Mike Mayock's Top 5 Position Rankings: Post Combine

The draft prospects have been tested, measured and evaluated at the NFL Combine. Which positions saw the biggest shift in Mike Mayock's rankings?

Mike Mayock is considered one of the best draft prognosticators in the business and he spent last weekend, along with everyone else, studying the top college prospects at the NFL Combine.  Yesterday, he released his updated list of the top 5(ish) prospects at each position.  There has been some movement at a few of the positions we looked at last month.  When Mayock talks about prospects, the mock draft community listens and you will see some movement in other rankings showing up faster than quick.

You can read the full list of rankings here, and Mayock's previous rankings here.  You can view the full results and measurement from the Combine here.

Top 5 Wide Receivers:

Wide Receiver

Rank

2/17/2014

3/3/2014

1

Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Sammy Watkins, Clemson

2

Marqise Lee, USC

Mike Evans, Texas A&M

3

Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Marqise Lee, USC

4

Kelvin Benjamin, FSU

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

t5

Jarvis Landry, LSU

Kelvin Benjamin, FSU

t5

-

Jarvis Landry, LSU

t5

-

Odell Beckham Jr, LSU

There has been a lot of movement here, and Mayock has even added two more receivers to his top 5(ish) list.  Sammy Watkins has established himself as the clear #1 receiver after running in the 4.34-4.43 range in the 40 yard dash.  Marqise Lee and Mike Evans swapped places.  Brandin Cooks was the biggest riser, jumping a lot of good prospects to be listed as Mayock's 4th best receiver.  Odell Beckham Jr was also added and listed next to his teammate Jarvis Landry, who many people have started to drop down slightly after the Combine.  With 7 WRs listed, it's a very good possibility that 1 or more of these players will be available at #34 for Jay Gruden to pick.  Other players to consider here are Allen Robinson and Jordan Matthews.

Top 5 Defensive Tackles:

Defensive Tackle

Rank

2/17/2014

3/3/2014

1

Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

2

Timmy Jernigan, FSU

Timmy Jernigan, FSU

3

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

4

Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

5

Dominique Easley, Florida

Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

Big movement here, as Senior/Combine Star Aaron Donald has established himself as a near lock for the 1st round, and he is now Mayock's #1 after posting some great numbers.  He switched spots with Louis Nix III, while Jernigan and Hageman stayed at #2 and #4 respectively.  The only new player on his list is Kelcy Quarles, replacing Dom Easley.  Stephon Tuitt was added as #5 to Mayock's Top 5 Defensive Ends, and has been a popular player to mock to the Redskins lately.

Top 5 Cornerbacks:

Cornerback

Rank

2/17/2014

3/3/2014

1

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

2

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

3

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

4

Jason Verrett, TCU

Bradley Roby, Ohio State

5

Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Jason Verrett, TCU

The Cornerback's didn't see much change in this update, with Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett swapping spots at 4 and 5.  You can debate who is the top CB between Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard, but both of them will be long gone by the time the Redskins pick.  It is likely that a high risk/high reward CB like Roby, or a slot CB like Verrett will be available, but will the Skins go CB two years in a row with their top draft pick?

Top 5 Safeties:

Safety

Rank

2/17/2014

3/3/2014

1

Calvin Pryor, Lousiville

Calvin Pryor, Lousiville

2

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

3

Lamarcus Joyner, FSU

Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

4

Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

Deonne Bucannon, Washington St

5

Deonne Bucannon, Washington St

Lamarcus Joyner, FSU

Again there are no new names in the top 5 safeties, and the top two at the position have remained the same. If either Pryor or Clinton-Dix are available, the Skins will be getting a 1st round talent in the 2nd.  After the top two, the value drops of and Jay Gruden should look at other positions of need.  Ward, Buchannon, and Joyner are all in the 2nd tier of Safeties, and Joyner fell the most in Mayock's rankings going from 3rd to 5th.

Top 5 Offensive Tackles:

Offensive Tackle

Rank

2/17/2014

3/3/2014

1

Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Greg Robinson, Auburn

2

Greg Robinson, Auburn

Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

3

Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Taylor Lewan, Michigan

4

Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Zack Martin, Notre Dame

5

Cyrus Koundjio, Alabama

Joel Bitonio, Nevada

By Managing Editorial edict, I am happy to include a look at a position on the offensive line.  The most likely position to be addressed in the 2nd round would be Offensive Tackle, and possibly Guard if a 1st round talent was available.  Greg Robinson had a great Combine and overtook Jake Matthew's as Mayock's top OT.  Cyrus Koundjio got some very bad news for his health and his wallet, when medical checks revealed he had an arthritic knee due to a failed surgery.  This is a major red flag for him and it has dropped his draft stock drastically, but does it take him off of the Redskins board at #34?  His surprise replacement is Joel Bitonio, an OT from Nevada.  CBS Sports has him ranked as the 10th best OT in the class and a 3rd round prospect.

How much effect does the Combine have on how teams view prospects?  Most people say the truly important parts of the Combine are the medical checks and the interviews.  On field tests, measurements, and drills can raise some eyebrows and cause teams to re-evaluate their original assessments and re-watch tape to see if they missed anything, good or bad.  Who impressed you at the Combine, and who were the biggest disappointments?  Or is it just an overrated dog and pony show to keep us all interested in the NFL's product year round?

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