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National Signing Day: Recruiting ratings for 2017 Pro Bowlers


High school football recruits displeased with how they've been ranked by a recruiting service heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day should take solace: the NFL's very best players weren't all highly regarded as recruits.

Not nearly.

Of the 86 NFL players selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl in December, 50 of them were rated with three stars or fewer coming out of high school, per the database. In fact, more (14) were unranked entirely than ranked with the highest rating of five stars (12).

Among the top NFL players who were unranked as high school recruits: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson.

A look at how each Pro Bowler was rated as a high school recruit:

Note: These are players from the initial Pro Bowl roster. To see the players added to the roster as replacements, click here.

5-star recruits (12)

Lorenzo Alexander
Eric Berry
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Jadeveon Clowney
Landon Collins
A.J. Green
Everson Griffen
Julio Jones
Gerald McCoy
Greg Olsen
Patrick Peterson

4-star recruits (24)

Odell Beckham
Derek Carr
Amari Cooper
Fletcher Cox
Ezekiel Elliott
Larry Fitzgerald
Devonta Freeman
Dont'a Hightower
Tyreek Hill
Janoris Jenkins
Taylor Lewan
Zack Martin
LeSean McCoy
C.J. Mosley
Reggie Nelson
Cordarrelle Patterson
Jason Peters
Maurkice Pouncey
Jordan Reed
Harrison Smith
Tyron Smith
Ndamukong Suh
Joe Thomas
Cameron Wake

3-star recruits (29)

Geno Atkins
Cliff Avril
Vic Beasley
Le'Veon Bell
Jurrell Casey
David DeCastro
Aaron Donald
Mike Evans
Travis Frederick
Dwayne Harris
Casey Heyward
Rodney Hudson*
Travis Kelce
Ryan Kerrigan
Luke Kuechly
Devin McCourty
Von Miller
Brian Orakpo
Kelechi Osemele
Marcus Peters
Dak Prescott
Xavier Rhodes
Aaron Rodgers
Matt Ryan
Brandon Scherff
Richard Sherman
Justin Tucker
Trent Williams
Marshal Yanda
* - ranking

2-star recruits (7)

Chris Harris
T.Y. Hilton
T.J. Lang
Alex Mack
Pat McAfee
Aqib Talib
Bobby Wagner

Unranked recruits (14)

Michael Bennett
Tom Brady
Antonio Brown
Matt Bryant
Thomas Davis
Johnny Hekker
David Johnson
Kyle Juszczyk
Khalil Mack
Donald Penn
Ben Roethlisberger
Matthew Slater
Mike Tolbert
Delanie Walker

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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