Published: Wed, March 01, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Five different quarterbacks top teams' 2017 National Football League draft boards


"I think they all have different issues". And as long as you get after it and you have a willingness to do it, you can be taught. "You can line him up anywhere: the I, slot, all the way out wide, sidecar to QB, he becomes a chess piece for a smart offensive mind". "But I happen to think Fournette is a nice fit with what Carolina does". "I think he's one of the two or three best players in this draft", Mayock said.

"Cam Robinson [out of Alabama] is another guy, but I think he's probably gone by then". While plenty of teams will be featured during the combine as to what they're going to do, the Browns in my opinion are the most important leading in. Tarell Basham from Ohio University, he's a really good football player and he's going to play for somebody this year as a rookie and he might not go to the third but I've got a second-round grade on him. Theo Riddick is one of the best pass-catching running backs in the league, but has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry for his career and is particularly ineffectual between the tackles.

The offensive-tackle class is so shallow this year that Mayock felt his No. 3 player at the position in this year's class, Troy's Antonio Garcia, would be a third-rounder "at best" most years.

One of those teams is the Browns, who have five picks in the first three rounds.

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"The four franchise guys out of 21, five if you include Flacco, you're looking at about a 20% chance of drafting a franchise quarterback for the first-round pick", Mayock said. That doesn't mean Gettleman wouldn't take one of the top two safeties should one fall in his lap. "I would feel like I've got a difference maker on defense, and we've got our quarterback on offense".

"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.

Earlier in the call, Mayock said he is "not bullish" on any of this year's draftable quarterbacks because he doesn't believe any of them are ready to play right away.

On top of being one of the least effective rushing teams in the National Football League, the Lions were among the worst at converting third-and-short situations, seeming to validate Mayock's argument the team needs a power runner to complement Ameer Abdullah and Riddick. "The reason I think Jonathan Allen has to be considered also is, in addition to affecting the game, he affects it a little bit differently". I think they'd be looking hard at a Derek Barnett or - Derek Barnett would probably make the most sense at No. 7. But I love his versatility.

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