No two players are identical, and it's far from an exact science, but one of the best ways to describe an NFL draft prospect is to compare him with a current NFL player.
Don't get too caught up in where the pro player was drafted -- this isn't a comparison of college prospects. It's an effort to provide insight into the impact these prospects could make if they reach their full potential.
Here are 10 of my favorite pro comparisons heading into the 2016 draft:
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor Bears
Pittsburgh taking Brown in the sixth round in 2010 is one of the great draft steals. We admittedly gave him a late-fifth-round grade that year. We liked the big-play ability we saw on tape, but he was a smaller receiver who ran a disappointing 40-yard dash at the combine and had average ball skills. He also needed to make strides as a route runner. At 5-foot-10, 194 pounds, Coleman has a similar build to Brown. Like Brown, he's a big-play threat with the burst to take the top off the coverage and threaten after the catch, plus his 40-time matches up with his playing speed, as he ran a 4.38 40 at his pro day. If Coleman develops as a route runner and becomes more of a consistent pass-catcher, this comparison won't seem as aggressive as it might now.