Mike Mayock talks Alex Smith and Chiefs drafting a QB

I think that's where they're going to end up being. It's the second-highest of all the compensatory picks.

Among the Broncos top priorities this off-season is revamping their offensive line, a group that lagged for much of the past two seasons amid injuries and a rotating cast of players. But I think there is a drop-off after Ramczyk and Bolles.

"In my opinion", Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo?"

When thinking of this year's National Football League draft, I get flashbacks of the 2011 draft when teams reached on Christian Ponder, Jake Locker and Baline Gabbert due to the fact that the prospects that year were bad, other than Cam Newton of course. Haven't gone through a bunch of team needs here, so I can't sit here and tell you if I think the head of the Giants is going to take a tight end. Look at New England, they've been thinking for years when Tom Brady is going to run out of gas.

"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". He could play tackle, obviously.

I said Alex could start on half the teams in the league.




Mayock's answer is very helpful in identifying a couple of guys who might be available in rounds two and three that he likes that could be options for the Colts if the team decides to go another direction in the first round.

Buffalo does not have a fourth round selection this year due to trading up with Chicago last season for Reggie Ragland.

"The Atlanta Falcons did an unbelievable job rebuilding their defense over a two-year period and nearly won the Super Bowl and it was based on a couple things: speed and toughness", Mayock said. I'm not bullish on the quarterbacks this year because I don't think any of them are ready Day One.

That tidbit makes McCaffrey an intriguing NFL Draft prospect, but then when you add in the fact that McCaffrey had over 5,128 yards from scrimmage and 31 touchdowns in his three years at Stanford, McCaffrey's play is the most intriguing aspect as he enters the 2017 NFL Draft. So you can move him around.

MIKE MAYOCK: Well, again, we haven't had free agency, so that can change everything as far as what a team's looking for. "I think they could use some depth behind those first two guys (Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders)". I'm not sure I see that, but I love his versatility.

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