Before, they were five-stars: How top draft picks graded out as preps

The stars seem to be getting more accurate.

For the second consecutive year, we looked back at the top NFL draft prospects through the eyes of college football recruiting services. Rivals.com’s top-ranked quarterback (Matthew Stafford), top-ranked running back (Beanie Wells) and top-ranked player (Percy Harvin) from the class of 2006 are expected to be chosen in Saturday’s first round, and so are the top-ranked quarterback (Mark Sanchez), linebacker (Rey Maualuga) and offensive tackle (Eugene Monroe) from 2005.

As recruits, last year’s first-rounders averaged a star rating of 3.42 (out of five) and included five five-star prospects. This year, the players selected in the mock first round by SI.com NFL writer Don Banks boasted an average star rating of 3.59. The group included seven five-stars, four of whom are projected to go in the top six.

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4/21/09