Mike Mayock talks Alex Smith and Chiefs drafting a QB

Posted March 01, 2017

"We spend way too much time talking about how conversion is for quarterbacks, and not enough time talking about other positions, and one of them is tackle", Mayock said. I would tell you that DeMarcus Walker from Florida State is intriguing, and he's going to go in the second or third round.

"If you follow [General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] and [Assistant General Manager] Eric DeCosta over the years, what they do really well is they typically get good football players because they don't reach for positional needs". Jordan Willis from Kansas State. "Shoot, there's a kid named Adam Shaheen (Ashland University), a small-school kid that's 277 pounds and catches the ball really well".

Although the 2017 draft class is loaded with defensive talent, it also has a bevy of tight ends who could be of value to the Broncos, a team that has lacked typical production from that group in recent years.

"Anybody looking for an edge in the first round", Mayock said, "is going to find him". If you're Detroit, and you're looking for a running back, are you looking for a big, physical guy who can handle the load in the fourth quarter, in your four-minute offense, downhill and bang? "I think this is a year where we're looking at two safeties that are certainly Top 10 picks, and maybe even Top 5, and looking at the best talent in the draft, the Texas A&M edge (Myles Garrett) and the Alabama defensive tackle (Jonathan Allen) to me are probably one and two". I do think that both Howard and Njoku would be in a conversation at that point, though.

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"Put it this way: I think Ryan Ramczyk is the best tackle in the draft". The Bills opted to sign many free agents in the 2016 offseason to one-year, low-priced deals which outnumbered the free agents they lost last offseason.

"The corners, I keep saying, are so deep". All six of those teams played postseason football. But at the end of the day, if they're picking (No.) 16, when there is a running back on the board that they've got ranked No. 7 and he's the highest-rated guy on the board, yeah, I could see them pulling the trigger, and that's it.

Links to the entire transcript and audio file can be found here.

"Typically when you start talking about first-round tight ends, they come in to play somewhere in that second half of the first rounds". This time, of course, he's trying baseball.