NFL Draft: Midlands Recruiting Lookback

The Midlands region will have several former recruits go in the 1st Round of the draft on Thursday night. Scout looks back on what we thought of them as recruits.

The Midlands region as it relates to this NFL Draft consisted of prospects from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota. 

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
High School: Arlington (Texas) Lamar

Many assume that Garrett will be the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Browns. Garrett burst onto the scene at a Red Bull Gamebreakers seven-on-seven event as media was buzzing about the beastly looking wide receiver playing for Arlington Martin. He grew up to be one of the most feared high school defenders in the nation and a dominant force. He had one game as a senior in high school where he racked up 8.5 sacks -- YES 8.5 sacks in one game -- and that helped pave the way to his five-star status and lofty national ranking. He flipped a switch and grew into the dominant on the field type of player that his physique suggested that he could always be. He was named the Under Armour All-America Game MVP. He went on to have a dominating career at Texas A&M racking up 32 sacks in his college career. He broke Jadeveon Clowney's freshman sack record with 11.5 sacks in 2014. He has an explosive first step and closes on quarterbacks in a flash. He was a recruiting industry consensus five-star and all of the sites had him rated in the top five nationally.

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
High School: Lewisville (Texas) Hebron

Most mocks project that Adams will be a top three selection. Adams was always an alpha dog back in his high school days at Hebron. Thinking back to all of the Nike Camps I have covered over the years I may have not ever seen a more dominant performance than what I saw out of Adams at the Nike Camp at Allen High's brand new 60 million dollar Stadium in early April of 2013. Less than 24 hours later he was rated as five-star prospect. At that camp Adams proved why he was considered to be one of country's elite, locking down all comers in the one-on-one competitions and not losing one rep. Back then I said "(Adams) looks like a basketball star meshed with a middle backer. His ability to hit and his aggressive downhill play gives him the skills to man the safety spot in college, but he can also play corner as well. He has tremendous feet and is lightning quick." Adams was rated as the No. safety prospect nationally on Scout and finished at No. 8 in the Scout Top 100. Scout was the only recruiting site to rank him as a five-star prospect.

Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford

High School: Coppell (Texas)

Most mock drafts have him listed to be drafted in the two-five range. There may not be a prospect in this year's draft class that I feel will make a more solid NFL player than Thomas, who is a versatile defensive lineman with a blue-collar mentality. I had the great honor of conducting the first interview with Thomas following a game against Mesquite (Texas) Horn at Hanby Stadium. Thomas was constantly in the backfield and was already physically superior. He had not yet secured his first offer at that time, but he would soon have every school in the nation chasing his signature. The U.S. Army All-American is tough against the run, but also has the ability to get after the quarterback and wreak some havoc in the backfield. Thomas uses his hands well to manipulate offensive linemen and make plays against the run. He is also the complete package off the field as a leader and a teammate. He gets the job done. Scout was the only recruiting site to rank him as a five-star prospect.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

High School: Whitehouse

Mahomes is an interesting position as far as the mock drafts are concerned as he is all over the board, but most feel that he will come off of that board sometime in the first round. Mahomes was a savvy play maker back in high school and a dual-sport star. He was a MLB prospect as well and had baseball scouts lining up the fences his senior year to watch his 90+ fastball. On the football field he was exactly what you saw in college, a quarterback who plays with a high level of confidence and plenty of swagger. He played in one of the most memorable prep games that I can remember watching back in the 2013 TXHSFB playoffs. In a thrilling 65-60 loss that would end his prep football career Mahomes threw for 597 yards and five touchdowns on 34-of-59 passing, and also ran for two TDs. He has always played with an original and innovative style under center. Scout was the only recruiting site to rank him higher than a three-star prospect. He was a Scout four-star and finished as the No. 273 prospect in the Top 300.

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

High School: Kansas City (Mo.) Lincoln College Prep

Harris has continued to climb mock draft boards for his upside as a pure pass rusher. He could go anywhere in this draft quite honestly and may be the surprise pick of the draft if he climbs into the Top 12. Looking for a rankings miss coming out of high school as it relates to the star-ranking system and this is your guy. Early on he was considered as a basketball prospect and did not even play football at all until his junior year of high school. Missouri snatched him up a few days before National Signing Day in 2013. It took some time for him to develop, but he secured 16 sacks over his last two seasons of college ball. He was a bit overlooked in the SEC as well, but did secure Second Team All-SEC honors following the 2017 season. He was rated as a two-star prospect by Scout and 247, but was not rated at all on the other recruiting sites.

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