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Mayock calls Vontaze Burfict a “non-draftable kid”

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Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict began “draft season” rated as a first-round pick, at least according to January mock drafts from guys like ESPN’s Todd McShay. Three months later, there’s legitimate doubt about whether Burfict will be drafted at all.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock doesn’t think there’s a whole lot left to talk about. He has Burfict rated as an undrafted free agent.

“I put his tape on with absolutely zero preconceived notions,” Mayock explained in a Thursday conference call with media. “I watched three tapes and really didn’t like him as a football player.

“I think he’s a non-draftable kid. For me, he’s a free agent.”

The common misconception with Burfict is that his problems occurred during the pre-draft process, when Burfict bombed at the Combine and again at his Pro Day. As Mayock has explained, however, Burfict’s fall occurred during games. He’s just not a good player.

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  1. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 19, 2012 3:35 PM

    Vontaze Burfict sounds like some type of syndrome or a breathing technique for women in labor.

  2. kingbeason52 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:36 PM

    Why are all these Mayock news bombs dropping all of the sudden?..oh wait..its probably because Florio is writing his next masterpiece about Payton filling in as the next coach at Arkansas..

  3. phillybirds says: Apr 19, 2012 3:38 PM

    Ouch. Does Burfict deserve this type of criticism? Leave the kid alone.

  4. tommyf15 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    Burfict was excellent in 2010 but really fell off last year. My guess is he gets drafted, but sixth or seventh round.

  5. mathomp3 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    So what were they watching when they had him rated in the first round initially?

    I cant wait for the draft to be over so we can stop hearing all theses so called “experts” talk out of their asses.

  6. soundslikehail says: Apr 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    Common irsay, take a gamble

  7. rc33 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    From a prospective first round pick to undraftable in one season.
    A Lohan-like falloff.
    Cool name, though.

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 19, 2012 3:42 PM

    “He’s just not a good player.”

    This kid has Miami Dolphin written all over him.

  9. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    He’s a physical specimen. That’s all. He would be a guy I think Mike Singletary could mold into an All-Pro though. He needs guidance, and needs to rely on more then just his physical tools. You can see he plays the game with a ton of passion, reckless passion, but there is always a way to harness that and right the ship. I could see him landing in Minnesota, San Fran, or NY for the Giants, but thats about it. Maybe Baltimore, he seems like a Ray Lewis project too. He could be the epitomy of Low-Risk, High-Reward, and that reward could be a guy like Bill Romanowski. Sure, he was dirty and unlikeable, but he was a He** of a player and no body ever questioned his passion. I mean, I know there is more then Highlights to a guys resume, but you can’t tell me his aren’t some of the most unbelievable ever.

  10. fthrvic says: Apr 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    Is this a true/false question? I’m going with….true.

  11. jenniferxxx says: Apr 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    Burfict is the one guy who kept Janoris Jenkins from being the biggest NFL draft loser.

  12. justanotherdummy says: Apr 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    I am not sure I have ever seen a player’s draft stock fall so far, so quickly. Does anybody have anything good to say about him? If so, I have yet to hear or read it.

  13. baous says: Apr 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    I hope my team takes a chance at him in the 5th/6th round..

  14. cush2push says: Apr 19, 2012 3:47 PM

    there is no such thing as undraftable player talent wise he is a mid 2 early 3 he just isnt mature a team with a huge vet presence like the ravens for instance could spend a low risk pick on him and could pay dividends for them when ray ray retires

  15. bigjimatch says: Apr 19, 2012 3:51 PM

    Geez, I hope his parents don’t read this.

  16. digitaldonnie says: Apr 19, 2012 3:52 PM

    I disagree.But I don’t have the tape that Mayock does. The kid is mean on the field, and he would fit perfectly with the Browns. With several picks in the 5th and 6th rounds, Id take a flyer on this kid.

  17. jordanmaarsh says: Apr 19, 2012 3:53 PM

    Don’t you mean un-draftable?

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 19, 2012 3:53 PM

    Vontaze quoted Don King when he said he does not need any affirmations or consternations, he only needs the purifications of his own materbations.

  19. sb50 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:55 PM

    I have been saying the same thing that mayocks been saying since February. When he was at ASU they had no choice to put him at MLB because hes ferociousness. They simply said “Taz just go out the a get the guy with the ball” but thats not gonna work in the NFL

    Burfict will not be a good pro regardless of what team grabs him. theres no doubt that he is a ferocious tackler and a nasty player but the guy is going to be so lost when he is handed a full NFL playbook. Hes not the guy I would in the middle of my defense calling out check plays, knowing who he has to cover, reading offenses, ect.

    The guy has so much football talent its off the charts but he has zero intangibles.

    I doubt hes even heard of the word “audible”

  20. TeamBalco says: Apr 19, 2012 3:55 PM

    This kids needs an attitude adjustment. Don’t draft him, work him out as a FA and see where his mind is after the draft. Playing in the NFL is a privilege.

  21. mungman69 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:58 PM

    All that I heard about him, he must have some talent

  22. hamcamnewton says: Apr 19, 2012 4:03 PM

    What a shame, I thought he was the Burfict LB..

  23. steeelfann says: Apr 19, 2012 4:03 PM

    I thought Goodell outlawed “ferociousness”. You now have to be amiable, jovial, and full of jocularity.

  24. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 19, 2012 4:05 PM

    If he was taken under a veteran LB core’s help on/off the field, the kid could be amazing in this league.

    Unfortunately his biggest issues are inbetween the ears and he seems to have a lazy disorder. BUT he will be drafted, nobody goes from 1st round to undrafted for bombing two meaningless days of drills in spandex, being a bit of a headcase (which a disruption hybrid LB should be) and interviewing bad.

    Can he play? Yes.

    Will he be inspired to work hard to get back into shape, study film in his free time and not be in the clubs?

    Hard to tell.

  25. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Apr 19, 2012 3:43 PM
    He’s a physical specimen. That’s all.
    ____________________________________________

  26. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 19, 2012 4:10 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Apr 19, 2012 3:43 PM
    He’s a physical specimen. That’s all.
    ____________________________________________

    His combine and pro day numbers would say otherwise….Bills fans…

  27. veistran says: Apr 19, 2012 4:21 PM

    All these Mayock stories are dropping because Mayock just did a marathon conference call on the draft, was like >90 minutes of him talking draft.

  28. demgoodoleboys says: Apr 19, 2012 4:27 PM

    Amen brotha!!!

  29. demgoodoleboys says: Apr 19, 2012 4:27 PM

    mathomp3

    Amen brotha!!

  30. ez0682 says: Apr 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    Who is Mayock to judge him n all yall. at leastv played college football and consider to play in the nfl. N what r yall doing nothing hahahahahahahahaha E.A.G.L.E.S eagles

    Draft him fatass!.

  31. ez0682 says: Apr 19, 2012 4:30 PM

    Mayock go fly a kite.

  32. willbrownimaging says: Apr 19, 2012 4:31 PM

    If he does in fact end up undrafted, Burfict would likely be best served in going to Baltimore.

    The kid says he idolizes Ray Lewis, and there are several examples of players drafted in the mid-to-late rounds / not drafted at all that have gone on to have significant success (and big contracts elsewhere) playing next to Ray.

    Ed Hartwell 4th
    Adalius Thomas 6th
    Bart Scott undrafted

  33. teddybayer123 says: Apr 19, 2012 4:32 PM

    He’s a physical specimen. That’s all. He would be a guy I think Mike Singletary could mold into an All-Pro though. He needs guidance, and needs to rely on more then just his physical tools.

    And even then, would he listen? Doubtful…

  34. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 19, 2012 5:03 PM

    bigjimatch says:
    Apr 19, 2012 3:51 PM
    “Geez, I hope his parents don’t read this.”

    I’d +2 that if I could. Well played.

  35. zn0rseman says: Apr 19, 2012 5:03 PM

    I don’t understand how a player can go from a 1st-2nd round pick, to undraftable in just 8 weeks. What the heck are draftniks watching to rank him that high, compared to what scouts are seeing?

    Something doesn’t add up

  36. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 19, 2012 5:04 PM

    @chzsteak

    Pretty sure he would be an upgrade over Casey Matthews. I think you signed the wrong Packer Philly fans. Nick Barnett would have made a world of difference on that team, but instead, ran back a pick 6 against your dream team to the delight of us…Bills fans… And I do say physical specimen based on his actual game footage. Your going to tell me something doesn’t click when that helmet goes on for this guy to have the anticipation to blow up the center and blow through the QB like it’s no body’s business? I have never seen a LB do that on a routine basis like he did.

  37. saxmachine69 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:05 PM

    [i]He’s a physical speciman[/i]

    Really the slowest LB at the combine who can only bench 16 reps is a physical speciman?

    [i]Unfortunately his biggest issues are inbetween the ears and he seems to have a lazy disorder. BUT he will be drafted, nobody goes from 1st round to undrafted for bombing two meaningless days of drills in spandex, being a bit of a headcase (which a disruption hybrid LB should be) and interviewing bad.

    Can he play? Yes.[/i]

    Do you people not read the articles you post on? Or any article for that matter. He isn’t a good football player, period. He doesn’t understand the game of football, his instincts are terrible, he’s undisciplined and out of position 95% of the time. He’ll give you one big hit a game and everyone forgets the 69 other plays he was on the field for.

    The only reason he was considered a 1st round prospect at the beginning of the year is because internet draft experts have no clue what their talking about. He was a highly recruited kid out of high school and has a great highlight reel. But being able to hit someone hard doesn’t mean you can play LB in the NFL

  38. descendency says: Apr 19, 2012 5:05 PM

    justanotherdummy says:
    Apr 19, 2012 3:44 PM
    I am not sure I have ever seen a player’s draft stock fall so far, so quickly. Does anybody have anything good to say about him? If so, I have yet to hear or read it.

    Jevan Snead.

  39. rajbais says: Apr 19, 2012 5:12 PM

    I feel bad for Mayock when these dumb journalists ask such amateur questions!!!!

    There’s too much credible crap on the Internet that makes Burflict not worthy of being talked about!!!!

  40. lew24 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:19 PM

    I saw Vontaze play several games in high school. I thought then he was going to be a college star and drafted in the first couple of rounds. He was all over the field at ASU but he did decline last season. It is amazing to see one player fall so hard before the draft.

  41. thedudesnotin says: Apr 19, 2012 5:20 PM

    Mayocks codespeak to his former employers in Black and Gold : Draft this kid! He is special.

  42. diehardtwinsfan says: Apr 19, 2012 5:22 PM

    a kid like this should not go undrafted, I’d bet half of the teams in the league have decided which low pick they would be willing to burn on the guy, as he’s exactly the type of high upside guy you take in a later round.

  43. dawsonleery says: Apr 19, 2012 5:28 PM

    Last year Mayock had him as a 1st rounder. I guess a lot has changed.

  44. hrmlss says: Apr 19, 2012 5:30 PM

    So then Kiper is probably calling him a “Can’t miss top 10 pick.”

  45. ahostiletakeover says: Apr 19, 2012 5:48 PM

    I’m sure Mayock was right with “My hair hasn’t changed in 20 years” Kiper and “Suntan Man” McShay” three months ago too. As others have said, I seriously doubt he goes undrafted. If he’s still around in the 6th or 7th round, I wouldn’t be surprised to see my Ravens make a project out of him.

  46. offkiltereagle says: Apr 19, 2012 5:49 PM

    Who is Mayock to judge him n all yall. at leastv played college football and consider to play in the nfl. N what r yall doing nothing hahahahahahahahaha E.A.G.L.E.S eagles

    Draft him fatass!

    ————————————————————————————————

    When people conjure up negative images of Eagles fan you are what pops into their mind. You sound even more ignorant than Burfict himself. Oh, and those red lines under your words aren’t for decoration FYI. Oh yeah, and if that didn’t get the point across I’ll go with something you might be able to understand. U DUM!

  47. bangitfootball says: Apr 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    Your not allowed to hit in the NFL anymore. This isnt the SEC, Goodell wants Deon Sanders ankle tacklers not violent hitters.

  48. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 19, 2012 5:51 PM

    If he goes undrafted, it may be such a wakeup call for Burfict that whatever team signs him could be getting a monster.

  49. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:51 PM

    2014 headline: Watch as Mike Mayock interviews Vontaze Burfict at the Pro Bowl.

  50. DailySpew says: Apr 19, 2012 6:08 PM

    He may never be All Pro, but he’ll forever be an All Name Team legend.

  51. bigdog3838 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:10 PM

    That Todd McShay is a retard! How did he ever get a job making things up. The only ones you can trust to have any insight into the draft are Mayock and Charley Casserly.

  52. wtfru2 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:13 PM

    Burfict, just Burfict!

  53. bigdog3838 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:14 PM

    digitaldonnie says:
    Apr 19, 2012 3:52 PM
    I disagree.But I don’t have the tape that Mayock does. The kid is mean on the field, and he would fit perfectly with the Browns. With several picks in the 5th and 6th rounds, Id take a flyer on this kid.

    Really?! Are you setting around watching a bunch of “tape” of all of the players? It cracks me up to see these types of comments. Like any of us have any ability to scout football players. Just because you played high school or college football doesn’t mean you have a clue when it comes to evaluating tallent.

  54. brtdud7 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:34 PM

    Well I guess Burfict isn’t perfect.

  55. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 19, 2012 6:35 PM

    He needs to find a practice squad spot so I can add him to my list of amazing (or terrible, depending on your perspective) NFL names.

  56. david7590 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:39 PM

    He will get drafted. A defensive coach like Rex Ryan would take a flyer on someone like him in the sixth or seventh round if he were to fall that far.

  57. gudy2shoes says: Apr 19, 2012 6:39 PM

    He looked great as a freshman, but his play dropped off each year. If you like late hits, unsportman like penalties, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, this is your guy.

  58. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 19, 2012 6:58 PM

    I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot pole. He had been talked about being a fit for the Raiders, but Reggie Mac would never take him…I hope.

    He is a head case and a penalty machine with no discipline (yeah, yeah…insert Raider joke here), so hopefully someone else will draft him or bring him in as an UDFA.

  59. therealtrenches says: Apr 19, 2012 7:47 PM

    If he’s this obviously bad, then why was he ever a projected first rounder at all?

  60. aceben3 says: Apr 19, 2012 7:49 PM

    give him a text Ozzie!

  61. sjoyner59 says: Apr 19, 2012 7:50 PM

    I think it would do this kid good to go to Baltimore and play with Ray Lewis

  62. bobhpine says: Apr 19, 2012 8:18 PM

    Nobody’s burfict

  63. deetrain11 says: Apr 19, 2012 9:18 PM

    To all of you people that believe EVERYTHING Mayock says, remember what he said last year…..Cam Newton is a project and it will take him 3-4 yrs. before he can run an nfl offense and he didn’t know if he had the work ethic!!!!! Even though all of his former coaches said otherwise. KEEP BELIEVING MAYOCK!

  64. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Apr 19, 2012 9:31 PM

    Miami is purfict for him, he’s going to be a steal!!

  65. thegonz13 says: Apr 19, 2012 9:50 PM

    Mayock also drooled when he saw JaMarcus Russell at the Combine in 2007. So much for that assessment… and quite a few more!

  66. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 19, 2012 10:27 PM

    Unnamed Scout on Vontaze Burfict: “Kill it with fire!”

  67. digitaldonnie says: Apr 19, 2012 10:31 PM

    Um bigdog….like I said, I don’t have the tape mayock does. All I have are you tube highlights. Dummy, read before u post.

  68. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Apr 20, 2012 12:00 AM

    Pats get a 7th or 6th round pick throw in trading down somewhere… garb em, if he doesn’t stick he goes down by the way of the K folks..

  69. blacknyellablacknyella says: Apr 20, 2012 3:18 PM

    ASU alum and booster. Watched every game he ever played. Watched seven games live last season (Mizzou, USC, @Oregon, @UCLA, @Wazzu, Az, Cal). He sucks. I NEVER understood the hype on this kid. Never made plays. Here’s my analysis: Fat, slow, headcase that can’t tackle and has a bad attitude. Would like to see any of my rivals draft him.

  70. pl4tinum514 says: Apr 25, 2012 12:38 PM

    “He would be a guy I think Mike Singletary could mold into an All-Pro though. ”

    Or teach him how to drop his pants effectively.

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