A lot of people scoff at NFL Draft comparisons, but I think they’re useful when trying to convey a prospect’s play style and athletic profile. I choose NFL comps through the lens of “Who does this player remind me of?”, rather than “How good is this player?”
David Long – Brian Asamoah
Brian Asamoah is a converted safety with elite range. He darts around the field effortlessly and uses an unconventional tackling style. His length helps him get away with this aggressive form, and will help him develop his block shedding in the NFL.
Harold Landry – Nik Bonitto
Bend, acceleration, and very little polish as a pass rusher. Bonitto is an explosive, undersized edge/outside linebacker, who overwhelms Big 12 tackles with his 35.5 inch vert. and 4.54 40-yard dash. He’ll need to expand his repertoire beyond the speed chop to succeed as an NFL pass rusher.
Kristian Fulton – Roger McCreary
Roger McCreary has faced a gauntlet of SEC receivers over the course of his career, and has plenty of experience in press-man coverage. His experience, footwork, and physicality make up for mediocre athletic traits.
Robert Woods – John Metchie III
John Metchie III is a pro-ready slot receiver with limited upside. His productivity as a run blocker and his separation ability make the Robert Woods comparison interesting.
Caleb Farley – Zion McCollum
Caleb Farley was a much better prospect than Zyon McCollum, but they both have the ideal athletic profile for an outside corner. McCollum is still raw at this point, but it’s difficult to find 6’2 defensive backs with his movement skills.
Zach Cunningham – Quay Walker
Quay Walker uses his length incredibly well, and has underrated coverage instincts. Nakobe Dean gets a lot of (deserved) praise, but Quay Walker and Channing Tindall both have very impressive tape.