The 2014 NFL Draft is just a few days away now, and after a long, rigorous process, some of the best collegiate talent in the world will soon have full-time jobs as professional football players.
Since the college football season ended for these players respectively (and in some cases even before that) they have been put under a giant microscope by each team, assessing what would make them a good fit with a particular organization, or in some cases, what wouldn’t.
However this isn’t the first time they’ve been poked and prodded physically and mentally by a suitor. No, for the better part of the last decade, college football recruiting has become a process that also puts high school kids under that same sort of microscope as institutions try to land the next great blue-chip prospect.
Each of these players that are up for selection this weekend went through the college recruiting process at one time, and that’s why we’re going to take a look back and see how they were viewed by the colleges and top recruiting services.
It’ll be interesting to see who hit a home run with their recruiting and who missed out on someone that will be an NFL star very shortly.
Let’s have a look at 10 of the top prospects and how they were viewed when they were just teenagers coming out of high school.