How were the 2015 NFL draft first-round picks ranked as recruits?
One of the most interesting aspects of every NFL draft is to look at the first-round picks and see how they were ranked as recruits exiting high school.
Much like last year, the No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston was a former five-star prospect. Last year’s No. 1 pick in Jadeveon Clowney was the unanimous No. 1 player in the country exiting high school.
Here’s a look at how the first-round picks were rated as high school prospects:
|1||Tampa Bay||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida State||*****||ACC|
|3||Jacksonville||Dante Fowler, Jr.||OLB||Florida||****||SEC|
|5||Washington||Brandon Scherff||OT||Iowa||***||Big Ten|
|6||New York Jets||Leonard Williams||DT||USC||****||Pac-12|
|7||Chicago||Kevin White||WR||WVU||***||Big 12|
|9||New York Giants||Ereck Flowers||OT||Miami||****||ACC|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Todd Gurley||RB||Georgia||****||SEC|
|11||Minnesota||Trae Waynes||CB||Michigan St.||***||Big Ten|
|13||New Orleans||Andrus Peat||OT||Stanford||*****||Pac-12|
|15||San Diego||Melvin Gordon||RB||Wisconsin||****||Big Ten|
|16||Houston||Kevin Johnson||CB||Wake Forest||***||ACC|
|17||San Francisco||Arik Armstead||DT||Oregon||*****||Pac-12|
|18||Kansas City||Marcus Peters||CB||Washington||***||Pac-12|
|19||Cleveland||Cameron Erving||OL||Florida State||***||ACC|
|21||Cincinnati||Cedric Ogbuehi||OT||Texas A&M||****||SEC|
|30||Green Bay||Damarious Randall||DB||Arizona State||***||Pac-12|
|31||New Orleans||Stephone Anthony||LB||Clemson||*****||ACC|
|32||New England||Malcom Brown||DT||Texas||*****||Big 12|
*Star rankings based on 247Sports’ Composite rankings
Here are the picks broken down by star ranking:
Five-stars: 8 (25%)
Four-stars: 7 (21.9%)
Three-stars: 16 (50%)
Two-stars: 1 (3.1%)
- The three stars took over this first round. Largely, there are more three stars rated by recruiting agencies than four or five stars.
- Eight five stars in the first round is quite an accomplishment. The first overall pick was a five star in QB Jameis Winston. It’s safe to say the recruiting agencies rated these prospects well.
- The biggest miss was UCF WR Breshad Perriman, ranked as the only two star in the first round, and Rivals.com recruiting coordinator Mike Farrell commented on Perriman’s low star ranking:
this was before he broke his leg too, this kid was never on our radar, it happens. https://t.co/qCLLj1F40k
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) May 1, 2015