The first thing to notice is that, once again, ratings matter.
So, I went back and scraped off the rankings for the top-1,100 recruits through the 2015 class and had got the rankings for this upcoming NFL Draft Class. The top 30, no surprise, is loaded. 11 of the 30 were 5-stars and Bryce Hall, CB from UVA, was the only 2-star in the top 30.
In fact, using the CBStop-150 NFL Draft Rankings, 110 out of 150 were ranked in the Top-1,100 coming out of high school. Those 110 players had an average 247 Composite Rating of .917 (4-Star). 73 of the top-150 had a rating of greater than .88 (high 3-Star) and 19 were .98 or higher (5-Star).
You can marvel all you want at the number of two-stars and three-stars who make NFL rosters and start, but they come out of a much larger pot than do the four- and five-stars who succeed. As a college coach, your odds for success are simply much better with a highly ranked recruit, which is a big reason why they pay Kirby Smart the big bucks.
Second, while a program having a high average rating isn’t a guarantee it’ll play for a national title, a program without a high average rating isn’t making the show in the first place.
So, where does Georgia fit in all that? Glad you asked.
None too shabby. In other words, the Jimmies and Joes are already there. The Xs and Os are in need of a little tweaking. Better that than the opposite, methinks.