Underrated Recruits in the NFL Playoffs

ByJordan Rinard

Published on Thu Feb 04 2021

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5 min read

Underrated Recruits in the NFL Playoffs

With the NFL Playoffs about to commence, it is great time to remind young players that they don't need to be a 5-star recruit to make it into the League. The playoff pool is chock full of example of guys who weren't highly touted, but made it anyway due to their grit and grind. With that in mind, let's take a look at the underrated prospects that found their way to the NFL Playoffs this season.

Writer's note: I deemed anybody with two stars or less as underrated and used 247Sports to compile this list. Also, some of the players on the list pre-date online recruiting rankings (looking at you, Tom Brady) so keep that in mind as you go through the list.


Chicago Bears

WR DeAndre Carter - not ranked

TE Jimmy Graham - not ranked

TE Demetrius Harris - 2-star

DB DeAndre Houston-Carson - not ranked

LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe - 2-star

LB Khalil Mack - 2-star

DB Sherrick McManis - 2-star

WR Anthony Miller - 2-star

WR Darnell Mooney - 2-star

DT Bilal Nichols - not ranked

P Pat O'Donnell - 2-star

LS Patrick Scales - not ranked

OL Lachavious Simmons - not ranked

DB Buster Skrine - not ranked

LB Danny Trevathan - 2-star


Buffalo Bills

DE Mario Addison - 2-star

K Tyler Bass - not ranked

WR Cole Beasley - 2-star

P Corey Bojorquez - 2-star

WR John Brown - not ranked

DT Vernon Butler - 2-star

OL Dion Dawkins - 2-star

LS Reid Ferguson - 2-star

TE Reggie Gilliam - not ranked

DE Jerry Hughes - 2-star

DE Darryl Johnson - not ranked

CB Taron Johnson - not ranked

RB Taiwan Jones - not ranked

TE Dawson Knox - not ranked

DB Dean Marlowe - not ranked

LB Tyler Matakevich - 2-star

DB Siran Neal - 2-star

DB Josh Norman - not ranked

OL Ty Nsekhe - not ranked

WR Andre Roberts - not ranked

DB Levi Wallace - not ranked

OL Brian Winters - 2-star

DT Justin Zimmer - not ranked


Cleveland Browns

TE Stephen Carlson - not ranked

OL Jack Conklin - not ranked

OL Michael Dunn - not ranked

OL Anthony Fabiano - not ranked

P Jamie Gillan - not ranked

LS Charley Hughlett - not ranked

DB Robert Jackson - 2-star

FB Andy Janovich - not ranked

QB Case Keenum - 2-star

OL Kendall Lamm - not ranked

DB Jovante Moffatt - 2-star

DT Larry Ogunjobi - not ranked

DB Tavierre Thomas - not ranked

OL JC Tretter - not ranked


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DB Andrew Adams - 2-star

TE Antony Auclair - not ranked

LB Shaquil Barrett - unranked

QB Tom Brady - not ranked

TE Cameron Brate - not ranked

WR Antonio Brown - not ranked

OL Alex Cappa - not ranked

LB Cam Gill - not ranked

OL Joe Haeg - not ranked

TE Tanner Hudson - not ranked

OL Ryan Jensen - not ranked

DE Jeremiah Ledbetter - not ranked

OL Ali Marpet - not ranked

WR Scott Miller - not ranked

DB Sean Murphy-Bunting - not ranked

DE Pat O'Connor - 2-star

DB Ryan Smith - not ranked

OL Aaron Stinnie - not ranked

K Ryan Succop - not ranked

LS Zach Triner - not ranked

OL Josh Wells - not ranked


Kansas City Chiefs

WR Gehrig Dieter - not ranked

OL Eric Fisher - 2-star

DB Antonio Hamilton - not ranked

LB Darius Harris - 2-star

TE Nick Keizer - not ranked

TE Travis Kelce - 2-star

DB BoPete Keys - not ranked

OL Daniel Kilgore - not ranked

DE Tanoh Kpassagnon - not ranked

OL Austin Reiter - 2-star

OL Mike Remmers - not ranked

DT Khalen Saunders - not ranked

DB Charvarius Ward - 2-star

DE Tim Ward - not ranked

DT Tershawn Wharton - not ranked

LS James Winchester - not ranked

OL Andrew Wylie - 2-star

TE Deon Yelder - not ranked


Indianapolis Colts

TE Mo Alie-Cox - not ranked

DE Ben Banogu - 2-star

DB T.J. Carrie - not ranked

TE Jack Doyle - not ranked

WR Ashton Dulin - not ranked

LB Jordan Glasgow - not ranked

WR De'Michael Harris - not ranked

WR T.Y. Hilton - 2-star

OL Will Holden - not ranked

LB Darius Leonard - not ranked

DB Kenny Moore - not ranked

DB George Odum - not ranked

DB Zach Pascal - not ranked

OL Danny Pinter - 2-star

LS Luke Rhodes - not ranked

QB Philip Rivers - not ranked

DB Isaiah Rogers - 2-star

P Rigoberto Sanchez - not ranked

DB Tremon Smith - not ranked

LB E.J. Speed - 2-star

DT Grover Stewart - not ranked

DB Rock Ya-Sin - not ranked


Green Bay Packers

WR Devante Adams - 2-star

DB Henry Black - not ranked

LS Hunter Bradley - 2-star

TE Dominique Dafney - not ranked

DT Damon Harrison - not ranked

DB Ka'Dar Hollman - not ranked

LB Preston Smith - 2-star

DB Chandon Sullivan - 2-star

LB Ty Summers - 2-star

WR Malik Taylor - not ranked

TE Robert Tonyan - not ranked

OL Billy Turner - not ranked

OL Rick Wagner - not ranked


Los Angeles Rams

RB Raymond Calais - 2-star

OL Austin Corbett - not ranked

LB Samson Ebukam - not ranked

TE Gerald Everett - not ranked

DE Morgan Fox - not ranked

K Matt Gay - not ranked

P Johnny Hekker - not ranked

TE Tyler Higbee - 2-star

DB John Johnson - 2-star

WR Cooper Kupp - not ranked

LS Jake McQuaide - not ranked

DE Derek Rivers - not ranked

OL Coleman Shelton - 2-star

WR Nsimba Webster - not ranked

DB Darious Williams - not ranked


Baltimore Ravens

LB Chris Board - not ranked

WR Dez Bryant - not ranked

LS Morgan Cox - not ranked

DT Justin Ellis - 2-star

LB L.J. Fort - not ranked

LB Matt Judon - not ranked

DB Anthony Levine - not ranked

OL Patrick Merkari - 2-star

FB Patrick Ricard - not ranked

WR Willie Snead - 2-star

DT Brandon Williams - not ranked

DB Tramon Williams - not ranked

DE Derek Wolfe - not ranked


New Orleans Saints

OL Terron Armstead - not ranked

QB Drew Brees - not ranked

RB Michael Burton - not ranked

WR Austin Carr - not ranked

DE Marcus Davenport - 2-star

LB Demario Davis - 2-star

OL Nick Easton - not ranked

LB Kaden Elliss - not ranked

DE Carl Granderson - 2-star

OL Ethan Greenidge - not ranked

DE Trey Hendrickson - 2-star

TE Josh Hill - not ranked

K Wil Lutz - not ranked

P Thomas Morstead - not ranked

DT David Onyemata - not ranked

OL Ryan Ramczyk - not ranked

LB Craig Robertson - 2-star

WR Emmanuel Sanders - 2-star

TE Adam Trautman - not ranked


Seattle Seahawks

FB Nick Bellore - 2-star

P Michael Dickson - not ranked

TE Will Dissly - 2-star

TE Jacob Hollister - 2-star

DE Benson Mayowa - not ranked

WR David Moore - not ranked

K Jason Myers - not ranked

DB Ryan Neal - not ranked

LS Tyler Ott - not ranked

DB D.J. Reed - not ranked

DE Alton Robinson - 2-star

LB Bobby Wagner - 2-star


Pittsburgh Steelers

LB Ola Adeniyi - 2-star

P Jordan Berry - not ranked

DB Antoine Brooks Jr. - 2-star

LS Kameron Canaday - not ranked

DB Jordan Dangerfield - not ranked

OL Kevin Dotson - 2-star

LB Jay Elliott - not ranked

LB Alex Highsmith - not ranked

WR Diontae Johnson - not ranked

TE Vance McDonald - not ranked

DT Henry Mondeaux - not ranked

QB Ben Roethlisberger - not ranked

OL Alejandro Villaneuva - not ranked


Tennessee Titans

WR Cameron Batson - not ranked

OL Aaron Brewer - 2-star

DB Malcolm Butler - not ranked

DB Kevin Byard - 2-star

WR Corey Davis - 2-star

OL Nate Davis - 2-star

LB Nick Dzubnar - not ranked

RB Darrynton Evans - 2-star

TE Anthony Firkser - not ranked

RB D'Onta Foreman - not ranked

DB Chris Jackson - 2-star

OL Dennis Kelly - 2-star

P Brett Kern - not ranked

OL Marshall Newhouse - 2-star

DB Kareem Orr - not ranked

LS Matt Overton - not ranked

TE MyCole Pruitt - not ranked

OL David Quessenberry - not ranked

WR Kalif Raymond - not ranked

OL Rodger Saffold - 2-star

TE Jonnu Smith - 2-star

DB Tye Smith - not ranked


Washington Football Team

LB Thomas Davis - not ranked

WR Antonio Gandy-Golden - not ranked

QB Taylor Heinicke - not ranked

LB Cole Holcolme - not ranked

OL Keith Ismael - 2-star

DB Danny Johnson - 2-star

DB Cole Luke - not ranked

RB J.D. McKissic - 2-star

DB Jimmy Moreland - not ranked

DB Jeremy Reaves - 2-star

OL Chase Roullier - 2-star

OL Wes Schweitzer - 2-star

QB Alex Smith - 2-star

OL David Steinmetz - not ranked

LS Nick Sundberg - not ranked

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