Texas has produced more NFL players all-time than any other state in the country<insert completely baseless counter-comment here>
Facts to back up your claims?
This seems to say CA produces more. If you add in olden times, then you'd probably get more in the Northeast. You know.... the birthplace
of the NFL.
How many of these QBs from Texas in the last 20 years would you consider successful?
Colt McCoy? Vince Young? Chris Simms?
How 'bout GA, FL, LA, SC, MS, and AL talent shining through despite much smaller populations?
I believe Louisiana has the most NFL players per capita. CA currently has the most active
players in the NFL, but TX has the most all-time
. Out of +/- 28,000 NFL players, 2120 have been from Texas, and 2040 from Cali.
It's no secret that players from the University of Texas struggle making the transition from NCAAF to the NFL (Roy Williams, anyone?), despite having the second most winningest football program in the history of the NCAA. And you are right, players that do amazing things in NCAAF very rarely carry that success over to the NFL. Out of the 74 Heisman Trophy winners, I believe only 8 are in the Pro Football HOF.
I'm not saying QB rating is everything (I was actually very surprised that Cam's QB rating was as low as it is). I was just offering up that specific comparison for the sake of conversation as Colt and Cam are roughly the same age and both had very impressive careers at the NCAAF level. The point I was trying to make in a round-about way was that RG3 is a product of the the same conference as McCoy. McCoy threw for +3000 more yards, +50 more TDs, and rushed for around 10 less TD's than RG3. Again, stats aren't everything, and in a lot of cases, especially at the QB position, they are meaningless at the NCAAF level. McCoy has spent the majority of his NFL career running for his life. I personally think Cleveland would be better off drafting some protection for McCoy than drafting another QB, whether it be RG3, Tannehill, whoever. Montana in his prime would have issues in Cleveland.