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Mike Mayock: Deepest draft class in ten years

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With the 2013 season fully in the rear-view mirror, the focus for all 32 NFL teams has turned fully toward this week’s NFL combine and the offseason evaluation process for draft-eligible prospects.

The combine officially gets underway on Wednesday as special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends arrive in Indianapolis for check-ins. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s college class.

Mayock came away impressed with the class as a whole.

“From my perspective, this is the deepest and best draft class I’ve seen in probably ten years,” Mayock said. “That’s been reinforced by most of the general managers and scouts I’ve talked to throughout the league. I had one GM tell me the other day that having a Top-20 pick this year is very similar to having a Top-10 pick last year.”

There may not be the “can’t miss” quarterback prospect in this draft to draw the focus of the class like an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III but Mayock says the depth of the class stands out.

“I think there’s more depth,” Mayock said. “I think there are certain positions that are stacked this year and you can get a quality player through three or four rounds.”

With the draft being moved back an additional two weeks, there will be plenty of time to get to know those prospects before Roger Goodell steps to the podium for the first time on May 8.

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25 Responses to “Mike Mayock: Deepest draft class in ten years”
  1. ttommytom says: Feb 19, 2014 12:21 AM

    And yet some franchise will find a way to totally screw it up.

    Such is life…

  2. slugbaitspace says: Feb 19, 2014 12:22 AM

    Next, we’ll hear Mel Kiper say this is the deepest draft class in NFL history.

    Excluding QBs under 6′ 1″, of course…

  3. chawk12thman says: Feb 19, 2014 12:23 AM

    If he is right, it might be hard to trade back to get more picks. It also will impact free agency and that top money some of them are hoping to get. Much like last year, good value can be had. Okay Seahawks, get after it……Go Seahawks!

  4. dbones750 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:28 AM

    Another year, another “best draft in ten years”…..

  5. bears0492 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:32 AM

    I heard this last year

  6. revren10 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:38 AM

    Hopefully patriots double dip on d lineman

  7. meatcarroll says: Feb 19, 2014 12:50 AM

    Andrew Suck and Robert Griffin the Turd are both busts and wake up every day wishing they were reigning Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.

  8. seahawksbmx says: Feb 19, 2014 12:55 AM

    Seahawks finally get last pick in first round.
    Deepest draft in 10 years.

    Bad Luck Brian meme, or am I doing it wrong?

  9. ttommytom says: Feb 19, 2014 12:58 AM

    All pro are half of the first 16. One 4th of the remaining 16. So 12 in 32 pan out as good to great while the rest disappoint.

    The rest of the draft is a crapshoot.

    Every single year.

  10. therealraider says: Feb 19, 2014 1:00 AM

    Please stop calling RG3 a “cant miss prospect” .. He isn’t better than Manziel and Maniel is arguably #3 .. This QB class is deep. There are at least 5 guys that could be quality NFL starters.

  11. nyneal says: Feb 19, 2014 1:22 AM

    You never know how a draft stacks up until 2 or 3 years down the road. But I tend to agree with Mayock that this is a very strong draft.
    As for Mayock, I like his contribution to the draft. I also like what Kiper and McShay bring to the table, too.
    People who grew up watching the NFL in the 60’s have a much greater appreciation for these guys than people who didn’t. Back then, you found out who your team drafted in the next day’s paper — if you were lucky. And, because there were as many as 17 rounds or more — you didn’t have a clue who they were anyway.
    There were only a few college games broadcast each weekend, and way less Bowl games, so you never saw the great majority of the players.
    So — please try to cut these guys some slack and appreciate how fortunate we are to have them and the draft on tv now. Because trust me — it could be a lot worse.

  12. onbucky96 says: Feb 19, 2014 3:23 AM

    Why move the draft out 2 weeks? That’s almost as stupid as having tje draft over 3 days. DUMB.

  13. iammrbinky says: Feb 19, 2014 4:34 AM

    All the more reason to be grateful that Jeff Ireland is out in Miami.

  14. baltimorons says: Feb 19, 2014 6:23 AM

    RGIII was can’t miss? Now RGIII is can’t complete a pass.

  15. whysomanylosers says: Feb 19, 2014 6:56 AM

    Wait, RGIII is “can’t miss”?

    I would say that is a bit of reach still.

  16. uglydingo says: Feb 19, 2014 7:00 AM

    Memo to Mike Mayock – RG3 played like a bust last year. The third round draft pick, Russell Wilson, lead Seattle to the Super Bowl win. The audacity of some commentators to make sweeping declarations is incredible. Maybe your RG3 vs Wilson evaluation from 2 years ago was wrong.

  17. libradad53 says: Feb 19, 2014 7:18 AM

    Let the meat market parade begin! I will be camped out watching some of the draft. Process is interesting

  18. remyje says: Feb 19, 2014 7:33 AM

    The Vikings will have good picks and still stink

  19. scoboscobs says: Feb 19, 2014 7:40 AM

    Soooo far awayyyyy :(

  20. tatatoothy says: Feb 19, 2014 7:53 AM

    As a life-long Bills fan, the offseason has become more enjoyable than the regular season. I’m getting pretty stoked to see these rookies next week, and cannot wait for free agency next month.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 19, 2014 9:24 AM

    Mayock has never said in any draft that you can’t get a quality player in three or four rounds. And which positions are so deep and which are not, could he at least expound on his rationale a little? And that’s really insightful that some GM thinks a Top 20 pick is like a Top 10 pick last year, that’s such a goofy point to even make, I could care less what that GM thinks or Mayock for that matter, they both sound like a couple of rookies at this. Bring legitimate analysis to the discussion or don’t offer any if you can’t be intelligently insightful with your comments.

  22. schmitty2 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:53 AM

    I appreciate Mayock for his analysis but can he ever get through a few sentences without saying “perspective” or “are you kidding me?”

  23. ijahru says: Feb 19, 2014 10:11 AM

    RG III was a can’t miss prospect? He already got one coach fired.

  24. austinoxford says: Feb 19, 2014 10:24 AM

    On a completely unrelated note: is there a petition I can sign to have the draft moved back to Saturday and Sunday. The modern (Thurs, Fri, Sat) interpretation sucks.

  25. deltaoracle says: Feb 19, 2014 3:53 PM

    Good year for the Packers to probably get a third round compensatory pick for Greg Jennings, who in turn helped Mini go from 10 – 6 to 5 -10 -1.

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