How did the experts rate this year’s draft prospects when they were high schoolers?

By now, everyone has a pretty good idea which players are considered the best available in the upcoming 2021 Draft. Lists of the are readily available. But what did the so-called experts think about these same players coming out of high school?

Here’s a look back at how the experts at 247Sports rated this year’s top 50 prospects when they were just fresh-faced college recruits. It’s no surprise that presumed No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence lived up to his recruiting ranking but a few of his peers, who also will hear their names called fairly early on Thursday night, far exceeded theirs.

Rk Name POS School Class Stars Nat.
Rank*
1 Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson 2018 5 1
2 Penei Sewell OT Oregon 2018 4 57
9 Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech 2017 3 428
10 Trey Lance QB North Dakota State 2018 3 2,005
13 Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama 2018 4 39
14 Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern 2017 3 653
15 Gregory Rousseau DE Miami (Fla.) 2018 3 485
16 Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina 2018 4 209
17 Azeez Ojulari OLB Georgia 2018 4 144
19 Rondale Moore WR Purdue 2018 4 229
20 Travis Etienne RB Clemson 2017 4 213
21 Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech 2018 3 1 (JC)
23 Samuel Cosmi OT Texas 2017 3 1,123
26 Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota 2018 4 367
27 Kadarius Toney WR Florida 2017 3 421
28 Jaelan Phillips DE UCLA/Miami (Fla.) 2017 5 1
29 Daviyon Nixon DT Iowa 2017 3 45 (JC)
30 Dylan Moses ILB Alabama 2017 5 13
31 Christian Barmore DT Alabama 2018 4 176
32 Jaylen Twyman DT Pittsburgh 2017 3 597
33 Tyson Campbell CB Georgia 2018 5 12
34 Alex Leatherwood OT Alabama 2017 5 4
38 Levi Onwuzurike DT Washington 2016 4 298
39 Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State 2018 4 224
40 Nick Bolton ILB Missouri 2018 3 1,114
41 Eric Stokes CB Georgia 2017 3 668
42 Terrace Marshall Jr. WR LSU 2018 5 13
43 Carlos Basham Jr. DE Wake Forest 2016 3 1,698
44 Brevin Jordan TE Miami (Fla.) 2018 4 33
45 Sage Surratt WR Wake Forest 2017 3 1,190
46 Aaron Robinson CB Alabama/UCF 2016 3 584
47 Asante Samuel Jr. CB Florida State 2018 4 60
48 Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame 2016 4 80
49 Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan 2018 4 268
50 Amon-Ra St. Brown WR USC 2018 5 11

*Source: 247Sports Composite Player Index

(Trey Lance photo by Tim Sanger/NDSU Athletics)

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