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How the Denver Broncos were ranked in high school

– Dallas Jackson,

Super Bowl XLVIII is set and the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Andre Caldwell is the only player on the Broncos roster to have been ranked a five-star by

Andre Caldwell is the only player on the Broncos roster to have been ranked a five-star by

Roster Snapshot:
Five-Stars: 1
Four-Stars: 12
Three-Stars: 15
Two-Stars: 14
Unranked: 9
Pre-Rivals: 13

Many players in the game are superstars at the highest level but not all were among the most coveted coming out of high school.

Players that have been in the league for seven years or less have all been through evaluations as prospects prior to entering college and ranked by — the industry standard.

Based on the rankings out of high school it is surprising the team made it this far.

Of the 64 players listed on the teams roster only 13 were ranked as four-star players or higher.

By contrast 14 members of the team were deemed to be two-star prospects by the service entering college.

The Broncos are considerably older than the Seahawks as the team had 13 players on the roster that went to high school prior to the first class ranked by and eight players that have double-digit years in the NFL.

Below is how each player was evaluated in high school including his star ranking and positional ranking.

The players are listed in alphabetical order.

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Mike AdamsSWayne (N.J.) Passaic TechDelawarePrior to rankings.
CJ AndersonRBVallejo (Cali.) HighCalUnranked
Robert AyersDESt. Clio (S.C.) Marlboro Co.TennesseeFour-stars. No. 10-ranked LB
Champ BaileyCBFolkston (Ga.) Charlton Co.GeorgiaPrior to rankings.
Montee BallRBWentzville (Mo.) TimberlandWisconsinFour-stars. No. 33-ranked RB
Zane BeadlesOGMidvale (Utah) HillcrestUtahTwo-stars. Unranked at OT
Omar BoldenRBOntario (Cali.) ColonyArizona St.Four-stars. No. 7-ranked at RB
Stewart BradleyLBSalt Lake (Utah) HighlandNebraskaPrior to rankings.
Aaron BrewerRBFullerton (Cali.) TroySan Diego St.Two-stars. Unranked at ATH
David BrutonSMiamisburg (Ohio) HighNotre DameThree-stars. No. 36-ranked S
Andre CaldwellWRTampa (Fla.) JeffersonFloridaFive-stars. No. 4 overall player
Quinton CarterSLas Vegas (Nev.) CheyenneOklahomaThree-stars. No. 48-ranked ATH
Tony CarterCBJacksonville (Fla.) MandarinFlorida St.Four-stars. No. 32 overall player
Ryan CladyOTRialto (Cali.) EisenhowerBoise St.Two-stars. Unranked at OT
Chris ClarkOTNew Orleans (La.) McDonoughSo. Miss.Two-stars. Unranked at OT
Marquice ColeCBChicago (Ill.) HillcrestNorthwesternUnranked
Britton ColquittPKnoxville (Tenn.) BeardenTennesseeThree-stars. No. 28-ranked K
Eric DeckerWRCold Spring (Minn.) RocoriMinnesotaTwo-stars. Unranked at WR
Joel DreessenTEIda Grove (Iowa) Ft. MorganColorado St.Prior to rankings.
Zac DysertQBAda (Ohio) HighMiami (OH)Three-stars. No. 22-ranked QB
Orlando FranklinOTDelray Beach (Fla.) AtlanticMiamiFour-stars. No. 23-ranked OT
Sione FuaDTEncino (Cali.) CrespiStanfordThree-stars. No. 47-ranked DT
Virgil GreenTETulare (Cali.) UnionNevadaTwo-stars. Unranked at WR
Chris HarrisCBBixby (Okla.) HighKansasTwo-stars. Unranked at ATH
Ronnie HillmanRBLa Habra (Cali.) HighSan Diego St.Three-stars. Unranked at ATH
Trindon HollidayWRZachary (La.) NortheastLSUThree-stars. Unranked at ATH
Michael HuffSIrving (Texas) NimitzTexasPrior to rankings.
Duke IhenachoSGardena (Cali.) SerraSan Jose St.Two-stars. Unranked at S
Nate IrvingLBTeachey (NC) Wallace-RoseN.C. StateTwo-stars. Unranked at ATH
Malik JacksonDELake Balboa (Cali.) BirminghamUSCFour-stars. No. 10-ranked DE
Quentin JammerCBAngleton (Texas) HighTexasPrior to rankings.
Steven JohnsonLBMedia (Pa.) Strath HavenKansasUnranked
Winston JusticeOTLong Beach (Cali.) PolyUSCFour-stars. No. 56 overall player
Terrance KnightonDTNew Berlin (NJ) MilfordTempleThree-stars. Unranked at DE
Dan KoppenOCWhitehall (Pa.) HighBoston CollegePrior to rankings.
Chris KuperOGAnchorage (Alaska) DimondNorth DakotaPrior to rankings.
Paris LenonLBVarina (Va.) HeritageRichmondPrior to rankings.
Peyton ManningQBNew Orleans (La.) NewmanTennesseePrior to rankings.
Brandon MarshallLBLas Vegas (Nev.) CimarronNevadaTwo-stars. Unranked at LB
Lerentee McCrayLBDunnellon (Fla.) HighFloridaFour-stars. No. 115 overall player
Von MillerDEDeSoto (Texas) HighTexas A&MFour-stars. No. 15-ranked DE
Jeremy MinceyDEStatesboro (Ga.) HighFloridaUnranked
Rahim MooreSLos Angeles (Cali.) DorseyUCLAFour-stars. No. 71 overall player
Knowshon MorenoRBMiddleton (N.J.) SouthGeorgiaFour-stars. No. 73 overall player
Brock OsweilerQBKalispell (Mont.) FlatheadArizona St.Three-stars. No. 26-ranked QB
Vinston PainterOTNorfolk (Va.) MauryVirginia TechFour-stars. No. 126 overall player
Shaun PhillipsDEWillingboro (NJ) HighPurduePrior to rankings.
Matt PraterKFt Myers (Fla.) EsteroUCFTwo–stars. Unranked at K
Manny RamirezOCSugarland (Texas) WillowridgeTexas TechThree-stars. No. 6-ranked C
Dominique Rodgers-CromartieCBBradenton (Fla) Lakwood RnchTennessee St.Unranked
Quanterus SmithDELoganville (Ga.) GraysonWKUTwo-stars. Unranked at DE
Jacob TammeTEDanville (Ky.) Boyle Co.KentuckyThree-stars. No. 67-ranked WR
Demaryius ThomasWRDublin (Ga.) West LaurensGeorgia TechThree-stars. No. 58-ranked WR
Julius ThomasTELodi (Cali.) TokayPortland St.Unranked
Danny TrevathanLBLeesburg (Fla.) HighKentuckyTwo-stars. Unranked at LB
Mitch UnreinDTEaton (Colo.) HighWyomingUnranked
Steve VallosOCYoungstown (Ohio) BoardmanWake ForestUnranked
Louis VasquezOGCorsicana (Texas) HighTexas TechThree-stars. No. 24-ranked OT
Kevin VickersonDTDetroit (Mich.) ML KingMichigan St.Prior to rankings.
Kayvon WebsterCBOpa Locka (Fla.) Msgn. PaceUSFThree-stars.No. 28-ranked CB
Wes WelkerWROKC (Okla.) Heritage HallTexas TechPrior to rankings.
Sylvester WilliamsDTJefferson City (Mo.) HighNorth CarolinaUnranked
Derek WolfeDTLisbon (Ohio) BeaverCincinnatiTwo-star. Unranked at DT
Wesley WoodyardLBLeGrange (Ga.) HighKentuckyThree-star. No. 49-ranked LB

About Dallas Jackson

Dallas Jackson is the national high school football analyst for He has been compiling the HSFB100 rankings since the 2007 season. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, American Football Monthly, among many others, and he was featured in the Frontline special, Football High.