Friday, February 15, 2008

Getting Draft Ready: Mike Mayock Speaks

Those of you with the NFL Network are, no doubt, familiar with Mike Mayock. For those of you separated from the NFL Network by the unenlightened management of some cable company, think Mel Kiper without the pompadour.

Anyway, here are Mr. Mayock's top twenty players, irrespective of position, as released at NFLMedia.com:
  1. Matt Ryan - QB, Boston College

  2. Sedrick Ellis - DT, USC

  3. Chris Long - DE, Virginia

  4. Glenn Dorsey - DT, LSU

  5. Vernon Gholston - DE, Ohio State

  6. Jake Long - OL, Michigan

  7. Ryan Clady - OL, Boise State

  8. Keith Rivers - LB, USC

  9. Phillip Merling - DE, Clemson

  10. Leodis McKelvin - CB, Troy

  11. Brandon Flowers - CB, Virginia Tech

  12. Rashard Mendenhall - RB, Illinois

  13. Jeff Otah - OL, Pittsburgh

  14. Derrick Harvey - DE, Florida

  15. Kentwan Balmer - DT, North Carolina

  16. Aqib Talib - CB, Kansas

  17. Chris Williams - OL, Vanderbilt

  18. Mario Manningham - WR, Michigan

  19. Limas Sweed - WR, Texas

  20. Branden Albert - OL, Virginia

The surprise here is that the highest rated running back is Rashard Mendenhall not Darren McFadden of Arkansas. According to Mr. Mayock Rashard Mendenhall's superior strength "translates better to the NFL game."

Finally, if Jeff Otah is really the 13th best player available it's unlikely that the Steelers will get a crack at choosing him.

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