Texas: By the (Star) Numbers

Do you believe in star rankings? Scout.com's star rankings have proven to be excellent indicators of a player's potential future success. Players who are earn five-star rankings are more likely to be high draft picks than four-stars. Fours, more than threes, and so on. But can star rankings be used to predict a position group's strength?

Over the course of the next several days, we'll take a look at every position on the Texas roster, with every player's star-ranking figured in. From that, we'll be able to draw conclusions on whether stars are an accurate rating of a position's strength. While there will certainly be outliers — a five-star bust can inflate a position's ranking just as easily as a three-star overachiever can deflate one, proportionate to the position's performance — at first glance, they do seem to give a general indication of where the Longhorns' struggles have been.

Below is each position's average star ranking according to Scout.com. Only one position had a player who wasn't ranked — Marquise Goodwin — so he wasn't counted as part of the ranking.

Quarterback: 3.0 average star ranking

Running Back: 4.0

Fullback: 3.67

Wide Receiver: 4.29 (one non-ranked, didn't count)

Tight End: 3.38

Offensive Line: 3.81

Defensive End: 4.6

Defensive Tackle: 3.75

Linebacker: 4.3

Cornerback: 4

Safety: 3.8

We'll get into each position more in-depth in each individual story. But for now, the outliers appear to be wide receiver — inflated somewhat by Darius White's five-star ranking — and defensive tackle, which was deflated by a three-star ranking for Kheeston Randall.

But other than that, don't they appear to be a pretty accurate indicator of where this team's strength lies?

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