The NFL was infused with an abundance of promising talent in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.
It was not too long ago that the NFL’s newest brightest stars were dominating at their respective high schools, though. Long before the college stardom that led them to be drafted in the first round, many of Thursday night’s selections were key pieces for prominent high school football programs.
With the first round of this year’s NFL draft in the books, USA Today High School Sports decided to a look at where each first-rounder played their high school football.
Let’s get into it.
Trevor Lawrence — Cartersville (Ga.)
Zach Wilson — Corner Canyon (Utah)
Trey Lance — Marshall (Minn.)
Kyle Pitts — Archbishop Wood (Pa.)
Ja’Marr Chase — Archbishop Rummel (La.)
Jaylen Waddle — Episcopal (Texas)
Penei Sewell — Desert Hills (Utah)
Jaycee Horn — Alpharetta (Ga.)
Patrick Surtain II — American Heritage (Fla.)
DeVonta Smith — Amite (La.)
Justin Fields — Harrison (Ga.)
Micah Parsons — Harrisburg (Pa.)
Rashawn Slater — Clements (Texas)
Alijah Vera-Tucker — Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.)
Mac Jones — The Bolles School (Fla.)
Zaven Collins — Hominy (Okla.)
Alex Leatherwood — Booker T. Washington (Fla.)
Jaelan Phillips — Redlands East Valley (Calif.)
Jamin Davis — Long County (Ga.)
Kadarius Toney — Blount (Ala.)
Kwity Paye — Bishop Hendricken (R.I.)
Caleb Farley — Maiden (N.C.)
Christian Darrisaw — Riverdale Baptist (Md.)
Najee Harris — Antioch (Calif.)
Travis Etienne — Jennings (La.)
Greg Newsome II — IMG Academy (Fla.)
Rashod Bateman — Tift County (Ga.)
Payton Turner — Westside (Texas)
Eric Stokes — Eastside (Ga.)
Gregory Rousseau — Champagnat Catholic — Hialeah (Fla.)
Jayson Oweh — Blair Academy (N.J.)
Joe Tryon — Oliver M. Hazen (Wash.)
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