Mike Mayock Fields A Lot of Questions on the 2012 Draft


NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock walked out of his throne room of college and all-star game tape, and generously poured his prospect opinions, like candy rain, on us NFL fans.

Mayock says:

South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram has positional flexibility like Justin Tuck.
…he likes Marshall DE Vinny Curry, Virginia DE Cameron Johnson as second-round targets.
Memphis DL Dontari Poe reminds him of Haloti Ngata potential. “He’s that big, but he’s so raw it’s scary.”
…should Boston College LB Luke Kuechly still be available at No. 15 for Eagles, “that’s a slam dunk.”
ASU OLB Vontaze Burfict runs around blocks and isn’t strong at the point of attack. There are also concerns about penalties. “I’m not a fan at all. I just watched a bunch of his tape. I came away unimpressed.”
…inside linebackers like Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower have positives and negatives, but he is a “big, strong downhill linebacker.”
…he could see Alabama’s OLB Courtney Upshaw winding up as a 4-3 defensive end due to strong lower body.
…he would take Andrew Luck over Cam Newton. He compared Luck to Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan category.
…he likes Brandon Weeden: “He’s a timing and rhythmic guy.” He says that when he re-sets his feet, he loses accuracy. 2nd rounder
…on Ryan Tannehill: “He’s got size, arm strength, he’s a really good athlete. Big, strong, fast kid.” He says that Tannehill doesn’t “anticipate” well.
Kellen Moore looks like he’s 11 years old. He dubs him “baby-faced assassin”, declaring “He’s a winner.”
…on Robert Griffin III: “The bottom line is he’s a playmaker and that’s what this league is all about.”
…on Robert Griffin III: “His physical toughness is outstanding. He takes a lot of hits and it doesn’t bother him.”
…on Robert Griffin III: “One of the most gifted kids in the last several years, maybe the most exciting young player in this year’s draft.”
…he grades Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins as a fourth-rounder.
…if he needs a QB right now, he’s examining available FA’s, and then trying to move up to No. 2 to get Robert Griffin III.
…this isn’t a strong draft for safeties.
Rams should be ecstatic if they can pick up Browns’ 4th and 27th picks in exchange for second pick where the Browns would select Griffin III.
…the last guy he liked as much as Alabama RB Trent Richardson as a running back was Adrian Peterson. Mike thinks he can run for 1200 yards as a rookie.
…on Florida’s versatile WR/RB Chris Rainey: Mayock thinks he could run 4.25, “Quick, explosive, fast, catches well.”
…he likes Virginia Tech RB David Wilson’s balance, acceleration, cutting ability. Mayock says some people consider him a first-rounder.
Ohio State tackle Mike Adams is a possibility for No. 23 pick. Mayock says he thinks he is a LT, and that he helped himself at Senior Bowl.
…he sees Georgia OT Cordy Glenn as a right tackle. “I liked him at the Senior Bowl.”
…he is very high on USC’s T Matt Kalil, but says he needs to build core strength. Mayock says he can be bull-rushed but is exceptional pass protector.
..the Ravens could look at OG David DeCastro (Stanford), C Peter Konz (Wisconsin) or OG Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin) in 1st round. “In the first three rounds, you can get a lot of quality at center and at guard.”
…many view CB class as having 3 first-rounders, then after that it’s “pick your flavor.”
…he sees 4 wide receivers going in the 1st round (Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Michael Floyd and Rueben Randle).
…he likes the size, ball skills, control of Justin Blackmon. “Won’t wow you with vertical speed.”
…the draft is big on DTs, not DEs.

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