Nkemdiche was the nation’s top overall player and then the Cardinals’ 1st Round pick in this year’s draft. The Cardinals have three other former 5-stars on their roster, cornerback Patrick Peterson, wide receiver Michael Floyd and offensive tackle D.J. Humphries.
Jones was part of a great wide receiver class in 2008. He was the Falcons’ 1st Round choice after three years at Alabama. He has been to three Pro Bowls for the Falcons. The Falcons have one other former 5-star on their roster, offensive tackle Jake Matthews. Also of note, running back Devonta Freeman was a 4-star. Quarterback Matt Ryan was a 3-star.
Mallett was one of the top overall prospects in the country and an Army All-American. He signed with Michigan, played there before transferring to Arkansas and was a 3rd Round pick of the Houston Texans. The Ravens also have two other former 5-stars, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and safety Matt Elam, the team’s 1st Round draft choice in 2013.
Henderson was the top prospect in the country with schools from all over the country recruiting him. He committed to USC before switching to Miami. He was drafted in the 7th Round by the Bills after an up and down Hurricanes career, but started all 16 games as a rookie for the Bills. He missed time last season after being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and is currently serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The Bills have more former 5-stars than any other team in the NFL: LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Tyrod Taylor, Stephon Gilmore, Reggie Ragland, Cyrus Kouandijo, Robert Woods, Ronald Darby, E.J. Manual, Nick O’Leary, Adolphus Washington and James Wilder Jr.
Thompson was a coveted safety who many felt would move to linebacker. He left for the draft after three seasons at Washington, earning All-American honors during that time. The Panthers selected him in the 1st Round of the 2015 draft and he went on to start ten games as a rookie. Wide receiver Ted Ginn was a top five national recruit out of Ohio. Greg Olsen, Michael Oher and Jonathan Stewart were also 5-star recruits. Cam Newton was a 4-star as was Kelvin Benjamin. All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly was a 3-star.
Barkley was one of the most coveted players in the country out of Mater Dei, where he started at quarterback since his freshman year. A 4th Round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles, he was traded to Arizona, then released by the Cardinals and signed to the Bears’ practice squad this year. The Bears have three former 5-stars on their 53-man roster, offensive tackle Mike Adams, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and tight end Tony Moeaki. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey was a 4-star recruit.
Green was in the same wide receiver class as Julio Jones and they dueled it out for top WR in the country that year. Green went on to star at Georgia and was the Bengals’ 1st Round selection in 2011. Since then, he has been to five Pro Bowls. The Bengals have several other former 5-star recruits, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Also notable, quarterback Andy Dalton was a 2-star recruit before becoming a star himself at TCU and 2nd Round pick.
Pryor was highly coveted out of Jeanette (Penn.) and also was a highly touted, 4-star basketball recruit. He signed with Ohio State where he led the Buckeyes to back to back Big Ten Championships and a Rose Bowl win where he was named MVP. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 3rd Round of the supplemental draft. He started 12 games as a quarterback in Oakland before bouncing around to several teams and landing with the Browns as a receiver, where he is now a starting wide receiver. The Browns have one other former 5-star recruit, running back Isaiah Crowell. Cornerback Joe Haden was a 4-star.
Sanchez was something of a high school prodigy and was the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit by the time he was a senior. After signing with USC and playing three years for the Trojans, he was selected 5th overall by the New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has been with four different teams since then, starting a total of 72 regular season and six playoff games in six seasons. Offensive tackle Tyron Smith and linebacker Jaylon Smith were both 5-star recruits. Dez Bryant was a 4-star, as was Ezekiel Elliott. Starting quarterback Dak Prescottwas a 3-star.
Denver Broncos – LB Von Miller
The Broncos are the only NFL team who does not have a 5-star on their roster. That makes Miller, who was a 4-star and No. 6 linebacker prospect, their highest ranked recruit. Miller was the team’s 1st Round pick in 2011 and is now one of the league’s best defenders. Star wide receiver Demariyus Thomas, was a 3-star recruit before turning into a 1st Round draft choice at Georgia Tech.
Ngata was the No. 2 overall player in the country in 2002, the first year there were rankings on Scout. He was a 1st Round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens and has been to four Pro Bowls during his NFL career. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was also a 5-star recruit and was the No. 11 overall prospect in the country in 2005.
A high school All-American out of Dr. Phillips, Clinton-Dix was a top ten national prospect on Scout. He signed with Alabama where he played three years before leaving early and being selected in the 1st Round by the Green Bay Packers. He started 26 games for the Packers his first two seasons. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was essentially not-recruited out of high school, became a 4-star JUCO recruit at Butte College.
Clowney is the rare No. 1 overall high school prospect who goes No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. He has flashed his potential for the Texans, but has also battled injuries. Now healthy, he has seven tackles and a sack through two games this season. Also notable for the Texans, former 5-star quarterback Braxton Miller, who is a rookie receiver. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was a 4-star recruit, but was rated as a cornerback.
Cromartie was a 5-star, can’t miss type prospect out of Tallahassee Lincoln. He turned down many offers to stick with in-state Florida State. He was a 1st Round pick of the San Diego Chargers and has been to four Pro Bowls. The Colts have one other former 5-star on the roster, quarterback Andrew Luck.
Benn was very highly recruited out of D.C. and signed with Illinois, where he went on to play three years before being chosen in the 2nd Round of the 2010 draft by the Buccaneers. He has 60 career receptions. The Jaguars’ other 5-star is cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Quarterback Blake Bortles was a 2-star recruit and Allen Robinson was a 3-star.
Kansas City Chiefs – WR/RB De’Anthony Thomas
“The Black Mamba” as he was dubbed was a do-it all recruit who came through Snoop Dogg’s youth leagues before becoming a star at Crenshaw High. He was an All-Conference performer at Oregon, was selected by the Chiefs in the 4th Round of the 2014 draft where he has been a slot and return man for the team. The Chiefs have two other former 5-stars, safety Eric Berry and rookie defensive lineman Chris Jones.
Ogletree was the nation’s No. 22 overall recruit in 2009, stayed home and played for Georgia over many scholarship offers, and became an All-SEC performer there before being selected in the 1st Round by the Rams. He started every game his first two seasons with the team, but missed much of 2015 with an injury. His high school ranking just edged out teammates Tavon Austin and Mark Barron who were also 5-star recruits. Running back Todd Gurley and 1st Round pick Jared Goff were both 4-star recruits.
Tunsil was an All-American and part of a loaded Ole Miss class coming out of high school. He lived up to his high school billing, starting as a true freshman and developing into a 1st Round pick for the Rebels. His infamous draft day slide landed him at 13 overall to the Dolphins, where he has earned a starting guard spot as a rookie. He is the lone former 5-star on the Dolphins. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was a 4-star. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was a 3-star.
You name it, Griffen had it in high school. He had just about every accolade or honor as well as just about every offer he could collect before committing to USC. He was a 4th Round pick for the Vikings in 2010. He became the Vikings’ full time starter at defensive end in 2014 and recorded 22.5 sacks in the two seasons since. The Vikings have many other former 5-stars. Running back Adrian Peterson was the No. 3 overall player in the country out of high school. Matt Kalil, Teddy Bridgewater, Laquon Treadwell, Stefon Diggs and T.J. Clemmings were all 5-star recruits as well.
Brown was a three-year high school starter who became Scout’s No. 17 overall recruit. He started three years at Texas before forgoing his senior year and entering the draft. The Patriots selected him in the 1st Round in 2015. He had 48 tackles and three sacks as a rookie.
Bell, a five-star recruit, was somewhat of a Signing Day surprise for the Buckeyes. He became an All-American in Columbus and left early for the draft. The Saints selected him at the end of the 2nd Round in this year’s draft. After playing only special teams in week one, he played 46 snaps on defense in week two.
Collins was the No. 8 overall player and No. 2 safety in the country in the 2012 class. The Giants selected him with the 33rd selection in the 2015 draft. He started all 16 games as a rookie, finishing with 112 tackles, one INT and nine pass breakups. Linebacker Devon Kennard is the team’s other former 5-star. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a 4-star recruit.
Richardson, the No. 15 overall recruit in the 2009 class, turned down Florida, Miami and others to stay home and play for Missouri. He was the Jets’ 1st Round pick (13 overall) in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl in 2014. The Jets have four other former 5-star recruits, Dee Milliner, Lawrence Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Christian Hackenburg.
A highly ranked, highly recruited prospect, Edwards committed to Florida State over offers from the entire country. He became an All-ACC performer in Tallahassee and left for the draft following his junior season. He was the Raiders’ 2nd Round choice (35th overall) last season and started ten games as a rookie. The Raiders have one other former 5-star, defensive end Bruce Irvin. Quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper were both 4-star recruits.
Green-Beckham was the No. 1 overall prospect in the country and an Army All-American who signed with home-state Missouri. As a sophomore, he caught 59 passes with 12 touchdowns but was dismissed from the team and enrolled at Oklahoma. After sitting out his transfer year, he declared for the draft without having played for the Sooners. He was selected with the 40th overall selection by the Tennessee Titans. He caught 32 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He was traded to the Eagles and has four receptions thus far this season. The Eagles have one other former 5-star, defensive end Brandon Graham.
A Tampa native, Chickilo was an Under Armor All-American and a highly recruited prospect. He started three seasons at Miami, recording 15.5 sacks. The Steelers selected him in the 6th Round of 2015 draft. He appeared in seven games as a rookie. The Steelers have three other former 5-stars, tight end Xavier Grimble, defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt and safety Robert Golden. Offensive linemen Maurkice Pouncey and David Decastro were 4-stars. Running back Le’Veon Bell was a 2-star while Antonio Brown was an unranked recruit who walked-on at Central Michigan.
San Diego Chargers – ILB Manti Te’o
Highly touted and highly coveted out of Hawaii, Te’o chose the Irish over a laundry list of offers, many of which were out West and closer to home. He made an immediate impact, starting much of his freshman season and then developing into an All-American and racking up post-season accolades. He was selected in the 2nd Round by the Chargers and has 31 starts for them, totaling 218 tackles. The Chargers have no other former 5-stars on their team.
Armstead was highly ranked as an offensive tackle, but signed with Oregon to play defense. He was ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the country. After three seasons at Oregon, Armstead declared early for the draft and was selected in the 1st Round, 17th overall by the Niners. He started one game as a rookie and finished with 19 tackles and two sacks. The team has quite a few former 5-star recruits: offensive linemen Josh Garnett, Anthony Davis and John Theus, linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Eli Harold, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and tight end Zach Miller.
Collins, a Florida native, left the state to sign with Arkansas. He played three seasons for the Razorbacks, rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of those seasons. He left early for the draft and the Seahawks selected him in the 5th Round. He made the 53-man roster and has one carry so far this season. Fellow running back Christine Michael was a 5-star as well. The team’s two biggest stars, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson were both 3-star recruits.
McCoy was the No. 4 overall player in the country in the 2006 class. After a redshirt year, he earned Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors and developed into a 1st Round pick (3rd overall) by the Bucs. As a pro, he has been to four Pro Bowls. The Bucs have six other former five-stars, Jameis Winston, Will Gholston, Vernon Hargreaves, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Noah Spence and Major Wright.
Henry rushed for a record setting 12,124 career yards in high school. He earned 5-star status and left his home state of Florida to play for Alabama, where he would develop into a Heisman Trophy winner. The Titans selected him in the 2nd Round of the 2015 draft and he has 43 yards so far in his rookie campaign. Fellow running back Demarco Murray was also a 5-star recruit.
Cravens was the nation’s No. 4 prospect in the 2013 class and signed with USC, where he became a 1st team All Pac-12 selection. He left early for the draft and was chosen in the 2nd Round by Washington. He has seven tackles in two games as a rookie. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back Keith Marshall were also 5-star recruits. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was a 2-star recruit.
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