Seeing as conference calls with NFL Draft evaluators Mike Mayock and Todd McShay dominated the football week, figured it would be a good idea to recap their analysis, side-by-side like. Specifically, on areas of need for the Redskins: quarterback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, cornerbackMayock also released his updated top five at each position, McShay the same with his draft board, going 32 prospects deep...QuarterbackMayock: 1- Andrew Luck (Stanford), 2-Robert Griffin III,3-Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), 4- Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), 5-Nick Foles (Arizona)McShay: 1- Luck, 2- Griffin III, 3- Tannehill 4- Brock Osweiler (Arizona State)5- FolesWeeden- Both analysts appear comfortable with Luck as the number one picks;with stating quarterback-needy teams like the Redskins should make a move for RGIII (Mayock - "hes a playmaker and this is what this league is all about"); and that Tannehill likely rises into at least the top 10-15 portion of the first round...McShay slotted the 6-7 Osweiler "slightly ahead" of, in some order, Foles and Weeden. On his latest draft board (Insider access required) writes Osweiler "has moved quickly up the board and is likely a first-round pick."Wide ReceiverMayock: 1- Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), 2-Kendall Wright (Baylor), 3- Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), 4- Rueben Randle (LSU), 5- Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)McShay: 1 - Blackmon, 2 - Wright, 3 - FloydNotes...McShay deemed Blackmon top 10 worthy, but put the playmaker into the second tier of recent receiver prospects (more Julio Jones than A.J. Green) and said he's not worthy of the Rams love at No. 2 overall...Mayock has first-round grades on his topfour receiver prospects...McShay came away impressed with Randle's athleticism following post-season film study though felt he "quit" during the BCS national championship game. As for Jeffery, McShay loves the 6-4 targets pass-catching ability on jump balls, but weight could be an issue and ultimately the "first-round talent" likely falls into round two.Offensive TackleMayock: 1- Matt Kalil (USC), 2- Riley Reiff (Iowa), 3- Jonathan Martin (Stanford), 4-Mike Adams (Ohio State), 5-Cordy Glenn (Georgia)McShay: 1- Kalil, 2- Reiff, 3- Adams, 4- Glenn, 5- MartinNotes...The two analysts appear to have a notable difference of opinion on Martin, Luck's blindside protector. Mayock dubbedMartin "the prototypical left tackle, and compared him favorably in several areas with Kalil. Not sure McShay addressed Martin during his call, but dropped the 6-6, 304-pounder from 17 to 24 on his recent draft board. "Martin continues to fall as other linemen emerge and his 2011 film shows him to be less dominant than expected," McShay wrote...Mayock moved Glenn from guard to tackle in his updated rankings. McShay still lists Glenn as a guard, though believes he could play right tackle at the next level.CornerbackMayock: 1- Morris Claiborne (LSU), 2- Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), 3- Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama), 4- Trumaine Johnson (Montana), Leonard Johnson (Iowa State)McShay: 1- Claiborne, 2- Jenkins, 3- KirkpatrickNotes...Perhaps most interesting about this section is who is not listed. Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard drop from first-round selection to round unknownhas been among the steepest of any prospect... During his call,McShay mentioned Jenkins and Kirkpatrick among a group of players in need of a solid combine effort in terms of both drills and interviews...Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson and Coastal Carolina's Josh Norman rank at or near the top of the FCS division prospects, according to McShay...Since we are in the defensive back world, Alabama strong safety Mark Barron appears to be the clear-cut top option, ranking 16th on McShay's overall list.Mayock's number two safety, Notre Dame's Harrison Smith, could emergesomewhere in thelate first-early second round range.
Mayock, McShay: Side-by-side recap
February 17, 2012, 5:35 pm