Mike Mayock rates Blaine Gabbert as the top quarterback

Mike Mayock has Missouri's Blaine Gabbert as the top rated quarterbackentering the NFL scouting combine. Gabbert throws a pass during his team’s Setp. 19, 2009, game against Furman in Columbia, Mo. (The Associated Press/L.G. Patterson)

Mike Mayock has Missouri's Blaine Gabbert as the top rated quarterbackentering the NFL scouting combine. Gabbert throws a pass during his team’s Setp. 19, 2009, game against Furman in Columbia, Mo. (The Associated Press/L.G. Patterson)

NFL Network draft analyst  Mike Mayock is getting revved up for their coverage of the NFL scouting combine.

“The bottom line is that there are 330 kids invited to the combine, plus or minus, 250 of them will get drafted,” Mayock said. “The challenge at the combine is to make sure that we satisfy everybody’s taste for all of the big name guys without disrespecting the guys that are not big name guys. I think we do the best we can there.”

Mayock is predicting that the first round will be heavy on defense

“It’s the best defensive end class that I’ve seen and I think the four quarterbacks at the top of my list have to be figured out,” Mayock said. “That’s the key to this draft. That’s the key as far as the marquee names. How do you figure these quarterbacks out? Who are they? What are they? Who’s going to be boom guy? Who’s going to be a bust guy?”

Here’s Mike Mayock’s Top Five 2011 Draft Prospects By Position

QUARTERBACKS (QB):

1.   Blaine Gabbert – Missouri (MIZZ)  JR

2.   Jake Locker – Washington (WAS) SR

3.   Cam Newton – Auburn (AUB)  JR

4.   Ryan Mallett – Arkansas (ARK)  JR

5.   Andy Dalton – TCU (TCU)  SR

RUNNING BACK (RB):

1.     Mark Ingram – Alabama (ALA)  JR

2.     Mikel LeShoure – Illinois  (ILL)  JR

3.     Daniel Thomas- Kansas St. (KSU)  SR

4.     Ryan Williams – Virginia Tech  (VT)  JR

5.   Jacquizz Rodgers – Oregon State  (ORST)  JR

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR):

1.     A.J. Green – Georgia  (UGA)  JR

2.     Julio Jones – Alabama  (ALA)  JR

3.     Titus Young – Boise State  (BSU)  SR

4.     Jon Baldwin – Pittsburgh (PITT)  JR

5.     Torrey Smith – Maryland (MARY)  JR

TIGHT ENDS (TE):

1.     Kyle Rudolph – Notre Dame  (ND)  JR

2.     Lance Kendricks – Wisconsin  (WIS)  SR

3.     Luke Stocker – Tennessee  (TENN)  SR

4.     D.J. Williams – Arkansas  (ARK) SR

5.     Virgil Green – Nevada (NEV)  SR

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE (G / C):

1.     Mike Pouncey – Florida  (FLA)  SR

2.     Danny Watkins – Baylor  (BAYLOR)  SR

3.     Clint Boling – Georgia (UGA)  SR

4.     John Moffitt – Wisconsin  (WIS)  SR

5.   Rodney Hudson – Florida St.  (FSU)  SR

TACKLES (T):

1.     Anthony Castonzo – Boston College  (BC)  SR

2.     Nate Solder – Colorado  (COLO)  SR

3.     Tyron Smith – USC  (USC)  JR

4.     Gabe Carimi – Wisconsin  (WIS)  SR

T-5.  Derek Sherrod – Mississippi St.  (MSST)  SR

T-5.  Ben Ijalana – Villanova (VILL)  SR

DEFENSIVE ENDS (DE):

1.     Da’Quan Bowers – Clemson  (CLEM)  JR

2.     Robert Quinn – North Carolina  (UNC)  JR

3.     J.J. Watt – Wisconsin  (WIS)  JR

4.     Adrian Clayborn – Iowa  (IOWA)  SR

5.     Cameron Jordan – Cal  (CAL)  SR

DEFENSIVE TACKLES (DT):

1.     Marcell Dareus – Alabama  (ALA)  JR

2.     Nick Fairley – Auburn  (AUB)  JR

3.     Corey Liuget – Illinois  (ILL)  JR

4.     Stephen Paea – Oregon St.  (ORST)  SR

5.     Jurrell Casey – USC  (USC)  JR

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (OLB):

1.     Von Miller – Texas A&M  (TXAM)  SR

2.     Akeem Ayers – UCLA  (UCLA)  JR

3.     Justin Houston – Georgia  (UGA)  JR

4.     Bruce Carter – North Carolina  (UNC)  SR

5.     Chris Carter – Fresno St. (FRES)  SR

INSIDE LINEBACKERS (ILB):

1.     Martez Wilson – Illinois  (ILL)  JR

2.     Colin McCarthy – Miami (FL) (MIA)  SR

3.     Quan Sturdivant – North Carolina (UNC)  SR

4.     Casey Matthews – Oregon (ORE)  SR

5.     Kelvin Sheppard – LSU (LSU)  SR

CORNERBACKS (CB):

1.     Patrick Peterson – LSU  (LSU)  JR

2.     Prince Amukamara – Nebraska  (NEB)  SR

3.     Aaron Williams – Texas  (TEX)  JR

4.     Jimmy Smith – Colorado  (COLO)  SR

5.     Brandon Harris – Miami (FL)  (MIA)  JR

SAFETIES (S):

1.     Rahim Moore – UCLA  (UCLA)  JR

2.     Ahmad Black – Florida  (FLA)  SR

3.     Marcus Gilchrist – Clemson (CLEM)  SR

4.     Quinton Carter – Oklahoma (OKLA)  SR

5.     Deunta Williams – North Carolina  (UNC)  SR

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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20 comments Add your comment

Falcons Fan

February 17th, 2011
6:52 pm

Falcons Fan

February 17th, 2011
6:54 pm

Why can’t Orlando get no love?

Nathan Darling

February 17th, 2011
7:02 pm

Why can we just get j.j watt?

Nathan Darling

February 17th, 2011
7:03 pm

Sam

February 17th, 2011
7:13 pm

Justin Houston needs to be bolded.

SawThat1nce

February 17th, 2011
7:31 pm

“If” the Falcons would have picked that LB that plays for the Packers now, instead of P. Jerry, and “if” they would have been able to pick Mike Pouncey’s brother, I believe they would have been a lot better off.

Who Dat Nation

February 17th, 2011
7:45 pm

We need to keep Patrick Peterson in state. The saints need to trade up and keep this future top corner at home.

Go Saints

SawThat1nce

February 17th, 2011
7:50 pm

@7:45…….Wrong blog. Who cares?

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Who Dat Nation

February 17th, 2011
8:11 pm

SawThat1nce

February 17th, 2011
7:50 pm
@7:45…….Wrong blog. Who cares?

Mind your business this is a nfl draft blog not falcons

waynester

February 18th, 2011
12:28 am

I doubt if Payton would blow his entire draft to move up for one player, whodat. Peterson will go top 5…..

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DC Dirty Bird

February 18th, 2011
6:40 am

Amazing how the “Who Dat Nation” follows an Atlanta paper.

Sid

February 18th, 2011
7:44 am

No Nat Dation, Darrell says its a Falcons Blog………………

Terrell

February 18th, 2011
8:10 am

SawThat1nce

Clay is great in a 3-4 defense where he is usually the 4 rusher. In a
4-3 defense he would not be rushing as much. We fall in love with the big plays he makes and that’s cool, but an OLB in a 4-3 has more responsibilities in pass coverage and run support. He wouldn’t be making all those plays in a 4-3 defense.

SawThat1nce

February 18th, 2011
8:42 am

Terrell………That is a good point. But, as the way things stand now, I still believe the Falcons would be better off with him, than with Jerry.
I sincerely hope that Jerry proves me wrong, the next season that the NFL plays.

JSS

February 18th, 2011
6:22 pm

@ Terrell and SawThat1nce…
The Falcons just whiffed on Matthews. There is no other way to put it… He was a DE/LB combo at SC in a 4-3 (sometimes a 5-2) base there. He was playing 3 future high picks as well. Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga, Kaluka Maiava were all seniors.

The big questions about Matthews were over pursuit and missing some easy tackles. I think he’s answered those questions… The thing that naysayers forget, he’s been solid in pass coverage too…

Atlanta ended up using the Weatherspoon pick trying to get the same lightening in a bottle thing.

Runnin With The Dawgs

February 20th, 2011
8:13 am

I think Jake Locker is better than Gabbert or Newton.

hbcuclassics

February 21st, 2011
8:44 pm

Squirming Falcon Fan

February 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Adrian Clayborn wish list 1st rd. pick. Rogers 2nd rd. pick. AC is a beast at DE and Rogers out of Oregon State would be a great change of pace rb for the Falcons. FLY HIGH FALCONS.