Where did the Redskins' draft picks rank in high school?
Reviewing the high school rankings of the Redskins' 2016 draft class
How did the players who make up the 2016 Redskins Draft Class rank as prospects back in high school? Using Yahoo's Rivals.com, we looked back at how highly or lowly touted each of Washington's seven selections were before they entered college. Flip through to see which guys were big-time talents even as teenagers, and which players were totally flying under the radar.
Josh Doctson — 1st round, 22nd overall
It turns out that Scot McCloughan's highest draft pick actually had one of the lowest ratings out of the 2016 haul. Doctson was just a three-star prospect coming out of Mansfield, Texas in 2011, and originally signed with Wyoming — not exactly a powerhouse program. He transferred to TCU after his freshman season, though, and after sitting out 2012, put up numbers that escalated in each of his three campaigns with the Horned Frogs. That growth is what sealed his status as an NFL first-rounder, but is still surprising considering how overlooked he was just a few years ago.
Su'a Cravens — 2nd round, 53rd overall
The folks at Rivals had a craving for Cravens (that was lame, sorry) when they slotted him in as the 12th-best player overall in the 2013 class. He was also billed as the nation's top safety and top player in California, which, in case you aren't aware, is a large state that holds a lot of football players. He'll be someone the Redskins plug in at a few different places on their defense, and defensive coordinator Joe Barry, who recruited Cravens when he was the linebacker coach at USC, will look to put his five-star talents to use however he can.
Kendall Fuller — 3rd round, 84th overall
Because of the hype surrounding Cravens, Rivals only listed 11 players higher than him in 2013. Fuller, interestingly enough, was actually one of them. The defensive back from Olney, Md. checked in at No. 9, three spots above his now-teammate, and was the second corner in America behind Tampa Bay's first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves III. A strong career at Virginia Tech was dampened a bit by a knee injury at the end of it, which is the principal reason he slid to the third round. Don't sleep on Fuller, though; if healthy, he'll be an asset.
Matt Ioannidis — 5th round, 152nd overall
Ioannidis was someone Rivals didn't think much of, as evidenced by his two-star ranking and the fact that he didn't even have a picture to accompany his player profile. But the defensive lineman likely didn't care about the lack of hype when he landed at Temple, and produced an effective career that boosted his stock and eventually helped him earn a spot in the NFL. What he makes of that spot is up to him, but for an athlete that had the equivalent of a Twitter egg avatar when he was being evaluated back in 2012, there has to be a solid chance of him surpassing expectations again.
Nate Sudfeld — 6th round, 187th overall
Identified as a pro-style quarterback, Sudfeld drew a three-star review from Rivals, and was No. 86 in California. According to the site, he garnered attention from many colleges, like Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, UCLA and USC before choosing to enroll at Indiana. He threw for almost 8,000 yards and 61 touchdowns as a Hoosier, and now will look to sharpen his skills at the next level under the tutelage of Jay Gruden and Sean McVay.
Steven Daniels — 7th round, 232 overall
Daniels may not be the flashiest of picks, but ever since his days as a high schooler in Ohio, he's been a defensive stalwart. Rivals had him as a four-star talent and the 17th inside linebacker in the 2011 class. At Boston College, he was the man in the middle of one of the country's most elite units. Can he have a similar impact with the Burgundy and Gold?
Keith Marshall — 7th round, 242nd overall
Out of the seven Redskins rookies, Marshall might be the most intriguing. As far as the 2012 high school class goes, he was the second-best running back and a top-50 name, according to Rivals. At Georgia, he put his blazing speed to good use at first, but a nasty knee injury sent him tumbling down this year's draft boards, which is how Washington was able to snag what was once a major recruit so late in the event. It's an ailment he continues to work back from, but if he can ever regain full confidence in his leg, then this pick has steal written all over it.