From five-star to first-round: SEC blue chippers who made it

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People often ask if the blue-chippers–the five-star prospects–usually live up to their potential. It’s a good question, how many actually do make it?

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Well, here’s a few stats for our readers: From the 2002 signing class until the 2011 class (which is the most recent allowed to have declared for the NFL Draft), there have been 106 five-star prospects who chose SEC schools coming out of high school. Out of those 106, there are 26 who were selected–or are projected to go this year–in the NFL’s first round. Overall, 49 of these 106 five-star prospects were eventually drafted, 41 went undrafted and 16 are either still in college or are eligible for this year’s draft but aren’t projected first rounders.

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Here’s a look at the 23 five-star prospects who “made it” by being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the three prospects in this year’s draft who are projected to go in the first round (* – Indicates projected first rounder this year, according to CBSSports.com). Also note, five-star ratings referred to are the 247Sports.com composite ranking, which averages all of the services that rank prospects):

PLAYER POS SEC SCHOOL H.S. YR NFL YR. NFL TEAM
Andre Smith OL Alabama 2006 2009 Cincinnati
Julio Jones WR Alabama 2008 2011 Atlanta
Trent Richardson RB Alabama 2009 2012 Cleveland
Dre Kirkpatrick DB Alabama 2009 2012 Cincinnati
D.J. Fluker OL Alabama 2009 2013 San Diego
Dee Milliner DB Alabama 2010 2013 New York Jets
Darren McFadden RB Arkansas 2005 2008 Oakland
Jarvis Moss DE Florida 2003 2007 Denver
Derrick Harvey DE Florida 2004 2008 Jacksonville
Percy Harvin WR Florida 2006 2010 Minnesota
Tim Tebow QB Florida 2006 2010 Denver
Sharrif Floyd DE Florida 2010 2013 Minnesota
Matt Elam S Florida 2010 2013 Baltimore
Matthew Stafford QB Georgia 2006 2009 Detroit
A.J. Green WR Georgia 2008 2011 Cincinnati
Alec Ogletree LB Georgia 2010 2013 St. Louis
Glenn Dorsey DT LSU 2004 2008 Kansas City
Patrick Peterson DB LSU 2008 2011 Arizona
Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri 2009 2013 New York Jets
Michael Oher OL Ole Miss 2005 2010 Baltimore
Robert Meachem WR Tennessee 2003 2007 New Orleans
Eric Berry DB Tennessee 2007 2010 Kansas City
Jadeveon Clowney (*) DE South Carolina 2011 2014 ***
Cyrus Kouandjio (*) OL Alabama 2011 2014 ***
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (*) DB Alabama 2011 2014 ***

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