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|Jadeveon Clowney might just pull off the rare feat of being a top high school recruit-turned-No. 1 NFL draft pick.|
A look at the nation's No. 1 recruit over the past 10 years (rated by Rivals.com):
DE Robert Nkemdiche
Signed with: Ole Miss
How he's fared: In his first year at the college level, Nkemdiche was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after making 34 tackles with two sacks and eight tackles for loss. The 300-pound defensive tackle, with continued development, has the potential to be among the league's most dominant defenders.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Signed with: Missouri
How he's fared: After a pedestrian season as a true freshman in 2012, Green-Beckham established himself as one of the SEC's elite receiving talents as a sophomore in 2013, with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, "DGB" has the speed to get deep and the skills to win red-zone battles for fades and lobs.
DE Jadeveon Clowney
Signed with: South Carolina
How he's fared: Although a lack of production in 2013 and questions about his motor might linger, Clowney remains the most promising defensive talent available in the draft. If he fulfills his promise as a pass rusher and enjoys a lengthy, healthy NFL career, he could threaten the 100-sack mark. Clowney is the potential No. 1 overall pick -- there can be no doubt that recruiting services nailed this one early.
LB Ronald Powell
Signed with: Florida
How he's fared: Multiple knee injuries rendered Powell unable to fulfill his promise as a pass rusher at the college level. Nevertheless, he opted to leave the Gators a year early for this year's draft. He peaked in 2011 with six sacks but missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL. He was inconsistent last year, when he had another four sacks.
RB Bryce Brown
Signed with: Tennessee
How he's fared: Brown played one year at Tennessee before transferring to Kansas State, where he played just one game after sitting out a year under NCAA transfer rules. Without ever establishing himself as an elite college player, Brown was a seventh-round pick in 2012 of the Philadelphia Eagles. He's rushed for 878 yards over two seasons as an Eagles backup.
QB Terrelle Pryor
Signed with: Ohio State
How he's fared: Pryor was a three-year player for the Buckeyes, culminating with his best season in 2010 (2,772 yards, 65 percent completion rate, 27 touchdowns, 11 interceptions). His transition to the NFL has been rocky at best. Though he is one of the NFL's most athletic quarterbacks (83 carries for 576 yards rushing), he took 31 sacks and threw 11 interceptions to just seven touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders last year.
QB Jimmy Clausen
Signed with: Notre Dame
How he's fared: Clausen had a strong three-year college career, particularly his junior season, when he parlayed a 28-4 TD-INT ratio into early NFL draft entry. In hindsight, perhaps Clausen would have been better off staying in school. He struggled with the Carolina Panthers in 2010 before losing the job to Cam Newton in 2011 and was cut just before the start of the season in 2013.
WR Percy Harvin
Signed with: Florida
How he's fared: Harvin's college and pro careers have been slowed by a variety of injuries and ailments. Yet on both levels, he has proved to be positively explosive when healthy. In three years at Florida, splitting time at receiver and running back, he received and rushed for nearly 2,000 career yards each. His best pro season came in 2011 (967 receiving, 345 rushing) with the Minnesota Vikings. While a non-factor for much of the 2013 season for the Seattle Seahawks because of injury, Harvin did make an impact in Super Bowl XLVIII, rushing for 45 yards on two carries, catching one pass for five yards and returning a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to open the second half.
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ATH Derrick Williams
Signed with: Penn State
How he's fared: After a solid but unspectacular college career with the Nittany Lions, Williams was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2009. His NFL career never materialized, however, and he was waived a year before reaching the end of a three-year rookie contract. A subsequent shot with the Pittsburgh Steelers resulted in Williams being waived again in the 2012 preseason.
RB Adrian Peterson
Signed with: Oklahoma
How he's fared: Three spectacular seasons at Oklahoma, totaling more than 4,000 rushing yards, was enough to make Peterson a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. He didn't slow down a bit in the NFL, rushing for at least 1,266 and as many as 2,097 yards in six of his first seven pro seasons. By far, Peterson has been the most successful No. 1 recruit of the last 10 years.
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