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. 4 – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2007, No. 23 dual-threat quarterback in America.
NFL DRAFT: 1st round, No. 8 overall by Miami in 2012
COLLEGE STATS: Tannehill started his final two seasons with the Aggies and threw for 5,450 yards and 42 TDs to only 21 INTs. In his first two seasons at Texas A&M, he actually played receiver, catching 112 passes for 1,596 yards and 10 TDs, showing his versatility.
NFL STATS: In 2 seasons as the Dolphins’ starter, he has won 15 games and has thrown for 7,207 yards and 36 TDs.
THE SKINNY: Coming out of Big Spring High School in Texas, Tannehill was not highly recruited. Besides the Aggies, his best offers came from Houston, TCU and Tulsa. But he did have good size at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and good speed in the 4.6 second range in the 40-yard dash. That’s what led him to get on the field as a receiver early in his career when others ahead of him assumed the quarterbacking duties.
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