints 1986-'94,Greg Jackson is assist. DB coach former LSU Tiger, Tracy Smith special team assist. son of Carl Smith.
-Seattle's QB coach is Carl Smith, Saints offensive coordinator from 1986-96.
-Washington's defensive coordinator is Jim Haslett, Saints head coach from 2000-05. Ike Hilliard, former Patterson High star, works with WRs for the Redskins.
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