Peterson, Harvin near top of NFL's richest former 5-star recruits list

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was the No. 1 rated high school player in the country in 2004, according to Rivals. The same college sports recruiting website listed former Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin as the No. 1 prep player in the class of 2006.

Peterson went on to star at the University of Oklahoma and Harvin did the same alongside Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators. Both are superstars in the NFL today, and two of the richest former five-star recruits in the NFL.

TheRichest.com listed some of the highest-paid five-star recruits in the NFL since 2002, and both Peterson and Harvin cracked the top 10. Here it is, with each player's average annual salary.

10. Reshad Jones – Dolphins – $7,340,000

9. Carlos Dunlap – Bengals – $7,874,000

8. Eric Berry – Cheifs – $8,340,717

7. DeSean Jackson – Eagles – $9,700,000

6. Percy Harvin – Seahawks – $10,707,500

Harvin was not only a five-star recruit in 2006, but considered the No. 1 overall prospect and signed with the University of Florida. The elusive wide receiver had a nice career with the Gators, where he was used as both a wide receiver and running back. During his three seasons Harvin compiled more than 1,800 yards rushing and 1,900 yards receiving, totaling 32 touchdowns from scrimmage. Harvin entered the draft after his junior year in 2008 and was the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

5. Gerald McCoy – Buccaneers – $11,000,000

4. Haloti Ngata – Ravens – $12,131,000

3. Mark Sanchez – Jets – $13,491,667

2. Adrian Peterson – Vikings – $13,714,286

Peterson was the No. 1 overall prospect of the 2004 recruiting class and ended up signing with the University of Oklahoma. Peterson made an immediate impact in the college game, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards as a true freshman in 2004. His outstanding play earned him a consensus All-American honor and a second-place finish in Heisman voting. His next two years at Oklahoma were not as successful and a couple injuries hindered his play. Still, with high stock, Peterson left for the NFL after his junior year and was the seventh overall pick going to the Minnesota Vikings.

1. Matthew Stafford – Lions – $17,666,667

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild score 5 unanswered goals to sweep Sharks

The Sharks scored first but the Wild stormed back in a 5-2 victory.

Rocco Baldelli

Twins-Angels postponed Saturday and Sunday due to COVID

Outfielder Kyle Garlick and one other player tested positive on Saturday.

51116674647_a9a72eac98_k

Curfew set at 11 p.m. in Brooklyn Center, Champlin Saturday

More protests are expected in Brooklyn Center.

Image from iOS (1)

Victim killed in multi-vehicle crash that closed Hwy. 62 ID'd as woman, 23

The four-vehicle crash closed the eastbound highway for several hours.

protest, Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center

Photographer reports being maced and punched by police, other journalists detained

It came just hours after a court order prevented law enforcement from using force against the news media.

51119874206_73072b910b_k

Police move in swiftly to make arrests on 6th night of Daunte Wright protests

What started out peaceful took a turn as the night drew in.

Related