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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, last month’s NFL Draft (originally planned for Las Vegas) went on as scheduled remotely with 255 college athletes being drafted by the League’s 32 teams in seven rounds. For athletes, it was the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and practice. And back at home, a proud moment for those that played a role in helping them get there, from parents, siblings, high school coaches, teammates, trainers and athletic directors.

Of the 255 athletes selected in 2020, VNN Network High Schools made up 46 picks and 18% of the NFL Draft Class, including standouts Henry Ruggs III (Pick #12, Las Vegas Raiders, Robert E. Lee HS, Alabama), A.J. Terrell (Pick #16, Atlanta Falcons), and Jalen Hurts (Pick #53, Philadelphia Eagles).

Henry Ruggs III, from Robert E. Lee HS in Alabama went #12 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders

Perhaps to celebrate our opening of a new Minneapolis office in January, of all the teams in the league, the Minnesota Vikings took the most players from VNN schools (5), followed by the Las Vegas Raiders (4), and then the Cleveland Browns, NY Giants, and Carolina Panthers, who drafted three each.

State-by-state, the most athletes came from Texas high schools (8), followed by Georgia (7), then California and Michigan (5).

Across the league, VNN’s Draft Class also sets up some intriguing matchups, with eleven wide receivers and four quarterbacks lining up against six defensive tackles, five cornerbacks, and four defensive ends.

Here’s the entire list:

Pick #NFL TeamMascotFirstLastPositionCollegeHigh SchoolHigh School State
12Las VegasRaidersHenryRuggsWRAlabamaRobert E. Lee High SchoolAL
14San Francisco49ersJavonKinlawDTSouth CarolinaGoose Creek High SchoolSC
16AtlantaFalconsA.J.TerrellCBClemsonWestlake High SchoolGA
17DallasCowboysCeeDeeLambWROklahomaFoster High SchoolTX
33CincinnatiBengals TeeHigginsWRClemsonOak Ridge High SchoolTN
36New YorkGiants XavierMcKinneySAlabamaRoswell High SchoolGA
48SeattleSeahawks DarrellTaylorOLBTennesseeHopewell High SchoolVA
51DallasCowboys TrevonDiggsCBAlabamaThomas Sprigg Wootton High School
53PhiladelphiaEagles JalenHurtsQBOklahomaChannelview High SchoolTX
59New YorkJets DenzelMimsWRBaylorDaingerfield High SchoolTX
64CarolinaPanthers JeremyChinnDBSouthern IllinoisFishers High SchoolIN
73JacksonvilleJaguars DavonHamiltonDTOhio StatePickerington High SchoolOH
79New YorkJets JabariZunigaDEFloridaSprayberry High SchoolGA
80Las VegasRaiders LynnBowden Jr.WRKentuckyWarren G. Harding High SchoolOH
88ClevelandBrowns JordanElliott LBMissouriWestside High SchoolTX
94Green BayPackersJosiahDeguara TECincinnatiFolsom High SchoolCA
109Las VegasRaiders JohnSimpsonOLClemsonFort Dorchester High School
114ArizonaCardinals LekiFotuDTUtahHerriman High SchoolUT
117MinnesotaVikings D.J.WonnumDESouth CarolinaStephenson High SchoolGA
121DetroitLions LoganStenbergOLKentuckyJames ClemensAL
128BuffaloBills GabrielDavisWRUCFSeminole High SchoolFL
132MinnesotaVikings TroyDyeOLBOregonNorco High SchoolCA
137JacksonvilleJaguars JosiahScottCBMichigan StateFairfield High SchoolOH
139Las VegasRaiders AmikRobertsonCBLouisiana TechThibodaux High SchoolLA
142WashingtonRedskins* AntonioGandy-GoldenWRLibertyPaulding County High SchoolGA
148CarolinaPanthers AltonRobinsonDESyracuseJudson High SchoolTX
160ClevelandBrowns NickHarrisCWashingtonWestview High SchoolAZ
163ChicagoBears KindleVildorCBGeorgia SouthernNorth Clayton High SchoolGA
171HoustonTexans IsaiahCoulterWRRhode IslandGwynn Park High SchoolMD
172DetroitLions JasonHuntleyRBNew Mexico StateMartin High SchoolTX
182New EnglandPatriots MichaelOnwenuGMichiganCass Technical High SchoolMI
184CarolinaPanthers BravvionRoyDTBaylorSpring High SchoolTX
187ClevelandBrowns DonovanPeoples-JonesWRMichiganCass Technical High SchoolMI
192Green BayPackers JonRunyanGMichiganCarman-Ainsworth High SchoolMI
194Tampa BayBuccaneers KhalilDavisDTNebraskaBlue Springs High SchoolMO
198PittsburghSteelers AntoineBrooks Jr.SMarylandDuVal High SchoolMD
207MinnesotaVikings IsaiahHodginsWROregon StateBerean Christian High SchoolCA
212IndianapolisColts DezmonPatmonWRWashington StatePatrick Henry High SchoolCA
224TennesseeTitans ColeMcDonaldQBHawaiiSonora High SchoolCA
225MinnesotaVikings KennyWillekesDEMichigan StateNorthPointe Christian High SchoolMI
232PittsburghSteelers CarlosDavisDTNebraskaBlue Springs High SchoolMO
238New YorkGiantsT.J.Brunson LBSouth CarolinaRichland Northeast High SchoolSC
240New OrleansSaints TommyStevens QBMississippi StateDecatur Central High SchoolIN
247New YorkGiants ChrisWilliamson CBMinnesotaGainesville High SchoolGA
249MinnesotaVikings BrianCole II SMississippi StateHeritage High SchoolMI
252DenverBroncos TyrieCleveland WRFloridaWestfield High SchoolTX
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