What happened to the number 1 WR recruit from 2010-2015?

2010: Kyle Prater WR Hillside, Illinois. 11th ranked national, 1st best WR, 1st best in the state of Illinois. Played 1 season at USC (2011) and 3 seasons at Northwestern (2012-2014). Undrafted in 2015, never played in NFL. Currently has his own production company (Chasing Greatness Productions).

2011: George Farmer WR Gardena, California. 8th ranked national, 1st best WR, 1st best in the state of California. Played 3 seasons at USC (2011-2012 and 2014). Undrafted in 2015. 1 year in NFL (1 with Seahawks). 0 games started (2 games played) out of 16. 1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 2.0 receiving yards/game, 33.3% catch %. Currently a free agent.

2012: Dorial Green-Beckham WR Springfield, Missouri. 1st ranked national, 1st best WR, 1st best in the state of Missouri. Played 2 seasons at Missouri (2012-2013). 2nd round pick in 2015 NFL Draft (40th overall) by the Tennessee Titans. 2 years in NFL (1 with Titans, 1 with Eagles). 12 games started (31 games played) out of 32. 68 receptions, 941 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 30.4 receiving yards/game, 48.2% catch %. Currently unemployed after multiple marijuana possession arrests and a DWI.

2013: Laquon Treadwell WR Crete, Illinois. 14th ranked national, 1st best WR, 1st best in the state of Illinois. Played 3 seasons at Ole Miss (2013-2015). 1st round pick in 2016 NFL Draft (23rd overall) by the Minnesotta Vikings. 5 years in NFL (4 with Vikings, 1 with Falcons). 16 games started (58 games played) out of 80. 71 receptions, 750 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns, 12.9 receiving yards/game, 62.3% catch %. Currently a free agent.

2014: Speedy Noil WR New Orleans, Louisiana. 10th ranked national, 1st best WR, 3rd best in the state of Louisiana. Played 3 seasons for Texas A&M (2014-2016). Undrafted in 2017, never played in NFL. Currently plays indoor football for the Spokane Shock.

2015: Calvin Ridley WR Pompano Beach, Florida. 12th ranked national, 1st best WR, 6th best in the state of Florida. Played 3 seasons at Alabama (2015-2017). 1st round pick in 2018 NFL Draft (26th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. 3+ years in NFL (3 with Falcons). 30 games started (44 games played) out of 48. 217 receptions, 3,061 receiving yards, 26 receiving touchdowns, 69.6 receiving yards/game, 66.2% catch %. Currently starting WR for Atlanta Falcons.

Source: 247sports.com

From 2010-2015:

Drafted in NFL Draft (3): Dorial Green-Beckham, Laquon Treadwell and Calvin Ridley

Played in NFL (4): Dorial Green-Beckham, Laquon Treadwell and Calvin Ridley

Made Pro-Bowl (0)

Currently on NFL Roster (1): Calvin Ridley

The top wide receiver prospects from 2010-2015 had terrible post-college careers. Only 3/6 were drafted in the NFL Draft and Calvin Ridley is the only player to remain on an NFL roster. Ridley is an outlier considering last year he had 90 receptions, 1,374 yards, 9 receiving touchdowns, and averaged 91.6 receiving yards/game. Ridley is only 26 years old and is considered to be a great young WR in the NFL. In regards to the rest of the recruits on this list, I cannot say the same.

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