All players pattern at least some portion of their game after another great player. They grow up idolizing a certain player or recognize that their skill set is similar to the player and continue honing their talents and nuances after that player.
As I've said before, it's always good to make comparisons, especially when evaluating and scouting a player. The comparison gives the reader or coach a better picture of the current player's strengths and weaknesses. We've been comparing QBs and RBs to their NFL counterparts lately, so today we'll look at the WR position.
For this read, we'll focus on the top 10 WR prospects and give you an NFL comparison for each of them. These comparisons will help you get a little more familiar with how each top 2014 WR prospect plays.
Scott isn't the biggest guy in the world at about 5'10" and 177 pounds, but he's very quick, elusive and athletic. He works well in the slot, can separate quickly at junction points and shows good hands to snatch balls in flight.
His long speed is solid and he can get deep at times. Scott also flashes punt and kickoff return ability.
NFL Comparison: Danny Amendola, Patriots
Andrews is a stark contrast from Scott, as he's 6'6" and weighs 225 pounds. The Arizona native has terrific hands, ball skills and catch-in-crowd ability. Andrews isn't a burner and won't run away from anyone, but he's going to catch most of the balls thrown in his zip code.
A move to TE could be in store before his college career ends.
NFL Comparison: Ramses Barden
Davidson has good speed and can be a terror both in the slot and on the perimeter. He has good athleticism, flows through underneath traffic well and catches the football with good hands.
You can count Davidson in as a big-play threat. He stands about 6'0", 170 pounds and has good pretty good release quickness. Davidson is dangerous after the catch and has great elusiveness with the ball.
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson, Eagles
I love Quinn's production, as he caught over 100 balls for over 2,000 yards as a junior in Louisiana. At 6'1" and 200 pounds, he has good size and really fights in his release versus press coverage.
Quinn is scrappy, doesn't get knocked off his route line easily and has very good hands. He can skate out of his breaks underneath and has adequate speed from the slot.
NFL Comparison: Victor Cruz, Giants
Quick is a 6'0", 170-pounder from California who has great athletic ability, quick feet and natural playmaking ability. He can work on the perimeter, elude press coverage in his release or eat up cushion.
Quick shows solid hands and some ability to catch balls outside his frame. He can return kicks and punts for a team and should make some vertical plays in the collegiate passing game.
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
Harris has outstanding length, due to his 6'3", 180-pound frame. He shows solid speed, but what makes him so good is his ball skills and hands.
Harris plays the wideout spot with good athleticism, flashing some separation quickness on intermediate routes. From Michigan, Harris is a former basketball player who has tremendous hand-eye coordination.
NFL Comparison: Marques Colston, Saints
Noil is going to need some work in college at the WR position because he plays QB right now. However, the 5'11", 176-pounder has great speed, quickness and elusiveness with the ball.
He's the type of WR that just needs to get the ball in his hands in any way possible. Smoke screens, reverses, quick slants and the return game are where Noil will make his hay, while also being a vertical threat.
NFL Comparison: Percy Harvin, Seahawks
I'll include Smith as a WR prospect at times, because the safety prospect has gotten offers as a WR. Smith is a 6'1" guy who weighs about 190 pounds and has smooth athleticism, solid strength and good speed.
He shows very good ball skills. He makes plays on the third level and can also work the chains underneath. Smith is also pretty tough to press at the line.
NFL Comparison: Roddy White, Falcons
You have to appreciate Lane's good size at 6'3" and just under 200 pounds. The Florida native has the makings of a potential No. 1 WR, as he shows solid long speed and very good concentration.
Lane has above-average separation quickness and can catch in a crowd with the best of this bunch. He also flashes some route running sharpness here and there, but his hands and size are his top assets.
NFL Comparison: Michael Crabtree, 49ers
The 6'0", 160-pound Cannon isn't physically imposing on the hoof, but he can run by people and has excellent hands. Cannon releases well off the line and plays with good awareness, showing a knack for avoiding traffic.
Cannon doesn't get enough credit as an underneath producer, as many feel he's just a vertical guy. I believe he has the potential to become a well-rounded and complete WR in college.
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace, Dolphins
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.