NFL Draft: Mike Mayock’s Top Five

March 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm 1 comment

Quarterbacks
1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
2. Jake Locker, Washington
3. Cam Newton, Auburn
4. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
5. Andy Dalton, TCU

Running Backs
1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
2. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
3. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
4. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
5. Kendall Hunter, Okie St.

  • Dropped from the list was Jacquizz Rodgers, in favor of the rock solid Kendall Hunter.  Rodgers ran poorly at the combine but rebounded during his pro-day.  Hunter is the more versatile back.

Wide Receivers
1. A.J. Green, Georgia
2. Julio Jones, Alabama
3. Torrey Smith, Maryland
4. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
5. Titus Young, Boise State
5. Randall Cobb

  • The biggest shake-up at any of the positions is at WR where Torrey Smith has jumped to #3.  It is a mystery to everyone who will be the third receiver off the board and I’m surprised Mayock is endorsing Smith, although I haven’t watched him much. Cobb joins the list and he is an intriguing slot receiver.

Tight Ends
1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
4. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
5. Virgil Green, Nevada

Interior Offensive Line
1. Mike Pouncey, Florida
2. Danny Watkins, Baylor
3. Clint Boling, Georgia
4. Marcus Cannon, TCU
5. Rodney Hudson, Florida State

  • Wisconsin alum John Mofitt has been dropped from the list, possibly due to injury.  Meanwhile, Marcus Cannon makes his first appearance leap-frogging an impressive Rodney Hudson

Offensive Tackles
1. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
2. Tyron Smith, USC
3. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
4. Nate Solder, Colorado
5 (tie). Ben Ijalana, Villanova; Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

  • This group remains unchanged, either Castonzo or Smith could be the first OL off the board around 13 to the Lions.

Defensive Ends
1. Robert Quinn, North Carolina
2. Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
3. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
4. Aldon Smith
5. Cameron Jordan, California

  • Adrian Clayborn has been dropped from the top 5 in favor of Aldon Smith.  What really impressed me when watching Smith on film was his ability to rush inside using an explosive first step.

Defensive Tackle
1. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
2. Nick Fairley, Auburn
3. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
4. Corey Liuget, Illinois
5. Phil Taylor, Baylor

  • Wilkerson remains in the #3 position and the injured Stephen Paea has been dropped.  Phil Taylor has done incredibly well in preparation for the draft as has been noted on this site (outstanding quickness).

Outside Linebacker
1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
3. Justin Houston, Georgia
4. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
5. Chris Carter, Fresno State

Inside Linebackers
1. Martez Wilson, Illinois
2. Colin McCarthy, Miami (FL)
3. Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
4. Casey Matthews, Oregon
5. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU

  • Wilson is the only potential first round pick, while I think someone is going to be very happy with McCarthy.  Matthews really impressed me in the BCS Championship.

Cornerbacks
1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
3. Aaron Williams, Texas
4. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
5. Brandon Harris, Miami (FL)

  • Mayock has kept the CBs the same, despite Deion Sanders and himself concluding that Aaron Williams is probably best suited to play safety.

Safeties
1. Rahim Moore, UCLA
2. Ahmad Black, Florida
3. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
4. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
5. Tyler Sash

  • Mayock has dropped Deunta Williams from North Carolina and added the instinctive Sash.  YouTube this man’s interceptions, at least two sick returns.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Mistie Donivan  |  April 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Are you for real? Damn, yes you are, this should be required reading. I will make that happen.

    Reply

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