NFL Draft: Comparing past OU and OSU picks' high school ratings with their draft stock

Here's a look back at how OU's and OSU's draft picks since 2005 were rated coming out of high school, and what their NFL Draft star ranking could have been, if the league used a similar system.
by Jason Kersey and Gina Mizell Published: April 25, 2013
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photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU: Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, right, and wide receiver Justin Blackmon, left, talk during NFL football pro day in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO122
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU: Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, right, and wide receiver Justin Blackmon, left, talk during NFL football pro day in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO122

Sixty-one players have been drafted during Bob Stoops' tenure at Oklahoma, while 15 Oklahoma State players have been selected during the Mike Gundy era.

But how were those players rated as high-school recruits? And can we apply a similar rankings system to the NFL Draft?

The star system is, of course, tricky. Does the fact that OU's Rufus Alexander and OSU's Markelle Martin, who were both four-star recruits, were taken in the sixth round mean they regressed or didn't live up to expectations in college? Not necessarily, especially when several blue-chip recruits never even evolve into legitimate draft prospects.

On the other hand, OU's Sam Bradford morphed from a three-star recruit to the No. 1 overall pick. And OSU has helped develop one two-star recruit (Brandon Pettigrew), two three-star prospects (Russell Okung and Justin Blackmon) and one former walk-on (Brandon Weeden) into first-round selections.

Here's a look back at how OU's and OSU's draft picks since 2005 were rated coming out of high school, and what their NFL Draft star ranking could have been, if the league used a similar system:

OU

2005

DONTE NICHOLSON, DB

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 1 star

Drafted by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (fifth round, 141st overall)

LANCE MITCHELL, LB

Recruiting ranking: 5 stars

Draft ranking: 1 star

Drafted by: Arizona Cardinals (fifth round, 168th overall)

 

2006

DAVIN JOSEPH, OL

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 5 stars

Drafted by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (first round, 23rd overall)

TRAVIS WILSON, WR

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 3 stars

Drafted by: Cleveland Browns (third round, 78th overall)

J.D. RUNNELS, FB

Recruiting ranking: 3 stars

Draft ranking: 1 star

Drafted by: Chicago Bears (sixth round, 195th overall)

 

2007

ADRIAN PETERSON, RB

Recruiting ranking: 5 stars

Draft ranking: 5 stars

Drafted by: Minnesota Vikings (first round, eighth overall)

RUFUS ALEXANDER, LB

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 1 star

Drafted by: Minnesota Vikings (sixth round, 176th overall)

C.J. AH YOU, DE

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 1 star

Drafted by: Buffalo Bills (seventh round, 239th overall)

 

2008

CURTIS LOFTON, LB

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 4 stars

Drafted by: Atlanta Falcons (second round, 37th overall)

MALCOLM KELLY, WR

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 4 stars

Drafted by: Washington Redskins (second round, 51st overall)

REGGIE SMITH, DB

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 3 stars

Drafted by: San Francisco 49ers (third round, 75th overall)

ALLEN PATRICK, RB

Recruiting ranking: 4 stars

Draft ranking: 1 star


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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