By Andy Gallagher
When evaluating prospects, every aspect of a player’s life will be combed through, with even the smallest factors affecting draft stock. Once promising players can find their college careers derailed by misdemeanors, injury or coaching.
With that in mind, it can be useful to see exactly who the high school stars were. Companies such as ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports give out star ratings to players each year, with CougCenter giving more information about the differences between them.
Of the 32 players picked in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, 12 of them were five-star recruits coming out of high school. A further 10 were selected on Day 2.
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The Falcons have a pair of five-star recruits on their roster and their roads to the NFL couldn’t have been more different.
Julio Jones dominated throughout his time at the University of Alabama before the Falcons gave up multiple picks in order to move up to No. 6 and pick him in the 2011 draft. Brian Poole, on the other hand, had an inconsistent career at the University of Florida, eventually landing with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in...