Recruiting ratings of 2017 NFL Draft Picks in rounds 1-3

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 28, 2017


Recruiting is an inexact science, but you need talent to win, and recruiting rankings are generally good predictors of future success, for the most part. The NFL Draft can also be a crapshoot, but how has it shaped up relative to recruiting rankings?

Of the 107 picks through the first three rounds, here’s a breakdown, based on their 247Sports composite rating out of high school:

5 stars: 19
4 stars: 31
3 stars: 31
2 stars: 11
Unranked: 15

So 46.7 percent of these picks were rated 4- or 5 stars. Last year through three rounds, it was 60 percent. In 2015, it was 37 percent. Remember, there are far, far fewer 4/5 star players than 3 and below (33 five-stars in class of 2014). A higher ranking typically indicates a better chance, but you can make the league from anywhere.

Here’s this year’s round-by-round breakdown:

First round

5 stars: 10
4 stars: 10
3 stars: 7
2 stars: 2
Unranked: 3

Second round

5 stars: 7
4 stars: 9
3 stars: 8
2 stars: 3
Unranked: 5

Third round

5 stars: 2
4 stars: 12
3 stars: 16
2 stars: 6
Unranked: 7

Here’s the pick-by-pick breakdown:

FIRST ROUND

1. DE Myles Garrett (Browns) - Texas A&M - 5 stars

2. QB Mitch Trubisky (Bears) - North Carolina - 4 stars

3. DL Solomon Thomas (49ers) - 5 stars

4. WR Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) - LSU - 5 stars

5. WR Corey Davis (Titans) - Western Michigan - 2 stars

6. S Jamal Adams (Jets) - LSU - 5 stars

7. WR Mike Williams (Chargers) - Clemson - 4 stars

8. RB Christian McCaffrey (Panthers) - Stanford - 4 stars

9. WR John Ross (Bengals) - Washington - 4 stars

10. QB Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) - Texas Tech - 3 stars

11. CB Marshon Lattimore (Saints) - Ohio State - 4 stars

12. QB Deshaun Watson (Texans) - Clemson - 4 stars

13. LB Haason Reddick (Cardinals) - Temple - 0 stars

14. DE Derek Barnett (Eagles) - Tennessee - 4 stars

15. S Malik Hooker (Colts) - Ohio State - 3 stars

16. CB Marlon Humphrey (Ravens) - Alabama - 5 stars

17. DE Jonathan Allen (Redskins) - Alabama - 5 stars

18. DB Adoree Jackson (Titans) - USC - 5 stars

19. TE O.J. Howard (Buccaneers) - Alabama - 5 stars

20. OT Garrett Bolles (Broncos) - Utah - 0 stars (HS) / 4 stars (JUCO)

21. LB Jarrad Davis (Lions) - Florida - 3 stars

22. DE Charles Harris (Dolphins) - Missouri - 2 stars

23. TE Evan Engram (Giants) - Ole Miss - 3 stars

24. CB Gareon Conley (Raiders) - Ohio State - 4 stars

25. LB Jabrill Pappers (Browns) - Michigan - 5 stars

26. LB Takkarist McKinley (Falcons) - UCLA - 3 stars (HS) / 4 stars (JUCO)

27. CB Tre’Davious White (Bills) - LSU - 4 stars

28. DE Taco Charlton (Cowboys) - Michigan - 4 stars

29. TE David Njoku (Browns) - Miami - 3 stars

30. T.J. Watt (Steelers) - Wisconsin - 3 stars

31. LB Reuben Foster (49ers) - Alabama - 5 stars

32. OT Ryan Ramczyk (Saints) - Wisconsin - 0 stars (transfer from UW-Stevens Point)

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SECOND ROUND

33. CB Kevin King (Packers) - Washington - 3 stars

34. OT Cam Robinson (Jaguars) - Alabama - 5 stars

35. DL Malik McDowell (Seahawks) - Michigan State - 5 stars

36. S Budda Baker (Cardinals) - Washington - 4 stars

37. WR Zay Jones (Bills) - East Carolina - 3 stars

38. OG Forrest Lamp (Chargers) - Western Kentucky - 2 stars

39. S Marcus Maye (Jets) - Florida - 4 stars

40. WR Curtis Samuel (Panthers) - Ohio State - 4 stars

41. RB Dalvin Cook (Vikings) - Florida State) - 5 stars

42. S Marcus Williams (Saints) - Utah - 3 stars

43. CB Sidney Jones (Eagles) - Washington - 3 stars

44. TE Gerald Everett (Rams) - South Alabama - 0 stars

45. TE Adam Shaheen (Bears) - Ashland - 0 stars

46. CB Quincy Wilson (Colts) - Florida - 3 stars

47. LB Tyus Bowser (Ravens) - Houston - 3 stars

48. RB Joe Mixon (Bengals) - Oklahoma - 5 stars

49. LB Ryan Anderson (Redskins) - Alabama - 4 stars

50. S Justin Evans (Buccaneers) - Texas A&M - 0 stars (HS) / 3 stars (JUCO)

51. DE Demarcus Walker (Bronco) - Florida State - 4 stars

52. QB DeShone Kizer (Browns) - Notre Dame - 4 stars

53. CB Teez Tabor (Lions) - Florida - 5 stars

54. LB Raekwon McMillan (Dolphins) - Ohio State - 5 stars

55. DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Giants) - Alabama - 4 stars

56. S Obi Melifonwu (Raiders) - UConn - 3 stars

57. LB Zach Cunningham (Texans) - Vanderbilt - 4 stars

58. C Ethan Pocic (Seahawks) - LSU - 4 stars

59. DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (Chiefs) - Villanova - 0 stars

60. CB Chidobe Awuzie (Cowboys) - Colorado - 2 stars

61. S Josh Jones (Packers) - NC State - 3 stars

62. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) - USC - 5 stars

63. OG Dion Dawkins (Bills) - Temple - 0 stars

64. OG Taylor Moton (Panthers) - Western Michigan - 2 stars

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THIRD ROUND

65. DT Larry Ogunjobi (Browns) - Charlotte - 0 stars

66. CB Ahkello Witherspoon (49ers) - Colorado - 0 stars

67. RB Alvin Kamara (Saints) - Tennessee - 4 stars

68. DE Dawuane Smoot (Jaguars) - Illinois - 3 stars

69. WR Cooper Kupp (Rams) - Eastern Washington - 0 stars

70. C Pat Elflein (Vikings) - Ohio State - 3 stars

71. OG Dan Feeney (Chargers) - Indiana - 3 stars

72. WR Taywan Taylor (Titans) - Western Kentucky - 2 stars

73. LB Jordan Willis (Bengals) - Kansas State - 3 stars

74. DE Chris Wormley (Ravens) - Michigan - 4 stars

75. LB Duke Riley (Falcons) - LSU - 3 stars

76. Alex Anzalone (Saints) - Florida - 4 stars

77. DE Daeshon Hall (Panthers) - Texas A&M - 4 stars

78. LB Tim Williams (Ravens) - Alabama - 4 stars

79. WR ArDarius Stewart (Jets) - Alabama - 4 stars

80. DE Tarell Basham (Colts) - Ohio - 2 stars

81. Fabian Moreau (Redskins) - UCLA - 3 stars

82. WR Carlos Henderson (Broncos) - Louisiana Tech) - 3 stars

83. DE Derek Rivers (Patriots) - Youngstown State - 0 stars

84. WR Chris Godwin (Buccaneers) - Penn State - 4 stars

85. OT Antonio Garcia (Patriots) - Troy - 2 stars

86. RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) - Toledo - 3 stars

87. QB Davis Webb (Giants) - Cal - 3 stars

88. DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Raiders) - UCLA - 5 stars

89. RB D’Onta Foreman (Texans) - Texas - 3 stars

90. DB Shaquill Griffin (Seahawks) - UCF - 3 stars

91. S John Johnson (Rams) - Boston College - 2 stars

92. CB Jourdan Lewis (Cowboys) - Michigan - 4 stars

93. DT Montravius Adams (Packers) - Auburn - 5 stars

94. CB Cameron Sutton (Steelers) - Tennessee - 3 stars

95. S Delano Hill (Seahawks) - Michigan - 4 stars

96. WR Kenny Golladay (Lions) - Northern Illinois - 0 stars

97. CB Cordrea Tankersley (Dolphins) - Clemson - 3 stars

98. WR Chad Williams (Cardinals) - Gambling State - 0 stars

99. CB Rasul Douglas (Eagles) - West Virginia - 0 stars (HS)/ 4 stars (JUCO)

100. TE Jonnu Smith (Titans) - FIU - 2 stars

101. CB Brendan Langley (Broncos) - Lamar - 4 stars (transfer from Georgia)

102. DT Nazair Jones (Seahawks) - North Carolina - 3 stars

103. LB Trey Hendrickson (Saints) - FAU - 2 stars

104. QB C.J. Beathard (49ers) - Iowa - 3 stars

105. RB James Conner (Steelers) - Pitt - 3 stars

106. WR Amara Darboh (Seahawks) - Michigan - 4 stars

107. LB Kendell Beckwith (Buccaneers) - LSU - 4 stars

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.