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.

PickTeamPlayerPo.CollegeStarsConference
1ChiefsEric FisherOTC. Michigan***MAC
2JaguarsLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&M****SEC
3DolphinsDion JordanLBOregon****Pac-12
4EaglesLane JohnsonOTOklahomaNRBig 12
5LionsZiggy AnsahDEBYUNRIndep.
6BrownsBarkevious MingoDELSU****SEC
7CardinalsJonathan CooperOGUNC***ACC
8RamsTavon AustinWRWVU****Big 12
9JetsDee MillinerCBAlabama*****SEC
10TitansChance WarmackOGAlabama***SEC
11ChargersDJ FlukerOTAlabama*****SEC
12RaidersDJ HaydenCBHouston***C-USA
13JetsSheldon RichardsonDTMissouri*****SEC
14PanthersStar LotuleleiDTUtah***Pac-12
15SaintsKenny VaccaroSTexas****Big 12
16BillsEJ ManuelQBFlorida State****ACC
17SteelersJarvis JonesLBGeorgia****SEC
1849ersEric ReidSLSU****SEC
19GiantsJustin PughOTSyracuse**Big East
20BearsKyle LongOGOregon***Pac-12
21BengalsTyler EifertTENotre Dame***Indep.
22FalconsDesmond TrufantCBWashington***Pac-12
23VikingsSharrif FloydDTFlorida*****SEC
24ColtsBjoern WernerDEFSU***ACC
25VikingsXavier RhodesCBFSU***ACC
26PackersDatone JonesDEUCLA****Pac-12
27TexansDeAndre HopkinsWRClemson****ACC
28BroncosSylvester WilliamsDTUNC***ACC
29VikingsCordarrelle PattersonWRTennessee****SEC
30RamsAlec OgletreeLBGeorgia****SEC
31CowboysTravis FrederickCWisconsin***Big Ten
32RavensMatt ElamSFlorida*****SEC

Here are the picks broken down by star ranking:

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:

Photo Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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