2018 NFL Draft Prospects as Recruits

How did the experts rate this year's draft prospects when they were high schoolers?

Here's a look back at how the experts at 247Sports rated this year's top 50 NFL draft prospects when they were just fresh-faced college recruits. As you can see, many of this year's prospects more than lived up to their recruiting ranking — while others far exceeded theirs.

 

  PLAYER POS. TEAM CLASS STARS NAT. RANK
1 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 2015 4 119
2 Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 2015 5 30
3 Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 2014 4 61
4 Bradley Chubb DE NC State 2014 3 734
5 Derwin James S Florida State 2015 5 5
6 Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 2015 3 441
7 Josh Rosen QB UCLA 2015 5 11
8 Roquan Smith ILB Georgia 2015 4 48
9 Sam Darnold QB USC 2015 4 148
10 Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 2015 5 12
11 Connor Williams OT Texas 2015 3 426
12 Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 2014 2 2,613
13 Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 2015 4 270
14 Vita Vea DT Washington 2013 3 587
15 Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama 2015 5 29
16 Mike Hughes CB UCF 2015 3 421
17 Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 2014 5 14
18 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 2013 4 172
19 Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 2014 3 453
20 Josh Allen QB Wyoming 2015 3 199 (JC)
21 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 2013 3 1,029
22 Josh Jackson CB Iowa 2014 3 1,807
23 Harold Landry OLB Boston College 2014 3 421
24 Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia 2014 4 110
25 Billy Price C Ohio State 2013 4 211
26 Taven Bryan DT Florida 2014 3 533
27 Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 2015 4 204
28 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 2015 3 1,034
29 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 2015 3 409
30 Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 2013 4 266
31 Leighton Vander Esch ILB Boise State 2014 UR UR
32 James Daniels C Iowa 2014 4 338
33 Derrius Guice RB LSU 2015 4 45
34 Donte Jackson CB LSU 2015 4 50
35 Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 2015 3 941
36 Courtland Sutton WR SMU 2014 3 1,169
37 Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn 2015 4 43
38 Arden Key DE LSU 2015 4 87
39 Carlton Davis CB Auburn 2015 4 340
40 Armani Watts S Texas A&M 2014 4 201
41 Brian O’Neill OT Pittsburgh 2014 3 1,546
42 Sony Michel RB Georgia 2014 5 20
43 Ronald Jones II RB USC 2015 4 40
44 Rasheem Green DE USC 2015 5 21
45 Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina 2012* UR UR
46 Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 2015 5 25
47 Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi State 2015 4 9 (JC)
48 D.J. Moore WR Maryland 2015 3 354
49 Simmie Cobbs Jr. WR Indiana 2013 3 974
50 Kolton Miller OT UCLA 2014 3 371

 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:30

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