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BOZICH | Where Kiper's First-Round Picks Ranked In High School

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IU receiver Cody Latimer is one of 10 guys ranked as a 3-star recruit that Mel Kiper Jr. says will be picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. IU receiver Cody Latimer is one of 10 guys ranked as a 3-star recruit that Mel Kiper Jr. says will be picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It’s NFL Draft night, and guess who’s on the clock?

The recruiting gurus.

I’ve looked at Mel Kiper Jr.’s final projected 2014 first-round NFL draft picks on ESPN.com. I’ve also taken all 32 names and logged how highly they were rated as college recruits, according to Scout.com

You know, the old 5-star, 4-star, 3-star, 2-star, don’t bother to call that kid system.

What did I discover?

That there are more 2-star or below guys (six) projected to go in the first round than former 5-star prospects (four).

Of the 32 players that Kiper has projected to be picked in the first round, exactly half (16) were ranked no better than 3-star prospects in high school.

That includes two local guys that you might remember – Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, a pair of former 3-stars.

You can even find a 2-star prospect – Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack – ranked among the top five selections. He didn’t have any other FBS scholarship offers.

Here’s your rundown of where Kiper’s projected first-rounders ranked in high school, according to Scout:

5-stars -- 4 (Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; Sammy Watkins, Clemson; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama.)

4-stars – 12 (Greg Robinson, Auburn; Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh; Taylor Lewan, Michigan; Anthony Barr, UCLA; Ryan Shazier, Ohio State; Odell Beckham Jr., LSU; Ja’waun James, Tennessee; C.J. Mosley, Alabama; Marqise Lee, USC; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville; Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young; Morgan Moses, Virginia.)

3-stars – 10 (Michael Evans, Texas A&M; Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State; Zack Martin, Notre Dame; Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech; Eric Ebron, North Carolina; Brandin Cooks, Oregon State; Bradley Roby, Ohio State; Calvin Pryor, Louisville; Cody Latimer, Indiana.)

2-stars – 5 (Khalil Mack, Buffalo; Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State; Blake Bortles, Central Florida; Joel Bitonio Nevada; Jason Verrett, TCU.)

Unranked – 1 (Stan Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska.)

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