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Top Prospects' Pro Comparisons

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks compares this year's top college prospects to current NFL players.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston are among five players to keep an eye on at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

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Which current NFL players do this year's top college prospects resemble? NFL Media's Buck Brooks broke down 12 of this year's top college players, including quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

Who does Mariota remind Brooks of? San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.

"I think with Marcus Mariota, he has similar traits," Brooks said. "He runs the ball on the perimiter, has a strong arm. Not as strong as Colin Kaepernick, but he can make plays in the passing game. When I look at what Marcus Mariota could be in the pros, I believe he can be what Colin Kaepernick has been for the San Francisco 49ers - provided the offensive coordinator is willing to build around those skills."

And for Winston - Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger.

"When I look at his game and his skill set, he really reminds me of Big Ben Roethlisberger as a player," Brooks said. "Big, physical guy, a guy that is a sneaky athlete in the pocket. He's a guy that is tough to bring down. When you look at him, he has rushers around him, he has rushers hanging on his body but he still continues to make plays. Also, you can trust him to have the ball in a two-minute situation."

Brooks broke down two other quarterbacks, Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty, in addition to wide receiver Amari Cooper, pass-rusher Vic Beasley, linebacker Shaq Thompson and more.

Watch all of Brooks' pro comparisons below:

...QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

**QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

WR Amari Cooper, Alabama**

DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

LB Shaq Thompson, Washington

QB Brett Hundley, UCLA

DE Shane Ray, Missouri

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor

WR Davonte Parker, Louisville

DL/ LB Vic Beasley, Clemson

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