Analyst weighs in on Lions No. 2 pick
With the NFL Combine starting Thursday in Indianapolis, the draft analysts are weighing in. Once again the top of the draft order is key since the Lions have the second overall pick.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday in a conference call that he has defensive tackle Gerald McCoy ranked first and DT Ndamukong Suh at second.
Mayock said he had McCoy at first because he sees the NFL as a “pass-first league.
“I want the more disruptive guy. (McCoy) is disruptive against the pass and can stop the run,’’ Mayock said.
Suh is considered the top pick by many analysts, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper, and Mayock likes him too, but doesn’t seem him as abrupt as McCoy. He’s convinced both have what it takes to become Pro Bowl tackles.
While St. Louis, the team with the top pick, needs a quarterback desperately, Mayock thinks it would be tough to pass over McCoy and Suh for Sam Bradford who is considered the top quarterback available.
“I’ve always said a franchise quarterback tops everything. But it’s going to be hard to trump those two defensive tackles,’’ Mayock said.
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