NFL talent comes from the strangest places

Nobody would be surprised to learn that the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama were prominent in the 2017 NFL Draft.

But the actual colleges producing some of those players is an unusual mix.

For instance, the first player taken from the state of Michigan was not a Wolverine or Spartan, but Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis.

Players from Temple and Villanova were selected before anyone from Penn State or Pittsburgh.

The first player taken from the commonwealth of Kentucky was Western Kentucky Hilltopper Forrest Lamp.

Albany State’s Grover Stewart was selected before any player from Georgia or Georgia Tech, and South Alabama and Troy both had players selected before Auburn.

Yes, the draft as a whole was dominated by Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and the entire SEC. But more than ever it’s true that the NFL will find talent no matter how big their college programs may be.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

Thomas Gleaton