NFL Draft: Maine South graduate Peter Skoronski goes to Tennessee Titans in 1st round of draft

Barrington High School graduate Lukas Van Ness picked 13th overall by Green Bay Packers

Friday, April 28, 2023
Maine South alum Peter Skoronski goes to Tennessee in 1st round of NFL Draft
Maine South High School and Northwestern University offensive lineman Peter Skoronski was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (WLS) -- Peter Skoronski's high school football coach said his talent was obvious from the first time he stepped onto the field as a freshman at Maine South High School. That talent at offensive tackle contributed to one state championship and several other deep playoff runs for the school.

So it's no surprise that following a stellar college career at Northwestern University, Skoronski was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

"I did just shed a few tears. Peter's such a great guy, and he's so humble, and I've never met a nicer person than him," said friend Siobhan Derrig.

"I've got two sons of my own, and Peter provides someone for them to look up to, and he was just raised right," said neighbor Scott Larsen.

Many experts have him rated as one of the two best offensive linemen in the draft.

"From the day he stepped on the field, he was a freshman on the sophomore team, from the first block, I was like this guy is unbelievable," said Coach David Inserra.

In his junior year, Skoronski lined up for Maine South against Barrington High School's Lukas Van Ness. Little did they know at the time that Van Ness would also be chosen in the same NFL Draft tonight.

Van Ness, who played for Iowa in college, is expected to be drafted in the first couple rounds And his high school coach said the team that gets him will be getting a bargain.

"He's gonna make a franchise very happy with on the field with the way he plays and off the field with the way he'll give back to the community and whatever franchise he's a part of," said Barrington coach Joe Sanchez.

Van Ness was picked 13th overall by the Green Bay Packers.

Both players are leaving college early to enter the draft, though both are also considered to be exceptional students. And they both have their communities behind them.

"This is an exciting time for us, for our high school, for our community," Sanchez said.

"It just makes us all so proud to be associated with him and we just wish him the best," said Inserra.

You can watch the NFL Draft right here on ABC7, with the first round starting tonight at 7 p.m.

Rounds two and three begin Friday night at 6 p.m.

Rounds four through seven start Saturday morning at 11 a.m.