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.)