Recruiting ratings of 2015 NFL Draft Picks in rounds 1-3

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 01, 2015


This year’s Super Bowl didn’t feature a single consensus five-star recruit. How have the recruiting ratings fared in this year’s NFL Draft?

It’s important to note that there are fewer five- and four-star recruits, so there naturally won’t be nearly as many in the NFL compared to others. But how have the 99 draft picks broken down through three rounds? Here are the results, based on 247Sports’ composite rating.

5-stars: 17

4-stars: 20

3-stars: 51

2-stars: 4

Not ranked: 7

Here’s a round-by-round breakdown:

First round
5-stars: 8

4-stars: 7

3-stars: 16

2-stars: 1

Not ranked: 0

Second round
5-stars: 6

4-stars: 3

3-stars: 19

2-stars: 2

Not ranked: 2

Third round
5-stars: 3

4-stars: 10

3-stars: 16

2-stars: 1

Not ranked: 5

In total, 62 percent of these picks were rated 3 stars or fewer, and 11 percent were 2 stars or fewer.

Recruiting ratings are an inexact science, but so is the NFL Draft process. Remember: It’s not about your recruiting rating or draft slot. It’s what you do with it that matters.
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Here’s the pick-by-pick breakdown.

1. Jameis Winston (Buccaneers), Florida State QB - 5 stars

2. Marcus Mariota (Titans), Oregon QB - 3 stars

3. Dante Fowler (Jaguars), Florida DE - 4 stars

4. Amari Cooper (Raiders), Alabama WR - 4 stars

5. Brandon Scherff (Redskins), Iowa OL - 3 stars

6. Leonard Willams (Jets), USC DE - 4 stars

7. Kevin White (Bears), West Virginia WR - 3 stars (JUCO)

8. Vic Beasley (Falcons), Clemson DE - 3 stars

9. Ereck Flowers (Giants), Miami (FL) OL - 4 stars

10. Todd Gurley (Rams), Georgia RB - 4 stars

11. Trae Waynes (Vikings), Michigan State CB - 3 stars

12. Danny Shelton (Browns), Washington DT - 3 stars

13. Andrus Peat (Saints), Stanford OL - 5 stars

14. DeVante Parker (Dolphins), Louisville WR - 3 stars

15. Melvin Gordon (Chargers), Wisconsin RB - 4 stars

16. Kevin Johnson (Texans), Wake Forest CB - 3 stars

17. Arik Armstead (49ers), Oregon DE - 5 stars

18. Marcus Peters (Chiefs), Washington CB - 3 stars

19. Cameron Erving (Browns), Florida State OL - 3 stars

20. Nelson Agholor (Eagles), USC WR - 5 stars

21. Cedric Ogbuehi (Bengals), Texas A&M OL - 4 stars

22. Bud Dupree (Steelers), Kentucky DE - 3 stars

23. Shane Ray (Broncos), Missouri DE - 3 stars

24. D.J. Humphries (Cardinals), Florida OL - 5 stars

25. Shaq Thompson (Panthers), Washington LB - 5 stars

26. Breshad Perriman (Ravens), UCF WR - 2 stars

27. Byron Jones (Cowboys), UConn CB - 3 stars

28. Laken Tomlinson (Lions), Duke OL - 3 stars

29. Phillip Dorsett (Colts), Miami (FL) WR - 3 stars

30. Damarius Randall (Packers), Arizona State S - 3 stars (JUCO)

31. Stephone Anthony (Saints), Clemson LB - 5 stars

32. Malcolm Brown (Patriots), Texas RB - 5 stars

---2nd round

33. Landon Collins (Giants), Alabama S - 5 stars

34. Donovan Smith (Bucs), Penn State OL - 4 stars

35. Mario Edwards Jr. (Raiders), Florida State DE - 5 stars

36. T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars), Alabama RB - 5 stars

37. Devin Smith (Jets), Ohio State WR - 3 stars

38. Preston Smith (Redskins), Mississippi State DE - 2 stars

39. Eddie Goldman (Bears), Florida State DT - 5 stars

40. Dorial Green-Beckham (Titans), Missouri WR - 5 stars

41. Devin Funchess (Panthers), Michigan WR - 4 stars

42. Jalen Collins (Falcons), LSU CB - 3 stars

43. Benardrick McKinney (Texans), Mississippi State LB - 3 stars

44. Hau’Oil Kikaha (Saints), Washington LB - 3 stars

45. Eric Kendricks (Vikings), UCLA LB - 3 stars

46. Jaquiski Tartt (49ers), Samford S - Not ranked

47. Eric Rowe (Eagles), Utah CB - 3 stars

48. Denzel Perryman (Chargers), Miami (FL) LB - 3 stars

49. Mitch Morse (Chiefs), Missouri OL - 3 stars

50. Ronald Darby (Bills), Florida State CB - 5 stars

51. Nate Orchard (Browns), Utah LB - 3 stars

52. Jordan Phillips (Dolphins), Oklahoma DT - 4 stars

53. Jake Fisher (Bengals), Oregon OL - 3 stars

54. Ameer Abdullah (Lions), Nebraska RB - 3 stars

55. Maxx Williams (Ravens), Minnesota TE - 3 stars

56. Senquez Golson (Steelers), Ole Miss CB - 3 stars

57. Robert Havenstein (Rams), Wisconsin OL - 3 stars

58. Markus Golden (Cardinals), Missouri DE - 3 stars (JUCO)

59. Ty Sambrailo (Broncos), Colorado State OL - 2 stars

60. Randy Gregory (Cowboys), Nebraska DE - 3 stars

61. Ali Marpet (Bucs), Hobart OL - Not ranked

62. Quinten Rollins (Packers), Miami (OH) CB - 3 stars

63. Frank Clark (Seahawks), Michigan DE - 3 stars

64. Jordan Richards (Patriots), Stanford S - 3 stars

---3rd Round

65. D’Joun Smith (Colts), Florida Atlanta CB - Not ranked          

66. Jeremiah Poutasi (Titans), Utah OL - 4 stars

67. A.J. Cann (Jaguars), South Carolina OL - 4 stars

68. Clive Walford (Raiders), Miami (FL) TE - 3 stars

69. Tyler Lockett (Seahawks), Kansas State WR - 3 stars

70. Jaelen Strong (Texans), Arizona State WR - 3 stars (JUCO)

71. Hroniss Grasu (Bears), Oregon OL - 3 stars

72. Jamon Brown (Rams), Louisville OL - 3 stars

73. Tevin Coleman (Falcons), Indiana RB - 3 stars

74. Owa Odighizuwa (Giants), UCLA DE - 5 stars

75. Garrett Grayson (Saints), Colorado State QB - 2 stars

76. Chris Conley (Chiefs) - Georgia WR - 3 stars

77. Duke Johnson (Browns), Miami (FL) RB - 5 stars

78. P.J. Williams (Saints), Florida State CB - 4 stars

79. Eli Harold (49ers), Virginia LB - 4 stars

80. Alex Carter (Lion), Stanford DB - 4 stars

81. John Miller (Bills), Louisville OL - 3 stars

82. Lorenzo Mauldin (Jets), Louisville LB - 3 stars

83. Craig Mager (Chargers), Texas State CB - Not ranked

84. Jordan Hicks (Eagles), Texas LB - 5 stars

85. Tyler Kroft (Bengals), Rutgers TE - 3 stars

86. David Johnson (Cardinals), Northern Iowa RB - Not ranked

87. Sammie Coates (Steelers), Auburn WR - 3 stars

88. Danielle Hunter (Vikings), LSU DE - 4 stars

89. Sean Mannion (Rams), Oregon State QB - 3 stars

90. Carl Davis (Ravens), Iowa DT - 3 stars

91. Chaz Green (Cowboys), Florida OL - 4 stars

92. Jeff Heuerman (Broncos), Ohio State TE - 3 stars

93. Henry Anderson (Colts), Stanford DE - 3 stars

94. Ty Montgomery (Packers), Stanford WR - 4 stars

95. Matt Jones (Redskins), Florida RB - 4 stars

96. Xavier Cooper (Browns), Washington State DT - Not ranked

97. Geneo Grissom (Patriots), Oklahoma DE - 4 stars

98. Steven Nelson (Chiefs), Oregon State CB - 3 stars (JUCO)

99. Paul Dawson (Bengals), TCU LB - Not ranked (JUCO)

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.