Playbook with Mike Mayock
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ETMike Mayock
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock took a break from breaking down the film, chatting live on Thursday, January 21 to take your questions on the matchups in the championship games as well as the prospects who will take part in the Senior Bowl next week.
Mike joins Brian Billick and host Solomon Wilcots on Playbook every Tuesday and Wednesday, breaking down the previous week's action. Playbook airs four days a week (Tuesday through Friday) on NFL Network at 6 p.m. ET.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHello everyone! Glad to be back again to chat with you guys. What a great week, with so much going on. Let's get right to it and start with the questions.
Dan , Omaha
12:03 PM ETMike, in watching the last few games of Adrian Peterson is he miss reading his blocks? I saw a bunch of plays that he is just hitting the hole so fast he doesn't have time to bounce it outside. He has always lived by the cut back run but doesn't seem to be attempting much of it lately.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Dan. I think Adrian has a tendency to want to hit a homerun every time he touches the ball. I thnk he has to be just a little bit more patient, and don't try to make every run an 80-yard TD.
12:04 PM EThi mike, ur top 10 prospects for the draft?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey there. A bit too early for my top 10 right now, but i'll give you my top two -- McCoy from Oklahoma, and Suh from Nebraska. They're the best two players I've seen on tape this year. They're both dominant -- for different reasons -- and will be instant play-makers at the next level.
12:06 PM ETWhat is the ceiling for CJ Spiller in this years draft? I m a Lions fan and sorta hoping that if he runs out of his mind at the Combine we'll grab him at 2. Thoughts?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Matt. I don't really care what he runs at the Combine this year. I've seen enough tape of Spiller to know that he's a top 15 pick. He's got 52 career TDs and 21 of them went for 50 yards or more. Whether or not the Lions think there's enough value to take him over one of the DTs, I would highly doubt.
Gannon, San Francisco, CA
12:07 PM ETWhere do you see Tim Tebow going in the draft? The guy has won everything, I don't understand how he's not ranked in the 1st round. I'd like to see Cleveland get him in the top of the 2nd as a steal.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Gannon. Just because Tim Tebow might be the best college player that ever lived, doesn't mean he's a first-round draft pick. The prevailing opinion right now is that he has significant mechanical issues, and you probably have to change your offense to accomodate one player. I love the kid, and can't wait to see him in Mobile next week at the Senior Bowl.
John Flint, St. George, UT
12:09 PM ETWho is the 2nd-best tight end in this year's draft?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey there John. If healthy, Gresham is the consensus No. 1 TE in this year's draft. After him, junior Gronkowski from Arizona is probably the second TE off the board. He missed all of the 2009 season with a back injury, and will have to show that he is 100 percent recovered. After him, there are several similar type players, including Hernandez from Florida, Dickson from Oregon, Pippa from BYU and McCoy from USC.
12:12 PM ETWho do you think has the edge in New orleans this weekend?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Tom. Despite the home field advantage, I like Minnesota for two reasons. One, I think they have more play-makers on the offensive side of the ball than any team in football. Two, I think they have the best front-four in all of football. Having said that, Drew Brees would scare the hell out of me and Reggie Bush played better than I've seen him play since he entered the league.
Fred, Dallas, TX
12:14 PM ETOut of the 3 top qb's comming into the draft who can you see as the biggest RISK pick Bradford,Mccoy,Clausen?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Fred, interesting question. I like Jimmy Clausen, but I see him as the biggest risk. Even though he comes out of a pro-style offense. Bradford is very, very solid. And I think McCoy is a little bit mroe of a developmental play, but easily the best athlete of the three. Clausen, for me, needs to be more consistent in the pocket and needs to make more consistent throws.
Tom, Southampton, England
12:16 PM ETHi Mike, Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens are known for picking the better player over any needs they may have, do you think they will stick to that or will they draft a receiver? Or will the two coincide?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Tom. Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta have done a phenomenal job for the Ravens, and their philosophy will not change. They stack their board according to the best football player available. Obviously, common sense dictates that if you have two similar grades, you would take the position of higher need. In my opinion, the Ravens need a WR, CB and a natural edge rusher.
jeff brister, bozeman, MT
12:18 PM ETHey Mike, Who has the most to lose and least to gain by showing up and playing at the Senior Bowl?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Jeff, a very intriguing question here. I think the prevailing opinion would be that Tim Tebow has the least to gain by playing at the Senior Bowl. And, quite frankly, it surprised me that he's going to show up. However, I always love the kid that's willing to compete. And if most of the league thinks he's a third-round QB anyway, why not show up, demonstrate your intelligence, leadership and athletic ability, and not worry about the mechanical issues? The more coaches and personnel evaluators are around Tebow, the higher his stock will rise.
Zach Abecassis, New York
12:21 PM ETWhy is Darrelle Revis so good?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Zach. Revis is the best pure cornerback in football, and I'll tell you why. He can play press-man coverage and shut down your best WR. He can play off-man coverage at the same high level. He understands zone concepts, and prioritizes the team when playing zone. He has great ball skills, and is a sure tackler too. The majority of CBs in the NFL would love to be great at one or two of those categories. Revis grades out at the highest level in every single category. They don't move him around like the Packers do with Charles Woodson, but for my money he's easily the best pure CB in the NFL. And oh, by the way, he can run with any receiver in the NFL.
Derrick, Atlanta, Georgia
12:24 PM ETGolden Tate, Dez Bryant whos better
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Derrick. If Dez pushes himself away from the dinner table and shows up ready to go, he's the best WR in this draft. Tate intrigues me, because he might be the best run-after-catch WR in the draft. He has tremendously strong hands, he fights for the football, but he still has a lot to learn about route running.
Geoff, Oakland, CA
12:26 PM ETHey Mike, Did you get the chance to watch the Fiesta Bowl? I think Boise state has a ton of young talent that should be competing with the Alabama and Texas
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey there Geoff. The biggest pet peeve in my football life is the sham of a playoff in the BCS. To me, both Boise St. and TCU should have had the opportunity to play against the BCS giants. I love watching these teams compete against the Oklahoma's of the world. I think both Boise and TCU can compete with anyone in the country, and I'm a huge fan of Kyle Wilson, the cornerback from Boise who is playing in the Senior Bowl next week. He's smart, tough and quick and should be one of the first three CBs off the board.
Mike O, NJ
12:28 PM ETAfter taking a year off, what kind of future does Myron Rolle have in the NFL and how far do you see him falling?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey Mike. Next week will play a large role in determining the initial value of Rolle in this year's draft. Obviously, we all know he's an intelligent kid, and he had a highly productive career at FSU. He's only been away for a year, and it will be fun to watch him compete at each and every practice next week in Mobile. His intangibles are off the charts, so he needs to show he has the physical skills to compete at a high level. How he plays in individual man-to-man drills will be quite interesting.
George , jacksonville, Mississippi
12:31 PM ETMike is there any guys from smaller colleges that we should be aware of this year ?
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkHey George. There is an OT named Jared Velvheer from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He's 6-8, 321 pounds, and has a chance to be a third or fourth-round pick. DE Austin Lane from Murray State is a potential mid-round draft pick. But, don't forget Vladimir Vucasse from UMass. This kid will be at the Senior Bowl next week, and has a chance to be a legit first-round OT if he performs well. John Skelton from Fordham is a 6-5, 250 pound QB that reminds some people of Joe Flacco. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah from Indiana College in Pennsylvania is a quick-twitch corner that forced all the pro scouts to make a different stop this year. Finally, Joique Bell from Wayne State in Michigan will also be at the Senior Bowl and he needs to show that he can play with the big boys.
Mike Mayock, NFL NetworkWell, I'm out of time again, it goes fast. Lots of great questions today, as always everyone. I'm headed to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. next week, so keep an eye on NFL Network and we'll be bringing you the latest from there. Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy the games.
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