NFL Network’s Draft expert Mike Mayock (pictured on the right) fielded questions for nearly 90 minutes on Tuesday, answering queries on a wide variety of topics ranging from specific college players to the various needs of different NFL franchises.
Among some of the highlights of Mayock’s call, the analyst said Bay Area running backs Jahvid Best (California) and Toby Gerhart (Stanford) have second and third round draft grades respectively according to his film study. However, Mayock pointed out that Best has first-round ability, only durability questions have him rating the Golden Bear as a second-round talent.
Mayock explained why he has Oklahoma junior defensive lineman Gerald McCoy ranked ahead over Nebraska senior defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh as the No. 1 prospect in the 2010 Draft. Because the NFL has become more of passing league, Mayock believes McCoy’s pass rush ability from the inside is more valuable than Suh’s. Mayock stressed that both interior linemen will someday be All-Pros at the defensive tackle position, but McCoy’s athleticism gives him the edge over Suh. Mayock noted that Suh is able to push the pocket and is stouter against the run, but due to the trend of NFL team’s using passing to win games, McCoy can have great impact in Mayock’s estimation.
Another interesting point Mayock made involved his ratings of who the best safety available is in the 2010 Draft. Most experts have Tennessee junior Eric Berry as the top guy. Not Mayock. He has Texas sophomore Earl Thomas ranked ahead of Berry. Mayock’s reasoning is simple, Thomas makes more plays. Along the same lines of his NFL adopting a pass-happy approach to winning games, Thomas’ instinctive play makes him more attractive. Not to mention his eight interceptions this past year, which Mayock pointed out as to why Thomas is ranked ahead of Berry, who is fresh off winning the Jim Thorpe Award as college football’s best defensive back.
You can listen to the full audio of Mayock’s conference call here. It does go for over 84 minutes, but it’s a great listen for those who seek out alll possible information regarding the NFL Draft and the incoming college prospects.
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