NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock held a 97-minute pre-draft conference call with reporters from across the nation where he answered questions on the top two expected picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and shared his unique perspective.
Around The League’s Marc Sessler broke down some of the finer points of Mayock’s conference.
• Pinpointing a quarterback in the later rounds comes with risk. Mayock dropped this stat: Of the last 23 quarterbacks taken in first round, 15 are currently starters. Among the 82 drafted from the second to seventh rounds? A grand total of seven became starters.
• Lots of chatter lately about quarterbacks Brock Osweiler of Arizona State and Kirk Cousins of Michigan State. Buzz-kill time: Mayock sees them falling to the third round.
• The three first-round corners are going to be Morris Claiborne, South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore and Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick, according to Mayock. Janoris Jenkins falls to the next wave due to his well-documented off-the-field issues, as chronicled by NFL Network’s Albert Breer earlier this month. Said Mayock: “The Jenkins kid is scaring a lot of people off.”