26 former California players taken in NFL Draft

2017 NFL Draft

Twenty-six former California high school football players were taken in the 2017 NFL Draft that was held in Philadelphia.  California had the third most players taken with Georgia leading the way with 29, followed by Florida with 27.

Long Beach Jordan alum John Ross was the highest pick at No. 9, followed by fellow first rounders Adoree’ Jackson of Serra (Gardena) and Takkarist McKinley of John F. Kennedy (Richmond) at No. 26

Long Beach Poly was one of twelve schools in the nation with two players picked. Pittsburgh took wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster with the 62nd pick, while Tennessee grabbed linebacker Jayon Brown at No. 155.

2017 NFL Draft – California High School Picks

Draft Position – Team – Player – Position – College – High School

#9 Cincinnati – John Ross, WR – Washington – Long Beach Jordan (California)

#18 Tennessee – Adoree’ Jackson, CB – USC – Serra (Gardena, California)

#26 Atlanta – Takkarist McKinley, DE – UCLA – John F. Kennedy (Richmond, California)

#33 Green Bay – Kevin King, CB – Washington – Bishop O’Dowd (California)

#42 New Orleans – Marcus Williams, S – Utah – Roosevelt (Eastvale, California)

#43 Philadelphia – Sidney Jones, CB – Washington – West Covina (California)

#48 Cincinnati – Joe Mixon, RB – Oklahoma – Freedom (California)

#60 Dallas – Chidobe Awuzie, CB – Colorado – Oak Grove (California)

#62 Pittsburgh – JuJu Smith Schuster, WR – USC – Long Beach Poly (California)

#66 San Francisco – Ahkello Witherspoon, CB – Christian Brothers (California)

#88 Oakland – Eddie Vanderdoes, DT – UCLA – Placer (California)

#111 Seattle – Tedric Thompson, S – Colorado – Valencia (California)

#122 Baltimore – Nico Siragusa, OG – San Diego State – Mater Dei (Chula Vista, California)

#134 Green Bay – Jamaal Williams, RB – BYU – Summit (California)

#136 Atlanta – Sean Harlow, C – Oregon State – San Clemente (California)

#141 NY Jets – Chad Hanson, WR – California – Moorpark (California)

#148 Jacksonville – Blair Brown, LB – Ohio – Blair Brown – Rancho Verde (California)

#149 Atlanta – Damontae Kazee, CB – San Diego State – Cajon (California)

#155 Tennessee – Jayon Brown, LB – UCLA – Long Beach Poly (California)

#162 Tampa Bay – Jeremy McNichols, RB – Boise State – Santa Margarita (California)

#165 Detroit – Jamal Agnew, CB – San Diego – Point Loma (California)

#195 Buffalo – Tanner Vallejo, LB – Boise State – Nevada Union (California)

#214 Philadelphia – Elijah Qualls, DT – Washington – Casa Grande (California)

#215 Detroit – Brad Kaaya, QB – Miami (FL) – Chaminade (California)

#241 Tennessee – Khalfani Muhammad, RB – California) – Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, California)

#246 Dallas – Jordan Carrell, DT – Colorado – Roseville (California)

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