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April 28, 2017

2017 NFL Draft First Round Recap

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1. Browns- Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  • Martin High School (Arlington, TX)
  • “To Coach Sumlin, Coach Chavis, Coach Price and all of the coaches, thank you for believing in me, teaching me and making me grow, not only as a football player but as a man.” -Garrett in his NFL Draft declaration letter
2. Bears- Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
  • Mentor High School (Mentor, OH)
  • “It was my time, and I was ready to pull the trigger,” Trubisky said. “I didn’t rush this decision, North Carolina just felt right to me and my family is very supportive. There are so many reasons I want to play at North Carolina.”
3. 49ers- Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  • Coppell High School (Coppell, TX)
  • “Solomon is that rare combination of athletic ability, speed, mentality, and technique.” –David Shaw
4. Jaguars- Leonard Fournette, LSU
  • St. Augustine High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • “Everybody kept going to Alabama, ‘Bama, ‘Bama. Why not be different and create your own legacy. That’s what I decided to do.” -Fournette on why he chose LSU over Alabama
5. Titans- Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  • Wheaton Warrenville South High School (Wheaton, IL)
  • “He’s the sole reason I’m playing this sport today,”- Davis on his college coach, PJ Fleck
6. Jets- Jamal Adams, LSU
  • Hebron High School (Carrollton, TX)
  • Adams asked his father to invite his former coach Les Miles to be with him in the green room on draft night, stating that he loves both Coach Miles and Coach Orgeron.

7. Chargers- Mike Williams, Clemson
  • Lake Marion High School & Technology Center (Santee, South Carolina)
  • “I just felt at home. I felt wanted there. They were telling me the things I wanted to hear.”- Williams to recruiting analyst Phil Kornblut on why he chose Clemson over South Carolina
8. Panthers- Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  • Valor Christian High School (Highlands Ranch, CO)
  • McCaffrey was seen by many as the top football recruit out of Colorado in 2014
9. Bengals- John Ross, Washington
  • Jordan High School (Long Beach, CA)
  • “I have a comfort level with the coaches and the players up there” -Ross on why he chose Washington.
10. Chiefs- Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
  • Whitehouse High School (Whitehouse, TX)
  • Out of high school, Mahomes was rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and the 12th best dual-threat quarterback in his class.
11. Saints- Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
  • Glenville High School (Cleveland, OH)
  • As a 4-start recruit out of high school, Lattimore had scholarship offers from over ten DI football programs.
12. Texans- DeShaun Watson, Clemson
  • Gainseville High School (Gainseville, GA)
  • “If any team bypasses him, they are going to regret.” -Watson’s high school coach about the NFL Draft
13. Cardinals- Haason Reddick, Temple
  • Haddon Heights High School (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • Reddick was originally a walk-on at Temple and only received a scholarship after his redshirt junior season.
14. Eagles- Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  • Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN)
  • “Derek Barnett was outstanding in his leadership and his energy that he brought to our sideline and to the defense. I thought our entire football team fed off of him.” -Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones
15. Colts- Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  • New Castle High School (New Castle, PA)
  • Hooker played just two seasons of high school football and received DI scholarship offers for basketball.
16. Ravens- Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  • Hoover High School (Hoover, AL)
  • Despite being a five-star recruit out of high school, Humphrey redshirted his first year at Alabama.

17. Redskins- Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  • Stonebridge High School (Ashburn, VA)
  • “[He] can be intimidating to some people, …It’s no-nonsense. To some people who are more off-the-wall or fun-loving, it’s a little intimidating.” -Allen on Alabama coach Nick Saban
18. Titans- Adoree’ Jackson, USC
  • Belleville East High School (Belleville, IL)
  • Part of the reason Jackson attended USC was their strong Track & Field program. His event was the long jump and had a goal of competing in the 2016 Olympics.
19. Buccaneers- OJ Howard, Alabama
  • Autauga Academy (Prattvile, AL)
  • Howard chose Alabama over Florida, USC, and Auburn.
20. Broncos- Garett Bolles, Utah
  • Westlake High School (Saratoga Springs, UT)
  • Bolles played two years of football at Snow College before transferring to the University of Utah.
21. Lions- Jarrad Davis, Florida
  • Camden County High School (Kingsland, GA)
  • Davis was recruited to Florida by Will Muschamp and finished his career playing for Jim McElwain.
22. Dolphins- Charles Harris, Missouri
  • Lincoln College Prep Academy (Kansas City, MO)
  • After starring in basketball in high school, Harris decided to try out for the football team his junior year.
23. Giants- Evan Engram, Ole Miss
  • Hillgrove High School (Powder Springs, GA)
  • Ole Miss was the only SEC school to offer Engram a scholarship.
24. Raiders- Gareon Conley, Ohio State
  • Massillon Washington High School (Massillon, OH)
  • Conley originally committed to the University of Michigan but later changed to rival Ohio State.
25. Browns- Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  • Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, NJ)
  • Peppers was a five-star recruited and considered the head of Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class.
26. Falcons- Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  • Kennedy High School (Richmond, CA)
  • McKinley originally committed to Cal Berkeley but was ruled a non-qualifier and attended Contra Costa College. After one season at Contra Costa McKinley transferred to UCLA.
27. Bills- Tre’Davious White, LSU
  • Green Oaks High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • White was recruited to LSU by now-fired coach, Les Miles.
28. Cowboys- Taco Charlton, Michigan
  • Pickerington High School Central (Pickerington, OH)
  • “I just liked everything about the place, and just having the chance to talk to the coaches and having my mom’s blessing, I decided to commit.” -Charlton on his recruiting visit to Michigan and why he chose UM (via ESPN)
29. Browns- David Njoku, U of Miami
  • Cedar Grove High School (Cedar Grove, NJ)
  • After originally committing to Rutgers, Njoku re-opened his committed and chose the University of Miami
30. Steelers- TJ Watt, Wisconsin
  • Pewaukee High School (Pewaukee, WI)
  • Watt went to Wisconsin as a tight end. After his redshirt sophomore season, head coach Paul Chryst asked him to switch to a defensive position and the rest was history.
31. 49ers- Reuben Foster, Alabama
  • Auburn High School (Auburn, AL)
  • Foster verbally committed to Alabama but changed his commitment to Auburn University prior to his senior year of high school. After Auburn dismissed head coach Gene Chizik, Foster de-committed from Auburn and re-committed to Alabama.
32. Saints- Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  • Stevens Point Area Senior High School (Stevens Point, WI)
  • Ramczyk turned down a scholarship offer from the University of Pittsburgh and committed to Winona State. He left Winona State before football season began and enrolled at Madison Area Technical College, then Mid-State Technical College for a semester each. He then transferred to Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he played a year of football before finally transferring to Wiscon-Madison.


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