I recently had the opportunity to listen to the NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock break down the upcoming 2014 draft. Here are some of the key points from the conversation, some top 5 draft picks (in no particular order), and my take on former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Mr. Mayock’s biggest point of emphasis was that this draft will be, by far, the most talented draft in terms of depth that he has seen in a long time. He ensured that if your favorite pro team doesn’t get who they were looking for in the first round, you shouldn’t worry because the same level of talent will still be on the board deep into the third. He pointed out that there are lots of mobile quarterbacks who can also throw within the pocket, a plethora of wide receiver talent (more than he’s ever seen), and lots of defensive speed off the edges in this draft class. So who will be at the top of the class?
5. Khalil Mack (Buffalo)
Khalil Mack, the break out linebacker from Buffalo, boasts the most tackles for loss, sacks, and forced fumbles in the MAC in 2013. On top of that he also registered 3 interceptions, two of them he took back to the house for six, one of which was against the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes early in the season. His large size and speed makes him an ideal candidate in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme and Mayock has yet to find a hole in his game. This guy is definitely top 5 talent.
4. Sammy Watkins (Clemson)