2014 NFL Draft: How Do This Year's Top Prospects Compare to 2013 Counterparts?

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2014 NFL Draft: How Do This Year's Top Prospects Compare to 2013 Counterparts?
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Each year, NFL teams, analysts and fans like to compare the current draft class to the class that came before it and that is no different in 2014.

Tavon Austin and Dee Milliner were at the top of the class at their positions in 2013. But could Sammy Watkins and Justin Gilbert end up being better players in their rookie seasons in 2014 than their 2013 counterparts at receiver and cornerback, respectively?

There is no way to answer that question just yet, but by comparing some of this year's top prospects to last year's top prospects it helps to understand what type of expectations can be placed on a player in their rookie season.

Some prospects in 2014 seem almost identical to their 2013 counterparts, while others appear to stand head and shoulders above theirs. 

Here are five of this year's top draft prospects and how they compare to their 2013 counterparts at the same position.

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