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Here is what NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock told me about a loaded O-line draft class & drafting guards in Rd 1.
"I think it’s too early to start talking about specifics of where guys are going. I am so impressed with that Central Michigan left tackle (Eric Fisher) right now. He’s a guy that on paper I think a lot of people thought might be available later in the first round. Central Michigan isn’t a big school but he is out here stoning everybody. So, I know we’re talking about the Texas A&M kid (Luke Joeckel) being a top-five pick but this Central Michigan kid is the real deal. I really like him. And I think it is a really good draft class. The kid from Oklahoma, Lane Johnson, the former quarterback. I think he is a first-round talent. He is 6-6, he is over 300 pounds. He is a former quarterback and tight end. He’s got natural movement skills. He is a guy at 20 that could be sitting there and I think a lot of people thought he was a second- or third-round guy. From what I have seen on tape, I think he is too pretty with his movement skills to get past there."
Does Mayock have an issue drafting guards in the first round?
"I think football players win football games. If you’re in the first round and pick a number – No. 20 overall – and you’ve got a guard that is rated as the 11th best player in the country and you are at 20 and you’ve got a tackle that is rated as the 27th best player in the country. I am taking the guard every single time. He is a better football player. I understand the whole thing about you can get linebackers later and you can get running backs later and you can get guards later. I get all that stuff and I do value corners and I do value left tackles. But at the end of the day, you better get good football players, especially in the first round. You better not miss in the first round. So, you better bank on a good football player and so that is why I don’t care as much at that point what position he plays. Just get me an All-Pro. If I am 20 and I am drafting an All-Pro, nobody will ever criticize that."