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. 13 – Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU
H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2006, No. 36 inside linebacker in America.
NFL DRAFT: 3rd round, No. 68 overall by Buffalo in 2011
COLLEGE STATS: In four seasons at LSU, Sheppard had 311 career tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, along with 2 INTs and 6 forced fumbles. He played in 53 career games.
NFL STATS: In three seasons with two different teams (Buffalo and Indianapolis) Sheppard has 200 career tackles and 3 sacks in 47 games–31 of which he has started.
THE SKINNY: Sheppard redshirted in 2006 and then went on to a stellar four-year career with the Tigers–and he played in two national title games, one LSU won in 2007 when he was a redshirt freshman and one in 2010 in the rematch against Alabama. Coming out of high school at recruiting power Stephenson H.S. in Stone Mountain (Ga.), Sheppard also seriously considered Maryland and Tennessee. He finished his career as a first-team All-SEC performer as a senior.
Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to Rivals.com’s version, as the 247Sports.com 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.
- No. 1 Marcell Dareus, Alabama
- No. 2 Morris Claiborne, LSU
- No. 3 Aldon Smith, Mizzou
- No. 4 Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
- No. 5 Chance Warmack, Alabama
- No. 6 Darius Slay, Mississippi State
- No. 7 Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
- No. 8 D. J. Swearinger, South Carolina
- No. 9 Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
- No. 10 Randall Cobb, Kentucky
- No. 11 Larry Warford, Kentucky
- No. 12 Bennie Logan, LSU
- No. 13 Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
- No. 14 Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
- No. 15 Michael Egnew, Mizzou
- No. 16 Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
- No. 17 Shawn Williams, Georgia
- No. 18 Jake Bequette, Arkansas
- No. 19 Zaviar Gooden, Mizzou
- No. 20 Ben Jones, Georgia
- No. 21 K.J. Wright, Mississippi State
- No. 22 Clint Boling, Georgia
- No. 23 Luke Stocker, Tennessee
- No. 24 Kris Durham, Georgia
- No. 25 Sean Porter, Texas A&M
- No. 26 Devin Taylor, South Carolina
- No. 27 Greg Childs, Arkansas
- No. 28 Sanders Commings, Georgia
- No. 29 Josh Chapman, Alabama
- No. 30 Lavar Edwards, LSU
- No. 31 Denarius Moore, Tennessee