Let’s take a look at where these lucky first round selections were coming into college! Picks 17-32
17: Dallas Cowboys ~ Ceedee Lamb WR Oklahoma
The Foster High product, Lamb repped his hometown of Richmond, Texas in Sooner colors and will now be bringing his skillset to The Star. Lamb has always had his 6’2 175 lanky frame but has added about 10 lbs, making him even more of a threat. The 4-star wideout was not as highly touted as he is today but was a favorite target of Kyler Murray and will likely now be one for Dad Prescott. Welcome home to my Dallas Cowboys Ceedee!!
18: Miami Dolphins ~ Austin Jackson OT USC
The Dolphins turn around and use their second first round pick to grab their franchise tackle to protect Tua. Jackson comes from North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona, taking his ability just north to Southern California in USC. As a 4-star tackle, Jackson was ranked the 35th best recruit in the nation and posed a threat with his 6’6 285 lbs frame and some experience on the other side of the ball as well.
19: Las Vegas Raiders ~ Damon Arnette CB Ohio State
Arnette was often overlooked as the guy across from Okudah. The redshirt senior came into Ohio State as a 3-star recruit in 2015. The Fort Lauderdale native was the 726th ranked recruit in the nation, not bad for a first round pick huh? While a reach for many, Arnette had and has a lot of dog in his tall and lanky build.
20: Jacksonville Jaguars ~ K’Lavon Chaisson
Listed as a 6’4 220lbs weak side defensive end, Chaisson quickly showed his versatility in the run game, pass rush and even a little bit of coverage. An outstandingly explosive edge rusher, he uses his bend and first step speed to beat his man. This 4-star recruit, and top-40 player nationally, will rush opposite the also explosive Josh Allen. Jacksonville now has a great pair of young, speedy edge rushers.
21: Philadelphia Eagles ~ Jalen Reagor
One of the most fluid athletes in this years draft, Reagor brings the dynamic ability the Eagles were looking for to help Wentz. At 5’11 185 lbs Reagor flew around the field at Waxahachie High in Texas before going the Horned Frogs and doing the same. A top-100, 4-star recruit, Reagor brings a lot of hype. Do you think he will deliver?
22: Minnesota Vikings ~ Justin Jefferson WR LSU
Jefferson had a breakout year this year behind Joe Burrows Heisman winning season, garnering a lot of hyped coming into draft day. This hype was not always apparent as he was just over the 2,000th ranked recruit Destrehan High right there in Louisiana. Jefferson can boast turning his low ranking and claimed 3-star ability into the NFL as a first round receiver joining fellow slot magician, Adam Thielan.
23: Los Angele Chargers ~ Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma
Murray was only a 3-star recruit, ranking 459th nationally. His sturdy 6’3 225 lbs build showed in his time with Oklahoma, committing to them in 2017. The Missouri City, Texas local now joins the Chargers as they traded up with the Pats and got an impact linebacker to pair with that young core on defense.
24: New Orleans Saints ~ Cesar Ruiz Center Michigan
Ruiz was a top-50 recruit coming out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida after attending Camden High. He was stout in physique at 6’3 315 lbs as well as skill for the Wolverines in his tenure there. Ruiz has a wonderful story and looks to be a solid center in this league for time to come.
25: San Francisco 49ers ~ Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State
This 3-star JUCO product was an unranked high school recruit coming out of McQueen High in Rocklin, California. His JUCO time was spent at Sierra College starting in 2018 and was able to build up enough prestige to not only get a chance at ASU but to become a first round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
26: Green Bay Packers ~ Jordan Love QB Utah State
Wonder what Rodger must be thinking right now…Regardless, Love is a resident of Liberty High in Bakersfield, California and committed to Utah State in 2016. Massively underrated, he was a 3-star pro-style QB and the 1645th ranked recruit in the country. Love will presumably sit behind Rodgers and eventually take over for him in true Packers fashion.
27: Seattle Seahawks ~ Jordyn Brooks LB Texas Tech
Hometown hero, Brooks grew up in Houston, attended Stratford High School and committed to Texas Tech in 2016. Not a big linebacker at only 6’0 223 lbs, Brooks shows great sideline to sideline ability that was overlooked at a 3-star recruit and the 883rd ranked player in the nation.
28: Baltimore Ravens ~ Patrick Queen LB LSU
Another hometown hero, Queen grew up in Livonia, Louisiana and attended LSU, committing to them in 2017 as a 4-star recruit. Just coming in the top-300 players in the nation, Queen grew an inch and a half, going from 6’0.5 to 6’2 by draft day. An incredibly rangy backer, the Ravens just got a very nice player to add to their super-roster.
29: Tennessee Titans ~ Isaiah Wilson OT Georgia
Wilson is a big man. Attending Poly Prep in Brooklyn, New York, Wilson stood at 6’7 350 coming into his freshman year at Georgia! Not only was he big, but his hype was too. Wilson was the 16th ranked recruit nationally and a full 5-star tackle. Partnering with Andrew Thomas at Georgia and now partnering with Taylor Lewan in Tennessee, Wills has a good situation to succeed at the next level.
30: Miami Dolphins ~ Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
Coming into college as a wide receiver, the 39th ranked one at that, Iggy (my nickname for him) quickly made a smooth transition to corner for the Auburn Tigers. He has a great frame, 6’0 190 lbs and great athletic ability. His coverage is still a bit raw after the switch but he as all the intangibles to become a solid corner and next to Byron Jones and Xavien Howard he will have the perfect situation to develop.
31: Minnesota Vikings ~ Jeff Gladney CB TCU
Gladney was originally an athlete coming into school. He was a 3-star DB/WR and the 1558th ranked recruit in the nation. The New Boston High School alum stayed in Texas and made his final switch to corner while at TCU, entering in 2015. One of my personal favorite in this class, I think Gladney has great potential and will show it for the Vikings.
32: Kansas City Chiefs ~ Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The National Champion RB just joined the offense of the Super Bowl Winning Chiefs, good luck to the rest of the league. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, commonly called CEH, follows suit once more as a home body, going to high school at Catholic High in Baton Rouge. This class of 2017 gem was not on many radars as only the ranked 378th player in the country. His small frame, 5’7 191, coming into LSU and the NFL haas called comparisons to the likes of Ray Rice. That is some good company to be in for a 3-star recruit.
And that concludes the first round! Hope you all enjoyed the conclusion of #WhereWereThey