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he had a good pro - day and hes moving up the boards. i wouldnt be surprised either to see marinelli reach for what he needs and we need a mlb .... what's you all's opinions?


March 21st, 2008, 5:32 pm
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I like Jerod Mayo myself, but how about a little info about him first?
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An athletic linebacker who made the move from outside to inside linebacker last season with spectacular results -- earning first team SEC accolades in leading the conference with 140 tackles. Mayo's speed and size may cause scouts to consider moving him back outside at the next level, but he seemed to gain more and more confidence at his new position as the season wore on, averaging 15 tackles over his final four games.


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PrepStar All-America ... Named All-State and first-team All-District ... As senior in 2003, recorded 110 tackles including 18 for loss and two interceptions ... Also played running back for seven games as senior, picking up 1,245 rushing yards and scoring 13 touchdowns and five two-point conversions ... Garnered first-team All-District, All-Area and All-Region honors as junior in 2002 while recording 68 tackles including 22 for loss, four interceptions and three sacks ... Three-year starter at both linebacker and running back.

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Positives: Athletic build with good upper definition and the frame to add an additional 10 pounds without a significant loss of speed. ... Instinctive defender. ... Attacks the line against the run. ... Good change of direction and rare speed for the position in coverage. ... Good open-field tackler with the body control to break down in space and make the sure tackle. ... Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. ... Good timing on the blitz and shows an ability to close when the ball is near.

Negatives: Physical, but might be better on the perimeter than the inside. ... Flashes strong hands to disengage from blocks, but often resorts to running around them rather than facing them up. ... Generally a wrap-up tackler, but will lower his shoulder to lay a big hit and sometimes slip off.



In addition, he was 6'1", 242 lbs at the combine and ran a 4.54 40 at the Combine. During his Pro Day, he recorded a 40-1/2" vertical jump and did 22 reps at 225 lbs. There's more info on him here:
http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profile.php?pyid=33682

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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tennessee linebacker visits Lions
Mike O'Hara The Detroit News

ALLEN PARK -- Linebacker Jerod Mayo of Tennessee was at the Lions' headquarters as scheduled today to visit the coaching staff in preparation for next month's draft.

Mayo started for the Volunteers at outside linebacker in 2006 and moved to middle linebacker in '07. The Lions are looking for help at linebacker in the draft. The Lions have the 15th pick on the first round of the draft, April 26-27.

Mayo started all 14 games in 2007 and had 140 tackles, tying for the most by a Tennessee player since 1990.

Mayo, 6-1 and 242 pounds, is rated by pro teams at both middle and outside linebacker. He is an excellent athlete. Mayo was timed in 4.54 seconds, the fastest of any inside linebacker.

Speed is important for linebackers in the Tampa Two defensive scheme used by the Lions.


I've not seen this guy play but it sounds like he could help this team out.

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Unfortunately, Jerod Mayo is rising up the draft boards. Mike Mayock now lists Mayo as the best ILB in the draft and Mel Kiper has him as the 13th best player overall. Here's Mel's Big Board:
http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/insider/columns/story?columnist=kiper_jr_mel&id=3315550

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slybri19 writes:

Unfortunately, Jerod Mayo is rising up the draft boards. Mike Mayock now lists Mayo as the best ILB in the draft and Mel Kiper has him as the 13th best player overall.

Who cares!! I am still undecided on the whole combine thing. Does a player who was a projected first round pick his sophmore and junior season all of the sudden get worse? What if he is a first round pick thru the bowl season, then drops? I like Rod's attitude that you have to watch the tape, production is production, not projection.

If Mayo moves up maybe some long standing talent moves down. Sam Baker and Dan O'Connor are moving down. Get either of them in 2nd round and I would be happy.

Check out Todd McShays article here on talent vs. position taken in the draft: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/ ... id=3300105


March 31st, 2008, 11:39 pm
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columbuscrowd wrote:
slybri19 writes:

Unfortunately, Jerod Mayo is rising up the draft boards. Mike Mayock now lists Mayo as the best ILB in the draft and Mel Kiper has him as the 13th best player overall.

Who cares!! I am still undecided on the whole combine thing. Does a player who was a projected first round pick his sophmore and junior season all of the sudden get worse? What if he is a first round pick thru the bowl season, then drops? I like Rod's attitude that you have to watch the tape, production is production, not projection.

If Mayo moves up maybe some long standing talent moves down. Sam Baker and Dan O'Connor are moving down. Get either of them in 2nd round and I would be happy.

Check out Todd McShays article here on talent vs. position taken in the draft: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/ ... id=3300105



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wjb21ndtown wrote:
columbuscrowd wrote:
slybri19 writes:

Unfortunately, Jerod Mayo is rising up the draft boards. Mike Mayock now lists Mayo as the best ILB in the draft and Mel Kiper has him as the 13th best player overall.

Who cares!! I am still undecided on the whole combine thing. Does a player who was a projected first round pick his sophmore and junior season all of the sudden get worse? What if he is a first round pick thru the bowl season, then drops? I like Rod's attitude that you have to watch the tape, production is production, not projection.

If Mayo moves up maybe some long standing talent moves down. Sam Baker and Dan O'Connor are moving down. Get either of them in 2nd round and I would be happy.

Check out Todd McShays article here on talent vs. position taken in the draft: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/ ... id=3300105



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Well, lucky for me (and you) I am a member. The tables at the bottom of the article didn't translate over very well, but the text did. So, here you go:

Come draft day, all 32 NFL draft rooms are fully stocked with prospect rankings both by position and regardless of position. General managers package these rankings in a number of different ways to streamline the information and help maintain perspective. This is critical during the stressful and frantic draft weekend.

The "Stacking the Board" document we have shared with you in the past -- and will make available once again beginning in early April -- is an excellent example of a way to organize rankings. It gives the evaluator a quick way to compare player values on a round-by-round basis from one position to the next.

The following breakdown, which I've dubbed "Rankings Tiers", is yet another variation that at least two general managers I know keep handy throughout the process. While it is basic in design, the simplest approach is often the best approach and it can be extremely helpful in laying out the true strength of a draft class.

Since the draft has been broken into two days and seven rounds for several years now, it is commonplace for a prospect to be labeled within those tiers. For example, "Joe Smith is a second-rounder" or "John Doe has the look of a Day 2 player." The problem is those tiers are too broad, so they aren't a great deal of help. But breaking a draft board into more specific tiers can help avoid sweeping generalizations and make it easier to quickly separate players.

The key is allowing the players' skill level to dictate the size of a given tier. For example, I believe this year's Elite Tier is six players deep, which is slightly smaller than the eight players who were there last year.

If followed properly, this list serves two important purposes. First, it can help a team avoid reaching for a position of need. For example, take the Chiefs. Assuming Michigan OT Jake Long is selected in the first four picks, it would be a lot easier for general manager Carl Peterson to reach for Boise State OT Ryan Clady if he's looking at a generic printout that has Long ranked No. 2 and Clady No. 8. After all, Peterson would be taking the eighth-best player with the fifth overall selection. Not too bad, right?

Well, if he's looking at the tiered breakdown below, it's a bit more complicated because he's passing on an "elite" prospect in order to reach for what is considered a second-tier prospect (according to my breakdown, of course).

Second, the tier system can provide a clearer sense for trading value in a given draft. While the famous "Trade Value Chart" is helpful, it must be adjusted annually to match the strength of each draft class, and that's where the tiers come into play. If I believe there are six elite players in this year's class compared to eight elite players in 2007, picks No. 7 and 8 overall should carry less value this year then they did a year ago.

While the rankings will inevitably change slightly between now and draft weekend (April 26-27), below is an early look at what I consider to be the top six tiers of talent in the 2008 class. This is not a mock draft, nor is it a reflection of where I think a player will be selected. It's simply my view on where the top prospects rank in relation to the overall strength of the 2008 draft class.

Elite Tier
Prospect School Position Height Weight Speed Grade
1. Chris Long DE Virginia 6-3 272 4.75 98
2. Darren McFadden RB Arkansas 6-1¼ 211 4.33 98
3. Jake Long OT Michigan 6-7 313 5.22 98
4. Glenn Dorsey DT LSU 6-1½ 297 5.10 98
5. Matt Ryan QB Boston College 6-4¾ 228 4.95 98
6. Sedrick Ellis DT USC 6-0½ 309 5.32 97
Second Tier
Prospect School Position Height Weight Speed Grade
7. Vernon Gholston DE/OLB Ohio State 6-3 266 4.67 96
8. Ryan Clady OT Boise State 6-6⅛ 309 5.15 95
9. Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois 5-10⅛ 225 4.55 95
10. Keith Rivers OLB USC 6-2½ 241 4.60 95
11. Leodis McKelvin CB Troy 5-10½ 190 4.38 95
12. Derrick Harvey DE Florida 6-4⅝ 271 4.85 94
13. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tennessee State 6-1½ 184 4.33 94
14. Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt 6-6 315 5.17 94
15. Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh 6-6 322 5.56 93
16. Mike Jenkins CB South Florida 5-10¼ 197 4.38 93
Third Tier
Prospect School Position Height Weight Speed Grade
17. Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma 6-3¾ 224 4.50 93
18. Philip Merling DE Clemson 6-4¼ 279 4.71 93
19. Branden Albert G Virginia 6-5⅝ 309 5.17 92
20. DeSean Jackson WR California 5-9¾ 169 4.35 92
21. Jerod Mayo OLB Tennessee 6-1½ 242 4.54 92
22. Brian Brohm QB Louisville 6-4⅞ 230 4.83 92
23. Aqib Talib CB Kansas 6-0¾ 202 4.44 92
24. Limas Sweed WR Texas 6-3⅞ 215 4.55 92
25. Calais Campbell DE Miami 6-7¾ 290 5.04 91
26. Mario Manningham WR Michigan 5-11¾ 181 4.60 91
27. Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon 5-10¼ 235 4.48 91
Fourth Tier (Fringe First Round)
Prospect School Position Height Weight Speed Grade
28. Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina 6-4½ 308 5.34 90
29. Dan Connor ILB Penn State 6-2⅜ 231 4.60 90
30. Devin Thomas WR Michigan State 6-1⅞ 216 4.40 90
31. Dustin Keller TE Purdue 6-2 242 4.55 90
32. Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech 5-9¾ 189 4.55 90
33. Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College 6-6⅜ 314 5.21 89
34. Pat Sims DT Auburn 6-2⅛ 310 5.09 89
35. Kenny Phillips S Miami 6-2¼ 212 4.48 89
36. Fred Davis TE USC 6-3 255 4.70 89
Fifth Tier (Solid Second Round)
Prospect School Position Height Weight Speed Grade
37. Curtis Lofton ILB Oklahoma 6-0 246 4.79 88
38. James Hardy WR Indiana 6-5⅜ 217 4.49 88
39. Chad Henne QB Michigan 6-2⅞ 230 4.92 88
40. Early Doucet WR LSU 6-0⅛ 209 4.56 87
41. Joe Flacco QB Delaware 6-6⅜ 236 4.86 87
42. Tracy Porter CB Indiana 5-10⅞ 188 4.37 87
43. Felix Jones RB Arkansas 5-10⅛ 204 4.47 87
44. Sam Baker OT USC 6-4⅝ 309 5.30 87
45. Lavelle Hawkins WR California 5-11 187 4.59 86
46. Cliff Avril DE Purdue 6-2⅞ 253 4.51 86
47. Trevor Laws DT Notre Dame 6-0¾ 304 5.13 86
48. Ray Rice RB Rutgers 5-8 189 4.47 86
49. Lawrence Jackson DE USC 6-4¼ 271 4.82 85
50. Antoine Cason CB Arizona 6-0¼ 191 4.45 85
51. Quentin Groves DE Auburn 6-3 257 4.57 84
52. Justin King CB Penn State 5-10⅞ 192 4.31 84
53. John Carlson TE Notre Dame 6-5⅛ 251 4.88 84
54. Reggie Smith CB Oklahoma 6-0½ 199 4.55 83
55. Mike Pollak C Arizona State 6-3½ 301 5.02 83
Sixth Tier (Fringe Second Round)
Prospect School Position Height Weight Speed Grade
56. Jammal Charles RB Texas 5-10 200 4.38 82
57. Carl Nicks OT Nebraska 6-4⅞ 341 5.22 82
58. Chilo Rachal G USC 6-5 315 5.23 82
59. Xavier Adibi OLB Virginia Tech 6-1¾ 232 4.69 81
60. Andre' Woodson QB Kentucky 6-4 229 4.84 81
61. Anthony Collins OT Kansas 6-5 317 5.06 81
62. DaJuan Morgan S N.C. State 6-0⅛ 205 4.56 80
63. Patrick Lee CB Auburn 6-0 200 4.41 80
64. Jerome Simpson WR Appalachian State 6-1¾ 199 4.47 80


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columbuscrowd wrote:
slybri19 writes:

Unfortunately, Jerod Mayo is rising up the draft boards. Mike Mayock now lists Mayo as the best ILB in the draft and Mel Kiper has him as the 13th best player overall.

Who cares!! I am still undecided on the whole combine thing. Does a player who was a projected first round pick his sophmore and junior season all of the sudden get worse? What if he is a first round pick thru the bowl season, then drops? I like Rod's attitude that you have to watch the tape, production is production, not projection.

If Mayo moves up maybe some long standing talent moves down. Sam Baker and Dan O'Connor are moving down. Get either of them in 2nd round and I would be happy.

Check out Todd McShays article here on talent vs. position taken in the draft: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/ ... id=3300105

The problem is that most of the projections that you see early aren't from NFL Scouts or the experts, but from guys with a website that think that they know what they're talking about. Notice how much they change once the real pros start evaluating the players? Sure, the Combine and Pro Days have something to do with it, but not entirely. Once guys like Gosselin (my favorite), Kiper, McShay, and Mayock start talking to coaches, scouts, and front office people, they get a better idea of where a player is going to go. That's when everyone else realizes that their previous projections were wrong and start re-ranking players accordingly.

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If the Lions want Mayo they will need to get him at #15 because he will not be there for the Lions in the 2nd round. If he does last, I don't see him getting past the Giants with the last pick of round 1.

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If the Lions want Mayo they will need to get him at #15 because he will not be there for the Lions in the 2nd round. If he does last, I don't see him getting past the Giants with the last pick of round 1.

I somewhat agree with you, but I would look at trading down a few spots first if Mayo is their target. I'm certain that he won't last until #45 and believe that he will be taken somewhere in the first round. The question is when.

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slybri19 wrote:
Taug107 wrote:
If the Lions want Mayo they will need to get him at #15 because he will not be there for the Lions in the 2nd round. If he does last, I don't see him getting past the Giants with the last pick of round 1.

I somewhat agree with you, but I would look at trading down a few spots first if Mayo is their target. I'm certain that he won't last until #45 and believe that he will be taken somewhere in the first round. The question is when.


The Lions reached a bit for Sims, I think they would do the same for Mayo. It would have been nice if they reached for Willis last year.

Ideally you get the player you want at the right value and pick up extra picks along the way. I don't see the Lions pulling this one off and if that is the strategy you'd better have options 1B and 1C in case Mayo is gone by the time the Lions are on the clock.

I'm liking the sound of a LB group of Sims (WLB), Mayo (MIKE), and Lewis (SLB) - although I'm sure they would put Paris on the strong-side.

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Mayo makes me a little nervous at #15 since he's had both knees scoped already. I'm not sure if that's really an issue, but Boss Bailey was kind of the same if I remember.

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I they want him, take him.


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In my opinion Mayo would be a reach and a mistake. The following was taken from Pro Football Weekly's scouting reports on LB's.

Summary: Ran well in a straight line at the Combine but does not play up to his speed. He lacks the take-on strength to excel in the middle and looked most comfortable on the weak side in the Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin. Played his best late in the year when he began to recover fully from his surgically repaired knee injury.

I have also read that when asked about playing MLB, he said he wanted to play outside.


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I saw this on another forum and thought I would share....hope you enjoy!!!

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Jerod Mayo will be the pick in the first round. He will be the linebacker we have been missing from the middle of our defense. Here are a few quick facts on Mayo:

Jerod Mayo can slam a revolving door
Jerod Mayo has counted to infinity...twice
There is no theory of evolution. Only a list of creatures that Jerod Mayo has allowed to live.
When Jerod Mayo does a push up, he isn't pushing himself up, he is pushing the world down.
Jerod Mayo is so fast he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
Jerod Mayo is the reason that Waldo is hiding.
A tackle by Jerod Mayo is the preferred form of execution in 16 states.
Jerod Mayo can divide by zero.
Jerod Mayo orderd a big mac at burger king and got one.
Little known fact: Jerod Mayo invented the caesaren section when he tackled his way out of his mothers womb.
In a fight between batman and darth vader, the winner would be Jerod Mayo.


Sure they may be old and reused, but I think they're still funny :lol:

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