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Buccaneers drafted two number one high school recruits in 2016

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a pretty good overall draft class, at least as far as we can tell. The class featured two recruits who were number one recruits at their respective positions coming out of high school: first-round cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, and second-round defensive end Noah Spence, both of them (obviously) five-star recruits. Buccaneers.com listed the Bucs' full draft class and their high school ratings.

Other than those two, the Bucs' drafted rookies didn't actually rate all that highly coming out of high school. Roberto Aguayo was the third-ranked kicker nationally -- but, you know, he's a kicker. Fifth-round lineman Caleb Benenoch was the only other picks to have been ranked as high school prospect, the 18th ranked guard in the nation.

That fits the Bucs' previous two draft class, which have had few highly-ranked recruits. Jameis Winston was a number one recruit, but Mike Evans earned just three stars, Ali Marpet didn't rank, Donovan Smith was a four-star recruit, as was Kwon Alexander.

Of course, as we've seen before, there doesn't appear to be a huge correlation between high school ranking and NFL success, at least among those players that actually make ti to the NFL. This is little more than a curiosity, but a neat one nonetheless.