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RBs draft value sliding in pass happy NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 10:03 am

The NFL is showing a propensity to lean toward the pass more and more every season. The beneficiaries have been wide receivers, offensive tackles and quarterbacks (the productive ones). The have nots are the running backs and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock sees their value as a commodity in the draft sliding.

“It has become a pass first league. If you look back the draft 40 years ago, running backs were the most valuable commodity there was,” Mayock said. “Today with all the spread offenses and teams throwing the football 60 to 70 percent of the time there has been a completely different emphasis in how you draft offensively. It starts at quarterback, it goes to wide receiver, a left tackle and even lately it’s even gone to what kind of tight end you can draft that can beat teams vertically on defense.

“So I do think it’s going to devalue running backs. I do think the good news is you can get in the second, third and fourth round and find different flavors of running backs. You’ll see some teams that will draft two or three running backs in one or two drafts just so they have a big back, a third down change of pace guy. I think that’s where the league has gone and will continue to go.”

The good news is a team like the Bills, who could be in the market to add some youth at the position behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson could wait until the middle rounds and still land a quality player.

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Mayock compares Clowney to Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 8:57 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked for his take on South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and what questions might still exist. In Mayock’s opinion he sees his physical talent firmly in freak category much like a certain Bills defensive end.

“I know that he’s got the physical makeup to be the best player in the draft,” said Mayock. “Physical make up and if you want to compare him to Mario Williams, I think he’s a better football player with more upside than when Mario came out of college and he was obviously the first pick.

“From a physical skill set this kid is as freaky as they come. He plays a position of critical importance in today’s NFL, which is an ability to get to the quarterback. He can play multiple places on the defense. So all those things check off. My biggest concern is what is his mental makeup? How important is it to him when he gets a big paycheck to become the best player in football of is he just going to be happy to be a millionaire. So that’s the biggest checking point for an organization is finding out what the motivation and what kind of kid they’re going to get. You know the kind of football player he is when motivated. I just would want to know what kind of kid I’m getting.”

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Mike Mayock top 5 by position

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2014 – 3:22 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has released his top five prospect rankings by position leading up to the NFL Combine.

Mayock had some interesting ranks at a couple of positions. While most have Blake Bortles as their top rated QB based on upside, Mayock has him third behind Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel. He also has LSU’s Jeremy Hill as one of his top running backs and Austin Seferian-Jenkins ahead of Jace Amaro at tight end.

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
3. Blake Bortles, Central Florida
4. Derek Carr, Fresno State
5. AJ McCarron, Alabama

Running back
1. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
2. Jeremy Hill, LSU
3. Bishop Sankey, Washington
4. Andre Williams, Boston College
5. Tre Mason, Auburn

Wide receiver
1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
2. Marqise Lee, USC
3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
4. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
5. Jarvis Landry, LSU

Tight end
1. Eric Ebron, North Carolina
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
3. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
4. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

1. Marcus Martin, USC
2. Weston Richburg, Colorado State
3. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
4. Bryan Stork, Florida State
5. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

1. David Yankey, Stanford
2. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
3. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
4. Chris Watt, Notre Dame
5. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

Offensive tackle
1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
2. Greg Robinson, Auburn
3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
4. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
5. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Defensive tackle
1. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
2. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
3. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
4. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
5. Dominique Easley, Florida

Defensive end
1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
2. Kony Ealy, Missouri
3. Dee Ford, Auburn
4. Scott Crichton, Oregon State
5. Trent Murphy, Stanford

1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
2. C.J. Mosley, Alabama
3. Anthony Barr, UCLA
4. Chris Borland, Wisconsin
5. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
4. Jason Verrett, TCU
5. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

1. Calvin Pryor, Louisville
2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
3. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
4. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
5. Deone Bucannon, Washington State

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Mayock calls Bills a sleeper team

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2013 – 12:37 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock was asked by’s Monday Morning QB staff what NFL team he would pick as his sleeper club this season. His answer was the Bills.

In Buffalo there’s some excitement. A year ago, people didn’t understand that they were a tough mismatch,” said Mayock. “Forget the quarterback for a second. Scott Chandler is a better tight end than people think—especially in the red zone. Stevie Johnson is a mismatch out wide. C.J. Spiller had a great year last season. They’re a tough matchup. Now you bring in those two wide receivers they drafted—Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. One is vertical guy [Goodwin], and the other is a great route runner [Woods]. More weapons. EJ Manuel looked really good when I visited their camp. If he can function behind their offensive line—it’s not great, but it’s pretty good—if he can get the ball distributed they’re going to be a better team than people think.”

Mayock’s three questions interview appeared on Monday Morning QB this week.

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NFL Network analyst says Manuel is “a sponge”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 9, 2013 – 5:00 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has been covering the Bills in training camp the last few days. And the network’s top draft analyst says he likes what sees of first round draft pick E.J. Manuel.

Mayock appeared on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, after watching the Bills training camp practice. And when asked about Manuel, Mayock said the Bills rookie seems eager to learn.

“This kid’s got a little way to go,” Mayock said, “but let me tell you, 6-5, 240, arm talent, athletic, and he looks like a sponge trying to learn.”

Mayock covers the draft and he’s also the NFL Network’s Analyst on “Thursday Night Football.” After studying all of the quarterbacks in last April’s draft, he says Manuel is equipped with some key attributes.

“I saw a lot of his college tape, and he knew he’s athletic with a live arm,” Mayock told host John Murphy. “I got to meet the kid and I liked him. I felt like he was a gym rat, which to me, is a prerequisite to being a good quarterback in the NFL. If you’re not a gym rat, I don’t want you.”

Mayock acknowledges that some draft experts poked holes in Manuel’s FSU resume before and after the draft.

“A lot of people knocked him because he didn’t have to make a lot of post snap reads at Florida State. But that was their offense. You can’t knock a kid if they’re not asking you to do something.”

“From my perspective,” Mayock said, “the talent’s there, the work ethic is there, the intelligence is there. Now it’s up to Nate Hackett and the staff to get it out of him.”

The entire interview with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is available here

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Mayock thinks Bills may surprise

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 9, 2013 – 3:51 pm

The Bills may be “under the radar” for many NFL analysts. But the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock thinks overlooking the Bills could be a mistake.

Mayock, the NFL Network’s draft expert, and the color analyst on the network’s “Thursday Night Football” package, spent the last few days at Bills camp in Pittsford. Appearing on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Mayock says the Bills have some pieces in place as their rebuilding effort takes shape.

“You go through some tough times, and then all of a sudden a new organization comes in and you draft a first round quarterback and it’s hard not to be excited,” Mayock said on the radio show. “I
actually think this team could be better, more quickly, than people think.”

Host John Murphy asked Mayock what he sees that indicates the Bills might surprise some people.

“The first thing I see if an offensive line, that outside of some uncertainty at the left guard position, could be a really good offensive line,” he said. “For me, that’s the basis of everything.
Then you look at the wide-out position, and there’s some juice there and some young legs. Everybody knows about Stevie Johnson but all of a sudden you get the kid, T.J. Graham, who can run. You get the two draft picks like Goodwin who can run. Robert Woods was I thought perhaps the best route runner in all of college football a year ago.”

“So you take an offensive line, you pair it with some juice outside, we already know about the running back situation—if you get Spiller in space, and Fred Jackson might be the best pass-protection running back in the league.”

The entire interview with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is available here

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Mayock weighs in on EJ and starting Wk 1

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2013 – 3:24 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock appeared on NFL Training Camp Live and was asked about whether he thought Bills QB EJ Manuel should be the team’s Week 1 starter. Here was his take.

“I think who the guy is Week 1 is less important than what the big picture is,” said Mayock. “From my perspective, you have a new head coach, you have a new general manager and you just traded up to get a quarterback in the first round. If the kid is both physically and mentally ready to take over this offense, I’d go with Manuel.

“I would like to see him develop along with those young first round picks. Robert Woods was a second rounder, Marquise Goodwin, the speedster from Texas – you would love for him to develop in game action with those young wide receivers. Now, if he’s not ready for that, whether it’s physical or mental, then you have Kevin Kolb. If you think you can compete with New England in that division, then it’s a little bit different conversation. But from my perspective, if Manuel can handle the load physically and mentally, I think he should be the guy.”

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Mayock mock goes WR for Bills in rd. 1

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2013 – 9:51 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has released his mock draft and he has Buffalo taking a receiver.

Mayock has the Bills taking West Virginia WR Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick. Here is how his top 10 shakes out.

Mike Mayock’s Mock Draft

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Eric Fisher
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars:  OT Luke Joeckel
  3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd
  4. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Lane Johnson
  5. Detroit Lions: DE Ziggyl Ansah
  6. Cleveland Browns: QB Geno Smith
  7. Arizona Cardinals: OG Jonathan Cooper
  8. Buffalo Bills: WR Tavon Austin
  9. New York Jets: DE  Dion Jordan
  10. Tennessee Titans: CB Dee Milliner
  11. San Diego Chargers: OG Chance Warmack
  12. Miami Dolphins: OT D.J. Fluker
  13. New York Jets: TE Tyler Eifert
  14. Carolina Panthers: DT Sheldon Richardson
  15. New Orleans Saints: DE Barkevious Mingo
  16. St. Louis Rams: SS Kenny Vaccaro
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers:  OLB Jarvis Jones
  18. Dallas Cowboys: DT Star Lotulelei
  19. New York Giants:  OT Justin Pugh
  20. Chicago Bears: ILB  Manti Te’o
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: FS  Eric Reid
  22. St. Louis Rams: ILB Alec Ogletree
  23. Minnesota Vikings: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  24. Indianapolis Colts: CB D.J. Hayden
  25. Minnesota Vikings: DT Sylvester Williams
  26. Green Bay Packers: RB Eddie Lacy
  27. Houston Texans: WR Justin Hunter
  28. Denver Broncos: DE  Bjoern Werner
  29. New England Patriots: CB Xavier Rhodes
  30. Atlanta Falcons: CB Desmond Trufant
  31. San Francisco 49ers: TE Zach Ertz
  32. Baltimore Ravens: FS Matt Elam

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Mayock changes mind on QBs in rd. 1

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2013 – 9:00 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said a couple of months ago that he anticipated that up to three quarterbacks would come off the board in round one of the 2013 NFL draft knowing that QB value gets inflated as the draft nears. Now he’s going back on that line of thought.

Mayock now believes that only one quarterback will come off the board in the first 32 picks.

“I don’t think there’s going to be more than one quarterback taken in the first  round, which is not what I thought three months ago,” Mayock said. “I think there’s still going to be some activity at the back end of that first round, but most of the activity for quarterbacks this year? I think second and third rounds.”

Unfortunately for the Bills that doesn’t matter much. Buffalo (41st in round 2) picks behind all of the other quarterback needy teams in the second round (Jacksonville – 33, Philadelphia – 35, Arizona – 38, NY Jets – 39).

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Mayock: Bills in tough spot at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2013 – 2:22 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock was asked specifically about the direction the Bills could or should take with the eighth overall pick. He’s not a fan of the value on the board and Buffalo’s positional needs, feeling they don’t match up. So here is his best solution for them.

“I think they’re in a little bit of a tough spot,” Mayock said. “There is obviously a whole quarterback conversation that has to be held. And I’m not a big believer that there is a quarterback worthy at that spot. Now Buddy Nix might disagree with me. It could be Geno Smith, who I don’t think is a fit. It could be Matt Barkley. It could be Ryan Nassib. But to me, they’re not fits.

“So if you’re not going to take a quarterback at eight and you don’t have a chance to trade down, to me they have an offensive line need. I’d love to see them get a tackle and move Cordy Glenn to the right side or inside. I think it would help two spots if you could get a left tackle.

“But at eight, I don’t think you’ll get a left tackle unless you’re willing to trade up. So sitting there, I mentioned (guards Chance) Warmack and (Jonathan) Cooper. Either one of which I’m good with at 8.

“I don’t think there is a wide receiver at eight. Initially I thought about Tavon Austin there. He’s the most explosive offensive player in this draft. The more I thought about t I thought you’ve already got Leodis McKelvin to return punts. You have C.J. Spiller at tailback who can split out and do some of those things. So as much as I like Austin, I’m not sure he’s a great fit there. So I think you’re kind of stuck.

“If it’s not the quarterback, you’re looking at the best offensive lineman on your board or an edge rusher. With Mario Williams on one side, Mark Anderson coming back from injury, and Chris Kelsay retired, you’ve got room for an edge rusher. So a Barkevious Mingo or somebody like that, that wouldn’t surprise me either.”

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Mayock wouldn’t take QB for Bills at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2013 – 11:39 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked if the Bills should take a quarterback with the eighth overall pick knowing that several of the other NFL teams in the market for a QB draft ahead of Buffalo in round two. Mayock doesn’t believe there’s a quarterback worthy of taking at 8.

“From a value perspective and I don’t think Geno Smith makes sense in Buffalo,” Mayock said. “I saw him play in cold weather in the bowl game and I saw him play in cold weather at Iowa State, and I don’t see him fitting in in an outdoor arena in Buffalo. So if it’s not him, do you want Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib or E.J. Manuel at 8? That’s way too high, for me.

“And Buddy [Nix] could be sitting there going, hey, I don’t care what round I get my quarterback in, I just need to get him, and I understand that.

“But for me, I’d rather get a positional player at 8 that is going to help me immediately and hopefully it’s an offensive lineman. If it’s not an offensive lineman, I’m going to get somebody at 8; whether it’s Chance Warmack or an edge player to pressure the quarterback, but I’m going to get somebody that I can plug in and make our team better.

“Then I’m going to come back in, and if I have to come back in and trade up and get to 26 to 32, I’ll do that. But I don’t want to give up my first round pick to have that — I want to give up my third or I want to give up something else, but I don’t want to give up my first.”

The only problem with Mayock’s theory is Buffalo doesn’t have the ammunition in terms of draft picks with just six to move back into the bottom of round one. They’d likely have to part with a high pick next year to make a move that puts lands them 15 picks higher.

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Mayock on Landry Jones

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2013 – 9:07 am

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has an interesting perspective on Oklahoma QB Landry Jones, who is to have a private workout with the Buffalo Bills today.

Mayock believes Jones can make all the throws necessary for an NFL QB, and has him currently tied with Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib as his fifth-best QB in the draft. But he is troubled by what he feels is inconsistency in the quarterback’s overall game.

“He’s smart, I think he cares,” said Mayock of Jones. “When protection breaks down and he’s got to get to his second and third read, the mechanics start to break down. And that is the case with a lot of these kids. I think most of the league is looking at him as a third round guy. I think he’s a little better than that because I’ve seen him play at a higher level.”

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Mayock: Manuel could find way into round 1

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2013 – 10:54 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock took in Florida State QB E.J. Manuel’s pro day in Tallahassee Tuesday and believes he’s the type of athletic quarterback that NFL teams are more willing to take a chance on because of their high ceiling. As a result he believes Manuel comes off the board in late April before round one is in the books.

“If I was going to make a mistake I was going to do it with a big, athletic kid with arm talent. The more I talk to coaches and general managers I get more support in that thinking. There are so many question marks about this quarterback class because if you want to like Matt Barkley or Landry Jones or the Wilson kid from Arkansas to like them. Then the question becomes can they just be game managers or game winners? I think when you’re talking about Geno Smith at West Virginia and E.J. Manuel you’re talking about two potential kids that can win football games.”

Mayock moved Manuel up to his number two quarterback prospect behind Smith and said at this point he’s a better prospect than his predecessor at Florida State Christian Ponder was coming out because his ceiling is higher. Mayock said he had a second-round grade on Ponder coming out, but he went 12th overall to Minnesota. At this point he’s not sure Manuel gets out of the first orund.

“At this point the way kids are getting pushed up in this draft, and I’m anxious to see Barkley next week, because again bad senior year, good junior year, but the way kids are getting pushed up at quarterback it wouldn’t surprise me at all,” Mayock said.

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QB Manuel makes jump in Mayock ranks

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2013 – 3:38 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has changed his top five quarterback rankings elevating Florida State’s E.J. Manuel to number two on his list.

When asked why he moved Manuel up in his rankings, this was his response.

“The first three tapes I saw of Manuel prior to the Senior Bowl included the Florida game and that was probably the worst game he ever played,” said Mayock. “But I thought he had a solid Senior Bowl week and coming out of the Combine there was a quiet buzz about him from teams. They like the kid, they think he’s smart so I watched three more tapes of his. I liked the Clemson tape and thought he was really athletic and threw the ball well.”

Mayock made it clear that he’s far from enamored with the quarterback class, but sees Manuel as a worthwhile risk.

“I don’t like this quarterback class so if I’m going to make a mistake with this quarterback class then I’m going to do it with a kid that has size, athletic ability and arm talent and that’s what E.J. Manuel has.”

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NFL clubs see Nassib to Bills in round 2

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2013 – 2:43 pm

The pre-draft speculation is approaching full throttle and not surprisingly there’s another report regarding the Bills and Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver many of those on the inside of NFL clubs believe they need to leapfrog Buffalo’s pick in round 2 at 41st overall if they covet Nassib. Here’s the quote Silver acquired from an unnamed AFC front office executive.

“If I’m a team that needs a quarterback and wants the Syracuse kid,” one AFC front-office executive said, “I know I’ve gotta get ahead of Buffalo in the second round.”

Silver also speculates that Nassib could become a late riser as the draft draws closer and gives him an outside shot to be a late first-round pick, something NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock posed as a possibility prior to the NFL Combine.

Silver also speculated that current Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be asked to restructure his contract or he could be released outright.

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Putting OT Johnson’s numbers in perspective

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 9:34 am

Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson was a former quarterback, tight end and defensive end before becoming a very effective offensive tackle for the Sooners. So heading into the Combine some measure of athleticism was expected. But as we profile the Combine workout winners on the home page of we felt there needed to be more perspective put on the numbers turned in by Johnson.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock put Johnson’s numbers up against some familiar NFL players at the so called skill positions to help.

“Lane Johnson… his 40-yard dash time was faster than Anquan Boldin. His vertical at 34 inches was the same as A.J. Green – think about this, this is an offensive tackle at 300-plus pounds. He ran faster than Anquan Boldin, he jumped the same as A.J. Green and his broad jump at nine feet, 10 inches was the same as Stevan Ridley,” said Mayock. “Think about those three things for a 300-pound offensive tackle and put that in perspective of what he can be.

“What was most important was at the Senior Bowl, he had a good solid week. So if you look at Lane Johnson’s tape Week One at Oklahoma versus the end of the year, it‟s very different. This is a guy where the sky is the limit.”

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WR Swope sending scouts back to tape

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2013 – 10:10 am

Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope looks more like a running back than a receiver at 6’0″ and 205, but the athleticism he showed on Sunday may allow him to remain at receiver as it’s sending NFL scouts scrambling back to his game tape for further investigation.

Swope surprised with a 4.34 40-time, which tied for the second-fastest with West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. But his workout didn’t end there. He tied for the fourth-highest vertical leap at 37 inches, the seventh-best broad jump at 10’5″ and a sub 6.8 three-cone drill time.

“I loved to see that,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “I didn’t expect him to run the time he ran. I mentioned on the air, his Alabama game kind of woke me up to him a little bit, and Johnny [Manziel] helped that of course; got him the ball a lot on a couple of secondary scrambles. But Swope ran in the 4.3’s, he had 11 catches against Alabama. I have to go back and watch some more tape of him. That’s what I say when you see a guy you don’t expect to run mid-4.3’s, it forces you to go back and watch tape. That’s what I’m going to do, spend some more time trying to figure that kid out.”

Swope has been forecast as a fourth-round pick.

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Mayock liked Geno, but…

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2013 – 9:55 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked for his thoughts on QB Geno Smith’s performance at the NFL Combine. Mayock liked the fact that he participated in all the throwing drills and felt he put his physical skills on display, but in the end it comes down to game tape and Mayock, like he does with all the QBs in this draft class, has questions.

“I saw everything that I saw on tape about Geno, and that is he flashed everything you want to see in a franchise quarterback on tape during the season,” said Mayock. “He has a big arm, good arm, he moves well, he can be accurate. Everything I saw on tape I saw here. He’s a natural thrower; he doesn’t force the ball. What I go back to is I don’t care as much about this – I’m happy he did this because it just shows me he’s not afraid; Cam Newton did it and he didn’t throw the ball well and he still was the first pick in the draft. To me, it’s more important what you see on tape.

“I want to bang the table because I want to like Geno Smith. We interviewed him, I love what he had to say, but there are just too many inconsistencies on tape for me to say that Kansas City or anybody that high should take him. He’s more of a 20-32 [overall pick player]; I’ve said that based on watching six of his games. I’m going to watch the rest of them, but there are just so many inconsistencies with both Geno Smith and the entire quarterback class that I trouble banging the table for any of them.”

Smith did have one of the better throwing performances at the Combine Sunday. He clearly had the liveliest arm of the group and threw a good deep ball. He also showed his athleticism with the fastest 40 time (4.59) and highest vertical leap among the QBs.

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Inconsistency of QBs bothering Mayock

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2013 – 8:35 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is admittedly having a hard time really liking any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, and it’s because of one quality that he believes is lacking in all of them, consistency.

Mayock was asked about Oklahoma QB Landry Jones, and his answer morphed into a commentary on the QB class as a whole.

“Like a lot of the quarterbacks this year, he’s so difficult to qualify,” said Mayock of Jones. “I can look at certain games and go, ‘That’s a first round draft pick.’  I can look at other games and go, ‘He’s a fifth round guy.’ 

“I’m struggling with him. I like his junior tape better than his senior tape. I think he can make most of the throws.  I think ‑‑ I know he can make all the throws. I’ve seen him make all the throws, but like a lot of this year’s quarterbacks, there is no consistency with this kid. Same thing with Geno Smith. Same thing with Matt Barkley.”

That’s why Mayock, though he has Smith and Barkley as his top two QBs, doesn’t have any quarterback ranked higher than 20 overall.

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Developing QB prospects important this year

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2013 – 12:14 pm

Much has been made about the fact that there isn’t a lead pipe lock at the quarterback position in this year’s draft class, but NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock made a good point on a team’s confidence in developing quarterbacks.

On a national conference call Mayock was asked about both Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick, who both were second-round draft choices. Both have become solid starting quarterbacks even though they were not finished products or can’t miss franchise signal callers when they came out.

“They both became second round picks, they might have gone back‑to‑back in the draft, but what did people miss,” Mayock asked rhetorically. “Kaepernick, when he started taking off, I went back to my college notes on him, and I was like, ‘Look at all this I have written on this kid.’ What I had was big arm, wildly inconsistent, great athlete. Well you could see all that stuff. 

“But I think Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers spent a year kind of getting that arm where it was a lot more consistent. Could you say the same thing about Geno Smith? Probably. Could you say the same thing about Mike Glennon? Yeah, big arm. 

“I’m not talking about athletic ability with Glennon, but somebody could buy into a Geno Smith up high because they feel like there are flashes of everything there. However, he’s got to put it together on a more consistent basis. 

“So a team that feels comfortable in their ability to evaluate and then develop quarterbacks are going to feel better about Geno Smith and Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon.”

Knowing Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who also is the team’s quarterbacks coach, was very successful in developing Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, one wonders if the Bills have a similar faith to that of the 49ers in developing quarterback prospects that might not be finished NFL products at the time they are drafted.

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