As the NFL Draft approaches, the focus is once again shifting to high school graduates, but one thing is clear: Some players aren’t just waiting for their high schools to open.
In fact, it appears they’re doing their best to make sure they have the experience and skills needed to be a pro.
The NFL draft is in full swing, and as the NFL’s draft class continues to develop and grow, more players are graduating high school.
Some players are doing it on their own, while others are making sure they’re ready for a career in the NFL.
In this installment of The Sports Fan’s Draft 2017, we’ll take a look at a player who may have been overlooked, but who may very well be one of the best high school players in the country.
As the draft season gets underway, there are a lot of teams that are already working hard on drafting high school prospects.
We’ll be bringing you all the latest news from around the country, as well as breaking down who will be making the leap to the NFL next season.
As we mentioned in our NFL draft recap, many teams are already making an effort to keep players from their senior seasons.
Many are also doing their homework and preparing them for the draft.
Here are some of the top prospects from the last few years that we think are ready for the NFL:It’s easy to overlook some players, but the ones that are making the most of their high-school experience are ones that have already had a strong season.
Here is a look back at the top high school quarterbacks from the past five years.1.
Jameis Winston, Florida State QB, FloridaThe Buccaneers had a rough season last year, but they didn’t let that stop them from signing Jameys Winston to a four-year extension in February.
Winston will be a major addition to Tampa Bay’s roster, but his biggest asset is his high football IQ.
His decision to attend Lakeview HS led to him taking advantage of his experience and taking the field with a lot more confidence than he would have in high school before his career in college.
This season, Winston has been a standout, with two 1,000-yard seasons, and is the best quarterback in the ACC in 2016.
He’s going to be an interesting player to watch for years to come.2.
Jalen Ramsey, Ohio State QBThe Buckeyes finished in the Top 25 of the 2016 Heisman Trophy voting after winning the BCS National Championship, but Jalen Ramon was overlooked during his senior season.
Ramon, a former All-American, was the starting quarterback in his high school’s season, but he struggled with turnovers and was injured early in the season.
He returned to action in 2017, leading the Buckeyes to the B1G title game, where they lost to Florida.
In his first year in Columbus, Ramon threw for 2,923 yards and 15 touchdowns, and also rushed for 3,924 yards and 20 scores.
He completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Ramon is a very solid quarterback who is very smart.
He has the athleticism to be able to run a quick-developing offense, and his accuracy should be a plus in the pros.
He may not have the height to be as effective, but this is the kind of player who could be a very successful quarterback in college and could become a Hall of Famer.3.
DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame QBThe Notre Dame offensive line struggled mightily in 2017.
Kizer will have to make some adjustments this season to improve his accuracy and decision-making.
Kizers accuracy needs to improve in order to become a consistent passer in the pro game.
He had a pretty good season as a freshman last year in Notre Dame’s win over Georgia Tech, but struggled with accuracy as a sophomore.
He also struggled with his decision-makers and accuracy as he struggled to throw deep and avoid interceptions.
He will need to improve both of those things in order for him to become an NFL starter.4.
Dontari Poe, Washington State QBWith the Huskies’ quarterback situation still fluid, the Husky offensive line will be looking for a new face.
Poe is a big-bodied quarterback who can get to the quarterback quickly and throw deep.
His accuracy will also need to come into focus, and he will need some help to be more effective in the passing game.
However, Poe’s biggest question mark will be his overall accuracy, which will be an issue for him.5.
Malik Zaire, Clemson WRMalik Zaire has been an explosive player at Clemson.
He made his mark as a receiver and has been able to play both safety and wide receiver at Clemson since 2014.
Zaire was able to make his mark early in his career, but it took him a few seasons to earn a spot on the roster.