We chose six of the most coveted prospects at the 2021 Draft wide receiver position to seek similarities with players or former players who made NFL careers
This is a fun exercise, finding comparisons of players from the NFL for prospects who arrive via draft.
Some believe that the quarterback of BYU, Zach Wilson, possesses style qualities Patrick mahomes. Others see similarities between the quarterback of Alabama, Mac Jones, and Tom Brady.
Wild? Precise? Nobody knows. The draft is an inexact science. It is difficult to predict with certainty who will take off in the NFL and who will not, and all individuals are unique. Comparisons are not predictions regarding the kind of career prospects will have, but merely a tool used to match attributes and tools between players. But at least it’s a window into what gets talent screeners excited about the most coveted college prospects as they transition into the professional game.
The draft analyst for ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr., has been a student of the process for four decades. We used your wisdom to ask you to identify some comparisons for the most coveted wide receivers heading into the game. Draft 2021 de la NFL, to be held from April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Take a look at some of these names:
DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Reminds us of: Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis Colts, 1996-2008)
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The Alabama product has had an award-winning collegiate career and is looking to take his game to the next level of professionalism.
How do they compare? The pre-draft focus has been less on the production of Smith –the winner of the Trofeo Heisman he caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns last season – and more on his build (6ft 1in, 170lbs). Harrison (6 feet, 178 pounds) possessed a similar physique coming out of Syracuse, where he led the Big East with 20.2 yards per reception. He was chosen with the turn N ° 19 global by the Colts in the NFL Draft 1996, being the fourth wide receiver chosen that year, behind Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn Y Eddie Kennison. Of all the wide receivers selected that year, only Harrison Y Terrell Owens (third round) reached the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Smith it could “fall a bit” in the first round due to its size, according to Kiper, who would “not rule out” his teammate. Jaylen Waddle being selected before him. Some team will end up getting a bargain if Smith ends up being something like Harrison, who was appointed to eight Pro Bowls and ranks fifth on the historical reception list of the NFL (1,102).
“He weighed 178 pounds, and look at the run he had,” Kiper said.
Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
Reminds us of: Julio Jones, (Atlanta Falcons, 2011-present)
How do they compare? Kiper said that it is difficult to find a direct comparison for Chase (6 feet, 208 pounds) but compared his physical style of play to that of Jones (6 feet 3 inches, 220 pounds). They possess almost identical speed, with Chase running the 40 yards in 4.38 seconds on the pro day of LSU, barely better than the 4.39 seconds of Jones in the NFL Talent Mix from 2011.
Chase has surpassed Jones in terms of production in his final collegiate seasons, with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019, compared to Jones’ 78 catches for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns for Alabama in 2010.
Pending official numbers from @LSUfootball pro day…
Ja’Marr Chase (4.38 40-time) is the only wide receiver in the Next Gen Stats model dataset – since the 2003 NFL Draft – with a production and athleticism score over 95.
🔹 Production: 98
🔹 Athleticism: 96*
🔹 Overall: 99 pic.twitter.com/SFyYtCnYJk
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) March 31, 2021
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Reminds us of: Tyreek Hill, (Kansas City Chiefs, 2016-present)
How do they compare? Kiper assimilated Waddle with Hill “because it’s so explosive.” Waddle did not work during the pro day of AlabamaSo we were left wondering how close he would have come to Hill’s scintillating 4.29-second time at 40 yards, but Waddle He has shown his speed quite a few times on the field. He was the fastest wide receiver in college football last season, according to GPS data, and scored 11 career touchdowns of at least 50 yards for him. Tide.
Hill (5 feet 10 inches, 185 pounds) and Waddle (5 feet 10 inches, 177 pounds) are similarly built. The resemblance extends to their style of play and impact, according to a former varsity teammate of Waddle, the corridor Najee Harris.
Najee Harris on teammate Jaylen Waddle: “He’s small but he’s dynamic. He’s explosive. Really really explosive. Closest thing to Tyreek Hill. You gotta see him in person, how he plays how he gets in and out of cuts, how he stops and goes 60 right away.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2021
Kadarius Toney, Florida
Nos recuerda a: Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers, 2017-20; Washington Football Team, 2021)
How do they compare? Samuel (5 feet 11 inches) and Toney (5 feet 11 inches, 199 pounds) are of similar stature, with Samuel (4.31 seconds at 40 yards) leading the speed over Toney and his time of 4.39.
Samuel is known as a complete explosive player, having an impact on the running game – he had 41 carries for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers last season – along with his significant contributions as a wide receiver. Toney showed similar abilities in Florida. He rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in 2020 along with his 70 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Tutu Atwell, Louisville
Reminds us of: Marquise Brown (Baltimore Ravens, 2019-present)
How do they compare? Kiper likes the comparison to “Hollywood” Brown in order to Atwell “because of the way it can fly.” Atwell he ran 40 yards in 4.32 seconds on his pro day. That is aligned with what has been achieved by Brown, who did not run in the Talent Mix of his year, but was timed at 4.33 seconds when he attended a community college, according to reports. Atwell (5 feet 9 inches, 153 pounds) and Brown (5 feet 9 inches, 180 pounds) are very light players, surviving on their speed.
His best college years were similar: Atwell recorded 69 receptions for 1,272 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns in the sophomore season, comparing to the junior season of Brown on Oklahoma, when he registered 75 receptions for 1,318 yards (17.6 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns.
Consumption Bateman, Minnesota
Reminds us of: Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers, 2014-present)
How do they compare? Bateman (6 feet 2 inches, 213 pounds) and Adams (6 feet 1 inch, 215 pounds) are close in size, though Bateman (4.39 seconds at 40 yards) has the speed advantage over Adams (4.56 seconds). That time in 40 was probably a factor in Adams was not drafted until the second round (53rd overall) despite amassing impressive numbers in Fresno State.
So much Bateman What Adams they showed the ability to adjust to the ball in the air, and to make difficult and contorted catches.
The collegiate production of Adams it’s hard to match. He led the country in receptions (131) and touchdowns (24) as a sophomore in 2013. The best season of Bateman He also came in as a sophomore, catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2019.