Now that the NFL draft is over, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News takes a look at how the top-10 picks were rated by Scout coming out of high school. For every five-star player who actually blossomed into a top-flight talent, there is a player who wasn't even ranked at their position. More proof that if you're shelling out money to one of these sites for recruiting information, it's time to stop. Seriously.
First, credit Scout for getting it right with No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford. He was a five-star player coming out of high school and was rated the No. 2 quarterback behind Mitch Mustain.
No. 2 pick Jason Smith, the big offensive tackle from Baylor, was not rated or given two stars at best. No team was listed as having offered Smith. Wilner writes: "That doesn’t necessarily mean Smith’s only offer was from Baylor, but it might mean that — and it sure means that a bunch of elite programs missed out."
Some other misses: Aaron Curry of Wake Forest, B.J. Raji of Boston College and Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech.