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Mayock: Alshon Jeffery not worth a first-round pick

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South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was considered a potential top-five pick entering the 2011 college season after an 88-catch, 1,517-yard, nine-touchdown sophomore year. Jeffery’s stats fell to 49 receptions, 762 yards, and eight scores as a junior, and he declared for the draft on January 5.

Jeffery’s supporters cited quarterback musical chairs and defense’s double teams for his 2011 production drop. Appearing on a Wednesday conference call for the media, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock said he saw something different.

“Alshon Jeffery does not separate,” said Mayock after watching Gamecocks tape. “What those guys run [at the Combine] is important. He needs to run somewhere in those mid-4.5s.”

Mayock said he’s heard whispers of Jeffery’s suspect conditioning, rumors that may have begun with this picture, believed to have been taken just before the 2011 college season. (Jeffery, No. 1, is on the far left.) For this year’s receiver class, Mayock has first-round grades on Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, Baylor’s Kendall Wright, Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, and LSU’s Rueben Randle.

He doesn’t have one on Jeffery.

“Big and fast is good,” Mayock explained. “Big and slow is bad. Bottom line is … he has got to run well.”

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58 Responses to “Mayock: Alshon Jeffery not worth a first-round pick”
  1. plum13sec says: Feb 15, 2012 5:59 PM

    Colts will be there to take him 33rd if that is the case, which i doubt he makes it out of the first. This guy is a beast.

  2. detroitrollin22 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:02 PM

    He’ll either be Mike Williams (the 1 the Lions drafted) or Brandon Marshall.

  3. castleofcheese says: Feb 15, 2012 6:05 PM

    Why are we getting hourly updates about who Mayock does or doesn’t like in the draft?

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 15, 2012 6:07 PM

    Yeh, well Tom Brady had a pretty bad pic taken (actually AT the combine) that made his conditioning/strength/etc a big question mark. How did that work out? Judge on the body of work, play against big teams in big games, not one stupid picture.

  5. jokendave says: Feb 15, 2012 6:10 PM

    Hey Mayock, who are you? You get paid to guess, not decide who has a career and who doesn’t. Gez, get off the God ride. Alot of talent out there and you have missed the mark more than once. Everyone deserves a chance. Just because you don’t like them, doesn’t mean they don’t meet some teams needs.

  6. emmac13 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:14 PM

    Reciever rich NFL. Look at the free agents and unsigned oldies.

  7. hbdbrowns33 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:16 PM

    he looks line a DE in that picture not a first round WR. Mike Williams 2.0?

  8. clavette says: Feb 15, 2012 6:20 PM

    i hope mayock is wrong cause im a big fan of jeffery, but mayock usually knows what hes talking about

  9. frankdatank23 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:21 PM

    castleofcheese says: Feb 15, 2012 6:05 PM

    Why are we getting hourly updates about who Mayock does or doesn’t like in the draft?
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    Mayock is by far the best in the business, he could be a GM. When he says he’s done his work, and said player is not nearly as good as people thought…… thats news, brother. Did you come for football news or a place to whine ?

  10. Soulman45 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:25 PM

    I am 68 years young and my gut is not that big it say something about the way you keep your self in shape if he had a good diet and walk 2miles a day he would have no gut shame on him.

  11. capslockkey says: Feb 15, 2012 6:28 PM

    Mike Williams syndrome?

  12. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Feb 15, 2012 6:32 PM

    There were reports on Monday that Jeffery was up to 249 lbs and ran a 4.88 40, might be time for a switch to TE

  13. bchapman2011 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:33 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear that is a horrible analogy. How can you compare Tom Brady taking a bad combine pic to this? Brady is a stationary QB and that pic at the combine is not what knocked his draft status. This guy is supposed to be a speed reciever and he cant stay in shape at the age of 21. HUGE DIFFERENCE.
    Based on that pic no team should draft him before the 5th round. You would never see an elite reciever like Jerry Rice or even TO look like that in the offseason.

  14. lanjoith says: Feb 15, 2012 6:35 PM

    Buyer beware … Think Troy Williamson.

  15. ningenito78 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:44 PM

    Yeah before you blow off Mayock’s work do some research. The guy is by far the best in the business.

  16. fijabbersman345 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:47 PM

    He’s right. He’s not worth a first rounder.

  17. phillyphever says: Feb 15, 2012 6:53 PM

    I still somehow see Jacksonville being that dumb and desperate enough for WRs to take him with the 8th pick. BTW, Jeffery makes Mike Williams look like a Chippendale in comparison.

  18. halo81 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:55 PM

    It’s bad when I’m in my mid thirties, haven’t run a mile in a decade or touched a weight in the same amount of time and look better in pads than Jeffrey does in that picture.

  19. eaglessuperfan says: Feb 15, 2012 6:59 PM

    The guys arms are like 10 feet long!! Holy crap!! Get that boy a trainer and take a shot early second.

  20. kryyyy says: Feb 15, 2012 7:18 PM

    Word going around Twitter is that Jeffery is massively out of shape (249lbs) and running a 4.88 40.

  21. nationalmediacansuckit says: Feb 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Feb 15, 2012 6:53 PM
    I still somehow see Jacksonville being that dumb and desperate enough for WRs to take him with the 8th pick
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    After Philly’s attempt to buy a SB in free agency last year I don’t think you are in any position to call another team “dumb and desperate”.

  22. dolphins4 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    He had Steven Garcia trying to be QB in South Carolina so that has to be something.Also look at Larry Fitzgerald he don’t get much separation either.

  23. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:26 PM

    I would take Kiper’s evaluation over Mayock’s any day.

  24. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 15, 2012 7:34 PM

    Wow, why everyone jumping on Alshon? He is below 230 pounds and will run in the 4.5s at Combine. He weighs the same today as he did when he blew a couple of guys named Green and Jones out of the water as the top SEC receiver in 2010. Mayock balloon going to burst soon enough. He is getting to be way too much of a drama queen. Did you notice the about face he made on Gabbert? 21 year old QB first year in the league. Take a reality pill, Mike.

  25. 69finfan says: Feb 15, 2012 7:34 PM

    Damn, that dude is going to look like one of the Klumps in afew years if he’s not careful. He obviously can’t separate from the buffet line.

  26. njpurplehaze says: Feb 15, 2012 7:35 PM

    let’s see he went to S. Carolina……Sidney Rice ,Troy Williamson…….and this tub of lard. Definitely going to the Vikes with the third overall pick. love my team.
    SKOL VIKES!

  27. mrslay1 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:38 PM

    He will do fine in the pros if he get’s a team like the Giants. He does go up for the ball and has the height….
    Joe Adams will still be the suprise of the draft.

  28. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 15, 2012 7:41 PM

    I guess Mayock doesn’t love Alshon’s “bubble belly”.

  29. mringhof says: Feb 15, 2012 7:44 PM

    It’s bad you’re in your mid thirties, haven’t run a mile in a decade or touched a weight in the same amount of time…period. Hopefully you do some sort of physical activity other than type your fingers on a keyboard and compare yourself to a soon-to-be NFL player

  30. descendency says: Feb 15, 2012 8:00 PM

    This guy reminds me of what Albert Haynesworth would be if he were a WR.

    Fat. Talented. and Cashing a check.

  31. Matt Volk says: Feb 15, 2012 8:03 PM

    Mayock has no creditability with me after last year… http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2011/02/11/cam-newtons-workout-didnt-impress-mike-mayock/

  32. green41563 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:06 PM

    I like Mayock as much as the next guy, but I have a question: if the guy can’t separate on tape, who cares what he runs at the combine?

  33. goldrush36 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    Well if Mayock says he isn’t then it pretty much means he will be elite. Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Clausen, Jawalrus Russel, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez anyone? He also disliked Newton and Aaron Rodgers, Aldon Smith was a huge huge reach, and Crabtree was the draft steal of a lifetime. Jimmy Graham was a big target but a one trick pony that would struggle… Ok he kinda is, but he’s a badass one trick pony and certainly not struggling lol. Please sign the 49ers up for Jeffery at #30. Anyone else you don’t like Mayock? Please send that list to Trent Baalke so he can look like a genius. I’d rather take my chances with the guys he hates

  34. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    The renowned guru went on to add sagely, “Big and fast on two legs good. Big and slow on four legs bad.”.

    His acolytes took up the cry, “Big..fast..two legs, good! Big…slow..four legs bad!…”.

  35. ytownie says: Feb 15, 2012 8:21 PM

    You guys who tout Mayock as the “best in the business”. If he truly was the best, he would be working as an NFL GM. Besides, year after year it is Nolan Nawrocki from pro football weekly that has been the top draft analyst. Check it out!

  36. chaser44 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:23 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Feb 15, 2012 6:53 PM
    I still somehow see Jacksonville being that dumb and desperate enough for WRs to take him with the 8th pick

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    After Philly’s attempt to buy a SB in free agency last year I don’t think you are in any position to call another team “dumb and desperate”.
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    your haterism makes you look “dumb and desperate” for trying to take a swipe at the birds. The jaguars are the team who drafted matt jones in the first round afterall. So I think philly phever was on point.

  37. goldrush36 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:31 PM

    Also this picture looks off anyway. Melvin Ingram is 2 inches shorter yet appears taller and Taylor looks a LOT taller than 6’7″ when you look at 6’4″ Jeffery. Not saying he’s not out of shape, but until he works out at the combine and his pro day Mayock’s opinion is as legitimate as the Easter Bunny

  38. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Feb 15, 2012 8:48 PM

    Didn’t get to watch his career much but from what I did see I kind of agree not much separation but I think he could be a great second round pick for my brownies. Some people on her saying TE not a horrible idea with the new style of TE coming to the NFL

  39. indywilson40 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:48 PM

    Matt Millen loves Jeffery. He has him going in the top 5.

  40. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 15, 2012 8:55 PM

    Matt Jones was on pace for 100 catches when he was busted and suspended the last four games before the Jags cut him. He had more catches than any of the guys drafted ahead of him in 2006, Edwards, Williamson, and Williams. Matt may still have more catches than Williamson and Williams, even though he has been out of the league for three years.

  41. phillyphever says: Feb 15, 2012 8:56 PM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Feb 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Feb 15, 2012 6:53 PM
    I still somehow see Jacksonville being that dumb and desperate enough for WRs to take him with the 8th pick
    ——————————————-
    After Philly’s attempt to buy a SB in free agency last year I don’t think you are in any position to call another team “dumb and desperate”.

    Yeah…too bad I never bought in to that hype. Hell, I ripped the Eagles more than defended them last year.

  42. mrslay1 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:12 PM

    Twitter…now thats reliable information:-)

  43. kinggw says: Feb 15, 2012 9:15 PM

    Who cares what Mayock thinks? Just like Kiper and McShay, he is sometimes right and he is sometimes wrong. Ill take Jeffery over every one of his other “first round grades” with the exception of Blackmon. How seriously can you take a guy who talks about how great Tommy Rees is every week.?

  44. freemantowilliams says: Feb 15, 2012 9:34 PM

    Mike mayock is a draft god. He’s probably going to eventually be a gm in the NFL and a darn good one.

  45. nationalmediacansuckit says: Feb 15, 2012 9:55 PM

    @chaser44
    You are so right. I have “haterism” for taking a swipe at the birds and I am so sorry. I truly hope you and your birds accept my deepest apology.

  46. boothlustig says: Feb 15, 2012 10:09 PM

    Very Sonny Jurgenson like….

  47. reclinerqb says: Feb 15, 2012 10:48 PM

    I always suck in and flex when cameras are around….wait…maybe Alshon is sucking in & flexing…uh-oh

  48. visible4 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:18 AM

    I find it funny how people think Mayock is accurate with his assessments. Look back at his predictions and he is average at best, and he has had some terrible assessments. Lets look at 2009 for example:

    Mayock spoke very highly of Stafford, saying he has great arm strength and is a good athlete, but also said “There are some things about him that bother me. If I was the Lions, I’d take (Aaron) Curry or one of those left tackles (Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe).

    Seriously Mayock? Curry #1? Yeah, lets build a franchise around an overrated OLB from a smaller school. That’s real brilliant.

  49. mwcarolina says: Feb 16, 2012 1:07 AM

    if Jeffery does fall into round 2 and ends up in Indy, then that’s a good WR to get, and if they keep Wayne, Garcon and Dallas Clark, then Luck has some WRs to throw to.

  50. saxmachine69 says: Feb 16, 2012 1:09 AM

    Well if Mayock says he isn’t then it pretty much means he will be elite. Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Clausen, Jawalrus Russel, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez anyone? He also disliked Newton and Aaron Rodgers, Aldon Smith was a huge huge reach, and Crabtree was the draft steal of a lifetime. Jimmy Graham was a big target but a one trick pony that would struggle… Ok he kinda is, but he’s a badass one trick pony and certainly not struggling lol. Please sign the 49ers up for Jeffery at #30. Anyone else you don’t like Mayock? Please send that list to Trent Baalke so he can look like a genius. I’d rather take my chances with the guys he hates

    —————

    LMAO!!!! 90% of this is made up, Yes Mayock was a Gabbert fan (and I’d say the jury is still out on him). Mayock however predicted the Clausen drop, said JaMarcus should not be drafted in the 1st round, that Jay Cutler was a better prospect than Matt Leinart, and never had any issues with Aaron Rodgers, nor did he say Aldon Smith was a “huge reach” considering he had him going at 12.

    some of you people are rediculous with this Mayock hatred, just making sh*t up. Mayock is head and shoulders better than anyone you’ll see on ESPN or anywhere on the internet. In fact, Brian Billick even campaigned for a team to hire him, calling Mayock one of the best evaluators he’d been around.

  51. winstonpark says: Feb 16, 2012 1:22 AM

    You can’t compare USC Mike Williams with Alshon Jeffrey because Williams was out of football for an entire year before getting drafted. Mayock’s “What those guys run at the combine,” statement is only true for the suckers that listen to him. Jeffrey will fall out of the 1st round, and some team will be lucky as hell. Mayock and Kiper are both dorks.

  52. cobibones13 says: Feb 16, 2012 3:01 AM

    phillyphever says: Feb 15, 2012 6:53 PM

    I still somehow see Jacksonville being that dumb and desperate enough for WRs to take him with the 8th pick.

    ———————

    The Jags don’t have the 8th pick in the draft. You can’t even get the draft order right(something a 5 year old could do) and you’re calling the Jags organization dumb?

  53. cobibones13 says: Feb 16, 2012 3:08 AM

    chaser44 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:23 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Feb 15, 2012 6:53 PM
    I still somehow see Jacksonville being that dumb and desperate enough for WRs to take him with the 8th pick

    ——————————————-
    After Philly’s attempt to buy a SB in free agency last year I don’t think you are in any position to call another team “dumb and desperate”.
    ————————————————

    your haterism makes you look “dumb and desperate” for trying to take a swipe at the birds. The jaguars are the team who drafted matt jones in the first round afterall. So I think philly phever was on point.

    ———————————

    Matt Jones>>> Freddie Mitchell

  54. EJ says: Feb 16, 2012 7:05 AM

    I wish there was a way to figure out how often Mayock is right or wrong about a player. Give those Mock Draft guys a percentage, that way we at home have a better shot figuring these players out. Early knowledge of how well our team chose picks.

  55. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 16, 2012 8:16 AM

    This really means nothing, and Mayock even acknowledges that. If Jeffrey runs a soild 40 in Indy, he moves up the board. Also, Draft grade and draft projection are 2 completly diffrent things. Ryan Tannehill has a 3rd/4th rd grade, more than likely will be a top-20 pick. Mayock is the best in the Biz, I prefer a guy who is highly critical, then a guy who is on the love boat with a player.

  56. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 16, 2012 8:38 AM

    Everybody hates on Mayock, yet nobody hates on the GM’s of NFL franchises for not doing a better job. Mayocks job is to rank prospects, it’s a GM’s job to guage whether or not the guy will work for their team and the coach to bring that out in the guy. 9 times out of 10 Mayock is right on with where guys go. As soon as the guy is drafted, Mayocks job is done.

  57. JBLionsFan says: Feb 16, 2012 8:49 AM

    Holy offensive tackle Batman!

  58. screbels89 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:52 AM

    Alshon can be a very productive WR for many years. MM only said he wasnt worth a first round pick. AJ wont be a #1 WR for anyone and so maybe MM thinks he shouldnt go 1st round. I have watched AJ a ton and he catches absolutely everything close to him. He has already developed one of the best push offs in the history of D1 football so he should do great in the NFL. Also MM didnt say anything about Cam that everyone else wasnt saying. He had the tools but was concerned about the mental part of it and coming from a one read, shotgun offense.

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