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It’s a big draft for the big uglies

Tevin Washington, Quinton Couples AP

We already passed along some of the highlights from NFL Network Mike Mayock’s marathon two hour conference call on Wednesday.

Listening to Mayock is the best way to start catching up on draft preparations, so here’s a quick recap of some other worthy nuggets.

1. Mayock thought the draft is deepest at defensive tackle. He has 5-7 first rounders at that position. He says it’s very thin at defensive end, but very deep for interior offensive linemen. So if you need a big ugly on either side of the ball, this is your draft.

2. Expect Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill to go solidly in the first round. Mayock says Tannehill lacks some anticipation and throws into coverage, but he was ver intrigued by his skill set.

3. Mayock is not a Quinton Coples guy. The UNC product made noise at the Senior Bowl. Mayock says Coples looks the part, but doesn’t play like it.

4. On the possibility of Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly going to the Eagles: “”I think he starts day one and really solidifies what they’ve got going on up front there.”

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  1. Soulman45 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:46 AM

    This should be the Detroit Lions draft they can stand some help up the middle in the O-line.

  2. redguy12588 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:47 AM

    Works out perfectly for the Steelers. Grabbing an OG or NT would be huge.

  3. clivus63 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:56 AM

    Steelers need a nose tackle and an offensive line.
    Hope they find it in this draft.

  4. buffalohogan says: Feb 16, 2012 9:57 AM

    3. Mayock is not a Quinton Coples guy. The UNC product made noise at the Senior Bowl. Mayock says Coples looks the part, but doesn’t play like it.

    Sounds like the guy the Bills will draft, you know instead of a player that will actually contribute and that they need. Like an offensive tacke.

  5. gmen1987 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:57 AM

    I don’t know about other positions, but Mayock is not a very good judge of QBs.

  6. myspaceyourface says: Feb 16, 2012 10:02 AM

    I really like Mike Mayock. I think he is one of the best evaluators in the business.

  7. greenbleeder says: Feb 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    I guarantee the Eagles will not draft Luke Kuechly. In fact, I’d put my whole life savings into that bet.

    He would be the best player on the board and at a potion that we have a need in….but it’s too simple for the Eagles. They need to “outsmart” everyone.

    Thanks again for not drafting JPP.

  8. EJ says: Feb 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    buffalohogan says:
    Feb 16, 2012 9:57 AM
    3. Mayock is not a Quinton Coples guy. The UNC product made noise at the Senior Bowl. Mayock says Coples looks the part, but doesn’t play like it.

    Sounds like the guy the Bills will draft, you know instead of a player that will actually contribute and that they need. Like an offensive tacke.

    I don’t think you will see another Aaron Maybin land in Buffalo as long as Nix is in charge. Besides, Our O-line was one of the best things last year, we just need some depth incase of injury. Where we need the most help is DE or OLB. Wouldn’t be upset seeing either a DE, OLB, CB or a big WR. Any other position in the first round would be a waste.
    Go Bills!!!!

  9. ajknox88 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:19 AM

    @soulman

    I’d prefer Janoris Jenkins.

  10. illinininer says: Feb 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    Would like to see 49ers get some depth behind Justin Smith. Can’t expect him to be playing every snap in two years.

  11. cdavls17 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    buffalohogan the bills main need is a pass rusher which is a 4-3 DE so Coples would be a great fit and fills the biggest need. OT is the 3rd biggest need so Im sure 90% of Bills fans will be happy with this pick

  12. illinininer says: Feb 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    @gmen1987: If he was great at evaluating all positions, he wouldn’t be in the media lol

    I don’t think anyone is good at evaluating QBs. It’s still a crapshoot.

  13. cleverbob says: Feb 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    4. On the possibility of Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly going to the Eagles: “”I think he starts day one and really solidifies what they’ve got going on up front there.”
    =====================================

    Andy Reid won’t draft a LB before the 4th round unless Lurie puts a gun to his head. Oh wait, he’s done it a few times – Matt McCoy in the 2nd round and Steward Bradley in the 3rd…

  14. theytukrjobs says: Feb 16, 2012 10:49 AM

    People always say “if Mayock was actually a good scout, he’d be working for an NFL team”.

    They neglect the fact that he makes vastly more money than NFL scouts and gets to be a broadcaster to boot. NFL scouts would like his job, not the other way around.

  15. bobbyhoying says: Feb 16, 2012 11:08 AM

    Mayock has a unique ability to be very objective in evaluating talent. He should be a GM.

  16. mikeinsanfran says: Feb 16, 2012 11:17 AM

    Mayock is one of the best on TV as he at least does his homework but like anyone else he has his share of misses. RE: Quinton Couples – Mayock wasn’t very high on ALDON SMITH either, lucky for me the 49ers disagreed with him!!!

  17. mikeinsanfran says: Feb 16, 2012 11:21 AM

    For the record: Mike Mayock has NEVER EVER been a scout at any level in football. He was a former NFL player for the Giants that became a broadcaster and then an analyst.

  18. mikeinsanfran says: Feb 16, 2012 11:23 AM

    illinininer – The Nineres have good depth behind Justin Smith in Ricky Jean, Demarcus Dobbs, and Ian Williams. We are a lot thinner in other places (CB, WR, OG, S, OLB). I would place D-line close to last on our needs list.

  19. oldbyrd says: Feb 16, 2012 11:51 AM

    Why would the Eagles draft Luke Kuechly? We already have Casey Mattress (4th round pick) and two 7th round picks playing Linebacker. who with any sanity could think they were going to be successful with Mattress and one 5′-9″incher and another 7th rounder.? Giants 2 Super Bowl Rings in 4 years….Eagles have the 3 worst linebackers in all pro football. Cinn, 49ers improving. Reid and his stubborn stupidity getting worse every year. Watch for another under siezed 6′-2’…230#(Brandon Grahm) def lineman to be picked and…who will be this years Pierre Paul that they pass on. Who is this years Jerome McDougal or Stacy Andrews or Jerome Allen or the kid from Temple both safeties. Who will be this years 28 year old guard as a first round pick?

  20. paulyshore1 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    Mayock’s pretty good.

  21. 6ball says: Feb 16, 2012 12:04 PM

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    @buffalohogan et al

    Undersized as a draft philosophy has proven to be lunacy. Other teams draft players taller than 5’10” and weighing more than 180 lbs.

    .

  22. slammincamnewton says: Feb 16, 2012 12:25 PM

    Hmmm, ironically after the season, the DT wasn’t thought to be deep at all. I think this guy is full of junk. Just ask Jamarcus.

  23. Manny Gonzalez says: Feb 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    oldbyrd, you hit the nail on the head. good post

  24. ron69 says: Feb 16, 2012 2:43 PM

    He must be making more money than most GM

  25. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 16, 2012 3:06 PM

    This may be the year Andy HAS to take a day one starter – he may not get another chance at drafting anybody if he fouls up again this year.

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