To some, the word of NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock is pure gold. Plenty of folks hang onto every sentence that comes out of his mouth this time of year, and rightfully so considering his extensive knowledge when it comes to the game of college football.
He's not on Twitter, so it's hard for people to keep up with his every move, which is why he has conference calls for media members every year before the draft. Yesterday marked one of those annual conference calls and believe it or not, he had some very kind things to say about the St. Louis Rams' draft positions at 16 and 22.
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mayock told reporters, “I don’t like being in the top 10 this year. I’d much rather be at 16 and 22.” The No. 16 pick reflects where the Rams finished at the end of the 2012 season and the No. 22 pick comes to St. Louis because of the Robert Griffin III trade.
Early on, it seemed as if Washington's pick would be much higher, maybe even somewhere in the 10, but after an incredible late-season run, the Redskins found themselves in the playoffs. Regardless, the options are plentiful at both 16 and 22, per Mayock:
At 16, if they want to get an offensive tackle — or let’s just say, offensive lineman — they’re gonna be able to get a heckuva player. I think Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) and Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) will be gone. So the question is — is Lane Johnson of Oklahoma there? If he’s there, I think he makes a ton of sense.
Everyone knows that right tackle was definitely a weakness this year with Barry Richardson manning the right side. But what about the wide receiver position? In all likelihood, Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee will be gone, but does Keenan Allen (California) make sense?
Mayock seems to think he does (via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch): "I think at 22, you’ll be looking at will Keenan Allen (California) make sense? And after that, I think you’re reaching at the wide receiver position.”
The two most talked-about positions for the Rams now have some light shed on them from one of the most trusted analysts in the business. Drop a comment below and let me know if you agree or disagree with his comments.
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