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NFL Analysis: A breakdown of 2018 Opening Weekend Rosters

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

A LOOK AT 2018 NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND ROSTERS;

ALABAMA LED ALL COLLEGES WITH 44 NFL PLAYERS​

SEC COUNTRY: Alabama had the most players on NFL Kickoff 2018 active rosters with 44, the NFL announced today. LSU, who ranked second in 2018 with 40 players on Week 1 rosters, tied for first with Alabama in 2017 with 39 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters and had previously ranked first in 2016 (42 players), 2015 (40) and 2014 (38).

A total of 261 colleges were represented on Kickoff Weekend active rosters. The colleges with the most players in the NFL:

COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
Alabama 44 Florida State 33 Stanford 27 Notre Dame 26
LSU 40 Southern California 32 Tennessee 27 Penn State 25
Florida 37 Clemson 29 UCLA 27 Texas 24
Miami 36 Auburn 28 Iowa 26 Oklahoma 23
Ohio State 36 Georgia 28 Michigan 26 Texas A&M 23

A breakdown by position of colleges with the most players in the NFL:

POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS
C Florida, Missouri, Ohio State 3 DT Alabama, LSU 6
G Iowa, Michigan 4 DE Miami 5
T Texas Christian 6 LB Alabama, Georgia 7
TE Miami, Stanford 5 DB Ohio State 10
QB Michigan State, North Carolina State, Southern California 3 P Tennessee 4
RB LSU 6 K Florida State 3
WR Clemson, Texas Tech 7  

 

QB BREAKDOWN: Quarterbacks were in the spotlight once again on Kickoff Weekend and the NFL has now had at least one rookie quarterback start in Week 1 in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

A by-the-numbers look at the 32 starting quarterbacks in Week 1:

5 Rookie or 2nd-year Peterman, BUF; Trubisky, CHI; Watson, HOU; Mahomes, KC; Darnold, NYJ (rookie)
19 1st-round Draft picks Bradford, AZ; Ryan, ATL; Flacco, BAL; Newton, CAR; Trubisky, CHI; Stafford, DET; Rodgers, GB; Watson, HOU; Luck, IND; Bortles, JAX; Mahomes, KC; Rivers, LAC; Goff, LAR; Tannehill, MIA; Manning, NYG; Darnold, NYJ; Roethlisberger, PIT; Mariota, TEN; Smith, WAS
4 6th-Round Draft picks or later, or undrafted Taylor, CLE (6th round); Keenum, DEN (undrafted); Brady, NE (6th round); Fitzpatrick, TB (7th round)
7 No. 1 overall picks Bradford, AZ; Newton, CAR; Stafford, DET; Luck, IND; Goff, LAR; Manning, NYG; Smith, WAS
9 Drafted No. 75 overall or later, or undrafted Peterman, BUF; Taylor, CLE; Prescott, DAL; Keenum, DEN; Cousins, MIN; Brady, NE; Foles, PHI; Wilson, SEA; Fitzpatrick, TB
16 Younger than 30 years old Peterman, BUF; Newton, CAR; Trubisky, CHI; Taylor, CLE; Prescott, DAL; Watson, HOU; Luck, IND; Bortles, JAX; Mahomes, KC; Goff, LAR; Darnold, NYJ; Carr, OAK; Foles, PHI; Garoppolo, SF; Wilson, SEA; Mariota, TEN
8 From Texas, most of any state Dalton, CIN; Keenum, DEN; Stafford, DET; Luck, IND; Mahomes, KC; Tannehill, MIA; Brees, NO; Foles, PHI


THE TALL AND SHORT OF IT
: On NFL Kickoff rosters, there were 294 players weighing under 200 pounds, 291 players under six-feet tall, and 357 players weighing over 300 pounds.

The New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers each have 13 players weighing less than 200 pounds, the most in that category. Carolina has the most players under six-feet tall with 14, while Pittsburgh has 14 players weighing over 300 pounds, the most in the league.

A team-by-team player dimension breakdown based on 2018 Kickoff rosters:

AFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Baltimore 9   10   10  
Buffalo 11   9   11  
Cincinnati 9   9   11  
Cleveland 9   11   8  
Denver 11   9   8  
Houston 12   10   11  
Indianapolis 9   6   13  
Jacksonville 9   7   12  
Kansas City 9   11   13  
LA Chargers 9   13   9  
Miami 8   9   11  
New England 8   10   10  
NY Jets 9   8   13  
Oakland 5   11   11  
Pittsburgh 10   10   14  
Tennessee 9   10   12  


NFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Arizona 7   9   10  
Atlanta 11   10   11  
Carolina 8   14   12  
Chicago 8   5   10  
Dallas 6   6   11  
Detroit 8   11   12  
Green Bay 8   4   13  
LA Rams 12   10   9  
Minnesota 8   7   11  
New Orleans 10   10   11  
NY Giants 13   10   13  
Philadelphia 13   11   11  
San Francisco 13   9   10  
Seattle 4   8   11  
Tampa Bay 11   9   12  
Washington 8   5   13  


HEIGHT, WEIGHT & AGE AVERAGES FOR 2018 AFC & NFC ROSTERS

AFC            
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Baltimore 6.17   247.15   25.96   3.89   12   9  
Buffalo 6.17   243.09 + 26.53   4.55   11   12  
Cincinnati 6.19   246.96   25.38   3.70   11   7  
Cleveland 6.15 + 244.53   25.19 + 3.21 + 13 * 3 +
Denver 6.17   244.23   26.06   3.81   13 * 8  
Houston 6.18   245.98   25.55   3.72   12   5  
Indianapolis 6.21   247.91 * 25.66   3.62   11   6  
Jacksonville 6.20   247.74   25.55   3.83   7 + 3  
Kansas City 6.17   247.30   25.68   3.74   12   6  
LA Chargers 6.16   243.25   25.92   4.02   11   5  
Miami 6.21   243.98   26.47   4.55   9   11  
New England 6.16   245.96   26.83   5.04   7 + 11  
NY Jets 6.20   245.49   26.04   4.08   9   3 +
Oakland 6.17   247.42   27.55 * 5.36 * 11   15 *
Pittsburgh 6.22 * 247.92   26.06   4.28   8   6  
Tennessee 6.17   244.81   26.17   4.43   10   7  
AFC Average 6.18   245.86   26.04   4.11   10.44   7.31
NFC Average 6.18   244.72   26.09   4.17   10.31   7.94
All NFL Average 6.18   245.29   26.06   4.14   10.38   7.63
* AFC high
+ AFC low  
NFC            
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Arizona 6.19   244.21   26.70   4.49   12   9  
Atlanta 6.13 + 239.34 + 26.85 * 4.66   11   13 *
Carolina 6.15   247.38   26.72   4.79 * 10   11  
Chicago 6.19   244.81   25.77   3.85   9   4  
Dallas 6.20   246.70   25.51   3.55   13   2 +
Detroit 6.16   245.72   26.55   4.70   7 + 10  
Green Bay 6.22 * 244.75   25.74   4.02   15 * 7  
LA Rams 6.17   240.43   25.62   3.92   10   8  
Minnesota 6.22 * 244.19   25.47 + 3.49 + 11   4  
New Orleans 6.16   242.57   26.26   4.26   9   9  
NY Giants 6.18   245.30   26.06   4.11   10   8  
Philadelphia 6.16   244.81   26.33   4.71   10   10  
San Francisco 6.19   243.81   25.83   3.88   7 + 8  
Seattle 6.18   250.55 * 25.74   3.87   11   4  
Tampa Bay 6.18   244.25   26.13   4.21   9   8  
Washington 6.17   246.77   26.17   4.17   11   12  
NFC Average 6.18   244.72   26.09   4.17   10.31   7.94  
AFC Average 6.18   245.86   26.04   4.11   10.44   7.31  
All NFL Average 6.18   245.29   26.06   4.14   10.38   7.63  
* NFC high
+ NFC low