From the Hart: Mayock talks Patriots

Posted by ahart on February 25, 2013 – 2:32 pm

20130225-mayockDuring his meeting with other members of the media Sunday afternoon at the Combine, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock answered a couple questions with ties to the Patriots.

On how Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes would fit with the New England Patriots:
“I wasn’t trying to link him [to New England]; somebody was trying to steer me that way and say, ‘Would he fit?’ I [said], ‘Yeah.’ New England has corner and safety potential issues that they have to address, and when you look at [Rhodes], he’s a big corner that might be a safety. Bill Belichick values versatility. He’s a big, strong, tough kid. Like most of the corners in this year’s class, I don’t know if he’s going to run well or not. So Tuesday afternoon is a big deal for a lot of the top-rated corners because most of them are what college coaches call boundary corners; they play into the boundary. Typically a boundary corner in college football is speed-deficient but smart, tough and instinctive. I need to find out, as does the whole league, [Johnthan] Banks, [Rhodes], [Desmond] Trufant – how fast are these guys? We don’t know yet.”

On if anyone else has stood out to him that might fit with the New England Patriots:
“I don’t look at it that way yet. To me, I’m looking at the kids and I’m not trying to fit them to teams. We’re not even into free agency yet, so I don’t really fit them that way at all at this point.”

Mayock was also asked to compare Oklahoma tackle and Combine phenom Lane Johnson — a converted QB and TE — to Patriots 2011 first-round pick Nate Solder, himself a former tight end.

On if Lane Johnson is further along in his development than the New England Patriots’ Nate Solder was:
“I like him better than Solder at this point, and Solder was a heck of a prospect.”

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2 Responses to “From the Hart: Mayock talks Patriots”

  1. By andrew in ukraine on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    “i’m not trying to fit players to teams”
    translation: “team officials haven’t told me who they are picking yet, so i don’t have an opinion yet. when they tell me who they are taking, then i’ll make my “predictions” and get 30 of 32 in the 1st round right”

  2. By johninlynn on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    There was a man on the savanna
    Who longed to be an africana
    As he foraged for food
    With natives that were lewd
    He instead found a hairy banana!

    Andy, do you miss Erik yet?

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