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Mayock Not Sold QB Goes No. 1

Posted by Taylor Price on April 20, 2011 – 1:56 PM

Mike Mayock loves talking football, so much so, the NFL Network analyst lost his voice in the third round of last year’s draft telecast.

This year, Mayock has done fewer interviews in order to save his opinions for draft day, but he did have time to conduct his annual pre-draft conference call on Wednesday.

The biggest news from Mayock’s call took place when the discussion moved to the first overall pick.

Many mock drafts have the Carolina Panthers taking quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn first overall, but Mayock is not so sure.

“I’m not convinced Carolina will take a quarterback No. 1,” Mayock said.

The informed draft guru didn’t knock Newton’s talents by any means; he just didn’t endorse the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback as the clear-cut, best player available.

Mayock said he wouldn’t “stand on a table” to make a strong case for drafting Newton like he would with previous quarterback prospects like Sam Bradford and Matt Ryan.

If Newton doesn’t hear his name called first, Mayock believes the Cincinnati Bengals, 49ers, and Tennessee Titans could consider him.

The other big news from Mayock’s call touched on the number of quarterbacks that could be taken this year. The analyst expects eight signal callers to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft, something that hasn’t happened since 1960.

Other noteworthy items from the call included:

-Washington quarterback Jake Locker is most accurate on the run, specifically throwing on play-action bootleg fakes. Mayock thinks Locker would be a good fit for the Washington Redskins.

-Mayock considers Newton to be an immensely gifted player. He said teams would be best served to slowly integrate Newton into their system, but also give him a group of plays that he’s comfortable with while he develops.

-Cornerbacks Patrick Peterson of LSU and Prince Amukamara of Nebraska should be selected in the first 11 picks.

-Mayock believes North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn is a top-10 player, who hasn’t fully developed physically. “He can be a dominant player in the league.”

-The outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid group is “pretty deep” according to Mayock.

-Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers is best suited for a 4-3 scheme. If selected by a 3-4 team, “you’d be taking away what he does best, which is rush the passer.”

-Mayock expects five, small-school players to be picked in the second and third rounds. He likes Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones to be the first small-school player taken. “Might be the fastest guy in the draft.”

For more of his draft takes, watch Mayock’s 2011 Mock Draft special on the eve of the draft, Wednesday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. PT on NFL Network.

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23 Responses to “Mayock Not Sold QB Goes No. 1”

  1. By FSU23 on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Peterson 1st, then Ponder 2nd…everything else will fall into place.

  2. By jose cisneros on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Witth first pick Peterson, Miller, or Quinn and with second pick Andy Dalton or Jake Locker.

  3. By JR Baca in NM on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply


  4. By KDB on Apr 21, 2011 | Reply

    Common BACK ALEX with Harbaugh you could make allot of folks look REALLY DUMB!!!!!!!!!!

  5. By RGB on Apr 21, 2011 | Reply

    Peterson with the 7th,OLB in the 2nd, nose tackle in the 3rd and trade or 1st next year for Kolb when the CBA gets workout.

  6. By az49ersfan on Apr 21, 2011 | Reply

    lets just hope we have a season maybe us fans should strike we pay there salaries

  7. By louis mccoy on Apr 22, 2011 | Reply

    peterson #1 dalton#2 ……where’s nate davis….maybe harbaugh will give him a shot, since pysco-tary didnt

  8. By big steve on Apr 22, 2011 | Reply

    Alex will be a starter for someone this Year. Should be the 49ers.

  9. By Joe on Apr 22, 2011 | Reply

    Ya Nat Davis sould be given a chance

  10. By darrel on Apr 23, 2011 | Reply

    Louis $ Joe : Forget Davis he is history. He would ba another Troy Smith. quit beating a dead horse.

  11. By Tim C on Apr 24, 2011 | Reply

    i think its time for us to get a new QB but first and formost we should address the need at defensive back and take a swing at patrick peterson then try to trade for kevin kolb

  12. By SDJ on Apr 24, 2011 | Reply

    I got a feeling that Patrick Peterson will be available to the Niners with the 7th pick. I look for them to draft up with pick a QB. Looking forward to a great draft!

  13. By 10-4-niner on Apr 24, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s beef-up the “d” an ‘O’ line will get the Q next year.

  14. By 209er on Apr 24, 2011 | Reply

    nate davis is on the seahawks now. he got put on our practice squad, and signed with them a year later. get ur facts straight. if you were real niner fans, you would know that.

  15. By Phil on Apr 24, 2011 | Reply

    209er if you were a real fan you would have known Nate Davis was cut from the Seahawks on March 3rd, 2011 so get your facts straight. Normally I don’t get caught up in peoples comments but some people are just rude, a lot of fans just simply keep up with the starters and don’t keep track of every transaction but that doesn’t make them any less of a fan.

  16. By Jason on Apr 25, 2011 | Reply

    Well put Phil. I like Peterson at #7, but look to get Josh Johnson instead of Kolb. It would cost far less and would be a good transistion if not the next starting QB if Smith doesn’t pan out. Ive been waiting for him to pan out for years now, but I have to give him one more (if of course he comes back).

  17. By jay on Apr 25, 2011 | Reply

    The niners need to take a look at Tyrod Taylor, Jimmy Smith, Aaron williams, and the db from Florida Brandon harris.

  18. By Bill on Apr 26, 2011 | Reply

    1st pick we might get a the q if hes there and peterson not but i hope he is and look out for roc carmicheal of viginia tech and dontay moch of nevada they might be potential late round beast

  19. By Ben on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    My 2 Cents…trade back to 12-15…pick up an extra 3rd rounder.

    Locker in 1st, DB, DT, another QB. Maybe OLB in the 4th

  20. By jparker on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I would have traded down to about the 17th pick overall to pick up an extra second round pick, then draft Jimmy Smith at 17 and then trade down to pick up Marvin Austin and again to pick up Justin Houston with our second second round pick.

  21. By PETERD on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    to joe and mr. mccoy: nate davis went to seattle and has since beemn released.

  22. By jparker on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Aldon Smith is good, but he was not worth the 7th pick overall and Colin Kaepernick has a lot of upside and a rifle for a arm, but an early second round pixk he isn’t and as for the 6th round rated CB that we picked up in the 3rd, well it all tells me we are not in good hands after all.

  23. By jparker on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Kendall Hunter was a forth round steal !!! Kind of makes up for our third round 6th round rated pick.

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