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The NFL Draft is all about finding the “next” someone. Who will the 2016 class members turn out to be? rounded up some of the pro comparisons being made about the six newest members of Big Blue. Here’s what we found:

Lance Zierlein of compared Eli Apple to Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who was the NFC co-leader in interceptions last season with seven (tied for third in the NFL).

“Highly recruited two-year starter who is entering the draft as a draft eligible redshirt sophomore. Apple's size and strength allows him to compete against physical receivers, but he also has the talent to mirror and match as a man defender.”

- Lance Zierlein,

Mike Mayock of NFL Network compared Sterling Shepard to Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, a Super Bowl XLIX champion who has 258 receptions over the last three seasons.

“When you watch his tape, if he has 14 throws at him, there’s typically 13 or 14 catches. He finishes catches. In the slot, [he’s] just quick. He reminds me of Julian Edelman as far as quickness in short areas. If you’re going to make a living in the slot, you better be a tough guy.”

- Mike Mayock, NFL Network

Lance Zierlein of compared Darian Thompson to Packers safety Morgan Burnett, a 75-game starter who helped Green Bay to a Super Bowl XLV title and five consecutive postseason appearances.

“Tall, angular build for the position. Eye­-popping interception numbers (19) becoming the all­-time leader in Boise State history this season. Soft hands and can make difficult, diving interceptions. Willing to take a chance to undercut throws and will run through receivers catch point to disrupt. Ready hitter with desired physical demeanor to play around line of scrimmage. Willing to sacrifice his body against pulling linemen in order to cave in the edge. Able to bob and weave around traffic and consistently choose the correct lane to find running backs. Saw tackle for loss numbers increase each year and will make his own luck on other side of the line.”

- Lance Zierlein,

Lance Zierlein of compared B.J. Goodson to Texans linebacker Max Bullough, who was ninth in the NFL last season with 14 special teams tackles.

“Like many players on major college football powers, Goodson rose up the ranks during his career, waiting for others to graduate or move on to the NFL before being able to show off his full skill set.”

- Lance Zierlein,

Lance Zierlein of compared Paul Perkins to Browns running back Duke Johnson, a third-round pick who recorded 913 yards from scrimmage last season as a rookie.

“One of the top creators in the draft combining elite vision and a wicked jump-cut. Can disappear before tackler's eyes and put them on his highlight reel. Shows no directional tendencies with his cuts and can make defenders miss in tight quarters. Decisive when working between the tackles, but can bounce it when warranted. Flashes sudden, 1-cut ability on stretch plays. Stacks moves on moves. Reliable hands when asked to help in passing game. Willing to stick his nose in against the blitz.”

- Lance Zierlein,

Jamie Newberg of compared Jerell Adams to Steelers tight end Ladarius Green, a 2012 fourth-round pick by the Chargers who recorded 77 catches for 1,087 yards and seven touchdowns before signing with Pittsburgh this offseason.

“At this stage of his career, Adams is very similar to Green. They are roughly the same size and build, though Adams may be a tad faster.”

- Jamie Newberg,