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2011 NFL Draft: New York, New Jersey Not Hotbeds For NFL Talent

With the New York Jets and New York Giants the New York/New Jersey is certainly a key region when it comes to the success of the NFL. What it is not, however, is a hotbed for developing the players who eventually get into the league.

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In the recently concluded NFL Draft only five players from the region (three from New Jersey and two from New York) were among the 254 players selected in the annual draft.

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New Jersey Draftees
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  • Ben Ijalana (OT, Indianapolis, Round 2) -- College, Villanova; High School, Rancocas Valley Reg. (Mount Holly)
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  • Dion Lewis (RB, Philadelphia, Round 5) -- College, Pittsburgh; High School, Blair Academy (Blairstown)
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  • Muhammad Wilkerson (DT, Jets, Round 1) -- College, Temple; High School, Linden
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New York Draftees
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  • Doug Hogue (LB, Detroit, Round 5) -- College, Syracuse; High School, Roosevelt (Yonkers)
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  • Jaiquawn Jarrett (DB, Philadelphia, Round 2) -- College, Temple; High School, Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn)
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Florida had the most players drafted, 36. This is predictable since eastern college football is not the same in general as what you find in other parts of the country.