April 25, 2009

Six five-star recruits selected in first round

Here's a look at Saturday's first-round draftees and where they were ranked coming out of high school. Six were five-star recruits, 12 were four-star prospects, six were three-star players, seven were two-star prospects and one was unranked (USC LB Clay Matthews, who was a walk-on and earned a scholarship two years after enrolling).

There were seven players selected who played high school ball in New Jersey, the most of any state. Texas was second with six (including three players from Dallas in the top 10), followed by California with three. In all, players from 15 states or Washington, D.C., were taken in the first round

Of note: There were zero players taken in the first round who played high school football in Florida, the first time that has happened since 1981.

1. DETROIT: QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
5 stars, from Dallas Highland Park
No. 1 pro-style quarterback in 2006 class

2. ST. LOUIS: OT Jason Smith, Baylor
2 stars, from Dallas White
Unranked guard in 2004 class

3. KANSAS CITY: DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
3 stars, from Edgard (La.) West St. John
No. 14 strongside defensive end in 2004 class

4. SEATTLE: LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
2 stars, from Fayetteville (N.C.) Smith
Unranked outside linebacker in 2004 class

5. NEW YORK JETS: QB Mark Sanchez, USC
5 stars, from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
No. 1 pro-style quarterback in 2005 class

6. CINCINNATI: OT Andre Smith, Alabama
5 stars, from Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman
No. 1 guard in 2006 class

7. OAKLAND: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
4 stars, from Silver Spring (Md.) McDonogh
No. 12 wide receiver in 2005 class

8. JACKSONVILLE: OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
5 stars, from Plainfield (N.J.) High
No. 1 tackle in 2005 class

9. GREEN BAY: DT B.J. Raji, Boston College
2 stars, from Washington Township (N.J.) Westwood
Unranked in class of 2004

10. SAN FRANCISCO: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
4 stars, from Dallas Carter
No. 16 athlete in 2006 class

11. BUFFALO: DE/OLB Aaron Maybin, Penn State
4 stars, from Ellicott City (Md.) Mt. Hebron
No. 7 weakside defensive end in 2006 class

12. DENVER: RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
4 stars, from Middletown (N.J.) Middletown South
No. 10 running back in 2006 class

13. WASHINGTON: DE Brian Orakpo, Texas
4 stars, from Houston Lamar
No. 12 weakside defensive end in 2004 class

14. NEW ORLEANS: CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
3 stars, from Piscataway (N.J.) High
No. 61 cornerback in 2005 class

15. HOUSTON: LB Brian Cushing, USC
4 stars, from Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic
No. 5 outside linebacker in 2005 class

16. SAN DIEGO: DE/LB Larry English, Northern Illinois
2 stars, from Aurora (Ill.) Marmion Academy
Unranked outside linebacker in 2004 class

17. TAMPA BAY: QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
4 stars, from Grandview (Mo.) High
No. 4 pro-style quarterback in 2006 class

18. DENVER: DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee
4 stars, from St. Clio (S.C.) Marlboro County
No. 10 inside linebacker in 2004 class

19. PHILADELPHIA: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
4 stars, from Kirkwood (Mo.) High
No. 24 wide receiver in 2006 class

20. DETROIT: TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State
2 stars, from Tyler (Texas) Lee
Unranked in 2004 class

21. CLEVELAND: C Alex Mack, California
2 stars, from Santa Barbara (Calif.) San Marcos
Unranked center in 2004 class

22. MINNESOTA: WR Percy Harvin, Florida
5 stars, from Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown
No. 1 wide receiver in 2006 class

23. BALTIMORE: OT Michael Oher, Ole Miss
4 stars, from Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian
No. 7 tackle in 2005 class

24. ATLANTA: DT Peria Jerry, Ole Miss
3 stars, from Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy (Jerry played his high school ball in Mississippi before going to prep school)
No. 15 prep school player in 2005 class

25. MIAMI: CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
3 stars, from Washington (D.C.) Dunbar
No. 33 cornerback in 2006 class

26. GREEN BAY: LB/DE Clay Matthews, USC
0 stars, from Agoura (Calif.) Agoura Hills
Unranked in 2004 class (he walked-on at USC and eventually received a scholarship in 2006)

27. INDIANAPOLIS: RB Donald Brown, Connecticut
3 stars, from Red Bank (N.J.) Red Bank Catholic
No. 53 running back in 2005 class

28. BUFFALO: C Eric Wood, Louisville
2 stars, from Cincinnati Elder
Unranked offensive tackle in 2004 class

29. NEW YORK GIANTS: WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
4 stars, from Charlotte (N.C.) Independence
No. 31 wide receiver in 2006 class

30. TENNESSEE: WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
4 stars, from Bayonne (N.J.) High
No. 22 wide receiver in 2006 class

31. ARIZONA: RB Chris Wells, Ohio State
5 stars, from Akron (Ohio) Garfield
No. 1 running back in 2006 class

32. PITTSBURGH: DT Evander "Ziggy" Hood, Missouri
3 stars, from Amarillo (Texas) Palo Duro
No. 35 weakside defensive end in 2005 class

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.


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