Playing the rookie comparison game

In an idea poached from Patriots Football Weekly, it was a fun exercise to go through the Patriots' draft class and pick a current/past NFL player that might be the best comparison in terms of style of play (not production).

Here is what I came up with:

1. CB Devin McCourty -- A physical player without a lot of interceptions, but who is a solid starter and excellent in run support. Quentin Jammer (Chargers).

2a. TE Rob Gronkowski -- Combination tight end who is a factor in the pass-catching and run-blocking games. Heath Miller (Steelers)

2b. OLB Jermaine Cunningham -- A college defensive end with some pass-rush burst making the transition to outside linebacker. Kamerion Wimbley (Raiders)

2c. ILB Brandon Spikes -- A run-thumping presence whose leadership could be infectious throughout the entire defense. Pepper Johnson (Giants)

3. WR Taylor Price -- A speedy receiver who teams believe will have more production in a better system. Mike Wallace (Steelers)

4. TE Aaron Hernandez -- "Move" tight end who has receiver-like qualities. Chris Cooley (Redskins)

5. P Zoltan Mesko -- Powerful left-footed punter worthy of a mid-round draft pick. Adam Podlesh (Jaguars)

6. C Ted Larsen -- Tough center with smarts who is still growing into the position. Dan Koppen (Patriots)

7a. OT Thomas Welch -- Tall, athletic former tight end who moved to tackle. Tom Ashworth (Patriots)

7b. DL Brandon Deaderick -- Versatile defensive lineman with bulk. Le Kevin Smith (Broncos)

7c. DL Kade Weston -- Big-bodied player who has the build that physical teams target. Ron Brace (Patriots)

7d. QB Zac Robinson -- Comfortable throwing on the move. Bruce Gradkowski (Raiders)