Ahhhh the age-old debate: which state produces the best football players. Is it Texas? Florida? Georgia? California?
Who is right? We'll never know the true answer, but we can speculate. That's exactly what Shehan Jeyarajah did with current NFL players.
Texas Offense vs. Georgia Defense
QB: Patrick Mahomes or Drew Brees Or Kyler Murray
RB: Adrian Peterson, Aaron Jones
WR: Michael Crabtree, Mike Evans, Emmanuel Sanders
TE: Vance McDonald
OL: Trent Williams, Marshall Newhouse, Joey Hunt, Marcus Cannon, Lane Johnson
DL: Cam Heyward, Bruce Irvin, Grady Jarrett
LB: Thomas Davis, Justin Houston, Vic Beasley, Tevin Smith
DB: Antoine Bethea, Reshad Jones, Casey Heyward, Darius Slay
Winner: In a close one, Texas has the edge. That's a hell of a defense from Georgia, but Texas has more talent.
Georgia Offense vs. Texas Defense
QB: Deshaun Watson or Cam Newton
RB: Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb
WR: Tyreek Hill, Breshad Perriman, Mecole Hardman
TE: Evan Engram
OL: Trent Brown, James Carpenter, David Andrews, Chris Hubbard, Orlando Brown
DL: Myles Garrett, Malcolm Brown, Jerry Hughes
LB: Von Miller, Elandon Roberts, Tyus Bower, Craig Robertson
DB: Earl Thomas, Jamaal Adams, Xavien Howard, Adrian Phillips
Winner: Draw. I'd give it to Georgia, but the lack of WR talent is tough. Tyreek can only help you so much.
Game winner: I'd take Texas here. I bet they'd be favorite by 3-5 points or so. Would be a great game in a perfect world.
If you were to compare positions of current players, this is who I'd give the edge to
Texas is up 6-2.
Before we go, I want to get to the obvious: there are different populations.
Georgia: 10.62 million
Texas: 29 million
When you take that into account, Georgia has the better players per capita.
In 2019, NFL players:
Georgia: 88 (1 player per 120,681 citizens)
Texas: 119 (1 player per 243,697 citizens)