2010 NFL Draft: Players Who Beat The Recruiting Ratings

Philip DodsonCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

The 2010 NFL Draft has now come and gone.  College recruits, became college players, and some worked hard enough to become employees of the NFL.  

Every year Scout (a recruiting service) hands out ratings of one to five stars based on their research and evaluations.  Now it is time to compare the first round of this year's draft to the evaluations handed out as these athletes left the prep or junior college ranks.


1. Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida) NR

After spending two years at two different junior colleges, Pierre-Paul made the transfer to South Florida.  In 2009, he earned first team All-America (PFW), and first team All-Big East status after recording 42 tackles, six sacks, one block, and one interception.  The competition of the Big East made his progression all the more remarkable.  Critics will point to his untapped potential and the help of George Selvie when asking why the New York Giants picked him at No. 15.


2. Mike Iupati (Idaho) **

Iupati was the first offensive guard taken in the 2010 Draft, selected at No. 17 by the San Francisco 49ers.  Playing for the undermanned and often disrespected Idaho Vandals, he also fought academic and language issues during his first year in Moscow.  

In 2009, he was recognized as a first team All-WAC and All-American.  Anchored the Vandal offensive line that beat Bowling Green 43-32 in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl.


3. Trent Williams (Oklahoma) ***

A four-year starter for the perennial power Oklahoma Sooners, Williams faced the toughest competition to become a starter as well as the fierce defenses of the Big 12.  Beginning as a 2006 Freshman All-American, he finished his career as an All-American (AFC) in 2009. Williams was selected fourth by the Washington Redskins.


4. Ryan Mathews (Fresno St.) **

When Mathews arrived in Fresno in 2007, he showed the WAC exactly why he was underrated as a prep athlete. After rushing for 1,808 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2009, he was named a first team AP All-American.  Recorded 3,280 rushing yards and 41 total touchdowns in his Bulldog career. Selected with the 12th pick by the San Diego Chargers.


5. Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri) ** 

In four years with the Tigers, Weatherspoon was an impressive three-time first team All-Big 12 selection and a third team All-American in 2008.  Recorded 388 tackles, 12 sacks, four interceptions, and three forced fumbles during his collegiate career.  Selected 19th by the Atlanta Falcons.


2010 NFL Draft first round by the numbers

Six five-star players, 14 four-star players, five three-star players, six two-star players, and one NR player.

2010 NFL Draft – First Round

Player, College                                            Position        Team          Prep Scout Rating

1 Sam Bradford, OklahomaQBRams****
2 Ndamukong Suh, NebraskaDTLions****
3 Gerald McCoy, OklahomaDTBuccaneers*****
4 Trent Williams, OklahomaOTRedskins***
5 Eric Berry, TennesseeSChiefs*****
6 Russell Okung, Okla. St.OTSeahawks****
7 Joe Haden, FloridaDBBrowns****
8 Rolando McClain, AlabamaILBRaiders****
9 C.J. Spiller, ClemsonRBBills*****
10 Tyson Alualu, CaliforniaDTJaguars***
11 Anthony Davis, RutgersOT49ers*****
12 Ryan Mathews, Fresno St.RBChargers**
13 Brandon Graham, MichiganOLBEagles*****
14 Earl Thomas, TexasSSeahawks****
15 Jason Pierre-Paul, S. FloridaDEGiantsNR
16 Derrick Morgan, Georgia TechDETitans****
17 Mike Iupati, IdahoOG49ers**
18 Maurkice Pouncey, FloridaCSteelers****
19 Sean Weatherspoon, MissouriOLBFalcons**
20 Kareem Jackson, AlabamaDBTexans***
21 Jermaine Gresham, OklahomaTEBengals****
22 Demaryius Thomas, Ga. TechWRBroncos***
23 Bryan Bulaga, IowaOTPackers****
24 Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St.WRCowboys****
25 Tim Tebow, FloridaQBBroncos*****
26 Dan Williams, TennesseeDTCardinals***
27 Devin McCourty, RutgersDBPatriots**
28 Jared Odrick, Penn St.DTDolphins****
29 Kyle Wilson, Boise St.DBJets**
30 Jahvid Best, CaliforniaRBLions****
31 Jerry Hughes, TCUOLBColts**
32 Patrick Robinson, Florida St.DBSaints****