What questions face local National Football League prospects at the combine? Here's a look
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 5:18
"In my opinion", Mayock said on the call, via CSNNE.com's Phil Perry, "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 it comes to offensive tackles, Mayock acknowledged it's a weak crop overall. Their pick is either 14th or 15th, depending on a coin flip with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.
"Derek Barnett, Solomon Thomas, Taco Charlton, I think they're all 4-3 (defensive ends) and really all first-round picks", Mayock said.
McKenzie planned to leave Tuesday as wide receivers get going at the combine on Wednesday for four days of team and media interviews, medical exams, psychological testing, getting measured and workouts.
Free agency, which begins next Thursday, can also affect the Eagles' draft strategy.
So they've expended some pretty high draft picks on a bunch of quarterbacks that have paid no fruit.
Even if the Colts opt to go a different direction in the first round, Mayock suggested they should be able to find pass-rush help on the second day of the draft because "there's talent throughout" the draft. "The Eagles have to figure out what their order of preference is, what kind of style they want". "I think in the second, third, fourth round, you could be looking at an Evan Engram or Gerald Everett, both of whom probably go in the second or third, and they're really good pass-catching tight ends". Those struggles forced them to the air, even in short-yardage situations, a major reason they scored a touchdown on just 54.2 percent of their red-zone trips previous year. He also had a touchdown rushing and another on a kick return last season. "So safeties that can cover are at a premium", Mayock said.
"Mike Williams creates his own space", Mayock said. "He's a big, physical dude".
I think Brad Kaaya from Miami and Josh Dobbs from Tennessee are the two quarterbacks I would classify as having some talent, but kind of long-range, developmental prospects. "You better have an infrastructure in place that's going to take care of this kid and make sure he makes the right decision".
Davis is nursing an ankle injury, and won't work out at the Combine. At best, he could be a top 10 quarterback in the National Football League in the years to come.
Still, Mayock said the Eagles can get a starting-caliber cornerback in the second through fourth rounds. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound Southfield native had 7.5 sacks and 90 tackles over 36 games at MSU, including 24.5 for loss.
So then I would tend to move on and say, okay, how about outside linebacker, safety [or] corner?