Where 2018 NFL Draft prospects played their high school football

I don’t know about your, but I DON’T read NFL Mock Draft stories.


You know why!

Over the past three years, my favorite part of the three-day party is letting our readers know where the new pro football players started their careers. In advance of the first round at AT&T Stadium in Texas, I’m going to use NFL Network‘s Mike Mayock’s top prospects to let you know where the Top 50 players when to high school.

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As a Pennsylvania native, I chose Mayock because he’s a Keystone Stater that played at The Haverford School before moving on to Boston College. And, then there’s Saquon Barkley who played in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, which is my hometown area. Mayock has the Whitehall High School alum as the No. 1 overall prospect in the draft.

Expect the Zephyrs to one day retire Saquon’s No. 21, joining Matt Millen and Dan Koppen as former Whitehall players with retired numbers. Note to the NFL teams thinking of drafting Barkley: Millen won four Super Bowl rings, while Koppen owns two.

Stadium Project: Whitehall High School

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Retired numbers of Whitehall NFL’ers Matt Millen and Dan Koppen.

Mayock actually has two former Pennsylvania in his top ten prospects, which ties the state with California and Georgia for the most in his Top 10.

Mike Mayock’s Top NFL Prospects

  1. Saquon Barkley, RB – Whitehall (Pennsylvania)
  2. Quenton Nelson, OG – Red Bank Catholic (New Jersey)
  3. Bradley Chubb, DE – Hillgrove (Georgia)
  4. Roquan Smith, LB – Macon County (Georgia)
  5. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S – St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)
  6. Derwin James, S – Haines City (Florida)
  7. Sam Darnold, QB – San Clemente (California)
  8. Mike McGlinchey, OT – William Penn Charter (Pennsylvania)
  9. Josh Allen, QB – Firebaugh (California)
  10. Vita Vea, DT – Milpitas (California)
  11. Tremaine Edmunds, LB – Dan River (Virginia)
  12. Jaire Alexander, CB – Rocky River (North Carolina)
  13. Rashaan Evans, LB – Auburn (Alabama)
  14. Marcus Davenport, DE – San Antonio Stevens (Texas)
  15. Denzel Ward, CB – Nordonia (Ohio)
  16. Da’Ron Payne, DT – Shades Valley (Alabama)
  17. James Daniels, C – Harding (Ohio)
  18. Harold Landry, DE – Pine Forest (North Carolina)
  19. Frank Ragnow, C – Chanhassen (Minnesota)
  20. Leighton Vander Esch, LB – Salmon River (Idaho)
  21. Josh Rosen, QB – St. John Bosco (California)
  22. Baker Mayfield, QB – Lake Travis (Texas)
  23. Lamar Jackson, QB – Boynton Beach (Florida)
  24. Isaiah Wynn, OL – Lakewood (Florida)
  25. D.J. Moore, WR – Imhotep Charter (Pennsylvania)
  26. Taven Bryan, DT – Natrona County (Wyoming)
  27. Calvin Ridley, WR – Monarch (Florida)
  28. Derrius Guice, RB – Catholic (Louisiana)
  29. Will Hernandez, OG – Chaparral (Nevada)
  30. Mike Hughes, CB – New Bern (North Carolina)
  31. Kolton Miller, OT – Roseville (California)
  32. Sony Michel, RB – American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)
  33. Isaiah Oliver, CB – Brophy Prep (Arizona)
  34. Ronnie Harrison, S – University School (Florida)
  35. Hayden Hurst, TE – The Bolles School (Florida)
  36. Nick Chubb, RB – Cedartown (Georgia)
  37. Mason Rudolph, QB – Northwestern (South Carolina)
  38. Rashaad Penny, RB – Norwalk (California)
  39. Austin Corbett, OL – Reed (Nevada)
  40. Connor Williams, OL – Coppell (Texas)
  41. Courtland Sutton, WR – Brenham (Texas)
  42. Maurice Hurst, DT – Xaverian Brothers (Massachusetts)
  43. Nathan Shepherd, DT – Canada
  44. Josh Jackson, CB – Lake Dallas (Texas)
  45. Billy Price, C – Fitch (Ohio)
  46. Harrison Phillips, DT – Millard West (Nebraska)
  47. Derrick Nnadi, DT – Ocean Lakes (Virginia)
  48. Christian Kirk, WR – Saguaro (Arizona)
  49. James Washington, WR – Stamford (Texas)
  50. Anthony Miller, WR – Christian Brothers (Tennessee)
See Mike Mayock’s entire Top 100 prospects

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.