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?
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.
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|
|D.J. Fluker||OL||Alabama||2009||2013||San Diego|
|Dee Milliner||DB||Alabama||2010||2013||New York Jets|
|Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia||2010||2013||St. Louis|
|Glenn Dorsey||DT||LSU||2004||2008||Kansas City|
|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||***|