It’s one thing to have success in college football. It’s another thing entirely to translate that to the NFL.
That’s why NFL fans try to find pro comparisons for the top prospects in college.
When fans think about the players their team might draft, it’s easier to draw comparisons to a current player in the league: Is Aidan Hutchinson one of the next Bosa brothers? Is Sauce Gardner the next Richard Sherman?
Every player is unique. But based on their college stats, combine results and size, there are ways to compare players as college prospects.
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The Sporting News is taking a look at who the top 32 prospects, based on Vinnie Iyer’s top 150 big board, compared among current or former NFL players. These comparisons are not exactly who we are projecting them to turn into, but rather who they were similar to by the numbers.
Included in our comparisons are those from NFL’s Lance Zierlein and RAS Football’s Kent Lee Platte, using the closest score for the latter comparison.
NFL draft player comparisons
Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
- TSN: Nick Bosa, Ohio State (2019)
- NFL: Kyle Vanden Bosch, Nebraska (2001)
- RAS: Jaelan Phillips, Miami (2021)
Hutchinson is an athletic defensive end with the potential to play either linebacker or defensive end. He won the Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Award, and posted eye-popping agility numbers, including the fastest 3-cone time of defensive end or EDGE prospects, per Stathead. His height, 6-7, adds in an extra wrinkle to comparisons, but we’ve got him compared to the 6-4 Nick Bosa. Bosa was similarly impressive in the weight room (29 bench presses to 28 for Hutchinson) and both offer the flexibility to work in various defenses. The shuttle times (4.15 for Hutchinson, 4.14 for Bosa) and 40 times (4.74 for Hutchinson, 4.79 for Bosa) both highlight a speedy end with the ability to be a force in the pass-rush.
Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
- TSN: George Iloka, Boise State (2012)
- NFL: Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech (2010)
- RAS: Ryan Mundy, West Virginia (2008)
Finding a comparison for Hamilton isn’t easy, but his profile is not one that is overly common. At 6-4, 220 pounds, he’s bigger than most safeties, yet doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of speed (4.59 40 time). He was a playmaker in 2021, with three interceptions, two tackles for loss and four passes defended in just seven games. Zierlein compared him to Virginia Tech’s Kam Chancellor, but we’re going with another physical safety in George Iloka, who was 6-4, 225 pounds coming out of the draft. He posted a 4.6 40 with a similar 3-cone (7.03 for Iloka to 6.9 for Hamilton) and shuttle (4.03 for Iloka, 4.32 for Hamilton).
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Ickey Ekwonu, OT, NC State
- TSN: Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma (2012)
- NFL: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State (2012)
- RAS: Kenyatta Jones, South Florida (2001)
Ekwonu is not the typical offensive tackle based on his size — 6-4, 310 pounds — but he more than makes up for it with his speed. He ran a 4.93 40 at the combine and showed promising quickness with a 4.73 shuttle and 7.82 3-cone. Because of his combination of speed and size, he is similar to Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson. The 6-5, 312-pound lineman ran a 4.94 40 and had a 4.73 shuttle, and was regarded coming out of college as a versatile lineman who would be a standout blocker both in the running and passing game.
Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- TSN: Taylor Lewan, Michigan (2014)
- NFL: Jordan Mailata (2012)
- RAS: NA
Neal was one of the top college football prospects who made the decision not to participate in the 2022 NFL Combine, but that was largely because teams already know he’s a top-10 pick in the draft. At 6-7 1/2, 337 pounds, Neal has the size to be an immediate impact offensive tackle in the NFL, and his quickness gives him the potential to be a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle. Michigan’s Taylor Lewan was a similar size (6-7, 309 pounds) and boasted impressive speed at the tackle position.
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Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
- TSN: Andre Branch, Clemson (2012)
- NFL: Brian Orakpo, Texas (2009)
- RAS: John Thierry, Alcorn State (1994)
Thibodeaux began the 2021 season viewed as the top player in the draft, but has slid a little bit over technical concerns with his game. Despite missing some time early in the season, Thibodeaux finished the season with seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 10 games, as well as two forced fumbles. There have been a range of comparisons for Thibodeaux, but we’re going with defensive end Andre Branch. Both players were 6-4 coming out of college and were measured just five pounds apart. Branch and Thibodeaux showed similar agility numbers — 7.23 3-cone and 4.34 shuttle for Thibodeaux; 7.19 3-cone and 4.25 shuttle for Branch — and comparable 40 times of 4.58 (Thibodeaux) and 4.67 (Branch). As a senior, Branch tallied 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss in 14 games.
Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
- TSN: Darius Slay, Mississippi State (2013)
- NFL: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (2012)
- RAS: Ambry Thomas, Michigan (2021)
Stingley played in only three games as a junior and seven games as a sophomore, but the talent that he has shown he’s on the field has been off-the-charts. He picked off six passes in 15 games as a freshman in 2019, and has a combination of size (6-1, 195 pounds) and speed (4.37 40 time) that has scouts giving him one of the highest ceilings in the draft. That raw potential is similar to Darius Slay, who spent only one season in college as a full-time starter before going to the NFL. He had similar size (6-2, 192 pounds) and speed (4.36 40) coming out of college, and has translated that to the NFL, where he has been a Pro Bowler in four of the past five years.
Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
- TSN: Montez Sweat, Mississippi State (2019)
- NFL: NA
- RAS: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (2017)
Walker has quietly emerged in the conversation for first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, and it’s easy to see why. RAS gives him a 9.99 score and lists star defensive end Myles Garrett as his top comparison. The Sporting News is going with another first-round SEC defensive end in Montez Sweat from Mississippi State. Sweat also graded out highly on RAS with a 9.9 score, with both displaying elite speed grades and great or elite grades in explosion or speed grades. Sweat has established himself as a standout pass-rushing defensive end, grading 14th in pass-rush grades, per PFF, in 2020, his most recent full season of play.
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Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
- TSN: Greedy Williams, LSU (2019)
- NFL: Richard Sherman, Stanford (2011)
- RAS: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (2012)
The comparisons for Gardner have already been pretty lofty. Ziegler compared him to Richard Sherman. RAS’s score has him as athletic as Stephon Gilmore. Gardner is a bigger corner than some at 6-3, 190 pounds, but still has plenty of speed with a 40 time of 4.41. There aren’t many corners in the league that have that combination of speed and size. Greedy Williams was one such corner coming out of LSU, however, as he had a 4.37 40 time while standing 6-2 and weighing 185. Like Gardner, he also had a penchant for coming away with interceptions, as he had eight in two years in Baton Rouge.
Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
- TSN: Marcus Davenport, Texas-San Antonio (2018)
- NFL: Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan (2019)
- RAS: Neil Smith, Nebraska (1988)
That Georgia defense might have been even better had Johnson stuck around, but he transferred after the 2020 season and immediately became a starter at Florida State. There, he tallied 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss as he established himself as a standout, first-round defensive end. We’ve got him as similar to Marcus Davenport. They ran the same 40 time at the combine (4.58), posted near-identical broad jumps (124 for Davenport, 125 for Johnson) and while Johnson is 6-4.5, 254 pounds, Davenport checked in at the combine at 6-5, 254 pounds.
Charles Cross, OT, Michigan State
- TSN: Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (2017)
- NFL: Taylor Moton, Western Michigan (2017) / Tristan Wirfs, Iowa (2020)
- RAS: Rod Jones, Kansas (1996)
Another of the standout offensive tackles near the top of the draft class, Cross already stands out for his size (6-5, 307 pounds) and quickness (4.95 40 and 4.61 shuttle). The Mississippi State product has only been a starter for two seasons, but in his short team, he was a crucial piece as an exterior lineman in the Bulldogs’ offense. Cross had nearly the same shuttle (4.61) and vertical (26) to Forrest Lamp (4.62 and 27.5), another athletic tackle with the strength to play on the outside, though Lamp eventually shifted to guard.
Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
- TSN: Eric Rowe, Utah (2015)
- NFL: Jackrabbit Jenkins, North Alabama (2012)
- RAS: NA
Booth completed his first full 11-game schedule with Clemson in 2021, and it was a standout year for the corner. He hauled in three interceptions, tallied three tackles for loss and defended five passes. Booth stands out for his ability to press receivers on the line and disrupt them early in their routes, similar to Utah wide receiver Eric Rowe. The two corners have posted nearly the same 40 times (4.44 for Booth, 4.45 for Rowe). Rowe specialized more in man coverage, whereas Booth is better in zone, but both showed coming out of college the potential to start at corner early in their careers.
Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
- TSN: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota (2021)
- NFL: Terry McLaurin, Ohio State (2019)
- RAS: Steve Breaston, Michigan (2007)
Despite reaching Columbus as a three-star recruit, Olave quickly established himself as one fo the best wide receivers Ohio State has had in recent years. He had three seasons with at least 45 receptions, 700 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. We liken his game to another route-running Big Ten wide receiver in Rashod Bateman. The Minnesota product ran the same 40 time (4.39) as the 6-foot, 187-pound Olave and nearly the same broad jump (123 for Bateman, 124 for Olave). The two wideouts stand out with the ability to adjust on the fly and react to their quarterbacks needing to move outside the pocket.
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Garret Wilson, WR, Ohio State
- TSN: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma (2013)
- NFL: NA
- RAS: Eddie Royal, Virginia Tech (2008)
Another of Ohio State’s talented wide receivers in 2021, Wilson measures nearly identically to Olave, as he checked into the combine with a 4.38 40, 123 broad jump and checks in at 6-foot, 183 pounds. But the two wide receivers were used in different roles, with Olave acting more as a route-running threat, while Wilson is more of an explosive playmaker. Wilson was huge for Ohio State in 2021, catching 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns. His combine numbers and usage with the Buckeyes were similar to Oklahoma’s Kenny Stills, who posted a 4.38 40, 124 broad jump and 4.35 shuttle to Wilson’s 4.36. Both showed the ability to be end-zone, 50-50 targets, who can also work as deep threats with standout acceleration off the line.
Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
- TSN: Mike Wallace, Ole Miss (2009)
- NFL: Will Fuller, Notre Dame (2016)
- RAS: NA
Williams needed only one season at Alabama to prove that he was one of the best receivers in the country. He was Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young’s favorite target, hauling in 79 catches for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns as he helped lead Alabama to the national championship. But he has been unable to perform in any pre-draft workouts due to a torn ACL suffered in that final game. Since he hasn’t worked out, finding a comparison is more challenging, but we’re likening him to Mike Wallace. Both have long arms (32 1/8 inches for Williams, 31 3/8 for Wallace) that help them reach over defenders and both have breakaway speed to make them explosive deep-ball threats.
Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
- TSN: Ryan Kalil, USC (2007)
- NFL: Jason Kelce, Cincinnati (2011)
- RAS: Aaron Brewer, Texas State (2020)
Linderbaum is a slightly undersized lineman who profiles almost exclusively as a center, but that’s certainly not a problem for him as he’s one of the best centers that have come out of college football in a while. He led college football centers with a 95.4 offensive grade, per PFF, and has impressed with his quickness and blocking ability. Ryan Kalil was another undersized center that saw him land in the second round with the Panthers, and it worked out well as he became a five-time Pro Bowler at the position.
Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
- TSN: Alex Barron, Florida State (2005)
- NFL: Jon Runyan Sr., Michigan (1996) / Riley Reiff, Iowa (2012)
- RAS: Taylor Lewan, Michigan (2014)
The fourth standout offensive tackle in this class, Penning combines the size of Neal with the speed of Ekwonu. Despite standing 6-7 and weighing in at 325 pounds, Penning ran a 4.89 40, a rare speed for someone of his size. Much of his game is still raw, but scouts see him as someone who can take over the line early. Florida State’s Alex Barron is one of the few with his size and speed combination, as he checked into the 2005 combine at 6-7, 320 pounds, but ran a 4.87 40.
Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
- TSN: Andre Gurode, Colorado (2002)
- NFL: Richie Incognito, Nebraska (2005)
- RAS: Cody Ford, Oklahoma (2019)
Green has the build of an offensive tackle, but instead is a physical, run-blocking guard up the middle. The 6-4, 323-pound Texas A&M product ran a 5.24 40 and clocked in a 5.12 shuttle. There is concern over penalties and his pass-blocking still needs improvement, but he is already NFL ready. Andre Gurode was a similarly large guard (6-4, 334 pounds), but stepped right into a starting role with the Cowboys out of the draft.
Devonte Wyatt, DT/DE, Georgia
- TSN: Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (2012)
- NFL: Maliek Colllins, Nebraska (2016)
- RAS: Francis Bah, Liberty (2014)
Wyatt might not have been the defensive tackle that generated the most hype in 2021 for Georgia, but he might be the better NFL prospect of the two. Wyatt is a versatile defender who made an impact in shutting down the run and getting to the passer (2.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss). He posted nearly identical numbers at the combine to Fletcher Cox, with a 29-inch vertical (Cox had 26), 111 broad jump (Cox had 103) and both clocked in at 4.77 in the 40.
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Drake London, WR, USC
- TSN: Martavis Bryant, Clemson (2014)
- NFL: Ed McCaffrey, Stanford (1991)
- RAS: NA
London missed much of the 2021 season due to a fractured ankle, but that didn’t stop the dynamic USC wide receiver from having an explosive campaign. In just eight games, the 6-4, 219-pound receiver hauled in 88 passes for 1,084 yards with seven touchdowns and established himself as one of college football’s best. He did not participate in drills at the combine. His size and speed liken him to former Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who stood 6-4 and ran a 4.42 40. Bryant was also a deep-ball threat who offered teams a physical mismatch coming out of the draft in 2014.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
- TSN: Devin White, LSU (2019)
- NFL: Devin Bush, Michigan (2019)
- RAS: NA
A pair of early first-round linebackers make up the comparisons for Dean. Though the former Georgia linebacker isn’t big, standing 5-11, 229 pounds, he more than makes up for his size with his speed and playmaking ability. His six sacks, 10 tackles for loss and Butkus Award win in 2021 prove it. The Sporting News has his comparison as another SEC, Butkus-winning linebacker in Devin White. The former LSU linebacker checked in at 6-foot, 237 pounds at the combine, and had three sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior in 2018. He also posted a 4.42 40 time. Dean seems to follow in the mold of short, fast linebackers that can make an immediate impact in the league.
Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
- TSN: Lawrence Timmons, Florida State (2007)
- NFL: Willie Gay, Mississippi State (2020)
- RAS: Clay Matthews, USC (2009)
Lloyd has the type of size and athleticism that excite NFL teams. At 6-3, 237 pounds, he’s already built like an NFL linebacker, and his play as a redshirt junior proved that he’s an impact talent as he racked up seven sacks, four interceptions and 111 total tackles, including 22 for a loss. The Sporting News has him as comparable to Florida State’s Lawrence Timmons, another versatile linebacker capable of playing in any defense with a penchant for making plays. Like Lloyd, Timmons also ran a 4.66 40 with a 35 vertical and 25 bench reps.
David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
- TSN: Josh Sweat, Florida State (2018)
- NFL: Cliff Avril, Purdue (2008)
- RAS: Kamerion Wimbley, Florida State (2006)
The Wolverines boasted one of the most highly touted pair of edge-rushers in college football in 2021, and while Ojabo won’t go as high as Hutchinson, he is still expected to be an early pick, despite a torn Achilles during Michigan’s pro day. Ojabo finished the 2021 season with 11 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. His physicals and combine numbers are nearly identical to another athletic edge rusher in Josh Sweat, who at 6-4, 251 at the combine was nearly the same size as Ojabo (6-4, 250). Both showed plenty of quickness (4.53 40 for Sweat, 4.55 for Ojabo) and broad jumps (124 for Sweat, 122 for Ojabo). The two players also went into the draft with health concerns.
George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
- TSN: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (2011)
- NFL: NA
- RAS: Steven Means, Buffalo (2013)
Teams that select Karlaftis are banking more on the eye test and combine numbers than the stats. Karlaftis recorded only 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in his junior year with Purdue coming off a season largely lost due to injury, but scouts remain high on him for what he showed in his first year with the Boilermakers. We’ve got him as a similar prospect to another former Purdue edge in Ryan Kerrigan. The two players are nearly the same height and weight with similar agility numbers, with Karlaftis having run a 4.36 shuttle and Kerrigan having posted a 4.39. Karlaftis and Kerrigan both offer versatility to play in different defensive schemes.
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Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
- TSN: Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (2011)
- NFL: Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt (2006) / Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (2020)
- RAS: NA
Willis made the decision to transfer to Liberty after his sophomore year at Auburn. Needless to say, the decision has paid off. Willis guided the Flames to one of the best offenses in the country, passing for at least 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in each of his two seasons as the quarterback. Additionally, he rushed for more than 140 carries with more than 870 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in both seasons. Zierlein described Willis as a quarterback who plays like Jalen Hurts with the arm strength of Jay Cutler. There’s some Tyrod Taylor in there as well as a quarterback who had plenty of arm strength with the mobility to do damage with his legs. Accuracy remains the biggest question with Willis — as it was with Taylor.
Jordan Davis, DT, Georiga
- TSN: Donnell Washington, Clemson (2004)
- NFL: Haloti Ngata, Oregon (2006)
- RAS: Jonathan Marshall, Arkansas (2021)
Finding a comparison for Davis is next to impossible. According to Stathead, no defensive tackle has posted a 40 time below 4.8 at Davis’ size (6-6, 341). The closest is Clemson’s Donnell Washington, who ran a 5.0 time at 6-5 and 332 pounds. Davis figures to immediately become one of the best run-stopping defensive tackles in the NFL due to his combination of size and quickness, and bring in a mold of player that the league has rarely before seen.
Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
- TSN: Bradley Roby, Ohio State (2014)
- NFL: Jaire Alexander, Louisville (2018)
- RAS: Jomez Applewhite, Southern Mississippi (2018)
McDuffie doesn’t jump off the page in terms of his size (5-11, 193 pounds), but he made a major impact on Washington’s defense in 2021 and solidified himself as a top corner in the class after playing in only four games the previous season. McDuffie had four tackles for loss, including a sack, and defended six passes as he made an impact on both sides of the ball. Like Ohio State’s Bradley Roby, he is not an overly physical corner and can struggle at times against larger receivers, but both came out of college as strong tacklers with enough speed (4.39 40 for Roby, 4.44 for McDuffie) to give teams a reliable corner.
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
- TSN: Derek Carr, Fresno State (2014)
- NFL: Andy Dalton, TCU (2011)
- RAS: Geno Smith, West Virginia (2013)
Pickett burst onto the scene in 2021, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist and leading one of the most potent passing attacks in college football. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,319 yards with 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He also displayed solid mobility at the combine, posting a 4.73 40 time and 4.29 shuttle. Pickett has a similar profile to Derek Carr, who was just a bit faster than Pickett (4.69 40) and a little more mobile (4.20 shuttle), but also was just a bit smaller — Pickett is 6-3, 217; Carr was 6-2, 214 out of Fresno State. Carr and Pickett both share a similar profile as strong-arm quarterbacks.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
- TSN: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (2015)
- NFL: Emmanuel Sanders, SMU (2010)
- RAS: Randal Hill, Miami (1991)
It was a surprise to some that Dotson decided to stay at Penn State after the 2020 season, but the decision was a mutually beneficial one. Dotson established himself as one of the top talents in the 2022 NFL Draft class by catching 91 passes for 1,182 yards with 12 touchdowns, demonstrating his impressive breakaway speed and impressive route-running that made him such a dangerous receiver. His play style, size and combine measurements are reminiscent to Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett, who had a 4.4 40 time (to Dotson’s 4.43), 35.5 vertical (to Dotson’s 36) and identical 121 broad jumps. Dotson has that ability like Lockett to be not only a standout receiver, but dangerous returner in the NFL.
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
- TSN: Marcus Mariota, Oregon (2015)
- NFL: Alex Smith, Utah (2005)
- RAS: Kordell Stewart, Colorado (1995)
By the time Ridder finished his career in Cincinnati, only Kellen Moore and Colt McCoy had more career wins than Ridder’s 45. The Bearcats’ signal-caller had accomplished the feat of helping lead Cincinnati to the College Football Playoff, the first time a non-Power Five team had ever been there. During that 2021 season, Ridder completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 3,334 yards with 30 touchdowns and only eight interceptions and rushed 110 times for 355 yards and six scores. Ridder is not a complete dual-threat, but he has plenty of mobility– He posted a 4.52 40 time, 4.29 shuttle and 7.15 3-cone. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who stood one inch and weighed 11 pounds more than Ridder at the 2015 NFL Combine, had the same 40 time, a 6.87 3-cone and 4.11 shuttle. Like Ridder, Mariota was praised for his ability to stay in the pocket when possible with the ability to roll out and do damage outside to escape pressure.
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Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
- TSN: Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss (2014)
- NFL: A.J. Brown, Ole Miss (2019)
- RAS: Xavier Ubosi, Alabama Birmingham (2019)
The 2022 NFL Draft wide receiver class is loaded with potential star talent, and Burks is no exception. In his breakout junior year, he caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards with 11 touchdowns and positioned himself as a first-round receiver. He stands out for his size (6-2, 220 pounds) and route-running ability, though his combine left some disappointed by the results. Though Donte Moncrief ran a 40 time 0.15 faster than Burks, both receivers came out of college with lofty ceilings due to their physicality and playmaking abilities.
Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
- TSN: Jordan Willis, Kansas State (2017)
- NFL: Rashan Gary, Michigan (2019)
- RAS: Jordan Willis, Kansas State (2017)
The Big Ten was loaded with edge-rushing talent in 2021, with Mafe also projecting as a first-to-second round talent along with Hutchinson, Ojabo and Karlaftis. Mafe had his first full season of work in 2021, and tallied seven sacks with 10 tackles for loss and 34 total. Like RAS, The Sporting News sees Kansas State’s Jordan Willis as a close comp to Mafe. Along with identical combine numbers (4.53 40s and 125 broad jumps) to Mafe, Willis also showed the potential to be a standout pass-rusher with refinement.
Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
- TSN: Justin Reid, Stanford (2019)
- NFL: Anthony Harris, Virginia (2015)
- RAS: Troy Apke, Penn State (2018)
Another of Georgia’s standout defenders, Cine anchored the defensive backfield for the Bulldogs. He picked off a pass, defended nine passes and recorded 73 tackles as he helped Georgia win the national championship. Cine, who stands 6-2, 199 pounds, ran a 4.37 40 and posted a 36.5 inch vertical. With his future likely at free safety, The Sporting News sees him as a similar talent to Justin Reid, a 6-1, 204-pound safety who ran a 4.40 40 with a 36.5 inch vertical. Both are physical safeties who came out of college prepared to slot in almost immediately as starters.