See what all 51 SEC draft picks were ranked as high school recruits

The first SEC player taken in the 2016 draft -- Georgia's Leonard Floyd, who went No. 9 overall to the Chicago Bears -- wasn't ranked in the ESPN 300 coming out of high school. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

With the draft now over and 51 SEC players being selected, it’s always fun to go back and see what those players were ranked coming out of high school. Who were the five-star recruits? How about the two-stars?

Using ESPN’s rankings, we broke down each draft pick by star-rating.

ESPN 300 (Rank)

Round 1, No. 11 Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (3rd)*

Round 1, No. 13 Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (5th)*

Round 1, No. 17 Keanu Neal, Florida (65th)

Round 1, No. 23 Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (19th)

Round 1, No. 29 Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (1st)*

Round 2, No. 35 Hunter Henry, Arkansas (69th)

Round 2, No. 37 Chris Jones, Mississippi State (46th)

Round 2, No. 41 Reggie Ragland, Alabama (109th)

Round 2, No. 45 Derrick Henry, Alabama (9th)*

Round 2, No. 46 A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (105th)

Round 2, No. 60 Cyrus Jones, Alabama (20th)

Round 3, No. 72 Jonathan Bullard, Florida (37th)

Round 3, No. 83 Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (67th)

Round 3, No. 92 Brandon Williams, Texas A&M (35th)

Round 4, No. 112 Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (45th)

Round 4, No. 114 Ricardo Louis, Auburn (21st)

Round 4, No. 126 Demarcus Robinson, Florida (53rd)

Round 4, No. 128 Evan Boehm, Missouri (42nd)

Round 5, No. 145 John Theus, Georgia (28th)

Round 5, No. 171 Alex Collins, Arkansas (57th)

Round 6, No. 211 Kelvin Taylor, Florida (8th)*

Round 7, No. 234 Vadal Alexander, LSU (75th)

Round 7, No. 242 Keith Marshall, Georgia (5th)*

* -- denotes five-star


Round 2, No. 49 Jarran Reed, Alabama (89th)

Round 5, No. 174 Fahn Cooper, Ole Miss (17th)

Analysis: Of the 51 SEC players drafted over the weekend, 25 were ranked in the ESPN 300 or the ESPN JC 100. Some -- such as Hargreaves, Tunsil and Nkemdiche -- went from being five-stars coming out of high school to All-SEC caliber players in college and then ultimately first-round draft picks in the NFL. Others like Louis and [Demarcus] Robinson might not have enjoyed elite numbers at the college level, but NFL teams still took a chance on their potential. And there were a lot of 'what ifs' late in the draft. What if Collins and Taylor stay in school another year? What if Marshall never gets hurt?


Round 1, No. 9 Leonard Floyd, Georgia

Round 1, No. 31 Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

Round 3, No. 73 Kenyan Drake, Alabama

Round 5, No. 156 Jonathan Williams, Arkansas

Round 5, No. 158 Brandon Shell, South Carolina

Round 6, No. 196 Blake Countess, Auburn

Round 7, No. 227 Stephen Weatherly, Vanderbilt

Round 7, No. 240 Alex McAlister, Florida

Analysis: Ironically, the top SEC player taken in the 2016 draft -- Floyd, who went No. 9 to the Chicago Bears -- wasn’t even ranked in the ESPN 300 coming out of high school. In fact, he was the 25th best player in the state of Georgia for 2012. From his ESPN scouting report, "Floyd is a prospect we would like to still see more from, but he has some good tools to work with and displays upside." That upside must have been evident in the weeks leading up to the draft as he went from a late first-round pick to a top-10 pick.


Round 1, No. 18 Ryan Kelly, Alabama

Round 2, No. 52 Deion Jones, LSU

Round 3, No. 68 Will Redmond, Mississippi State

Round 3, No. 76 Shon Coleman, Auburn

Round 4, No. 117 Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

Round 4, No. 123 Jerald Hawkins, LSU

Round 4, No. 125 Antonio Morrison, Florida

Round 4, No. 133 Rashard Robinson, LSU

Round 4, No. 135 Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Round 5, No. 160 Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

Round 6, No. 179 Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

Round 6, No. 184 Jerell Adams, South Carolina

Round 6, No. 190 Josh Forrest, Kentucky

Round 6, No. 193 Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas

Round 6, No. 201 Brandon Allen, Arkansas

Two-star/Not ranked

Round 5, No. 144 Connor McGovern, Missouri

Round 6, No. 199 Cody Core, Ole Miss

Round 7, No. 233 Jalen Mills, LSU

Analysis: This is sometimes the best part of the draft. Who went from relative unknown status in high school to the NFL? The most obvious success story was Kelly, a three-star center from Ohio who was drafted in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts (No. 18) after he started the past three seasons for Alabama. There were others who clearly exceeded their star ranking in high school at the college level. Prescott did it all for Mississippi State. Cooper was one of the SEC’s top receivers. Brothers led the conference in tackles this past season. Don’t be surprised if you some of these names playing in the NFL very soon.