ironman4579

07-31-2007, 07:04 PM

Everyone wants the 5 stars at recruiting time. Everyone thinks about how great they'll be, and how much they'll help your team. But how much do 5 stars really help? How great or even good are they? I looked back at the last 2 drafts(It was difficult to find guys high scool rankings any farther back, for me at least) and looked at each player drafted in the first round's star ranking and position ranking(if something isn't included for a player, I couldn't find it.Also, most of these guys were recruited between 2002 and 2004):

2007 Draft

1.JaMarcus Russell-4 star #6 pro style QB

2.Calvin Johnson-4 star #6 WR

3.Joe Thomas-4 star #18 OT

4.Gaines Adams-3 star ?

5.Levi Brown-4 star #32 DT

6.LaRon Landry-4 star #5 ATH

7.Adrian Peterson-5 star #1 RB

8.Jamaal Anderson-2 star WR

9.Ted Ginn-5 star #1 CB

10.Amobi Okoye-2 star OG

11.Patrick Willis-3 star #60 ILB(no that's not a misprint)

12.Marshawn Lynch-4 star #2 RB

13.Adam Carriker-3 star #46 SDE

14.Darrelle Revis-3 star #46 CB

15.Lawrence Timmons-4 star #5 OLB

16.Justin Harrell-4 star #36 DT

17.Jarvis Moss-5 star #1 WDE

18.Leon Hall-4 star #10 CB

19.Michael Griffin-4 star #9 CB

20.Aaron Ross-4 star CB

21.Reggie Nelson-4 star #4 S

22.Brady Quinn-4 star #10 Pro Style QB

23.Dwayne Bowe-4 star #21 WR

24.Brandon Meriweather-3 star #16 S

25.Jon Beason-4 star #6 OLB

26.Anthony Spencer-3 star #17 WDE

27.Robert Meachem-5 star #3 WR

28.Joe Staley-2 star TE

29.Ben Grubbs-3 star #23 DE

30.Craig Davis-4 star #12 WR

31.Greg Olsen-5 star #2 TE

32-Anthony Gonzalez-4 star #16 WR

I this past draft there were more 3 stars drafted in the first than 5 stars. Only 5 of the 32 picks were 5 star recruits. And lest you say "Well, everyone knew this was a weak draft" we'll go back to '06, a pretty good draft.

2006 Draft

1.Mario Williams-4 star ?

2.Reggie Bush-5 star #1 RB

3.Vince Young-5 star #1 Dual Threat QB

4.D'Brickashaw Ferguson-3 star #29 OG

5.AJ Hawk-3 star #30 OLB

6.Vernon Davis-4 star #4 TE

7.Michael Huff-?

8.Donte Whitner-4 star #3 CB

9.Ernie Sims-5 star #1 ILB

10.Matt Leinart-?

11.Jay Cutler-?

12.Haloti Ngata-5 star #1 DT

13.Kamerion Wimbley-4 star #4 WDE

14.Broderick Bunkley-4 star #22 DT

15.Tye Hill-?

16.Jason Allen-4 star #5 ATH

17.Chad Greenway-?

18.Bobby Carpenter-4 star #13 OLB

19.Antonio Cromartie-4 star #6 CB

20.Tamba Hali-4 star #5 SDE

21.Laurence Maroney-4 star #18 RB

22.Manny Lawson-2 star #62 WDE

23.Davin Joseph-4 star #6 OG

24.Johnathan Joseph-?

25.Santonio Holmes-3 star #38 WR

26.John McCargo-?

27.DeAngelo Williams-4 star #11 APB

28.Mercedes Lewis-5 star #1 TE

29.Nick Mangold-4 star #3 C

30.Joseph Addai-?

31.Kelly Jennings-?

31.Mathias Kiwanuka-?

While there where less 3 stars and more 4 stars, there were still only 5 5 stars(that I could find)

So I guess my point is, every year, people either get excited about the 5 stars they got, or depressed because they didn't get any. But really, it seems like it's the 4 star type guys that overall make the biggest impact. So keep an eye on those 4 star recruits.

2007 Draft

1.JaMarcus Russell-4 star #6 pro style QB

2.Calvin Johnson-4 star #6 WR

3.Joe Thomas-4 star #18 OT

4.Gaines Adams-3 star ?

5.Levi Brown-4 star #32 DT

6.LaRon Landry-4 star #5 ATH

7.Adrian Peterson-5 star #1 RB

8.Jamaal Anderson-2 star WR

9.Ted Ginn-5 star #1 CB

10.Amobi Okoye-2 star OG

11.Patrick Willis-3 star #60 ILB(no that's not a misprint)

12.Marshawn Lynch-4 star #2 RB

13.Adam Carriker-3 star #46 SDE

14.Darrelle Revis-3 star #46 CB

15.Lawrence Timmons-4 star #5 OLB

16.Justin Harrell-4 star #36 DT

17.Jarvis Moss-5 star #1 WDE

18.Leon Hall-4 star #10 CB

19.Michael Griffin-4 star #9 CB

20.Aaron Ross-4 star CB

21.Reggie Nelson-4 star #4 S

22.Brady Quinn-4 star #10 Pro Style QB

23.Dwayne Bowe-4 star #21 WR

24.Brandon Meriweather-3 star #16 S

25.Jon Beason-4 star #6 OLB

26.Anthony Spencer-3 star #17 WDE

27.Robert Meachem-5 star #3 WR

28.Joe Staley-2 star TE

29.Ben Grubbs-3 star #23 DE

30.Craig Davis-4 star #12 WR

31.Greg Olsen-5 star #2 TE

32-Anthony Gonzalez-4 star #16 WR

I this past draft there were more 3 stars drafted in the first than 5 stars. Only 5 of the 32 picks were 5 star recruits. And lest you say "Well, everyone knew this was a weak draft" we'll go back to '06, a pretty good draft.

2006 Draft

1.Mario Williams-4 star ?

2.Reggie Bush-5 star #1 RB

3.Vince Young-5 star #1 Dual Threat QB

4.D'Brickashaw Ferguson-3 star #29 OG

5.AJ Hawk-3 star #30 OLB

6.Vernon Davis-4 star #4 TE

7.Michael Huff-?

8.Donte Whitner-4 star #3 CB

9.Ernie Sims-5 star #1 ILB

10.Matt Leinart-?

11.Jay Cutler-?

12.Haloti Ngata-5 star #1 DT

13.Kamerion Wimbley-4 star #4 WDE

14.Broderick Bunkley-4 star #22 DT

15.Tye Hill-?

16.Jason Allen-4 star #5 ATH

17.Chad Greenway-?

18.Bobby Carpenter-4 star #13 OLB

19.Antonio Cromartie-4 star #6 CB

20.Tamba Hali-4 star #5 SDE

21.Laurence Maroney-4 star #18 RB

22.Manny Lawson-2 star #62 WDE

23.Davin Joseph-4 star #6 OG

24.Johnathan Joseph-?

25.Santonio Holmes-3 star #38 WR

26.John McCargo-?

27.DeAngelo Williams-4 star #11 APB

28.Mercedes Lewis-5 star #1 TE

29.Nick Mangold-4 star #3 C

30.Joseph Addai-?

31.Kelly Jennings-?

31.Mathias Kiwanuka-?

While there where less 3 stars and more 4 stars, there were still only 5 5 stars(that I could find)

So I guess my point is, every year, people either get excited about the 5 stars they got, or depressed because they didn't get any. But really, it seems like it's the 4 star type guys that overall make the biggest impact. So keep an eye on those 4 star recruits.