3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ETMike Mayock
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock checked in to take your questions on all things related to the NFL Draft on Friday, March 25.
Be sure to check out Mayock's draft board of top 32 prospects, and catch Path to the Draft daily at 6 ET on NFL Network for the latest draft buzz.
Andy, Los Angeles, CA
3:00 PM ETIn your opinion, should the Eagles deal away Kevin Kolb? Can Mike Kafka develop into a solid backup for Vick?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Andy. I think that the Eagles believe that Mike Kafka will ultimately develop into a top-flight backup, or else they would have limited interest in moving Kolb this year. At this point, the Eagles could probably demand a first-round pick plus something later in the draft. Pretty good value for a guy they got in the second round.
Jake D, Lakewood, CO
3:01 PM ETTo me its pretty obvious that Fairley was the most dominant defensive college football player last season, however Dareus has had the better offseason with his combine & pro day. Isn't actual game tape of a player dominating his opponent more impressive than a player competing with stop watches and measuring tapes? Of the two who would be a better choice for my beloved Broncos, and why!? Thanks!!
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Jake, I disagree with your assumption that Fairley had the better tape and Dareus had the better offseason. Fairley is a one-year wonder with some very average 2009 tape. Dareus had a dominant 2009 and played through injury to have a good 2010. They both have had impressive combines and pro days. I think Fairley has the higher has the higher ceiling but Dareus has the higher floor. If I'm Denver, I'm going to plug Dareus into your front and know that I have a dominant player for years.
3:03 PM ETMike, yer are the draft guru along with the Godfather i respect the most...honestly if you are the Bills do you take Newton/Gabbert at #3??? are they really worth it or is it better to fix the D and hope you have a shot at Luck/Barkley next yr?If Dareus is available how do you pass for Cam/Blaine?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Adam, I always say that a franchise QB trumps all needs. So you can bet your butt they are evaluating both Newton and Gabbert. If Gabbert was available at 3 I would jump all over him. But I think Chan and Buddy have a healthy respect for Newton as well. If they pass on the QB, look for Von Miller or Patrick Peterson to be the pick.
Tim, Kansas City
3:04 PM ETMike, if the Chiefs have the choice would they be better improved by taking Ryan Kerrigan to place at OLB or taking Phil Taylor as a big NT...since these are two areas of need for the Chiefs. Thanks.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Tim, Kansas City sits at 21, and Phil Taylor is an intriguing nose tackle. He's 338 pounds with rare movement skills. If you buy into the kid from a character perspective, Phil Taylor could make a huge difference in their defense. Ryan Kerrigan would be a conversion DE which carries its own risk.
Perry, Vancouver, BC
3:05 PM ETWhich "little man" in this year's draft is flying under the radar but could be a big time player in the NFL given the right scenario?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Perry, put April Fool's Day on your calendar. Eastern Washington has its pro day on April 1 and Taiwan Jones is an under-the-radar tailback that most NFL teams can't wait to watch next week. He's 194 pounds and I think he's going to run 4.35 or better. He's a home-run hitter who can impact the return game and I think that you try to get him another 10 touches per game as a change-of-pace back.
3:08 PM ETHello Mike. What round do you see Andy Dalton going in, and which team will take him
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Bill, I have been really impressed with Andy Dalton ever since I saw him throw the ball last summer at the Manning passing academy. I believe he goes in the first half of the second round. And there are a number of teams with QB needs between 1 and 16. He's a West Coast QB with a good arm. Very good accuracy. And deceptive athletic skills. He reminds me a lot of Kevin Kolb when he came out of Houston.
Lucas, Sweden, Stockholm
3:09 PM ETHi Mike. What are your thoughts regarding WR. Jon Baldwin from Pitt? Where do you rank him among the receivers and where do you think he will be taken?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Lucas, Baldwin is one of the bigger questions in this year's draft. He has a well-earned reputation as a diva. And publicly trashed his starting QB at Pitt. From a talent perspective, he's a physical freak. He could be the third WR off the board, or he could be the fourth or fifth WR off the board. I think he will go early in the second round. He's very raw from a route running perspective. But will make plays in the red zone and outside the numbers because of his rare physical traits.
3:12 PM ETIf patrick paterson is off the board do you see the Niners draft someone like Quinn or potentially take Gabbert if he is still there.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Mike, I don't think there's any chance that Blaine Gabbert will be on the board at No. 7. There is also a good chance that Patrick Peterson is off the board as well. So I think you are looking at Robert Quinn vs. Bowers conversation if they are still on the board, and if the 49ers value Prince Amukamara that high. I think that Robert Quinn would be an ideal fit for them at that position.
Sebastien, Montreal, Canada
3:14 PM ETWho do you think will most likely be successful in the NFL: Jimmy Smith or Ryan Mallet ?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Sebastien, you picked two boom or bust guys. Jimmy Smith is a prototypical NFL corner from a height/weight/speed perspective. He has elite physical ability. But a potential for massive off-the-field issues. Ryan Mallett throws the football better than anyone in this year's draft. But Mallett has significant off-the-field issues. So from a team's perspective, at some point, the value matches up with the downside concerns. I hope both kids grow up because they both have Pro Bowl ability.
3:16 PM ETIs Christian Ponder a first round pick? Or do you see him as a day 2 guy?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Mike, I have him stacked in a very similar position to Andy Dalton of TCU. From a talent perspective, I think they both should go in the first half of the second-round. There are so many teams with QB needs that it wouldn't surprise me if a team with a Top 12 type of pick didn't trade back into the first round to pick up a Dalton or a Ponder.
3:18 PM ETMike do you honstly think Tennessee will not use the 8th pick for a QB? This team has NO QB right now. The rookie Rusty is all we have. Kerry Collins is a free agent who has seen his best years behind him, and the teams already announced their getting rid of Vince Young, so it amazes me that no one on their mock drafts has the Titans selecting a QB.Why not start fresh with a new QB and coach and try to build some kind of chemistry together?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkCraig, it's a good question. The problem is that at No. 8 there's a good chance that Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are off the board. At that point, do you risk a Top 10 pick on Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker, both of whom have significant questions that must be answered. If you don't believe in those two kids, then how do the Titans feel about Ponder, Dalton, Stanzi and Kaepernick? If they value one of those guys, or if Mallett are available at the end of the first round, it wouldn't surprise me to see Tennessee move to get a QB between 24 and 32.
3:20 PM ETDo you like the marriage of Jake Locker and Mike Shanahan? If not, who's the best fit for his system?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkEJ, Jake Locker is a pretty good fit for what Mike Shanahan likes to do. Shanahan is one of the best head coaches in the NFL at the play-action game. And Locker is most comfortable outside of the pocket. I'm not sure the Redskins would value him at No. 10, but I like how you are lining up Shanahan's scheme with Locker's attributes.
3:21 PM ETWhere do you see TE Kyle Rudolph of Notre Dame going in the draft? How will his injury history affect where he is picked?? Green Bay has Andrew Quarless and Tom Crabtree behind JerMichael Finley at TE. Will Rudolph land in GB at #32 overall??
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Robert, April 7 is a big day for Rudolph. If he runs in the 4.65 range, at 260 pounds, and shows that he's completely healthy, I believe that he will go in the Top 32. The teams that have concern about Rudolph see a finesse tight end without vertical speed. I believe he's a finesse TE because of the way he was used at Notre Dame. And worst case scenario, he'll go in the top half of the second round.
Andrew Robertson, Phoenix, Arizona
3:23 PM ETWhat did you get on your Wonderlic?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkAndrew, I can't spell Wonderlic which pretty much tells you where i would have scored.
Fred, Oxford, UK
3:24 PM ETHey, Mike. Seems every year there are a couple of late round WRs who end up producing straight away in the NFL. Are there any low on the radar prospects this time around that you think would be capable of putting up big numbers straight out the gate?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Fred, keep you eye on Vidal Hazelton of Cincinnati. He was a transfer from USC with big-time ability. If he can stay healthy, which has been an issue, he has the skill set to be a top notch wide receiver. Another guy I like you can get in the third or fourth round is Greg Salas. Good hands, highly productive WR. He will compete on special teams. I believe that this kid will have a heck of a career.
3:27 PM ETHey Mike, Thank you for doing this! What do you think the Bears are going to do at #29, and what should they do?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Jon, I'm not sure at what they are going to do at 29, but they do need to significantly upgrade the athleticism of the o-line. Mike Tice did a great job of patching that o-line together. And they probably will consider moving J'Marcus Webb from the right side to the left tackle position. They need at least two new starting offensive lineman, and at No. 29 they could pick up a Pouncey, a Danny Watkins from Baylor or a Derek Sherrod.
Andrew Robertson, Phoenix, Arizona
3:29 PM ETSo I wanted the Cards to draft Johnny Knox. Then I wanted Jimmy Graham. This year, I want Edmund Gates (well, I don't really want a receiver, but if we could get him relatively late). All of those were without analysis and help from you SUPER FANCY EXPERT people! How many years of guessing correctly on mid round guys until I steal your job from you?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Andrew, apparently you a gifted evaluator. Johnny Knox was a great six-round pick. Jimmy Graham was a great third-round pick. Edmund Gates will probably go in the third round this year and would pair well with Larry Fitzgerald. I am aware that my job is in jeopardy and it is going to force me to work even harder. Thank you.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkThank you, guys. I had a great time today.
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