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Groundhog Day Senior Bowl Offensive Player Comps!

In honor of Groundhog Day (not only the amazing Bill Murray hit from the 90s but the lovable little rodent!) but also it being Senior Bowl week, I wanted to take a look at some of this awesome Senior Bowl roster and give some comps to current or former NFL players! If you’re looking for the official rosters, always make sure to refer to the Official Website.

Groundhog Day Senior Bowl Offensive Player Comps!

Bo Nix, QB Oregon -> Jared Goff, QB Detroit Lions

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Nix has some strong tools, especially as a passer but teams still had to be concerned he could take off if need be. Don’t get it wrong, he’s not going to be seen as a top rushing quarterback in this class but he has enough juice to run if need be. When I watch these two in action, it almost feels like Nix is a shorter, faster version of Goff.

You see the big arm, you see the stretches where they just don’t necessarily look on the same page with the receivers but you see enough to get the feeling they could be starters for a long time in the league. With Nix, his road to the NFL from 4-star prospect to left for dead to now potentially a day 1/2 prospect was definitely more challenging than Goff but they both had to deal with adversity, Goff wasn’t given a ton of big-time scholarship offers, and had to make the best of it with a Cal team in transition.

Either way, I see enough similarities on the field and off to call this my official comp!

Jacob Cowing, WR Arizona -> Darnell Mooney, WR Chicago Bears

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You see similarities in the size/speed of these two players but when you think about when Mooney came out, people talked up his above-average ability to track the deep ball, which is very similar to Cowing. You see the plus footwork, same as Cowing. I think the big difference will wind up being I like Cowing as a prospect coming out more because he can get action early as a returner plus being able to be utilized for gadget plays if a team needs to make some magic happen via a screen or something deep.

My guess once we get to combine season is that we see similar numbers in the drills but when I watch the film, it just feels so similar that I had to make this my player comp!

Here’s a more fast-paced player comp, so I’ll have fewer explanations (Note: These college to-college comparisons, so yes they are players in the league but looking at who the player was coming out of college):

Quarterbacks:

Sam Hartman, Notre Dame – Brock Purdy, QB San Francisco
Can throw with touch and anticipation, probably better in the short to intermediate passing game. Looks really similar to Purdy with maybe less juice in the run game.

Michael Penix Jr, Washington – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami
Feels too easy but the similarities are there, Tua has more rushing upside (more so due to Penix’s injuries) but both have a live arm, can manage the pocket, and deliver big shots with accuracy.

Spencer Rattler, South Carolina – Jaren Hall, QB Minnesota
I’d say Rattlers are a more pro-ready version of Hall, but have similar mobility, and arm strength.

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Running Backs:

Marshawn Lloyd, USC – David Montgomery, RB Detroit
Lloyd is big, powerful, and able to break tackles, sound familiar? We saw Monty due that consistently at Iowa State, and Lloyd showed he could be a similar style at USC.

Kimani Vidal, Troy – Jarret Patterson, RB Washington
A slightly taller, but eerily similar style of runner, who only gets better as the game progresses. He has a well-rounded skillset and I could see him being a late-round guy in 2024.

Daijun Edwards, Georgia – Jerome Ford, RB Cleveland
This one was a harder one to comp, Edwards just had such a hard time getting reps with so many talented backs at Georgia. But he and Ford bring a similar, between-the-tackles style but I think Ford is more polished and more explosive.

Wide Receivers: 

Jamari Thrash, Louisville – Tank Dell, WR Houston
Thrash is certainly taller but you see similar quick-twitch in and out of his routes, both track well on the deep ball and probably will have similar speed profiles when you look at like, the 40 but Dell is certainly the better prospect in my mind.

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M – Skyy Moore, WR Kansas City
If you put Smith in a Moore jersey, doubt anyone sees a difference in skillset. I think the big difference is Smith is nasty with the ball in his hands and brings an aggressiveness that makes me think of some of the stronger, smaller-stature wideouts we’ve seen in the league over the last 15 years.

Roman Wilson, Michigan – Amon-Ra St Brown, WR Detroit
ARSB is definitely the better prospect coming out but I see some really strong similarities in the two’s games, route running, and playing the ball well at the catch point. The biggest difference is you can tell ARSB hits the jug machine for 200 after practice, whereas Wilson has had some drop issues at times during his collegiate career.

Tight Ends:

Theo Johnson, Penn State – Cade Otton, TE Tampa Bay
Johnson is faster but both are athletic and willing to catch passes in traffic, they probably have similar draft ranges as they both need some time to develop but love this comp.

Brevyn Spann-Ford, Minnesota – John Bates, TE Washington
Both have good, soft hands in the passing game, I think Ford is probably a little better as a blocker, otherwise, I think they are very similar.

Jaheim Bell, FSU – Brevin Jordan, TE Houston
Jordan is a much better blocker but they both look similar as receivers, definitely could see Bell getting drafted on Day 3 in the NFL Draft like Jordan was.

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