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Mike Mayock: No quarterbacks worth taking in top 10

01 March 2017

The NFL Scouting Combine is about to kick off this week, and there's still a lot of evaluation left to do on this year's prospects. "When you're sitting at four and you're evaluating need versus value, they need to meld together".

As the National Football League combine and National Football League draft near, it's become apparent the quarterback class isn't very strong.

NFL Network's Mike Mayock hosted a two-hour press conference so we'll be dropping tidbits from his musings all week. 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. Then as far as the corner situation is concerned, this is a great corner class.

Big Blue has never had the 23rd pick of the first round.

"What they really don't have, I think, is that big banger that is the first-and-10 back, your fourth-quarter back", Mayock said.

Mayock pointed to Mississippi's Evan Engram, South Alabama's Gerald Everett, Clemson's Jordan Leggett and Virginia Tech's Bucky Hodges as players that could be viable picks in the second and third rounds.

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"O.J. Howard is my No. 1 tight end", Mayock said". "That doesn't mean I think there's no talent there, because I think there are four quarterbacks that have first-round talent". You start talking about David Njoku from Miami, he's an absolute freak, and he's also tough enough to learn how to block.

"If they went in the second, third, fourth rounds, you could be looking at an Evan Engram (Mississippi) or a Gerald Everett (South Alabama), both of whom probably go in the second and third (rounds) and they're really good pass-catching tight ends", Mayock added. And I think that's what's going to happen with Howard and Njoku. So I would not be in that conversation. "They're both that talented".

Per Chargers.com, the draft guru spent some time earlier in the week breaking down his hypothetical thought process if he were in the Chargers draft room knowing that "you've got to come out with a Pro Bowl player". "So just for instance, say they're looking in the second or third round for an edge guy". He could play tackle, obviously.

Every mock draft you read seems to have either Ryan Ramczyk, Garett Bolles, or Cam Robinson penciled in at the Denver Broncos' 20th overall pick, but Mayock isn't so sure that will be the case... We've got five of the first 65 picks, let's get to work. You've got to keep swinging. Instead, they finished last in the league, and were only marginally better a year ago at 30th. And they've drafted consistently second-round quarterbacks, and they did it again previous year with Jacoby Brissett in the third round.

But despite the abundance of first-round defensive talent this year, don't rule out the Ravens taking a top-flight offensive player, Mayock said. I think that's where they're going to end up being. "You've got pass catchers, you've got quick guys, you've got fast guys, but I think you need that back and they don't have that bigger back". "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".