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    10 nuggets from Mayock and Peter King

    From Peter King--

    Eighteen short days until the draft, so it's time for yours truly to start devoting days and nights to draft education. I started with a conversation with Mike Mayock of NFL Network, a guy I like a lot because he's blunt and not afraid to be wrong. If you're afraid to be wrong in the draft business, you'll be mealy mouthed. That's not Mayock.

    Ten Nuggets Mined From Mayock

    1. "This is by far the worst year for the top 10 that I've seen. Down around 18, 20, you'll get every bit the player you'll get in the top 10 for a third of the price.''

    2. His gut feeling is Detroit's taking Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first pick of the draft.

    3. "I can't bang the table for Stafford the way I did for Matt Ryan last year. I don't see an elite player in him every time I watch, which you need to see if you're taking a quarterback that high.''

    4. Mayock, if he had his choice of first-round picks for talent and value, would be around 22. "The value in this draft is at 15 and beyond.''

    5. He says eight or nine tight ends will be drafted in the first three rounds. He loves the best of the bunch, Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew. (I'd love to see the Bills land him, by the way. Perfect offensive weapon for a coordinator, Turk Schonert, who loves to use the tight end.)

    6. He likes Eugene Monroe over Jason Smith, if you're picking a franchise tackle. "Smith's got a better upside. Very aggressive. But Monroe's got the best feet in the draft. He's a really accomplished technician.''

    7. He thinks Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry -- who Detroit would play at middle linebacker if the Lions made him the first pick of the draft -- would be optimally used at strongside linebacker in the 4-3 because he can cover, he can play physically over the tight end, and he's got upside pass-rushing ability.

    8. He's scared of Brian Orakpo, the Texas defensive end who's the apple of a few teams' eyes in the top half of the first round. "Buyer beware,'' Mayock said. "He's boom or bust. I don't know if he's DeMarcus Ware or Vernon Gholston. I've seen him have some really good games, and I've seen what I considered to be Brandon Pettigrew tearing him apart. The point is, I don't see it all the time from Orakpo, which concerns me.''

    9. Of the elite quarterbacks, he likes USC's Mark Sanchez the best. "He's the most ready made for the pro game right now.''

    10. If you need a cornerback in this draft, sit it out. There are no corners even well above average, never mind great.

    A year ago, Mayock told me he liked Ryan, who played four years at Boston College, more than he'd liked any quarterback to come out in years. Not the case with the three early entry passers this year -- Stafford, Sanchez and Kansas State's Josh Freeman. "In the last 15 years, there have been 11 underclass quarterbacks taken in the first round,'' he said. "Of those 11, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers are the only clear successes. It's a dangerous thing, picking young quarterbacks so high
    There ya go. Don't say I'm not open minded about posting this after reading #8. It's funny though, he only comments on one game Orakpo didn't play well but doesn't highlight the OU game where he was a monster. Oh well, guess Texas players aren't supposed to have a bad game.
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    Re: 10 nuggets from Mayock and Peter King

    Gotta love Mr. King he always tells it like it is.....no comment on your boy getting tore up Tex?

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    Re: 10 nuggets from Mayock and Peter King

    MOG, did you not read what I said underneath? Yea, he had a bad game against OSU. The Longhorns were lucky to get a win that night. No one has good game every game. That was the one bad game he had all year. However, let's just focus on that shall we? Let's not talk about the other games he had, just the one bad one.

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    Re: 10 nuggets from Mayock and Peter King

    Let's just remember one thing when taking all these "experts" opinion. Some had Ryan Leaf ahead of Peyton Manning.

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    Re: 10 nuggets from Mayock and Peter King

    Look Tex, the guy is inconsistent but so are alot of the guys in the pros which is wwhy we have pro bowlers who only make it there 1-2 times and then you have guys that make it every year...that's what you call greatness.

    For what its worth I pray that the guy becomes a great DE and has a stellar career, but at this point in time he is not worth the #2 pick for our team or our needs.

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    Re: 10 nuggets from Mayock and Peter King

    I'm not saying the Rams are going to take him. I bet they don't. I'm also not saying the Rams couldn't use someone like him. They could. Everyone's inconsistent at the ages of 18-22. He'll go top 10, probably to Cincinnati.

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