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.

By Chris Burke & Doug Farrar
April 27, 2015

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.

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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.

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64
Ronald Darby
CB, Florida State
Player comparison: Desmond Trufant VIDEO: Scouting Ronald Darby
63
DE, Stanford
Player comparison: Tyson Jackson VIDEO: Scouting Henry Anderson
62
WR, Central Florida
Player comparison: Sidney Rice VIDEO: Scouting Breshad Perriman
61
DT, Clemson
Player comparison: Kelly Gregg VIDEO: Scouting Grady Jarrett
60
OT, Texas A&M
Player comparison: Derek Sherrod VIDEO: Scouting Cedric Ogbuehi
59
WR, Miami
Player comparison: Ted Ginn Jr. VIDEO: Scouting Phillip Dorsett
58
DE/OLB, Virginia
Player comparison: Chad Greenway VIDEO: Scouting Eli Harold
57
Duke Johnson
RB, Miami
Player comparison: Reggie Bush VIDEO: Scouting Duke Johnson
56
Nate Orchard
DE/OLB, Utah
Player comparison: Aaron Maybin VIDEO: Scouting Nate Orchard
55
WR, Kansas State
Player comparison: Kenny Stills VIDEO: Scouting Tyler Lockett
54
Brett Hundley
QB, UCLA
Player comparison: Colin Kaepernick VIDEO: Scouting Brett Hundley
53
Tre' Jackson
G, Florida State
Player comparison: Gabe Jackson VIDEO: Scouting Tre' Jackson
52
Jordan Phillips
DT, Oklahoma
Player comparison: Haloti Ngata VIDEO: Scouting Jordan Phillips
51
G, South Carolina
Player comparison: Larry Warford VIDEO: Scouting A.J. Cann
50
Preston Smith
DE, Mississippi State
Player comparison: Antonio Smith VIDEO: Scouting Preston Smith
49
Jay Ajayi
RB, Boise State
Player comparison: Darren McFadden VIDEO: Scouting Jay Ajayi
48
OT, Florida
Player comparison: Duane Brown VIDEO: Scouting D.J. Humphries
47
Nelson Agholor
WR, USC
Player comparison: Jarvis Landry VIDEO: Scouting Nelson Agholor
46
Carl Davis
DT, Iowa
Player comparison: Linval Joseph VIDEO: Scouting Carl Davis
45
Laken Tomlinson
G, Duke
Player comparison: Trai Turner VIDEO: Scouting Laken Tomlinson
44
Owamagbe Odighizuwa
DE, UCLA
Player comparison: Everson Griffen VIDEO: Scouting Owamagbe Odighizuwa
43
Devin Smith
WR, Ohio State
Player comparison: Torrey Smith VIDEO: Scouting Devin Smith
42
Ameer Abdullah
RB, Nebraska
Player comparison: Andre Ellington VIDEO: Scouting Ameer Abdullah
41
Jaelen Strong
WR, Arizona State
Player comparison: Muhsin Muhammad VIDEO: Scouting Jaelen Strong
40
Jalen Collins
CB, LSU
Player comparison: Prince Amukamara VIDEO: Scouting Jalen Collins
39
Paul Dawson
LB, TCU
Player comparison: Pat Angerer VIDEO: Scouting Paul Dawson
38
Rashad Greene
WR, Florida State
Player comparison: Doug Baldwin VIDEO: Scouting Rashad Greene
37
Ereck Flowers
OT, Miami
Player comparison: Cordy Glenn VIDEO: Scouting Ereck Flowers
36
DE/OLB, Kentucky
Player comparison: Akeem Ayers VIDEO: Scouting Bud Dupree
35
Eddie Goldman
DT, Florida State
Player comparison: Shaun Rogers VIDEO: Scouting Eddie Goldman
34
Denzel Perryman
LB, Miami
Player comparison: Brandon Spikes VIDEO: Scouting Denzel Perryman
33
Devin Funchess
WR/TE, Michigan
Player comparison: Kelvin Benjamin VIDEO: Scouting Devin Funchess
32
Arik Armstead
DE, Oregon
Player comparison: Calais Campbell VIDEO: Scouting Arik Armstead
31
Michael Bennett
DT, Ohio State
Player comparison: Henry Melton VIDEO: Scouting Michael Bennett
30
Jake Fisher
OT, Oregon
Player comparison: Sebastian Vollmer VIDEO: Scouting Jake Fisher
29
Eric Kendricks
LB, UCLA
Player comparison: Sean Lee VIDEO: Scouting Eric Kendricks
28
Benardrick McKinney
LB, Mississippi State
Player comparison: Brandon Spikes VIDEO: Scouting Benardrick McKinney
27
Maxx Williams
TE, Minnesota
Player comparison: Kyle Rudolph VIDEO: Scouting Maxx Williams
26
T.J. Clemmings
OT, Pittsburgh
Player comparison: Tyron Smith VIDEO: Scouting T.J. Clemmings
25
Malcom Brown
DT, Texas
Player comparison: Terrance Knighton VIDEO: Scouting Malcom Brown
24
Cameron Erving
G/C, Florida State
Player comparison: Weston Richburg VIDEO: Scouting Cameron Erving
23
Dorial Green-Beckham
WR, Missouri/Oklahoma
Player comparison: Plaxico Burress VIDEO: Scouting Dorial Green-Beckham
22
Melvin Gordon
RB, Wisconsin
Player comparison: Jamaal Charles VIDEO: Scouting Melvin Gordon
21
Kevin Johnson
CB, Wake Forest
Player comparison: Brent Grimes VIDEO: Scouting Kevin Johnson
20
P.J. Williams
CB, Florida State
Player comparison: Xavier Rhodes VIDEO: Scouting P.J. Williams
19
Andrus Peat
OT, Stanford
Player comparison: Nate Solder VIDEO: Scouting Andrus Peat
18
Shane Ray
DE/OLB, Missouri
Player comparison: Bruce Irvin VIDEO: Scouting Shane Ray
17
Marcus Peters
CB, Washington
Player comparison: Joe Haden VIDEO: Scouting Marcus Peters
16
Todd Gurley
RB, Georgia
Player comparison: Adrian Peterson VIDEO: Scouting Todd Gurley
15
Landon Collins
S, Alabama
Player comparison: Donte Whitner VIDEO: Scouting Landon Collins
14
Shaq Thompson
LB, Washington
Player comparison: DeAndre Levy VIDEO: Scouting Shaq Thompson
13
Danny Shelton
DT, Washington
Player comparison: Vince Wilfork VIDEO: Scouting Danny Shelton
12
La'el Collins
OT, LSU
Player comparison: Orlando Franklin VIDEO: Scouting La'el Collins
11
Trae Waynes
CB, Michigan State
Player comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie VIDEO: Scouting Trae Waynes
10
Vic Beasley
OLB, Clemson
Player comparison: Von Miller VIDEO: Scouting Vic Beasley
9
DeVante Parker
WR, Louisville
Player comparison: Alshon Jeffery VIDEO: Scouting DeVante Parker
8
Brandon Scherff
OT, Iowa
Player comparison: Jake Long VIDEO: Scouting Brandon Scherff
7
Amari Cooper
WR, Alabama
Player comparison: Jordy Nelson VIDEO: Scouting Amari Cooper
6
Jameis Winston
QB, Florida State
Player comparison: Jay Cutler VIDEO: Scouting Jameis Winston
5
Dante Fowler Jr.
DE, Florida
Player comparison: Justin Houston VIDEO: Scouting Dante Fowler Jr.
4
Kevin White
WR, West Virginia
Player comparison: Larry Fitzgerald VIDEO: Scouting Kevin White
3
Randy Gregory
DE/OLB, Nebraska
Player comparison: Clay Matthews Jr. VIDEO: Scouting Randy Gregory
2
Marcus Mariota
QB, Oregon
Player comparison: Aaron Rodgers VIDEO: Scouting Marcus Mariota
1
Leonard Williams
DE/DT, USC
Player comparison: Gerald McCoy VIDEO: Scouting Leonard Williams

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