What happened to the top 5 All-Time recruits in CFB history?

There are 5 players that received a perfect 1.0000 rating from 247sports.com.

2002: Vince Young Dual-Threat QB Houston, Texas. 1st ranked national, 1st best Dual-QB, 1st best in the state of Texas. Played 3 seasons for Texas (2003-2005), won the BCS National Championship in 2005 (with Texas). 1st round pick in 2006 NFL Draft (3rd overall) by the Tennessee Titans. 6 years in NFL (5 with Titans, 1 with Eagles). 50 games started (60 games played) out of 108. 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year, 2x Pro-Bowler (2006 & 2009). 31-19 record, 8,964 yards, 46 passing touchdowns, 51 interceptions, 149.4 passing yards/game, 74.4 QBRTG. Currently unemployed after working for UT Austin from 2014-2019.

2003: Ernie Sims ILB Tallahassee, Florida. 1st ranked national, 1st best ILB, 1st best in the state of Florida. Played 3 seasons for Florida State (2003-2005). 1st round pick in 2006 NFL Draft (9th overall) by the Detroit Lions. 8 years in NFL (4 with Lions, 2 with Cowboys, 1 with Colts, 1 with Eagles). 87 games started (109 games played) out of 128. 1 INT, 11 pass deflections, 6 forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, 623 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss. Currently owns his own training facility and a local sports talk radio show in Florida.

2011: Jadeveon Clowney WDE Rock Hill, South Carolina. 1st ranked national, 1st best WDE, 1st best in the state of South Carolina. Played 3 seasons for South Carolina (2011-2013). 1st round pick in 2014 NFL Draft (1st overall) by the Houston Texans. 7+ years in NFL (5 with Texans, 1 with Seahawks, 1 with Titans). 74 games started (83 games played) out of 112+. 3x Pro-Bowler (2016, 2017, 2018). 1 INT, 18 pass deflections, 9 forced fumbles, 32.0 sacks, 255 total tackles, 75 tackles for loss. Currently starting DE for the Cleveland Browns.

Source: 247sports.com

2013: Robert Nkemdiche SDE Loganville, Georgia. 1st ranked national, 1st best SDE, 1st best in the state of Georgia. Played 3 seasons for Ole Miss (2013-2015). 1st round pick in 2016 NFL Draft (29th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals. 4 years in NFL (3 with Cardinals, 1 with Dolphins). 6 games started (29 games played) out of 64. 0 INT, 2 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks, 44 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss. Currently a free agent in NFL.

2016: Rashan Gary DT Paramus, New Jersey. 1st ranked national, 1st best DT, 1st best in the state of New Jersey. Played 3 seasons for Michigan (2016-2018). 1st round pick in 2019 NFL Draft (12th overall) by the Green Bay Packers. 2+ years in NFL (2 with Packers). 4 games started (31 games played out of 32). 0 INT, 1 pass deflection, 0 forced fumbles, 7.0 sacks, 56 total tackles, 8 tackles for loss. Currently backup OLB for the Green Bay Packers.

Of the top CFB recruits All-Time:

Drafted in NFL Draft (5): Rashan Gary, Robert Nkemdiche, Jadeveon Clowney, Ernie Sims and Vince Young

Won NCAA Championship (1): Vince Young

Made Pro-Bowl in NFL (2): Jadeveon Clowney 3x and Vince Young 2x

Currently on a NFL roster (2): Rashan Gary and Jadeveon Clowney

The top CFB recruits of all time had unsuccessful post-college careers. Only 2/5 are currently on NFL rosters, and only 1/5 is a starter (Jadeveon Clowney). Only 2 made the pro bowl. One silver lining, regardless of the failure to make successful careers in the NFL, all 5 were 1st round draft picks in their respective years.

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