TheYou'll hear more comparisons between certain of the upcoming releases. Current and former NFL players. These matches can be based on how the prospects play the game and their physical dimensions, production, versatility, and role or a combination of these lines of thought. However, NFL draft evaluators often match college-educated players with established pros to give them a face and to help them understand what they can bring.
Comps can be a great way to see the style of play of a player. They aren't always accurate and they don't necessarily indicate that the prospect will have the same success as an NFLer. They help you understand prospects better and to see how they will project to the next stage.
We asked 10 NFL draft analysts which comp they liked best in this year’s class. While some of the answers you have heard are familiar, others might provide a fresh perspective on a prospect or what we can expect from him every Sunday. We'll start with the most prominent quarterback in the class.
Pickett's backyard style of play is unsettling. With his creativity and quickness, the Pittsburgh QB is able to get out of any situation. Pickett excels in operational efficiency when he's in rhythm. Pickett is likened to Romo, the long-time worker.The game was won by the quarterback. Dan Orlovsky is an NFL analyst
Wilson is a dynamic prospect and has excellent playmaking abilities. He can create after the catch or stretch defenses vertically. The Ohio State receiver is a high-level player with excellent ball skills. He can even win isolation matchups. Wilson could be used in a pro offense similar to Diggs.) as a three-level target with inside/outside flexibility. — Matt Bowen, NFL analyst
Lloyd is an excellent inside linebacker just like Warner.. They are also nearly identical in terms of college production and measurement.
Lloyd recorded 256 total tackles during his Utah career. He also had 16.5sacks, two forced turnovers, five interceptions and eight pass breakups. Warner also had 264 total tackles during his four years at BYU. He recorded 6.5 sacks as well as three forced fumbles and seven interceptions. 13 pass breakups were made and two touchdowns.
Lloyd, who was 6'3″ and 235lbs with a 33-inch height and 4.66 seconds speed in the 40 yard dash, attended the combine this year. Warner, on the other hand, measured 6'3 and 236 lbs with a 32 inch length and 4.64 speed during 2018 combine workouts.
Lloyd is able to stop the run and make plays in coverage on the ball. He can also get after the quarterback. Lloyd is a great comp to Warner because of his ability to make an impact on the pass defense as an outside linebacker. — Todd McShay is an NFL draft analyst
Gardner is a fast and powerful cornerback. He didn't give up one touchdown in Cincinnati this season. Cromartie was on the field.As their GM, I saw that these cornerbacks had almost identical physical traits and builts. Gardner, like Cro, should be an elite man to-man cover corner in NFL. — Mike Tannenbaum, NFL analyst
Nelson was a great receiver for thePierce shares similar physical characteristics to him. At the combine, he ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash time and a 40.5-inch vertical. The Cincinnati pass-catcher can also run all routes and even break tackles after the catch. Green Bay might be able to steal Pierce with one its two second-round selections. Mel Kiper Jr., NFL draft analyst
Ekwonu from NC State is a strong player who has amazing ability in the run. Like theAs Wirfs did in Iowa, he is a great Day 1 offensive tackle and will be more successful in the run-game than the pass. Ekwonu's upside is due to his traits of quickness, balance, and strength. He is undoubtedly the best tackle in this class. — Matt Miller, NFL draft analyst
You can see footage of NC State OT IkemEkwonu getting ready to become a top pick for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Both these cornerbacks were noted for their high levels of ball production in college. Stingley was a standout true freshman at LSU, and he had six interceptions. Lattimore was the other cornerback who had four picks in his last college season.In 2017, he was taken in the first round. Stingley's technique is impeccable as a man corner, but he is also very savvy with his eyes and instincts when it comes to zone coverage. He has the ability, but it's not his only strength. His availability is the problem — he missed 13 games during the last two seasons. Stingley could return to his pre-injury form and be a top five corner in the NFL. Jordan Reid, NFL Draft Analyst
Both defensive tackles, Georgia's Davis and Vea (Buccaneers), are enormous. They both have the strength and endurance to dominate single-on-one matches and be part of double-teams. While I don't believe either will be high-volume sack producers, sacks can be overrated. Their ability push the pocket makes it difficult for quarterbacks to step in, and it can cause teams double them, effectively creating one on one matchups. Steve Muench, NFL draft analyst
I was covering Houston Oilers (now TheIn 1996, Runyan was selected by the team in the fourth round (109th overall). He was a 14-year veteran of the NFL. Penning is 6'7″ and 325 lbs. He has the same physical characteristics as Runyan. His play-to-play toughness, willingness to take on challenges and willingness to win were evident in every Northern Iowa game. Penning will not have to wait for the fourth round to hear his name called. — Jeff Legwold, NFL Nation reporter
These tight ends are dangerously able to run after the catch. They have been used by offensive coordinators to show their versatility, each catching passes from the backfield and taking handoffs. Like theSmith, Maryland's Okonkwo will pose matchup problems in NFL because of his size against defensive backs as well as his speed against linebackers. Turron Davenport is a reporter for NFL Nation