2021 NFL Draft: Pro Comparisons For the Top Prospects

Trevor Lawrence is Deshaun Watson. Zach Wilson is Kyler Murray. Justin Fields is Dak. We did comparisons for all of the top prospects in the 2021 NFL draft.

Kyle Pitts Florida Vanderbilt 2019
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Nov 9, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Pitts Florida Vanderbilt 2019

The NFL world has mostly shifted its focus to the offseason with Super Bowl LV here. Franchises are feverishly trying to fill their coaching staffs, front office roles, and plan to address key needs on their roster. We’ve already seen the transaction wire feature a huge trade, and more look likely to come as free agency nears.

The prospects atop mock drafts have been household names for months, and will be picked apart to death before the end of April. But these players can ball, and feature special traits that allowed them to dominate at the collegiate level. The difficulty in evaluating them is whether those traits are strong enough to elevate above their competition in the NFL.

Comparisons are hard because usage is affected by many outside factors. We’ll focus on movement skill and the eye test for how 10 of the best playmaking prospects compare to today’s NFL stars. Some of the comparisons aren’t as lofty as the Hall of Fame names that some might toss around, but there’s absolutely no shame drawing similarities to a Pro Bowl-caliber player. 

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Trevor Lawrence ACC Championship Celebration 2020

Justin Fields, Ohio State

Justin Fields Ohio St Northwestern 2020

Zach Wilson, BYU

Zach Wilson BYU Tennessee 2019

Trey Lance, North Dakota State

Trey Lance NDSU James Madison 2020

Mac Jones, Alabama

Mac Jones Senior Bowl 2021

Kyle Pitts, Florida

Kyle Pitts Florida Tennessee 2019

DeVonta Smith, Alabama

DeVonta Smith Alabama Florida 2020

Ja'Marr Chase, LSU

Ja'Marr Chase LSU Oklahoma 2019

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Jaylen Waddle Alabama Georga 2020 Sidelines

Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

Patrick Surtain II Alabama Miss St 2020

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