Mike Mayock held his annual pre-combine conference call today to give his thoughts on the draft class of 2013. As he's said several times over the past couple weeks, he doesn't see lots of "difference makers" in this draft and doesn't think it's a great year to have a top 10 pick.
"I wouldn't want a top-10 pick in this draft. The fifth pick and the 25th pick are very similar," he said.
The good news is that the Eagles hold the #4 pick, which according to Mayock means they've got a shot at one of the 4 elite players according to his evaluation. They are Alabama G Chance Warmack, Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel, UNC G Jonathan Cooper and Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher.
Yes, that's all offensive lineman, two of which are guards. Its not likely that those will be the top 4 picks, but according to Mayock that is where the top talent is.
Overall it's a very deep draft on the offensive line as Mayock has 6 OTs with first round grades. He's also got 6 first round grades on defensive tackles, with his top guy being Sharrif Floyd from Florida. It's quickly become consensus that Floyd has replaced Star Lotulelei as the top interior lineman in the class.
He also called the safety class one of the best he's seen in a while, which is good news for the Eagles, who may be able to fill that position of need with their pick at the top of the 2nd round.
A few other Mayock notes
- Tyrann Mathieu aka "The Honey Badger" is a 4th round talent
- Georgia LB Alec Ogletree has top 10 talent
- Geno Smith and Matt Barkley are the top 2 QBs in the class