NFL Draft Shows Scout's Ratings Were Spot-On

May 2 -- Scout enjoys the highest-ever hit rate with its high school evaluations of this year's top draft picks...

<p>Every day, we evaluate athletes here at Scout, but periodically we take time to evaluate ourselves.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The NFL Draft provides an excellent opportunity each year to assess our past high school <a href="http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/2017-football-prospects">prospect rankings</a>. And judging from the top draft selections in 2016,&nbsp;it's clear Scout's team of recruiting analysts deserve&nbsp;a 5-star rating.</p>

<p>Here's how Scout rated the 31 first-round draftees as high school seniors:</p>

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<p>We didn't hit on everyone.&nbsp;Every year there will be out-of-the-blue&nbsp;success stories like Conklin (who was a walk-on, as was Doctson) and Wentz (who was an FCS guy.)</p>

<p>Twenty-two of the 31 first round picks were rated at least a four star by Scout. Not bad, considering there were five times as many three- and two-star prospects.</p>

<p>Our hit rate on&nbsp;the NFL's elite draftees&nbsp;was higher than ever, and it could've been even better: Medical concerns kept <a data-type="Player" data-key="8469540" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/147654-jaylon-smith">Jaylon Smith</a>&nbsp;(5-star), <a data-type="Player" data-key="8472436" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/163233-myles-jack">Myles Jack</a>&nbsp;(4-star) and <a data-type="Player" data-key="8593231" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/127600-reggie-ragland">Reggie Ragland</a>&nbsp;(5-star) out of the first round.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Five-stars <a data-type="Player" data-key="9642872" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/132863-noah-spence">Noah Spence</a>, <a data-type="Player" data-key="8592813" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/155596-a-shawn-robinson">A'Shawn Robinson</a>, Smith, Ragland, <a data-type="Player" data-key="10404563" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/142435-derrick-henry">Derrick Henry</a>, <a data-type="Player" data-key="8590619" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/157901-chris-jones">Chris Jones</a>, <a data-type="Player" data-key="8696773" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/164602-vonn-bell">Vonn Bell</a>, <a data-type="Player" data-key="8420088" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/139496-su-a-cravens">Su'a Cravens</a>. <a data-type="Player" data-key="8590634" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/148222-kendall-fuller">Kendall Fuller</a>&nbsp;and four-stars <a data-type="Player" data-key="8698646" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/151131-hunter-henry">Hunter Henry</a>, <a data-type="Player" data-key="8590618" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/151157-tyler-boyd">Tyler Boyd</a>, <a data-type="Player" data-key="8776288" class="scout-wire-card" href="http://www.scout.com/player/182186-jihad-ward">Jihad Ward</a>&nbsp;and others&nbsp;were second-day picks.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Some other highlights:</p>

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<li><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Jared Goff was a four-star despite having only 3 offers</span></li>

<li><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">We were the ONLY site to have Joey Bosa as a 5-star</span></li>

<li><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">We were the ONLY site to have Darron Lee as a 4-star</span></li>

<li><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">ONLY site to have Josh Garnett as a 5-star</span></li>

<li><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Had Ryan Kelly as a 4-star&nbsp;(others rated him as a 3-star)</span></li>

<li><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Germain Ifedi as a 4-star&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 15.4px;">(others rated him as a 3-star)</span></li>

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<p>At Scout we know&nbsp;our recruiting experts are the best in the business, but it's always gratifying to see hard data that backs up that claim.</p>


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