Former Minnesota star Rashod Bateman gets compared to 2 Pro Bowl receivers
Rashod Bateman’s pre-draft process is off to a great start.
Bateman has already turned in a blazing-fast 40-yard dash time and been compared to Los Angeles Chargers star Keenan Allen in recent days.
But now, he’s drawing even better comparisons from NFL draft expert Bucky Brooks.
During a segment with the NFL Network on Monday, Brooks put Bateman in the same category as Pro Bowl receivers Michael Thomas and AJ Brown.
“When you turn on the tape, he is fantastic,” Brooks said of Bateman. “You talk about guys who have the traits that you look for, when I look at Bateman, he can catch the ball naturally. He routinely comes down with the 50/50 ball. He has terrific route running ability with his patience and his run-after-the-catch ability is, really, bar-none.
“And so when I look at him, he reminds me a lot of Michael Thomas and AJ Brown. Those physical playmakers who can make it happen from in the slot or out wide.”
Bateman is a potential first-round pick, but it’s also possible he slides to Day 2. He’s competing with the likes of Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, JaMarr Chase and Rondale Moore for the right to go in the first round.
Bateman caught 147 passes in his Minnesota career. Those catches went for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over the course of 31 games.
Here’s Brooks’ full comments on the talented former Minnesota receiver:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 1, 2021
The NFL draft is set for April 29-May 1.