Eve of the NFL Draft

NFL Draft

It’s the Christmas Eve of football as we approach the 2015 NFL Draft.   NFL dreams begin with the first round of the NFL Draft in Chicago tomorrow night.

Back in February NFL.com did a story looking at the last five years of the first round to look at how many of the players picked during Round #1 were rated highly coming-out of high school by Rivals.com.

According to the story, there were 160 first-rounders chosen over the last five years with 26 of them — or 16 percent — rated as five-star prospects by Rivals.com as high school seniors.

Two overall NFL #1 picks…Jadeveon Clowney and Cam Newton were five-star players coming out of high school.

66 of the first round picks over the last five years were four-star recruits; there were 49 three star athletes; seven two-star prospects; and two unranked student-athletes.

To take thing one step future, according to MaxPreps, St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida has had the most NFL draft picks over the past 20 years with 19, followed by Long Beach Poly in California with 16 and Miami Northwestern in Florida with 15.

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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.