From 3-star SEC signee to the NFL Draft: Denarius Moore, Tennessee


SDS will count down the 31 biggest overachievers of the SEC, at least as far as their recruiting rankings go. We’ll take a look at two and three-star prospects coming out of high school who became NFL Draft picks in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … finishing up the end of the month with the five who became first-round draft picks. Find out which stars from your school defied the recruiting rankings coming out of high school.

Here’s a day-by-day ‘month of May’ look at who ignored their recruiting rankings and went on to get drafted in the NFL.

No. 31 – Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee

High School Ranking: Three-stars in 2007, No. 34 ‘Athlete’ in America, not in national top 250.
NFL Draft: 5th round, No. 148 overall by Oakland in 2011
College Stats: Caught 112 passes for 2,004 yards and 18 TDs in his four-year career with Vols.
NFL Stats: In three seasons with Raiders, has caught 130 passes for 2,054 yards and 17 TDs.
The Skinny: Coming out of Tatum (Texas) High School, Moore was not offered by the Texas Longhorns, and he looked hard at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. He was rated the No. 40 overall prospect in the state of Texas, and did have offers from TCU and Texas A&M, but he opted to go out of state and had a very solid four-year career with the Volunteers.

Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to’s version, as the industry composite didn’t exist when many of these NFL Draft Picks were coming out of high school. Rivals has ranked high school prospects since 2002.

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