Think recruiting rankings end once National Signing Day passes? In a recent recap of the draft, NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks — himself a former NFL kick returner — expressed a very sincere belief that it’s almost essential for NFL executives to pay close attention to high school recruiting rankings when the top prospects on those lists become draft eligible in either three or four years.
Apparently he’s not alone in that belief, either: “We’ve been paying attention to the recruiting list for the past few years because it gives us a feel for which guys were supposed to be stars at the college level,” a former NFC pro personnel director told
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Consider this: 22 of the 32 picks in this year’s first round were four or five-star recruits in their respective classes. That means that as great as the narratives behind the likes of new Cardinals pick Hasaan Reddick are, they’re far more the exception than the rule.
Perhaps more importantly, it’s a sign that talent evaluation never truly finishes.
Being a four or five-star recruit is no guarantee that an athlete will end up on an NFL roster, but it does mean that they’ll get a second, or even third or fourth, look if their collegiate career doesn’t pan out the way they envisioned. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) will attempt to equal De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) as the only teams to win four consecutive Super 25 football titles.