Just about every top NFL Draft prospect will eventually draw an ambitious comparison to a current star. Two days before the first round kicked off in Las Vegas, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum added to the pile.
Courtesy of Paul Finebaum, Tannenbaum likened Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams to one of the league's premier playmakers.
"I went to the SEC Championship game expecting to scout the Georgia defense...I walked away thinking I'd just seen the next Tyreek Hill in Jameson Williams," Tannenbaum said.
It's also important to note that Tannenbaum is talking strictly from an on-field standpoint. Hill pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges of punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend, leading him to get kicked out of Oklahoma State in 2014.
While many teams likely removed him from their draft board, the Kansas City Chiefs took him in the fifth round.
Tannenbaum isn't the only one to collate Williams' skill set to Hill. Although the 6'2" Williams has a considerable height advantage, Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton credited the Alabama star with "a Tyreek Hill-like ability to maneuver despite being four inches taller."
"Both have effortless speed and agility alike, and they're in rare company as unstoppable forces even though defensive schemes exist to prevent them from overtaking the game," Wharton wrote of Hill and Williams. "Hill has relied more on his uncanny ability to create after the catch, whereas Williams is entering the NFL as a more refined route-runner at this stage of his career."
Williams reeled in 79 catches for 1,572 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide last season. Tannenbaum witnessed him tally 184 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-24 victory over the Bulldogs.
A month later, Williams tore his ACL during a National Championship rematch against Georgia. However, his draft stock doesn't appear to be suffering too much.
Despite the significant injury, there's growing buzz that Williams could be the first wide receiver selected on Thursday night. Such elusive speed makes him a high-upside pick who could lift an NFL franchise's fortunes.