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April 26, 2008

How the first round rated coming into college

You've read all about how the players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft will impact their new teams. Well, let's take a different kind of look at those first-rounders a look back at where they're from and how highly they were touted by Rivals.com coming out of high school.

Of the 31 picks, five were five-star prospects coming out of high school. There were 10 four-star prospects, seven three-star prospects, seven two-star prospects and two who were unranked. The unranked players out of high school were Tennessee State CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Pittsburgh OT Jeff Otah who was a four-star prospect out of junior college.

As for home states, California and Florida led the way in the first round with five selections each. Virginia had three; Louisiana, Maryland and Michigan had two each; and Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington had one apiece.

The complete first round is below:

How the first round rated in high school
1. MIAMI: OT Jake Long, Michigan
HIGH SCHOOL: Lapeer (Mich.) East
PREP RANKING: Four stars
2. ST, LOUIS: DE Chris Long, Virginia
HIGH SCHOOL: Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne's-Belfield
PREP RANKING: Four stars
3. ATLANTA: QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
HIGH SCHOOL: Philadelphia William Penn Charter
PREP RANKING: Three stars
4. OAKLAND: RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas
HIGH SCHOOL: Little Rock (Ark.) Oak Grove
PREP RANKING: Five stars
5. KANSAS CITY: DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU
HIGH SCHOOL: Gonzales (La.) East Ascension
PREP RANKING: Four stars
6. NEW YORK JETS: DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State
HIGH SCHOOL: Detroit Cass Tech
PREP RANKING: Four stars
7. NEW ORLEANS: DT Sedrick Ellis, USC
HIGH SCHOOL: Chino (Calif.) High
PREP RANKING: Four stars
8. JACKSONVILLE: DE Derrick Harvey, Florida
HIGH SCHOOL: Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt
PREP RANKING: Five stars
9. CINCINNATI: LB Keith Rivers, USC
HIGH SCHOOL: Lake Mary (Fla.) High
PREP RANKING: Five stars
10. NEW ENGLAND: LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
HIGH SCHOOL: Hampton (Va.) Kecoughtan
PREP RANKING: Four stars
11. BUFFALO: CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy
HIGH SCHOOL: Waycross (Ga.) Ware County
12. DENVER: OT Ryan Clady, Boise State
HIGH SCHOOL: Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower
13. CAROLINA: RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon
HIGH SCHOOL: Lacey (Wash.) Timberline
PREP RANKING: Five stars
14. CHICAGO: OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
HIGH SCHOOL: Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic
15. KANSAS CITY: G/T Branden Albert, Virginia
HIGH SCHOOL: Glen Burnie (Md.) High/Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military
PREP RANKING: Two stars high school/four stars prep school
16. ARIZONA: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
HIGH SCHOOL: Bradenton (Fla.) Lakewood Ranch
PREP RANKING: Not ranked
17. DETROIT: OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
HIGH SCHOOL: Somerville (Mass.) High
PREP RANKING: Three stars
18. BALTIMORE: QB Joe Flacco, Delaware
HIGH SCHOOL: Audubon (N.J.) High
PREP RANKING: Three stars
19. CAROLINA: OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
HIGH SCHOOL: New Castle (Del.) William Penn
PREP RANKING: Not ranked (four stars junior college)
20. TAMPA BAY: CB Aqib Talib, Kansas
HIGH SCHOOL: Richardson (Texas) Berkner
21. ATLANTA: OT Sam Baker, USC
HIGH SCHOOL: Tustin (Calif.) High
PREP RANKING: Four stars
22. DALLAS: RB Felix Jones, Arkansas
HIGH SCHOOL: Tulsa (Okla.) Washington
PREP RANKING: Four stars
23. PITTSBURGH: RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois
HIGH SCHOOL: Niles (Ill.) West
PREP RANKING: Four stars
24. TENNESSEE: RB Chris Johnson, East Carolina
HIGH SCHOOL: Orlando Olympia
25. DALLAS: CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida
HIGH SCHOOL: Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast
PREP RANKING: Three stars
26. HOUSTON: OT Duane Brown, Virginia Tech
HIGH SCHOOL: Richmond (Va.) Hermitage
PREP RANKING: Three stars
27. SAN DIEGO: CB Antoine Cason, Arizona
HIGH SCHOOL: Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
PREP RANKING: Three stars
28. SEATTLE: DE Lawrence Jackson, USC
HIGH SCHOOL: Inglewood (Calif.) High
PREP RANKING: Four stars
29. SAN FRANCISCO: DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
HIGH SCHOOL: Weldon (N.C.) High
PREP RANKING: Three stars
30. NEW YORK JETS: TE Dustin Keller, Purdue
HIGH SCHOOL: Lafayette (Ind.) Jefferson
31. NEW YORK GIANTS: FS Kenny Phillips, Miami
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Carol City
PREP RANKING: Five stars

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

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