National Signing Day: What Does It Mean For The NFL Draft?

Our friend Zac Snyder over at Side Lion Report took the time to look at ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s first-round mock draft and make some observations. In honor of national signing day, Zac went back and put together information that includes the players position ranking and star rating coming out of high school.

Does National Signing Day really give you an idea of who will become stars at the next level? Not really. Projected top ten picks Nick Fairley and Prince Amukamara were recruited at different positions — offensive guard and running back, respectively.

Only a quarter of the projected first-rounders went into college as five star recruits. You can CLICK HERE to see Zac’s entire article, and check out the breakdown of Kiper’s first-round mock after the jump.

# Name Class Rating Pos. Rank
1 Nick Fairley 2007 3 Star #27 OG
2 Patrick Peterson 2007 5 Star #1 CB
3 Marcell Dareus 2008 4 Star #5 DT
4 Da’Quan Bowers 2008 5 Star #1 DE
5 Blaine Gabbert 2008 4 Star #7 QB
6 A.J. Green 2008 5 Star #2 WR
7 Robert Quinn 2008 4 Star #19 DE
8 Von Miller 2007 4 Star #6 MLB
9 Prince Amukamara 2007 3 Star #47 RB
10 Cam Newton 2007 4 Star #14 QB
11 Aldon Smith 2008 3 Star #54 DE
12 Nate Solder 2006 2 Star NR OL
13 Akeem Ayers 2007 4 Star #12 DE
14 Julio Jones 2007 5 Star #1 WR
15 Mark Ingram 2008 3 Star #58 RB
16 Adrian Clayborn 2006 4 Star #18 DE
17 J.J. Watt 2007 2 Star NR DE
18 Cameron Jordan 2007 3 Star #55 DE
19 Mike Pouncey 2007 4 Star #7 OG
20 Ryan Kerrigan 2007 3 Star #88 DE
21 Stephen Paea 2007 3 Star JC DT
22 Anthony Castonzo 2007 2 Star NR OT
23 Gabe Carimi 2006 3 Star NR OL
24 Justin Houston 2007 3 Star #42 DE
25 Ryan Mallett 2007 5 Star #2 QB
26 Brandon Harris 2008 5 Star #5 CB
27 Torrey Smith 2007 3 Star NR WR
28 Mikel Leshoure 2008 3 Star #52 RB
29 Christian Ballard 2007 4 Star #10 DE
30 Muhammad Wilkerson 2008 3 Star NR DE
31 Aaron Williams 2008 5 Star #2 CB
32 Tyron Smith 2008 5 Star #1 OT

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