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|Georgia running back Todd Gurley opened the season with an impressive performance against Clemson.|
Georgia RB Todd Gurley was the talk of college football after his monster performance against Clemson on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. His style reminded me a lot of Jamal Lewis, a player that came through Baltimore while I was a scout for the Ravens eight years ago.
Who does he remind you of? That's a question I posed to five NFL personnel executives this week. Some interesting names surfaced.
In a weekly series, draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah polls five NFL personnel executives about college football's top prospects.
- Which CFB Playoff team is most talented?
- Who is Missouri DE Ray's top NFL comp?
- What is Amari Cooper's rank in 2014 draft?
- Who will be the Chris Borland of 2015 draft?
- Who is Badger RB Gordon's top NFL comp?
- Who is the most disappointing prospect?
- Who has boosted stock most this season?
- Who does Ducks QB Mariota remind you of?
- Which NFL WRs are like Alabama's Cooper?
- Who is hottest coach outside of Power Five?
- Who does Georgia RB Gurley remind you of?
- Which team will win national championship?
Executive No. 1: Adrian Peterson
"He's in the Adrian Peterson mold -- big, tall, thick trunk, downhill runner with track speed to finish."
Executive No. 2: Marshawn Lynch
"Powerful guy, runs through contact and finishes every single run."
Executive No. 3: Marshawn Lynch
"Strong, powerful and has great vision. Both guys are intense runners. They are both very capable in the passing game."
Executive No. 4: Fred Taylor
"He reminds me of Fred coming out of Florida. Big back with plenty of speed."
Executive No. 5: Jamal Lewis
"He's a bigger version of Jamal. They are both power backs with excellent acceleration. Gurley has better balance and lateral quicks than (Lewis)."
Verdict: Lynch was the only player to garner multiple votes from our panel, receiving two of the five cast.
Conclusion: These are all great comparisons. After seeing Gurley live in action last fall, I immediately thought of Lewis because of the power/speed combo. I had forgotten about Fred Taylor. I like that one even more.
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