Which NFL standouts do this year's crop of top prospects call to mind? Marcus Mariota's similarity to Aaron Rodgers, what Jameis Winston has in common with Jay Cutler, and the rest of our player comparisons for potential first- and second-round picks.
Last year, SI set aside the negative buzz surrounding Teddy Bridgewater's pre-draft workouts to name him the top prospect available in the 2014 NFL draft. In his scouting report, Doug Farrar compared the Louisville star to "a slightly taller and less mobile Russell Wilson," and Bridgewater followed through on some of that promise in his rookie season, throwing for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns as he kept the Vikings competitive with a thin receiving corps and no Adrian Peterson to lean on in the backfield.
Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald reminded Chris Burke of Bengals Pro Bowler Geno Atkins, and Donald went on to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year honors for his work along the Rams' loaded defensive front. As for future Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr.? His insane speed and body control earned him a Kendall Wright comparison, and Beckham has already outpaced that projection after just 12 games in a Giants uniform.
Which NFL standouts do this year's crop of top prospects call to mind? Read on for the player comparisons Chris Burke and Doug Farrar assigned to each prospect on this year's SI 64, and click on each player's name to read an extended scouting report.