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The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft has come and gone, and it revealed further proof that the premier recruiting service of 247Sports has dialed in how to rank some of the game's biggest stars before they even reach the college game. The paradigm of this claim: Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, 247Sports' No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Young, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, was not the only former blue-chip prospect to follow through on his recruiting hype. A total of 13 players with five stars attached to their names were selected in the first round, including eight among the first 11 picks. The Houston Texas nabbed back-to-back 5-star prospects when they selected QB C.J. Stroud of Ohio State and EDGE Will Anderson Jr. of Alabama with the second and third overall picks, respectively.

There were some Cinderella stories on Thursday night in Kansas City. Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon, an unrated prospect out of high school with no stars to his name, but worked his way up to become the No. 5 overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks.

All in all, two-thirds of the 31 first-round picks were rated as 5- or 4-star prospects out of high school with just two of those 31 selections unrated before entering college.

Here's a look at the star rankings for every player selected in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

2023 NFL Draft by recruiting ranking

  • 5 stars: 13
  • 4 stars: 8
  • 3 stars: 8
  • 2 stars: 0
  • 1 star: 0
  • Unranked: 2
NFL TeamPlayerSchoolStarsRank (year)
Bryce YoungAlabama51 (2020)
C.J. StroudOhio State529 (2020)
Will Anderson Jr.Alabama52 (2020)
Anthony RichardsonFlorida4245 (2020)
Devon WitherspoonIllinoisn/an/a (2019)
Paris JohnsonOhio State58 (2020)
Tyree Wilson*Texas Tech3471 (2018)
Bijan RobinsonTexas521 (2020)
Jalen CarterGeorgia59 (2020)
Darnell WrightTennessee525 (2019)
Peter SkoronskiNorthwestern527 (2020)
Jahmyr GibbsAlabama444 (2020)
Lukas Van Ness*Iowa31,063 (2020)
Broderick JonesGeorgia530 (2020)
Will McDonald IV*Iowa State3787 (2018)
Emmanuel ForbesMississippi State4132 (2020)
Christian GonzalezOregon4326 (2020)
Jack Campbell*Iowa3662 (2019)
Calijah Kancey*Pittsburgh3837 (2019)
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State515 (2020)
Quinten JohnstonTCU4113 (2020)
Zay Flowers*Boston College31,188 (2019)
Jordan AddisonUSC4131 (2020)
Deonte Banks*Maryland3854 (2019)
Dalton KincaidUtahn/an/a (2018)
Mazi SmithMichigan4170 (2019)
Anton HarrisonOklahoma4178 (2020)
Myles MurphyClemson514 (2020)
Bryan BreseeClemson53 (2020)
Nolan SmithGeorgia54 (2019)
Felix Anudike-Uzomah*Kansas State32,421 (2020)

*Denotes 247Sports composite ranking