As evaluators and coaches continue their careers, their player memory bank will expand. The ability to study a current player and have him remind them of a player they've seen in the past is a tremendous help when assessing a player's strengths and weaknesses.
Though high school prospects are young in their development, they do possess traits that warrant comparisons to older players, even NFL stars. Studying the nation's best defensive back prospects, a well-thought-out comparison can be made to an NFL counterpart.
These comparisons are based on the recruit's size, athleticism and position skill set. Taking a cornerback prospect and just naming All-Pro cover man Darrelle Revis as his comparison was not done with this list.
The nation's best safety prospect actually has superior size to his NFL comparison, while several defensive backs in the 2014 class resemble several AFC East back-end defenders. An "athlete" prospect made this list, as he appears to be on track to play cornerback in college and compares favorably to an NFC West cover man.