If you want to school on the NFL draft, listening to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock on a conference call is a good way to start. We've broken down some of Mayock's biggest takeaways from Kansas City's choices at No. 1 and a few players Mayock wouldn't take in the top 10, but these calls are all about little nuggets of information.
Here's what else we learned from Mayock on Monday:
- Mayock sees former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (aka the "Honey Badger") as a fourth-round prospect who probably won't test particularly well at the NFL Scouting Combine. "He's a better football player than an athlete," Mayock said.
- Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks could lock up status as a first-round pick with a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash. Mayock only sees one surefire first-round pick at cornerback and only has two wide receivers rated that high. Washington's Desmond Trufant could also lock down a first-round pick with a big day. Alabama's Dee Milliner is locked into the first round, but a fast time could put him into the top 10.
- BYU's Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah is going to go "earlier than later" in the first round according to Mayock, but he's "way more raw" than Jason Pierre-Paul was a few years ago when he was drafted by the New York Giants. Ansah is potentially versatile enough to play defensive end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. He could possibly play OLB in a 3-4, as well.
- Mayock ranked six defensive tackles with first-round grades. He had the same number of offensive tackles with first-round grades. Mayock also said this year's safety class is the best he's seen in a while, with special love going to Texas' Kenny Vaccaro.
- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o should be drafted around pick No. 20 based on his talent, according to Mayock. Ultimately, Mayock expects Te'o to go around that number.
- Mayock says Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson would make sense at No. 12 for the Miami Dolphins. He's a bit of a risky pick, but he wowed Mayock on film.
- On the draft's depth: "I wouldn't want a top-10 pick in this draft. The fifth pick and the 25th pick are very similar."
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- The top quarterbacks, Geno Smith and Matt Barkley, deserve to go in the No. 20 to 32 range according to Mayock.
- Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd drew comparisons to Warren Sapp. Mayock sees Floyd as a top-five talent and a candidate to go No. 3 overall to the Oakland Raiders. "When he's fresh, it's really special."