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Where are the 2016 Baltimore Ravens from?

By home state and college

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Florida and California are the two best states when it comes to producing NFL talent.  Each of these good weather states had more than 200 of the almost 1,700 players on league wide rosters at the start of the 2015 season.  The next ten states after the top two in terms of producing football players across the NFL are Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in descending order.

The Baltimore Ravens 2016 offseason 90-man roster follows a similar pattern as the league.  The states with the most players on the Ravens current roster are:

  1. Florida - 14
  2. California - 11
  3. Alabama and Texas -  6
  4. Maryland - 5
  5. Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia - 4
  6. Georgia, Louisiana, New York, Ohio and Tennessee - 3

In terms of hometown, there are six locales that more than one Raven call home.  C.J. Mosley and backup offensive lineman Blaine Clausell are both from Mobile, Alabama.  Wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Chris Matthews are products of Los Angeles, California.  Mike Wallace and Kendrick Lewis hail from New Orleans, Louisiana.  Elvis Dumervil and undrafted rookie Trevon Coley call Miami, Florida home.  Lawrence Guy and first round selection Ronnie Stanley are from Las Vegas, Nevada.  And starting cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright were high school teammates in Colton, California.

The five players from Maryland are Kyle Arrington, Jarell Broxton, Michael Campanaro, Terrance West and Tavon Young.  But West is the only Raven who could play home games in the city he was born, Baltimore.

In 2015, the top ten conferences for producing NFL players in order were SEC, ACC, BIG-10, PAC-12, BIG-12, American, Mountain West, Conference USA , MAC and Sunbelt.  As for the Ravens roster, here is the tally:

  1. Southeastern Conference - 15
  2. Big 10 Conference - 11
  3. FCS (Football Championship Subdivision/Division I-AA)- 11
  4. Atlantic Coast Conference - 10
  5. Pac 12 Conference - 8
  6. American Conference, Conference USA, Independents - 5
  7. Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, Division II (D2) - 4
  8. Sun Belt Conference - 3
  9. Mid-American Conference - 1

In terms of individual colleges, there is a five-way tie for most Ravens with three apiece.  Ozzie Newsome's alma mater, Alabama, is represented by C.J. Mosley, Nick Perry and Trent Richardson.  Dennis Pitta is joined by Bronson Kaufusi and De'Ondre Wesley as Brigham Young products.  The Harbaugh connection at Michigan is warming up with Willie Henry, Brennen Beyer and Mario Ojemudia.  Utah gives the Ravens roster ample leadership between Steve Smith Sr., Eric Weddle and Kaelin Clay.  And Virginia rounds out the group with Eugene Monroe, Brent Urban and Maurice Canady.

Surprisingly, LSU and Ohio State, two of the top five colleges in active NFL players, are not represented on the Ravens roster whatsoever.  Could it be an Ozzie and Harbs conspiracy?