Mike Mayock, draft analyst for the NFL Network, has good news for some University of South Carolina 2015 draft prospects and mixed news for others.
He believes offensive guard A. J. Cann will hear his name called on the second day of the three-day draft. Others might have to wait awhile.
“As far as A.J. Cann, I’ve seen mostly second-round grades on him,” Mayock said. “It could possibly be a late one, but more likely the middle of the second round.”
He believes there is a possibility Cann could climb into the first round.
“Interior offensive linemen are perceived as more safe,” Mayock said. “You can go back to Logan Mason, who the Patriots took at (No.) 32 years ago. It was one of those picks in the first round where teams get stuck.
“Say you’re looking for a defensive player and the entire side of your defensive board is decimated and you’re looking for a safe guy you can plug in and play and has little downside. There have been a lot of those interior offensive linemen that have answered that particular question.”
Mayock believes former Gamecocks running back Mike Davis has some work do to move up in the draft rankings.
“Mike Davis has been a little bit of an underachiever at South Carolina but is a gifted kid,” said Mayock. “The underachiever thing, I’ve heard that a little bit from some of the scouts. If he comes to the Combine and runs a 4.48, all is good.
“Throughout his career he had some durability issues. He’s got some talent. When I just look at him at face value, you can make an argument that he reminds you a lot of Mark Ingram, who was a late first-round pick.”
Mayock said Davis would help his stock with strong efforts at the Combine this week and later at USC’s Pro Day because his 2014 season did not help him on the draft boards.
“There is some talent there; however, it was not always manifested on the field,” he said. “This year most people think wasn’t quite as good as the year before.
“He’s got size. He’s got speed. I’d like to see him more consistently physical, finishing at the end of runs. He can make people miss in the hole because he’s got quick feet. I don’t think he’s got much to make you miss in the open field, but I think his draft stock was hurt this year. I’m hearing a lot of mid- to late-round grades on him.”
Mayock says the jury is still out on offensive tackle Corey Robinson, but he likes what he sees.
“His biggest thing is he’s got great length,” said Mayock. “He is so big and long, he’s hard to get around. I think he is a right tackle only. I’m anxious to see, at the Combine, how athletic he can be.
“I want to see his feet. I want to see him in some of the pass rush drills where they do the kick slide. Those are the things I think are going to be important for him.”