ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators players line up before a snap during the second half of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl game at Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Florida dominates sending this position to the NFL, and it isn't defensive back


It's no secret that Florida has sent some very talented defensive backs to the NFL in recent years. During this year's NFL Draft in fact, Florida was the only team to have two defensive backs drafted in the first Top 20 picks. Not to mention guys like Ahmad Black, Major Wright and Todd Johnson were prominent DBs on various NFL teams.

However, according to new data found by The Detroit News, the position in which Florida has sent the most talent to the league in terms of first round draft picks, is actually defensive line. According to them, the SEC claims the top three spots among schools that produce NFL defensive linemen, according to a database of 2015 season-ending NFL rosters created by The Detroit News. Florida was the leader with nine, followed by LSU and Georgia with seven each. Here's an excerpt from their piece below.

"CBS Sports reported that while Florida led the way with four first-round defensive linemen during that 10-year period, Georgia defensive linemen had 692 NFL starts (to 569 for Florida), seven Pro Bowl selections (one for Florida), and totaled 12 draft picks overall (nine for the Gators)."

Current big-name former Gators that are on NFL rosters include Jacksonville's Dante Fowler, Dominique Easley of the L.A. Rams, Minnesota's Sharrif Floyd, Kanas City's Jaye Howard and Carlos Dunlap of the Bengals.

[H/T: Detroit News]