NFL Draft

Q&A with NFL Network’s Mike Mayock

Updated: 2014-02-24T06:25:41Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spoke to reporters Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here are some of the highlights of his remarks on players that might interest the Chiefs:

• On players who caught his eye through the first two days of testing:

“I think (quarterback) Logan Thomas from Virginia Tech is a huge wild card. He has no footwork whatsoever but he delivers the ball so beautifully. As far as running backs, I think (Jerick) McKinnon from Georgia Southern is a real wild card in this draft, he can play corner or safety and he had a big day today.

“I thought at the wide receiver position, Southern California’s) Marqise Lee didn’t run as fast as I expected, but he’s still the player I think he is. I was really impressed with the (Texas) A&M kid and the day he had, Mike Evans. Ran well, caught the ball extremely well. (Oregon State’s Brandin) Cooks had a really good day, ran fast. He’s a kid that I think made a statement today that ‘I’m a first-round pick,’ and this is one of the best wide-receiver drafts I’ve ever seen so that was significant.”

• On quarterbacks who could go in the middle rounds:

“What’s (LSU’s Zach) Mettenberger going to be down the road? He’s got to get over that ACL injury but he still might be a third or fourth-round pick. Aaron Murray from Georgia, coming off an ACL might be a fourth or fifth-round pick. I think (Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy) Garoppolo, I saw him throw a couple balls inaccurately today but he’s got a very quick release, the ball comes out well and I think he’s a second or third-round guy.

“Another wild card, Tom Savage from Pittsburgh, is a big, strong kid that can throw the football.”

• On Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews:

“I thought at the Senior Bowl he struggled separately a little bit ... I thought he was a 4.55 guy coming off the Senior Bowl, I liked his tape at Vandy, because he’s the most productive receiver in SEC history, and then he comes out today and runs 4.4 ... so that tells me I’ve got to go back and watch more of the Matthews kid from Vandy because I’m not sure what he is, yet.”

| Terez Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

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