First-Round Recruit Rankings
Tamba Hali
Tamba Hali
FightOnState.com
Posted May 1, 2006


There seems to be a perpetual debate among fans as to the accuracy and role of recruit rankings. So, we thought it made sense to go through the first round selections of the 2006 NFL Draft to see where the NFL selected prospects were ranked out of high school. Take a look.

The following chart breaks down the first round selections. The final column indicates the number of recruiting stars Scout provided the prospect out of high school.

There are some prospects who's high school recruiting information is not available in the Scout database, these prospects are signifide by "NA" in the star column. However, a majority of the first round selections are covered.

Rnd Pick Overall Team Pos. Player Stars
1 1 1 Houston DE Mario Williams 4
1 2 2 New Orleans RB Reggie Bush 4
1 3 3 Tennessee QB Vince Young 5
1 4 4 New York (J) OT D'Brick Ferguson 3
1 5 5 Green Bay LB A.J. Hawk 3
1 6 6 San Francisco TE Vernon Davis 4
1 7 7 Oakland S Michael Huff NA
1 8 8 Buffalo S Donte Whitner 5
1 9 9 Detroit LB Ernie Sims 5
1 10 10 Arizona QB Matt Leinart NA
1 11 11 Denver QB Jay Cutler NA
1 12 12 Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata 5
1 13 13 Cleveland DE Kamerion Wimbley 4
1 14 14 Philadelphia DT Brodrick Bunkley 1
1 15 15 St. Louis CB Tye Hill NA
1 16 16 Miami S Jason Allen 4
1 17 17 Minnesota LB Chad Greenway NA
1 18 18 Dallas LB Bobby Carpenter 4
1 19 19 San Diego CB Antonio Cromartie 5
1 20 20 Kansas City DE Tamba Hali 4
1 21 21 New England RB Lawrence Maroney 2
1 22 22 San Francisco DE Manny Lawson 1
1 23 23 Tampa Bay OG Davin Joseph 3
1 24 24 Cincinnati CB Johnathan Joseph 4
1 25 25 Pittsburgh WR Santonio Holmes 4
1 26 26 Buffalo DT John McCargo 1
1 27 27 Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams 1
1 28 28 Jacksonville TE Marcedes Lewis 5
1 29 29 New York (J) C Nick Mangold 1
1 30 30 Indianapolis RB Joseph Addai NA
1 31 31 Seattle CB Kelly Jennings NA
1 32 32 New York (G) DE Methias Kiwanuka NA

Round: | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Best Un-Drafted |

Looking at the first round selections' star rating, their average number of stars out of high school was 3.4 stars. The first round draft class included:

  • 5-Stars: 6
  • 4-Stars: 9
  • 3-Stars: 3
  • 2-Stars: 1
  • 1-Star: 5

    Of the first round selections who were ranked by Scout 63 percent were rated as 5-star or 4-star prospects out of high school by Scout. If you toss in the 3-star prospects that percentage increases to 75 percent.

    In terms of 1-star and 2-star players, these ranking groups represented 21 percent of the first round selections.

    Among the top ten picks the average star rating was 4.1 stars and included:

  • 5-Stars: 3
  • 4-Stars: 3
  • 3-Stars: 2
  • 2-Stars: 0
  • 1-Star: 0

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