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Matt Corral Draws Interesting Pro Comparison

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Matt Corral is widely considered one of the top passers in the SEC. He was one of only three players in the conference to average over 300 yards passing per game (333.7), and the other two, Mac Jones and Kyle Trask, are now gone.

Some view him as the top 2022 NFL quarterback prospect from the SEC with the only contender being Georgia’s JT Daniels. If Corral can cut down on his conference-leading 14 interceptions, there’s enough talent there to believe the Ole Miss standout has a bright future in the NFL.

Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network recently gave Corral quite the praise, saying he could be this year’s version of former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, who emerged as the No. 2 pick back in April.

I’ve been asked which college QB could emerge this fall, similar to the way Jets first-round pick Zach Wilson popped on the scene last year at BYU. Corral would be my answer. He doesn’t quite have the same arm talent as Wilson, but he has similar instincts, creativity and playmaking ability. Wilson had ball security issues in 2019 and he cleaned them up in 2020. I’m hopeful Corral will have similar results in 2021.

That would be a significant climb for Corral, but it’s not completely outside the realm of possibility. Like Jeremiah said, there’s a lot to clean up with the turnovers, but the former four-star talent has the skill set to be a successful NFL quarterback.

When breaking down that skill set, Jeremiah had another comparison, which he views is more accurate on the field. That player in none other than Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who has carved out a solid career in Las Vegas.

I just mentioned Wilson. Their situations are very similar. However, from a pure skill-set standpoint, I see Derek Carr as the better comparison for Corral. Carr is a little taller, but the operational quickness and athleticism between the two players is almost identical. Corral is more aggressive than Carr was during his college career at Fresno State, but both players could make every throw and also extend plays. Carr receives a lot of unwarranted criticism, but he’s quietly emerged as one of the most consistent passers over the last several years. If Corral can improve his ball security, I could see a similar path for him.

The comparisons aren’t a stretch in the slightest. Is Carr one of the league’s top players at his position? No, but he’s a serviceable starter. Corral could be the same, especially if he continues to grow as a decision-maker.

What are your thoughts?


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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. This kid probably has one of the strongest arms in the country, right there with Uiagalei at Clemson. There’s video from a high school camp a few years ago where Corral beats Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence threw one 73 yards, which is insane for a high school senior, but Corral won with a 77 yard throw. You know his arm has gotten stronger since. That’s Allen and Mahomes type arm strength. This kid is super talented…if he can just keep his head on straight. Definitely a high 1st round type QB.

  2. Corral was a solid USC recruit when he ran into trouble in high school. Apparently he beat up Wayne Gretzy’s son at Oak’s Christian. He was forced to transfer to Long Beach Poly for his senior year. He also fell out of favor with Helton for supposed attitude issues. He was my favorite recruit for that year, incredible arm and real good feet if a tad undersized. USC should’ve kept Corral and sent Helton packing.

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