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Mayock on good and not so good of 1st 2 days

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 8:26 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock had a quick review of the first two days of workouts at the NFL Combine and outlined who he liked and who may have disappointed during the workouts by offensive linemen, tight ends, quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

“I thought those three offensive tackles were spectacular,” said Mayock. “(Greg) Robinson from Auburn, (Jake) Matthews and (Taylor) Lewan all had good days. (Xavier) Su’a-Filo from UCLA looked good and (David) Yankey from Stanford looked good.”

One position group that Mayock thought had a tough time this weekend were the tight ends.

“The tight ends were a little disappointing,” he said. “They were a little beat up where we had some injury stuff with them. The Notre Dame kid (Troy Nicklas) was only about 80 percent and couldn’t do a 40. (Texas Tech’s Jace) Amaro didn’t run as fast as I thought he would run. Colt Lyerla, the kid from Oregon, who I thought was going to be a little more explosive didn’t run as fast or catch as well. So the tight ends there are still a lot of question marks, but I still love the (Eric) Ebron kid.”

Mayock admitted he didn’t see all the quarterbacks throw due to his broadcasting responsibilities, but did like a few of the signal callers he did observe.

“I thought both (AJ) McCarron and (Blake) Bortles looked good. Now I didn’t see everybody, but I thought those two guys looked pretty good. I think (Virginia Tech’s) Logan Thomas will continue to act as a huge wild card. He’s got no footwork whatsoever, but he delivers the football beautifully.

“As far as the running backs go (Jerick) McKinnon is a real big wild card too. He could play corner or safety too and he had a big day. I thought the (Bishop) Sankey kid caught the ball well, which I wanted to see him do.

“At the wide receiver position I don’t think Marqise Lee ran as fast as I thought he would, but he’s still the kind of player I think he is. I was really impressed with the A&M kid Mike Evans. He ran well, caught the ball extremely well. (Oregon State’s Brandin) Cooks had a really good day. Ran fast and is a kid who made a statement that he’s a first round pick. And this is one of the best receiver drafts I’ve ever seen so that was significant.”

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