National Football League mock draft: A notable question about Mitch TrubiskyBy Kelly Sanders Mar 01, 2017
"The four franchise guys out of 21, five if you include Flacco, you're looking at about a 20% chance of drafting a franchise quarterback for the first-round pick", Mayock said. "You better make sure you've got [the board] stacked for production". Then I think they can drop back in the later round.
But while the pool for offensive tackles may be shallow, Mayock called this "one of the best defensive drafts I've seen" - particularly for edge rushers, cornerbacks and safeties. While plenty of teams will be featured during the combine as to what they're going to do, the Browns in my opinion are the most important leading in. In the third round, 65th overall, Virginia Tech tight end Bucky Hodges could be an option.
Mayock said he could "very easily" see the Broncos scouring free agency to pursue upgrades at offensive tackle, and that there was "a lot of depth" in free agency among interior offensive linemen. "Safeties that can cover are at a premium and both of these kids can cover".
"Sidney Jones (Washington) to me is kind of lean but he's instinctive like Marcus Peters, and I think he's a top 15 pick all day long". "The reason I think Jonathan Allen has to be considered also is, in addition to affecting the game, he affects it a little bit differently".
In the big picture, much of the value in this year's group of prospects is on the defensive side of the ball. You've got to get five or six of the best players in the draft. Hooker as a centerfielder is phenomenal. "There will be NFL alumni there, there will be interactive games there, people will be involved with the festivities surrounding the National Football League and the NFL draft". They might need help at offensive tackle, free safety and receiver, positions with at least one older veteran.
The 2017 combine officially kicks off Tuesday when the first wave of prospects arrives in Indianapolis for their registration, hospital pre-exam and X-rays, orientation and interviews with selected teams.
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"'How do you bring the draft to Philly, and we don't have a first-round pick, '" said water-heater salesman/former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, impersonating a Philadelphian. I've got [Ryan] Ramczyk and [Garett] Bolles one and two. He expects that all of the Quarterbacks this year will need time to develop. Their seventh round pick was sent to Dallas in the Matt Cassel trade two seasons ago in exchange for the additional fifth-round pick they acquired.
The Giants have the 23rd pick in each of the first three rounds.
"You can go three or four rounds deep and find potential starters, you can find nickels", Mayock said. "I think they'd be looking hard at a Derek Barnett, [who] probably make the most sense at No. 7".
"I think he's a talented kid".
After drafting three cornerbacks previous year, it's understandable to assume the Panthers will steer clear of the position in 2017. He said diamonds in the rough are more likely to come from small schools because there is less information on those players and the Power-5 conferences produce known commodities by the time they are drafted. "You've got to have a plan if you draft him with a first-round pick - how you want to utilize him, especially based on what you have on the roster already".
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