NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has A.J. Green as No. 1 WR

If the Liberty Bowl is A.J. Green's last game at UGA, will he be remembered as the best receiver in school history? Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com

Georgia's A.J. Green's is considered the top wide receiver in the NFL draft. Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com

Mike Mayock unveiled his top five draft prospects at each position to help kickoff the NFL Network’s exclusive broadcast of the 86th annual East-West Shrine Game.

Mayock is down in Mobile this week looking over the players at the Senior Bowl.

He currently has Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green as the top receiver available in the draft.  Georgia linebacker Justin Houston is Mayock’s third rated linebacker.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, of Westlake High, is the third rated quarterback behind Missouri’s Blaine

All-SEC outside linebacker Justin Houston (left) is leaving Georgia with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss this past season, ranking second in the SEC. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

All-SEC outside linebacker Justin Houston (left) is leaving Georgia with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss this past season, ranking second in the SEC. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Gabbert and Washington’s Jake Locker.

Here’s list of the top five players by postion.

Quarterback

*1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

2. Jake Locker, Washington

*3. Cam Newton, Auburn

*4. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

T-5. Andy Dalton, TCU

T-5. Ricky Stanzi, Iowa

T-5. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

T-5. Pat Devlin, Delaware

Running Back

*1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

2. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

*3. Mikel LeShoure, Illinois

*4. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

*T-5. Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

T-5. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

Wide Receiver

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: The College Park native passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 64 to lead the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season. The Heisman Trophy winner had a passer rating 182.05, while throwing for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs. Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: The College Park native passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 64 to lead the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season. The Heisman Trophy winner had a passer rating 182.05, while throwing for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs. Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

*1. A.J. Green, Georgia

*2. Julio Jones, Alabama

*3. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh

4. Titus Young, Boise State

T-5. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy

T-5. Greg Little, North Carolina

*T-5. Randall Cobb, Kentucky

Tight End

*1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame

2. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin

3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee

4. D.J. Williams, Arkansas

5. Charles Clay, Tulsa

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: The Lombardi Award winner led the SEC with 24 tackles for a loss and had a school-record 11.5 sacks. Fairley was the defensive MVP in the BCS title game against Oregon when he had a sack, three tackles for losses and forced a fumble. Dave Martin, Associated Press

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: The Lombardi Award winner led the SEC with 24 tackles for a loss and had a school-record 11.5 sacks. Fairley was the defensive MVP in the BCS title game against Oregon when he had a sack, three tackles for losses and forced a fumble. Dave Martin, Associated Press

Guard/Center

1. Mike Pouncey, Florida

2. Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State

3. Danny Watkins, Baylor

4. John Moffitt, Wisconsin

T-5. Rodney Hudson, Florida State

T-5. William Rackley, Lehigh

Tackle

1. Nate Solder, Colorado

2. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

3. Tyron Smith, Southern California

4. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin

T-5. Ben Ijalana, Villanova

T-5. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

Defensive End

*1. Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson

2. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

3. Aldon Smith, Missouri

4. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

*T-5. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin

*T-5. Robert Quinn, North Carolina

Defensive Tackle

Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11)  is Mayock's top quarterback in the NFL draft. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) is Mayock's top quarterback in the NFL draft. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT)

*1. Nick Fairley, Auburn

*2. Marcell Dareus, Alabama

*3. Corey Liuget, Illinois

*4. Jurrell Casey, Southern California

5. Stephen Paea, Oregon State

Linebacker

1. Von Miller, Texas A&M

*2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA

*3. Justin Houston, Georgia

4. Bruce Carter, North Carolina

*5. Martez Wilson, Illinois

Cornerback

*1. Patrick Peterson, LSU

81108 Lexington, KY.   Kentucky quarterback Randall cobb eludes the tackle of Georgia cornerback Prince Miller (23) in route to a 9 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter  in Lexington, KY November 8, 2008.   (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

81108 Lexington, KY. Kentucky quarterback Randall cobb eludes the tackle of Georgia cornerback Prince Miller (23) in route to a 9 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter in Lexington, KY November 8, 2008. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

*3. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)

*4. Aaron Williams, Texas

5. Jimmy Smith, Colorado

Safety

*1. Rahim Moore, UCLA

2. Ahmad Black, Florida

3. Deunta Williams, North Carolina

*4. Robert Sands, West Virginia

*5. Will Hill, Florida

* indicates underclassman

Below is a listing of NFL Network’s Senior Bowl coverage:

Monday, January 24:

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: A three-year-starter at Alabama, Jones holds the single-season record for yards (1,133) and receptions (78). He finished second in career (2,653) yards and receptions (179). Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: A three-year-starter at Alabama, Jones holds the single-season record for yards (1,133) and receptions (78). He finished second in career (2,653) yards and receptions (179). Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

3:30 PM ET – Day 1 Practice (HD)  (Discusses Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick and Ricky Stanzi)

8:30 PM ET – Day 1 Recap (HD)

Tuesday, January 25:

11:00 AM ET – Day 2 Practice (North team) (HD) – LIVE

5:00 PM ET – Day 2 Practice (South team) (HD)

8:30 PM ET – Day 2 Recap (HD)

Wednesday, January 26:

11:00 AM ET – Day 2 Practice (North team) (HD) – LIVE

5:00 PM ET – Day 2 Practice (South team) (HD)

8:30 PM ET – Day 2 Recap (HD)

Thursday, January 27:

11:00 AM ET – Day 2 Practice (North team) (HD) – LIVE

5:00 PM ET – Day 2 Practice (South team) (HD)

8:30 PM ET – Day 2 Recap (HD)

Saturday, January 29:

3:30 PM ET – Total Access Senior Bowl Pregame Show (HD)

4:00 PM ET – Under Armour Senior Bowl (HD) – LIVE

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Marcus

January 25th, 2011
6:40 am

so …………. exactly what direction will WE be going this spring?

Marcus

January 25th, 2011
6:41 am

If an autobot/spider is the 1st post, and I am the 1st “human” to post ….. can I name it and claim it?!?!?!? ;) :D

Larry

January 25th, 2011
6:42 am

When Cam Newton takes to Wonderlic test he will surely fall. Just another Vince Young or Jamarcus Russell, both of are as country dumb as an armadillo crossing the highway!

Marcus

January 25th, 2011
6:42 am

gimme some speed (urgency) @ DE, SLB, and RB.

Ozzy

January 25th, 2011
6:45 am

Falcons need to trade all their draft picks to draft high enough to get AJ !! They could have drafted Hines Ward but because they thought he was too frail to be a Pro…they drafted a faster guy on drugs!

Larry

January 25th, 2011
6:53 am

Sorry, I have big, long fingers (the ladies know what that means–wink!).

Let me try that again…

When Cam Newton takes the Wonderlic test he will surely fall. He’s just another Vince Young or Jamarcus Russell, both of whom can throw a long, tight spiral but are as country dumb as an armadillo crossing the highway (analogous to what to do when trying to read blitzes and coverages)! He can get away with this at an SEC academic doormat like Auburn but not the NFL.

These NFL QB’s getting to–and winning–Super Bowls are much too secure and self confident in their mind, image and abilities to feel the need to pierce their ears and tattoo their skin just for attention (with exception to, perhaps, Roethlisberger, a slime ball).

I’ll bet the mortgage that Ryan Mallet is taken before Cam Newton and if the kid from Standford was coming out he’d be a third rounder, at best).

Jeff Smith

January 25th, 2011
6:55 am

Larry,

Where did you study English Composition? You shouldn’t make a post calling someone else dumb then compose two sentences like that.

tiger7_88

January 25th, 2011
7:28 am

For SOME REASON, Larry doesn’t bother mentioning the documented, dumb WHITE quarterbacks in the NFL (like Jeff George or Ryan Leaf). For SOME REASON, it seems that the only quarterbacks Larry sees that are “dumb” are BLACK quarterbacks.

Gosh, Larry… I wonder why that is?

WGLE_4LIFE

January 25th, 2011
8:11 am

LOL @ Larry :

“I’ll bet the mortgage that Ryan Mallet is taken before Cam Newton and if the kid from Standford was coming out he’d be a third rounder, at best).”

I’d like to find YOU so that I can take YOUR $$ and pay my mortgage and save my money….shooot… You defy any rationality negatively with your idiotic theory. Your wife must be saying: “Oh God, please don’t let me sleep in the cold”… LMAO @ Stupid Larry……Join me in laughing at this court jester!! :-)

BirdDog

January 25th, 2011
8:49 am

I will go ahead and predict that Cam Newton will be a bust as an NFL QB. Along with Ryan Mallet. That’s just my opinion.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 25th, 2011
8:56 am

Mayock is a tool. Quinn as the 5th best DE and it is widely reported he will be a top 5-7 pick in the draft. That speaks volumes in his rankings.

BirdDirty

January 25th, 2011
9:06 am

I didn’t see Noel Devine’s name listed with the running backs. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Falcons uniform. We need some quickness in the backfield.

William C Smith

January 25th, 2011
9:19 am

Every year the juniors are the better players except by a few exceptions. Does staying for your senior year cause you to get worse. Also, the Falcons have reached and unusual situation. They are good enough to win a lot of games. However, this will not allow them to get the great player to carry them over the top. The only way to get the great draft pick is to trade a lot of draft choices or some of the players that are the key to the team. I say the best way for the Falcons to improve is to get a receiver, and a back with more speed, and after that nothing but DEFENSE. Pittsburgh passes for less than 150 yards and goes to the superbowl.

ATL Fan

January 25th, 2011
9:20 am

BirdDirty,
I doubt that Noel Devine will make it to Atlanta. He has a history that doesn’t mesh with the Falcons philosophy.

D man

January 25th, 2011
9:23 am

I wish we had the BCS system in the NFL. It would be the Falcons and the Patriots in the superbowl. The packers and Steelers would be playing in the rose bowl… Just goes to show you how messed up the BCS is…

Mave2124

January 25th, 2011
9:51 am

This is where the Pro Bowl being this week stinks. The coaches are in Hawaii while the real action to help the team get better is in Mobile. You would think Smitty would be there talking to people to get a new QB coach. I know TD and scouts are doing their thing, but it would be nice to see the coaches out there too. Hope our coaches are involved in the combine drills (DE and WR to be exact)…you going to Mobile or Hawaii D-Led? Do you know if there will be Pro Bowl skills competition. Those are fun to watch, probably more so than the game.

DZ

January 25th, 2011
10:47 am

Just wait until that Neanderthal Nick Fairley takes the Wonderlic test!

“Me take test. Me eat quarterback. Ugg.”

ZA

January 25th, 2011
11:10 am

Hey Larry its Stanford not Standford. talk about calling the kettle black

Glenda

January 25th, 2011
11:16 am

To lift the Falcons to a competitve championship level, it’s this simple: The defense needs to develop a hard push up the middle on passing plays.

If you think a Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver will enhance the Falcons, then you’re either thinking with your heart or you don’t know anything about the NFL.

Glenda

January 25th, 2011
11:21 am

An addition: It’s amazing how much better a secondary plays when the center of the pocket is collapsing.

gatordee

January 25th, 2011
11:42 am

Will Hill= Will BE Bust!

Glenda

January 25th, 2011
11:46 am

Extraordinary NFL players are not all about talent. Talent spreads everywhere in the league. Instead the extraordinary players are all about two necessary NFL behaviors, called high confidence and ruthlessness.

dawgfan

January 25th, 2011
11:58 am

Notice what is not in Aaron Murray’s possession in that photograph: A football. I’ve heard a lot about how Fairley supposedly stuck it to the Dawg’s offense, but I thought the point of playing defense was to stop the guy carrying the ball. Good luck finding any photographs of Fairley doing that against Georgia. Fairley is a cheapshoting punk. I stand by my overrated assessment of Nick Fairley. We’ll see where the chips fall, but I bet he has an attitude problem.

Cornerback Smurf

January 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

Trade the smurf (Grimes) and then dive into the deep CB pool in the draft….or go get Nmandi since the Raiders haven’t locked him up.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

I think the buzz word for this draft should be “PLAYMAKERS.” Get some guys who can help out with the football portion of the operation. They have enough scholars.

Marcus – I’m guess DE. Pocket Crasher. Sackmaster.

Mave2124
— I will not be attending either the Senior Bowl or the Pro Bowl. We will be attending the NFL Scouting Combine.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

Marcus – Good point. Claim the No. 1 spot!

Glenda

January 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

Is there anyone here who knows a morsel about sports, or are all of you readers more of the chaff joined to the flapping yaps of AJC reporters and columnists, no matter under what heading they yap.

Orlando, can’t you add anything of substance to a retyping of an NFL Network draft prediction? I suppose, while in school, I should have reprinted an entire book and called the reprinting a book review on the book itself.

Of course adding rich insight requires study and thought.

Journalism today is like cotton candy: a lot of fluff but very little stuff – it’s sweet though. How cute.

take it from me.

January 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

Untill The onner of the falcons wants to win it all, it an’t going to happen! 3 winning regular seasons in a row, don’t cut it out of 45. win it all, not just regular season,but the superbowl. get some players like the packers and steelers have.get bigger on the lines,and get some quality skill players,build the defence.this team is not ready to challange for a supperbowl yet! it needs more peice’es added to the puzzle.A lot more!

schmeckdawg

January 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

AJ Green being the #1 WR. I think this is one of the biggest DUH’s in the history of the world. Who’s out there that is better than him?

ddoogg33

January 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

larry is right there r a few bright black quarterbacks in the league he just cant find them because they stand behind them 2 big dumb asses how many black quarterbacks have one a superbowl 1 and he was dumb as a rock black quarterbacks cant think fast enough to win u seen how m v choked all the way home

hbcuclassics

January 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

2011 HBCU Draft Board (7-13)

7. Larry Donnell 6’6, 260 TE Grambling
All-SWAC

8. Arvell Nelson 6’5, 228 QB Tx Southern
2010 SWAC Championship (Iowa transfer)

9. Rico Council 6’0, 254 OLB TN State
All-OVC

10.KJ Black 6’3, 230 QB Prairie View
2009 SWAC Offensive POY

11. Jason House 5′11, 185 FS Southern
10 interceptions in 2009

12. Chris Adingupu 6’0, 189 FS Prairie View
All-SWAC

13. Phillip Sylvester 5’9, 185 RB FAMU
All-MEAC, 5.7ypc, 10TDs, 96.8 ypg

hbcuclassics.com

tiger7_88

January 25th, 2011
1:19 pm

ddoog33, you make a great point! Not the point that you THOUGHT (if your brain can actually function, that is) you were making, but a great point nonetheless! LOL!

count_schemula

January 25th, 2011
2:12 pm

Looks like the Falcons can sneak Leonard Hankerson WR Miami in the 2nd round.

Joycee Banicheck

January 25th, 2011
2:49 pm

Sure wish someone would post the 2011 HBCU Draft Board (7-13) because I’m dying to know who is projected and where….

ATL_98

January 25th, 2011
3:23 pm

@ddoogg33, i wish i could see you face to face! I am a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy an im currently stationed in pensacola FL, teaching kids out of boot camp! for you to post a comment on the internet shows two things. You obviously are a coward an a racist! How can you categorize a group of people based upon a few that have accomplishe something you never have? Until you experience how difficult it is to play QB in the NFL, you should keep your mouth closed or fingers off the keyboard!

The Falcon Avenger

January 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

Cornerback Smurf: SHUT THE HELL UP about Grimes already you jackwagon!! He has MORE than proven himself this year and I was NEVER a supporter of his EVER until now. He is not going anywhere so get over it DAMN. Its dumb minded fans like you that would totally blow up a franchise if yall had yall way after EVERY loss

JWill

January 25th, 2011
5:30 pm

Its really discouraging how supposedly “fans” say or introduce the dumbest ideas: releasing Brent Grimes, fire coaches, etc etc. Falcons had a great season and id rather see a 13-3 season with a playoff loss than a 4-12 season. #justsayin

Oh, and it really shows the ignorance of one when they slander racist remarks behind a screen name…”ddogg33″ and “Larry”

ctfalconsfan

January 26th, 2011
1:10 pm

Sorry JWill but I agree that our coordinators could be replaced with much better coaches.

Our offense had 2 weeks to put together a slighly new, offensive scheme, mix it up a bit and we did nothing. We have way too much talent on offense to struggle to score TD’s ALL SEASON, not just in PO.

Defense, a little different, as we don’t have near the talent/skill level players as the O does but our bend not break against Rogers, 3 man rush with 1 player shadowing, just was a complete failure. GB marched up and down the field with ease. We are lucky as the score could have gotten into the 50’s with our Defense..

hbcuclassics

January 26th, 2011
5:14 pm

2011 HBCU Draft Top CBs

1. Dionte Dinkins, 6′1, 196 FVSU

2. Moses Ellis, 5′9, 180 Prairie View
led nation w/ 8 ints.

3. Jacques Rickerson, 5′10, 186, Ala St.

4. Brandon Bufford, 5′11, 179, Howard

5. Dajuan Williams, 6′0, 170, FVSU

6. Dante Barnes, 6′1, 185, Norfolk St.

7. Jamie Short, 6′1, 205, Norfolk St.

8. Justin Ferrell, 5′11, 185, NC A&T

9. Quier Hall, 6′0, 190, FAMU

10. Prathon Wilkerson, 6′0, 190 Albany St.

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

ddoogg33

January 26th, 2011
6:56 pm

ATL_98 i am not racist i do no big dumb black quarterbacks cant think cam newton will be a bust remember what i said i aint hard to find spent 19 years in the army got hurt in irag in 2003 i am going strongly on evidence notonly did 1 win the superbowl tell me how many as even took there team to the superbowl not many thankyou

hbcuclassics

January 27th, 2011
5:39 pm

HBCU Classics in the League:

1. Nick Collins S Bethune – Pro Bowl
2. Robert Mathis DE Ala AM – Pro Bowl
3. Erik Weems WR Bethune – Pro Bowl
4. Antoine Bethea S Howard
5. Jacoby Jones WR Lane
6. Donald Driver WR Alcorn
7. Rashean Mathis WR Bethune
8. Visanthe Shiancoe TE Morgan St.
9. Travaris Jackson QB Ala St.
10. Dom. Ro. Cromartie CB TN St.

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

hbcuclassics

January 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Doug Williams – Super Bowl MVP
Steve McNair – Alcorn
Donovan McNabb
James Harris – Grambling
Warren Moon
Joe Gilliam – TN St.
Jeff Blake

http://www.hbcuclassics.com