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Mike Mayock's players to watch at NFL combine

Updated: 2014-02-20T15:13:38Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock shared the names of several players he will be keeping a close eye on at this year's combine.

“I really like the tailback from Washington, (Bishop) Sankey, and I want to see him catch the football. I don't get to see enough catches in routes on his college tape. I feel like he can be a lot like the kid out of North Carolina, Giovani Bernard, if he can catch the football like that.

“I'm looking forward to seeing how fast (Southern California receiver) Marqise Lee runs. I want to see the tight end from Oregon (Colt Lyerla), how he reacts to people. I watched ... what little tape I could get on him from 2012 and he's a gifted, gifted kid, but he's got a bunch of off‑ the‑ field issues.

“(Michigan State's Darqueze) Dennard and (Virginia Tech's Kyle) Fuller, the two corners, I think they are awesome. But my concern with both of them is long speed, and if they both run well, I think they are going to climb even higher, especially the Fuller kid, who most people have in the second or third round.

“Then I want to see the freaks, (South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon) Clowney, (Buffalo linebacker Khalil) Mack. There's a kid from Georgia Southern, Jerrick McKinnon, who is going to work with the running backs. He also can play corner, and I'm anxious to watch his footwork.

“(Kent State running back) Dri Archer is another one of those guys I can't wait to see.

"I think the kid from Minnesota, (defensive tackle) Ra’Shede Hageman, he's really going to be interesting. He's 6‑6, he's over 300 pounds, he was a high school basketball player. He's got freakish athletic ability and if he puts up the kind of numbers I think he can, in addition to [Jadeveon] Clowney, we're going to be talking about him. I think he's really going to be an interesting guy to watch.

"(Tight end) Austin Seferian‑Jenkins from Washington, oh my goodness, does he have a great throwing radius but is he going to run in the 4.7 range or not?

"(Tight end) Troy Niklas from Notre Dame, same kind of thing. How fast is he really?"

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816­234­4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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