Happy Friday guys! Although, that saying doesn’t really carry that much weight anymore ever since COVID has ruined our lives. I’m very excited to debut my new weekly NCAAF/NFL piece, “Friday Favorites”, which is going to feature some of the dudes in the 2020 NFL Draft that are going to be drafted on Friday (rounds 2&3), aren’t as popular or don’t get a ton of attention in the national media.

Friday Favorites is going to take one NFL prospect from the 2020 NFL Draft and compare them to a current NFL player. Some with stats and others with video breakdown. Here we go.

For the inaugural Friday Favorites, I’m going to go with the local guy, Michael Pittman Jr., Wide Receiver out of USC. Pittman is a massive 6’4″ 220 lbs X wide out from the University of Southern California, but don’t let his big frame fool you, because he is anything but slow. Pittman ran a 4.52 40 at the combine and this guy put up some massive numbers in 2019.

Michael Pittman Jr.’s Career at USC Via ESPN.com

Even with 3 QBs taking snaps at USC in 2019, Pittman had chemistry with who ever was under center and even had a massive jump in production. The jump in production can be attributed to the Trojans newly hired offensive coordinator, Graham Harrell, who joined the team in 2019. Pittman stated in an interview with ProFootballTalk that he, “was just asked to do more in 2019 vs. 2018.” And that’s exactly what he did, Pittman enjoyed the end of the season by being a Biletnikoff Award Finalist, an award for the best WR in college football, but came up short to National Champion Ja’Marr Chase.

Michael Pittman Jr. and Michael Thomas have a ton of similarities. Let’s look at their physical frames to start.

Michael Pittman Jr.

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 223 lbs
  • 40: 4.52

Michael Thomas

  • Height 6’3″
  • Weight: 213lbs
  • 40: 4.57

Now, those numbers are so close they might as well be identical twins. Pittman and Thomas are both productive #1 receivers who have big frames, tremendous body control, exceptional hands and enough speed to get behind defenses. Thomas was drafted in the 2nd round in 2016 and it looks like Pittman will be a 2nd rounder as well in 2020.

If the numbers don’t do it for you, check out this highlight video of Pittman and Thomas looking like the same player.
Enjoy and keep an eye out for your team to draft @MikePitt_JR in the second or third round of the 2020 NFL Draft!