Friday, 26 April 2013

How were the 2013 NFL Draft first-round picks ranked as recruits?


The NFL Draft was more like an SEC infomercial last night, with 12 players going in the first round. Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel was the highest SEC player taken at No. 2 overall to the Jaguars, and Florida’s Matt Elam rounded out opening night to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 32.
It’s always interesting to compare the NFL first-round picks to how they were rated as high school prospects. For this chart comparison, player rankings were based on Rivals.com rankings.
PickTeamPlayerPo.CollegeStarsConference
1ChiefsEric FisherOTC. Michigan***MAC
2JaguarsLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&M****SEC
3DolphinsDion JordanLBOregon****Pac-12
4EaglesLane JohnsonOTOklahomaNRBig 12
5LionsZiggy AnsahDEBYUNRIndep.
6BrownsBarkevious MingoDELSU****SEC
7CardinalsJonathan CooperOGUNC***ACC
8RamsTavon AustinWRWVU****Big 12
9JetsDee MillinerCBAlabama*****SEC
10TitansChance WarmackOGAlabama***SEC
11ChargersDJ FlukerOTAlabama*****SEC
12RaidersDJ HaydenCBHouston***C-USA
13JetsSheldon RichardsonDTMissouri*****SEC
14PanthersStar LotuleleiDTUtah***Pac-12
15SaintsKenny VaccaroSTexas****Big 12
16BillsEJ ManuelQBFlorida State****ACC
17SteelersJarvis JonesLBGeorgia****SEC
1849ersEric ReidSLSU****SEC
19GiantsJustin PughOTSyracuse**Big East
20BearsKyle LongOGOregon***Pac-12
21BengalsTyler EifertTENotre Dame***Indep.
22FalconsDesmond TrufantCBWashington***Pac-12
23VikingsSharrif FloydDTFlorida*****SEC
24ColtsBjoern WernerDEFSU***ACC
25VikingsXavier RhodesCBFSU***ACC
26PackersDatone JonesDEUCLA****Pac-12
27TexansDeAndre HopkinsWRClemson****ACC
28BroncosSylvester WilliamsDTUNC***ACC
29VikingsCordarrelle PattersonWRTennessee****SEC
30RamsAlec OgletreeLBGeorgia****SEC
31CowboysTravis FrederickCWisconsin***Big Ten
32RavensMatt ElamSFlorida*****SEC
Here are the picks broken down by star ranking:
  • Five-Stars: 5 (15.6%)
  • Four-Stars: 12 (37.5%)
  • Three-stars: 12 (37.5%)
  • Two-star: 1 (3.1%)
  • Not Ranked: 2 (6.3%)
The two non-ranked players were Lane Johnson and Ziggy Ansah. Johnson was a high school quarterback turned tight end in college. He blew into a full-fledged tackle when his time at Oklahoma was complete. Ansah didn’t start playing football until 2010, because the basketball team cut him twice. That’s the only reason he started playing football.
SEC: 12 (37.5%)Here are the picks broken down by conference:
  • ACC: 6 (18.8%)
  • Pac-12: 5 (15.6%)
  • Big 12: 3 (9.4%)
  • Independent: 2 (6.3%)
  • Big Ten: 1 (3.1%)
  • Big East: 1 (3.1%)
  • C-USA: 1 (3.1%)
  • MAC: 1 (3.1%)

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