On an annual basis, the Crescent City supplies NFL rosters with 35-40 homegrown former prep stars. There are a few ex-high schoolers from the surrounding Metro New Orleans area who hope to make the list grow for 2017.
Here are a few young men who should make the contributing list expand.
Leonard Fournette is a bonafide first rounder with tremendous size, speed and athleticism. The former St. Aug Purple Knight was rated as the top prospect nationally in the 2014 recruiting class. Twice named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year, Fournette averaged 12 yards per carry as a senior and tallied 7,619 yards and 88 touchdowns for prep career. Scouts see him as a NFL franchise type back.
Charles Jones prepped at Mandeville before playing at Kansas State, where he managed 2,128 all-purpose yards at K-State. His senior campaign at Mandeville, he had 1,767 rushing yards with 22 scores, adding 31 catches for another 321 yards. He is a NFL free agent prospect.
McMain alum Josh Rounds a 4 year prep letterman McMain before continuing football down the street uptown at Tulane. For the Mustangs, he was named Class 3A Most Outstanding Player and tallied three consecutive 1,000 rushing seasons. He is an free agent prospect.
Lazedrick Thompson, a former St. Charles Catholic and Tulane running back, was a 3 star prospect for Comets in the 2012 signing class. Also a power lifter in high school, he helped St. Charles to a 40-4 mark and three playoffs during his stay. Now he is hoping to land free agent opportunity.
Jeffrey Hall also prepped at St. Charles Catholic where he was a 4 year letterman and All State performer, posting a 49-6 record. He was also first team All District in track and soccer while excelling as a center fielder in baseball. Hall signed with Colorado before transferring to Nicholls State. As a cornerback, he may draw some interest as free agent.
Rickey Jefferson, the former Destrehan two-way standout, was a 4 star recruit in 2013 inking with LSU. He has great football savvy as safety and is a free agent prospect.
Carlos Henderson, a likely second day pick in the NFL draft, is a former McDonogh 35 star who had 82 catches for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2016 at Louisiana Tech. For his career in Ruston, he tallied 147 grabs for 2,878 yards and 28 scores. Possessing 4.45 speed, a 36″ vertical and special elusiveness, the 5-foot-11, 191 pounder was All State and All Parish in 2012. He considered Utah, Arizona State, Illinois and Memphis before deciding on La. Tech.
Malachi Dupre, a John Curtis product, was the top rated prep wide receiver prospect in the 2014 class. He earned All State for Patriots while also participating in the long jump, high jump and triple jump in track. He is an impressive athlete with a third round grade for the upcoming NFL draft.
Tihgt end Cethan Carter, a former Rummel and Nebraska starter, is a reliable receiver. He helped Rummel to a 14-0 mark and 5A state title in 2012. Offered by LSU, Nebraska, Miami, Memphis, So. Miss, La. Tech and Tulane, Carter chose the Cornhuskers. He is a seventh round possibility for the draft.
Standish Dobard out of Edna Karr played college ball for the Miami Hurricanes. Moved to defensive end from tight end in the second half of the 2016 season, he pro prospects depend on how teams view him. Dobard was a 4 star prospect at Karr and considered the seventh best tight end in the 2013 class. During his senior year at Karr, he had 53 catches for 723 yards and 4 touchdowns. The free agent prospect has athleticism of an NFL talent.
Torrey Dale, a former John Curtis and Mississippi State defensive end, was a 3 star prospect at Curtis. The 6-foot-6, 280 pounder was 2A All State at Curtis in 2011. He’s a free agent prospect.
Todd Jacquet out of Jesuit and Tulane, signed in the 2012 class. He helped Jesuit to a 29-9 mark as a starter. Jacquet may get a free agent look at offensive guard.
Dwayne Thomas, the O.P. Walker and LSU product, can play corner, nickel and safety with good ball skills. A Super Prep All American and All State talent in 2011, he is a free agent possibility.
Duke Riley has a second or third round grade. The former Curtis star linebacker was named 2012 Class 2A Player of the Year after totaling 124 tackles as senior. The one year starter at LSU led his team in tackles last season. A 4 star recruit and 17th overall prospect in Louisiana as senior, Riley considered Tulane, Ole Miss, LSU, Arizona, Cincinnati, TCU, Mississippi State and Houston.
Eric Thomas out of John Curtis and Tulane was a 2 star prospect in 2013 after 122 stops at linebacker during his senior year. He helped Curtis to 40-2 mark and a pair of state titles. Now he hopes for a look in an NFL camp.
Speedy Noil, the much balleyhooed wide receiver out of Edna Karr and Texas A&M, has great explosive skills with a 4.33 forty, 23’1″ long jump and 37 “vertical. He was rated the nation’s top overall “athlete” in the 2012 class. Noil passed for 2,235 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 1,345 yards and 20 more scores as a prep senior and accounted for 47 touchdowns in ’12. He is a considered a seventh round or free agent prospect.