Mike Mayock’s Top 5 By Position – NFL Draft

April 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment


Mike Mayock’s latest update to his rankings of the Top 5 at each position updated April 2011.  Several players that I have been writing about have moved up the rankings such as: Rodney Hudson, Casey Matthews, Cam Newton, Ryan Williams, and Marvin Austin.  Other players such as Aaron Williams and Dontay Moch might surprise you. To add to the goodness, Mayock just moved Titus Young to 3 and Smith to 5.

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

  • Ponder has been added to the list and Cam has leaped Locker in the rankings.

Running Back

  1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
  2. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
  3. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
  4. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
  5. Kendall Hunter, Okie St.
  • Mayock has dropped Leshoure to #4

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

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

  • Virgil Green is an intriguing prospect and D.J. Williams’ value is hurt by his h-back future.

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

  • Rodney Hudson has moved from 5 to 3. He has the makings of a solid interior linemen. Has shown good feet and quickness to go along with solid fundamentals

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

  • This group remains unchanged, either Castonzo or Smith could be the first OL off the board in the Top 10.  I really like Sherrod and believe he’ll be ready from Day One at LT.

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

  • Cameron Jordan has switched places with Bowers as the #2 DE in a very strong class.  Watching film of him last week I was amazed at his size and quickness.  Might not last till the Patriots first 1st round pick.

Defensive Tackle
1. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
2. Nick Fairley, Auburn
3. Corey Liuget, Illinois
4. Marvin Austin, North Carolina
5. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple

  • Marvin Austin makes his first appearance on Mayock’s list after a strong combine and all-star game. Wilkerson dropped from 3 to 5.

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

  • Dontay Moch who was timed incredibly fast at the combine makes the list at number four over Justin Houston who dropped from 3.

Inside Linebackers
1. Martez Wilson, Illinois
2. Casey Matthews, Oregon
3. Colin McCarthy, Miami (FL)
4. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
5. Akeem Dent, Georgia

  • Glad to see that Mayock has moved Matthews from #4 to 2, the more I watch him the more impressed I have become.

1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
3. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
4. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
5. Brandon Harris, Miami (FL)

  • Ras-I is new to the list.  He ran a 4.40 forty even though he pulled a hammy with 5 yards to go.


1. Aaron Williams, Texas
2. Rahim Moore, UCLA
3. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
4. Ahmad Black, Florida
5. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma

  • Mayock has finally moved Aaron Williams to safety and the number one overall.  Both he and Deion were convinced it was his best position during the combine, early second projection. Sash was dropped.

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