From 3-star SEC signee to the NFL Draft: Josh Chapman, Alabama


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. 29 – Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama

H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2007, No. 32 defensive tackle in America, not in national top 250.
NFL DRAFT: 5th round, No. 136 overall by the Colts in 2007
COLLEGE STATS: Had 86 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss in his four-year Alabama career.
NFL STATS: Didn’t play in 2012, but in 2013 played in 13 games and had 15 tackles and one pass defensed. His best game was against the 49ers when he recorded 4 tackles.
THE SKINNY: Coming out of storied Hoover H.S. in Birmingham (Ala.), Chapman was the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Alabama. He had 22 tackles for loss as a senior at Hoover, leading his high school coach to call him the best defensive lineman in school history. He redshirted at Alabama in 2007 and then went on to a stellar four-year career for the Tide. He was an honorable mention all-american and 2nd team All-SEC selection.

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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