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April 27, 2011
How the first-rounders projected in high school
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Dallas Jackson is the Senior Analyst for RivalsHigh. Email him your question, comment or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
Potential versus risk of top-tier athletes is the fine line NFL executives are walking heading into Thursday's NFL Draft.
It was a line college recruiters walked just a few short years prior on these same players.
Cam Newton was a five-star recruit out of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake; Blaine Gabbert received the same lofty ranking when he was at Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West.
Both proved worthy of their early rankings in college - now NFL teams must figure who will make the better franchise quarterback.
At Rivals and RivalsHigh, we take pride in following the progress of these athletes from the earliest days of high school. With that, we take a look back at how we evaluated the prospects found in the latest Yahoo! Sports mock draft when they were in high school.
Before these young men turn into young millionaires, take a look back at how they were evaluated as high schoolers.