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    Draft Prospect/NFL Doppelgangers: Wide Receivers

    Looking at the draft prospects, its often informative to find NFL players who they can aspire to be like.

    Starting with the Wide Receiver position, here are some comparisons, based upon size, skills and playing style. The prospects won't necessarily reach the level of their NFL doppelgangers, but they provide a benchmark to shoot for.

    Sammy Watkins = Torrey Smith
    Watkins and Smith are about the same size, and both have very good speed and YAC abilities. Smith is more of a verticle threat, while Watkins is more of a motion player, but I think their basic skills are similar.

    Mike Evans = Vincent Jackson
    Both players have size, and know how to use it. While neither is a burner, they both have enough straight line speed to get downfield, and the jumping ability to win close battles with DBs.

    Marquise Lee = Antonio Brown
    Neither Lee nor Brown is a "freak-sized" WR, but both use speed and quickness to their advantage. In the right system, Lee could put up big numbers as Brown did this year.

    Kelvin Benjamin = Demaryius Thomas
    When Thomas went in the first round of the draft (before Dez Bryant), his size, speed and potential were bigger draws than his on-field resume. The same is true for Benjamin, who probably could use another year in college (as of this post, he has not declared). Thomas worked out, though, and Benjamin may do the same.

    Allen Robinson = Anquan Boldin
    While Robinson is taller, and does not have the bulk (yet) that Boldin does, he is similar in the way he uses his size. With today's rules giving big advantages to WRs, a guy who aggressively goes after the ball is a QBs best friend.

    Jordan Matthews = Jordy Nelson
    Like Nelson, Matthews will hear a lot of questions about his ability to separate, his top end speed, and his "ceiling." Look beyond the measurables, though, and you'll see a receiver who runs very good routes and almost never drops a pass. "Possession receiver' does not need to be an insult.

    Brandon Coleman = Brandon Marshall
    Another big, tall mismatch of a receiver. Coleman won't run past CBs, but he'll jump over them. That's worked pretty well for Marshall. Plus, Coleman has not demonstrated Marshall's... um... er... personality.

    Davonte Adams = Keenan Allen
    After one year in the league, Allen has demonstrated that his precision routes and ability to pick apart zones is valuable, even if not in an "elite package." Adams can aspire to be a similar player. They are almost identical in size, and Adams has skill sets that could lead to early production.
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    Re: Draft Prospect/NFL Doppelgangers: Wide Receivers

    Good job, good comparisons
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    Re: Draft Prospect/NFL Doppelgangers: Wide Receivers

    Agree with the Allen Robinson/Anquan Boldin analogy wholeheartedly. Would like to see Robinson as one of our multiple second round picks based on adding one due to a trade. Nice insurance policy if Brian Quick doesn't emerge as the WR he was believed to be when drafted.

    Good work with the comparisons.

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    Re: Draft Prospect/NFL Doppelgangers: Wide Receivers

    Hearing Jordan Matthews is by far the best WR there so far.

    Vanderbilt receiver's work ethic on display at Senior Bowl
    January 20
    The Kansas City Star

    MOBILE, Ala. — The horn blew three times Monday, a signal that the South squad's first practice of Senior Bowl week had finally come to an end.

    But after a brief huddle in the middle of the field, Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews was far from done. He and quarterback Derek Carr strolled to the far end zone and proceeded to take a few extra reps by themselves, all in an attempt to show how serious they were about getting better.

    This, draft analysts say, is an example of the intangibles that make the 6-foot-3, 206-pound Matthews an intriguing prospect for May's NFL Draft. In fact, Matthews, who caught 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns this season, even asked Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage to send him game film of the cornerbacks in attendance, all for the sake of gaining even the slightest advantage.

    “Mr. Savage was trying to get them to me, but it didn't follow through,” Matthews said. “But there were some cut-ups online — I think had some of the guys that were here — so I was able to watch a little bit, see some of their tendencies. There's some great guys out here.”

    One look at Matthews' first-round competition at receiver this year makes you understand his eagerness to prove himself. According to ESPN's Scouts Inc., Matthews is currently the 26th-best prospect in the draft — which essentially makes him a fringe first rounder depending on teams' needs — and Matthews knows that underclassmen such as USC's Marqise Lee, Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks are all possible first-round picks.

    The Chiefs, who pick 23rd in the first round, happen to be in the market for another receiver, and NFL Network analyst and former scout Bucky Brooks said coach Andy Reid's offense works best with receivers who can run with the ball after the catch. Lee, Watkins and Cooks definitely fit that description better than a possession receiver like Matthews.

    “He could be very, very similar to what you have with Dwayne Bowe,” Brooks said. “You want someone who can take the top off the defense and turn a 5-yard catch into a big gain. That's what they're lacking.”

    Indeed, one of the knocks against Matthews is his lack of top-end speed. He struggled to create separation at times on Monday, further cementing the fact he needs to run a good time to be picked in the first round. Anything 4.6 or worse would be considered a disappointment, though it's worth noting that Matthews’ cousin — Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice — ran a 4.6 himself out of college.

    Nobody is comparing Matthews to Rice, of course, but the Vanderbilt receiver does apparently have a willingness to work that would make his cousin proud. After one impressive catch Monday, in which he high-pointed a contested jump ball and fell to the ground, he rose and ran to the end zone, even though the play was already dead.

    Then there's the display he and Carr put on after practice, a clear sign of Matthews' desire to go the extra mile.

    “I was just glad everyone could see (how) I compete,” Matthews said.

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    Re: Draft Prospect/NFL Doppelgangers: Wide Receivers

    Great post, really interested to see how they all do at the Combine

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