It's a simple song and dance. We all want to see the NFL's batch of new, tantalizing stars get on the field already. We can only take away so much from their college tape, and it doesn't really tell us how they will play in the NFL. So, to satisfy that need to know the future in the present, we -- team officials, people in the media, people in general -- make these player-to-player comparisons. Like this. And this. It happens in all sports, but since this is a fantasy football website ....
How helpful are those comparisons? Not much at all; it's just for chatter. And here's another one that is really something. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported recently that Steelers rookie running back Dri Archer "has been tagged internally as a miniature version of Jamaal Charles."
Todd Haley, the Steelers' offensive coordinator, coached Charles when he was at the helm in Kansas City from 2009-2011. I would love to know his public opinion on this topic.
Archer is certainly quick and fast. He ran a sub-4.30 40-yard dash at the combine. He's short and very light at 5-foot-8, 175 pounds. But, no, let's just go ahead and compare him with perhaps most well-rounded running back in the NFL who is also a very tough inside runner even though he is less than 200 pounds. I doubt Archer has that ability in his bag.
Hell, Breer also said in the same piece that Cardinals third-round rookie wideout John Brown is being compared to T.Y. Hilton. Sure, they are similar in size, speed, and athleticism, and Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians used to coach Hilton in Indy. But let's let these kids find their footing in the league first. Do you think every running back who was fast and quick, who was less than 6 feet tall and 200 pounds was the next Jamaal Charles? Every player is different no matter what two players share physically.
Let's see Dri Archer be the best Dri Archer. I don't expect him to have a significant offensive role this season. Just take this for what it is and move on.