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. 10 – Randall Cobb, QB/WR, Kentucky
H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2008, no national position ranking, No. 18 player out of Tennessee.
NFL DRAFT: 2nd round, No. 64 overall by Green Bay in 2011
COLLEGE STATS: In 36 career games over 3 seasons with Kentucky, Cobb accounted for 2,974 yards from scrimmage and 35 touchdowns as one of the Wildcats’ best recent playmakers on offense. He also played a lot of quarterback as a true freshman, passing for 542 yards that year. He also proved to be a very good punt and kick returner, accounting for 1,700 career return yards and 2 punt return touchdowns.
NFL STATS: In 3 seasons now with the Packers, Cobb has caught 136 passes for 1,762 yards and 13 TDs, while also rushing for another 215 yards. He also has been their primary kick and punt returner and has 3 special teams touchdowns.
THE SKINNY: Coming out of Alcoa High School in Tennessee, Cobb was nearly ignored by most schools. Middle Tennessee was another program that made a run at him, but overall he was ignored because of his H.S. size (5-11/175). He got the last laugh though, being named first-team All-SEC twice and a first-team All American as a senior, while also making at least one NFL All-Rookie team in 2011.
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