From Five-Star to First Rounder
A look back at the high school years of the projected-first 32 NFL draft picks
April 27, 2007
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By Tom Lemming
CSTV Recruiting Expert
With the NFL Draft approaching Saturday, pro scouts have been going through the evaluating process, but they aren't dealing with 17- and 18-year-olds and thousands of them like I have to!
Based on CSTV.com and The Sports XChange's final Mock Draft, here's a look back at this year's projected first round picks' high school years.
1. Oakland: QB JaMarcus Russell, Louisiana State -- a five-star mobile All-American QB coming out his senior year, he had all the tools of a Vince Young, who was also in his class. Long arms, a legit difference maker, broke into the spotlight his sophomore year and it was his signature year, actually better than his senior campaign.
2. Detroit: WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech -- made a great call going to Georgia Tech because they utilized him well. He became their go-to guy. In high school he actually couldn't play in the U.S. Army All-American game because of basketball going on. Can't go wrong with picking either of the top three, him along with Russell and Peterson.
5. Arizona: OT Joe Thomas, Wisconsin -- No. 1 Offensive Linemen coming out of his class four years ago, also threw the shot put and discus. Can throw the ball as far as quarterbacks, a great athlete.
7. Minnesota: RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma -- The No. 1 player three years ago, he put on arguably the greatest performance ever in the Army game highlighted by a 50-yard TD run. Had breakfast with him for our interview and really impressed me as much as he did on the field. Was very coachable in high school and didn't let his high-profile then get to his head.
9. Miami: LB Patrick Willis, Mississippi -- turned out better in person than what I saw of him on film. Always had phenomenal athletic ability.
11. San Francisco: DE Adam Carriker, Nebraska -- a three-star coming out, was a big load of a defensive tackle from
12. Buffalo: CB Leon Hall, Michigan -- a surprise selection for the All-American game and had a great one. Always had great burst and was good in high school but really developed into a pro.
16. Green Bay: WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State -- had a dynamic MVP performance in the Army game with a 98-yard kick off return and could have had another if he hadn't dropped one when he was picking up steam.
19. Tennessee: RB Marshawn Lynch, California -- a four-star that came from a very productive school but was a little overshadowed by Reggie Bush since they were both from the same area. Made a solid choice of a college because they built around him.
20. N.Y. Giants: LB Paul Posluszny,
21. Denver: DT Alan Branch, Michigan -- Liked the way he moved at the Junior Combine and named him to the All-American team his senior year. A five-star offensive tackle coming out.
23. Kansas City: CB Aaron Ross, Texas -- a big time player that everyone knew about early out of
24. New England: LB Jon Beason,
25. N.Y. Jets: CB Chris Houston, Arkansas -- an All-American on both sides of the ball. Always had the burst and speed and improved every year since his junior season of high school.
28. New England: OT Joe Staley, Central Michigan -- linemen are tough to determine, and he was a three-star player who ended up looking like he could have certainly played in the Big Ten. He had size but put on more and was aggressive.
29. Baltimore: LB Lawrence Timmons, Florida State -- a big time talent who was an All American and the best player in
31. Chicago: OT Tony Ugoh, Arkansas -- an All-American that really developed in college and could've played tackle or guard. Give him credit for re-distributing his weight since that was what he needed to do after high school.