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Signing Day: Where Broncos Ranked


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --With high school athletes around the country faxing in their commitments on National Signing Day today, we thought we'd take a look back at where each of the Broncos' players ranked as they were being recruited out of high school.

The list goes to show that how many stars a player is given coming out of high school, doesn't necessarily equate to his future as an NFL player.

Of the 63 players on either the Broncos' active roster or injured reserve at the end of the season, only one -- wide receiver Andre Caldwell -- received five stars coming out of high school. In fact, there were more unranked players (seven) than there were five-star recruits.

The most common rating was three stars, with 18 Broncos falling in that category. Thirteen were four stars, thirteen were two stars and one received one star.

Ten players were recruited before the current ranking system, of which Champ Bailey, Quentin Jammer and Demaryius Thomas likely would have received five stars as all were top recruits in their classes.

Broncos players took to Twitter to give their thoughts on signing day:

My national signing day was so wack lol I just faxed the papers and went back to class..nobody cared lol — Duke Ihenacho (@NachoLyfe) February 5, 2014

Wishing good luck to all the high school athletes that just made the biggest decisions of their life to date. Especially the new #Viks — Julius Thomas (@Julius_Thomas) February 5, 2014

Congrats to @ttukingsbury and his 2014 class! I am already hearing great things from the coaching staff! #ttufootball #redraiders #WRU — Wes Welker (@WesWelker) February 5, 2014

See below for the full list of where each player that finished the season on the team's active roster or injured reserve ranked:

Adams, MikeN/ADelaware
Anderson, C.J.3California
Ayers, Robert4Tennessee
Bailey, ChampN/AGeorgia
Ball, Montee4Wisconsin
Beadles, Zane2Utah
Bolden, Omar4Arizona State
Bradley, StewartN/ANebraska
Brewer, Aaron2San Diego State
Bruton, David3Notre Dame
Caldwell, Andre5Florida
Carter, Quinton3Oklahoma
Carter, Tony4Florida State
Clady, Ryan2Boise State
Clark, Chris2Southern Mississippi
Cole, Marquice0Northwestern
Colquitt, Britton3Tennessee
Decker, Eric2Minnesota
Dreessen, Joel0Colorado State
Dysert, Zac3Miami (OH)
Franklin, Orlando4Miami
Fua, Sione3Stanford
Green, Virgil2Nevada
Harris Jr., Chris2Kansas
Hillman, Ronnie3San Diego State
Holliday, Trindon3LSU
Huff, MichaelN/A278,765
Ihenacho, Duke2San Jose State
Irving, Nate3North Carolina State
Jackson, Malik4USC
Jammer, QuentinN/ATexas
Johnson, Steven0Kansas
Justice, Winston4USC
Knighton, Terrance3Temple
Koppen, DanN/ABoston College
Kuper, ChrisN/ANorth Dakota
Lenon, ParisN/ARichmond
Manning, PeytonN/ATennessee
Marshall, Brandon2Nevada
McCray, Lerentee4Florida
Miller, Von4Texas A&M
Mincey, Jeremy0Florida
Moreno, Knowshon4Georgia
Osweiler, Brock3Arizona State
Painter, Vinston4Virgina Tech
Phillips, Shaun4Purdue
Prater, Matt2UCF
Ramirez, Manny3Texas Tech
Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique0Tennessee State
Smith, Quanterus2Western Kentucky
Tamme, Jacob3Kentucky
Thomas, Demaryius3Georgia Tech
Thomas, Julius0Portland State
Trevathan, Danny2Kentucky
Unrein, Mitch0Wyoming
Vallos, Steve1Wake Forest
Vasquez, Louis3Texas Tech
Vickerson, Kevin4N/A
Webster, Kayvon3South Florida
Welker, WesN/ATexas Tech
Williams, Sylvester3North Carolina
Wolfe, Derek2Cincinnati
Woodyard, Wesley3Kentucky

Note: N/A means the player entered college before the current ranking system: