NFL Comparisons for Draft Prospects

There really isn’t a perfect comparison for Patrick Peterson because the NFL has never seen a player with his size and athleticism. But in his era, Rod Woodson was the equivalent - a man with cornerback skills and safety size. Woodson went on to a Hall of Fame career, as both a cornerback and safety, and Peterson could follow a similar career path in the pros.

Few players enter the league with A.J. Green’s size, speed and leaping ability. He is a true deep threat, with the height and hands to be used as a possession receiver as well. If he lands in the a system with a proven quarterback, he has the skills to turn in a Randy Moss-like rookie year.
Like Vince Young, Cam Newton is immensely talented and he will undoubtedly put on a show in the NFL. But also like Young, he will be inconsistent, frustrating fans and coaches which will ultimately lead to an ugly ending with the team that drafts him.
Julio Jones isn’t a game-breaker, but he’s a reliable route runner and a solid possession receiver. And he has just enough size and speed to occasionally be a dangerous runner after the catch. Like Keyshawn, he may not have ability to stretch the field like Randy Moss, but he’ll be a consistent No. 1 receiver for the next decade.
Fairley has the size, strength and athleticism to be one of the league’s premier interior linemen for the next decade. But just like when Sapp entered the league out of Miami, there are concerns about Fairley’s character and his willingness to work to become great.
Ingram doesn’t have Dayne’s size, but they are both north/south runners with minimal lateral movement ability. 30 years ago Ingram could have been a star, and the same goes for Dayne. But the league has changed and more teams want pure athletes at running back. Ingram will contribute, as did Dayne, but he isn’t the next elite franchise running back.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

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