The first quarter of the 2017 NFL regular season is roughly complete and here is a look at the top 10 players from California high schools. This was a fun list to put together, but it’s just as much fun to try your luck playing the on-line slots of Royal Vegas Canada slots.
1. Alex Smith (Helix, La Mesa)
His play so far is one of the major reasons that the Kansas City Chiefs are last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL. Smith doesn’t have the most yards or TDs among QBs but he’s got the highest QB rating.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Pleasant Valley, Chico)
Pound-for-pound still the best QB currently in the world, Rodgers proved that once again with his dramatic TD pass to Davante Adams last Sunday with 20 seconds left that ripped apart the hearts of Dallas Cowboys fans once again and gave the Green Bay Packers a win. He leads the league in TD passes with 14.
3. Tom Brady (Serra, San Mateo)
The greatest QB of all-time still looks solid to get to another Super Bowl despite the New England Patriots having already lost twice. Brady leads the league in passing yardage with 1,702.
4. Zach Ertz (Monte Vista, Danville)
There’s a bit of a gap after the first three on this list so for No. 4 because the Philadelphia Eagles have started 4-1 and Ertz has caught the most passes among all NFL tight ends we are going the former Stanford star in this position.
5. Bobby Wagner (Colony, Ontario)
The perennial Pro Bowl linebacker for Seattle’s highly regarded defense has been a terror in early games this season. Wagner ranks among the league leaders in tackles with 41.
6. Carson Palmer (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)
With the career numbers he has, we think he’s a likely future Hall of Fame member as his career in winding down. Palmer has passed for 1,573 yards for the Arizona Cardinals so far, second only to Brady.
7. Jared Goff (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
Year two of Jared’s career with the L.A. Rams has been great so far. The former No. 1 draft pick ended last Sunday’s game with Seattle with 1,360 yards passing and seven TDs. Maybe going with Goff at No. 1 wasn’t such a gamble after all.
8. Davante Adams (Palo Alto)
The former standout for a CIF state title team that beat Corona Centennial inspired many with the two TD catches he had for the Packers last Sunday against Dallas just two weeks after he was knocked silly by a questionable hit from the Chicago Bears’ Danny Trevathan. Even though the concussion, Adams has become the go-to target for teammate Aaron Rodgers.
9. Derek Carr (Bakersfield Christian)
He didn’t have a concussion, but a back injury knocked Carr out of action during his fourth game for the Oakland Raiders. With just one big game upon his return, he’d jump up on this list toward the top three. It’ll be interesting to see how Carr’s return this week impacts the betting lines.
10. C.J. Anderson (Bethel, Vallejo)
With all of the hype surrounding players these days from programs like Long Beach Poly, St. John Bosco, De La Salle and Mater Dei, you’d never guess that the best current RB in the league from a California high school is actually from Bethel. Anderson also has been among the top 10 in the league in rushing this season and has been a dependable performer for new head coach Vance Joseph.