How were the 2013 NFL Draft first-round picks ranked as recruits?
The NFL Draft was more like an SEC infomercial last night, with 12 players going in the first round. Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel was the highest SEC player taken at No. 2 overall to the Jaguars, and Florida’s Matt Elam rounded out opening night to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 32.
It’s always interesting to compare the NFL first-round picks to how they were rated as high school prospects. For this chart comparison, player rankings were based on Rivals.com rankings.
|1||Chiefs||Eric Fisher||OT||C. Michigan||***||MAC|
|2||Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M||****||SEC|
|4||Eagles||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma||NR||Big 12|
|8||Rams||Tavon Austin||WR||WVU||****||Big 12|
|15||Saints||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas||****||Big 12|
|16||Bills||EJ Manuel||QB||Florida State||****||ACC|
|19||Giants||Justin Pugh||OT||Syracuse||**||Big East|
|21||Bengals||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame||***||Indep.|
|31||Cowboys||Travis Frederick||C||Wisconsin||***||Big Ten|
Here are the picks broken down by star ranking:
- Five-Stars: 5 (15.6%)
- Four-Stars: 12 (37.5%)
- Three-stars: 12 (37.5%)
- Two-star: 1 (3.1%)
- Not Ranked: 2 (6.3%)
The two non-ranked players were Lane Johnson and Ziggy Ansah. Johnson was a high school quarterback turned tight end in college. He blew into a full-fledged studly tackle. The Ghana-native, Ansah, didn’t start playing football until 2010, because the basketball team cut him twice. That’s the only reason he started playing football.
Here are the picks broken down by conference:
- SEC: 12 (37.5%)
- ACC: 6 (18.8%)
- Pac-12: 5 (15.6%)
- Big 12: 3 (9.4%)
- Independent: 2 (6.3%)
- Big Ten: 1 (3.1%)
- Big East: 1 (3.1%)
- C-USA: 1 (3.1%)
- MAC: 1 (3.1%)
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