Let me start off by saying I love Mike Mayock. He is the single most knowledgable draft expert in the media, and he has his reputation as such rightfully so. Every year, his is the opinion I most look forward to hearing on prospects, and yesterday we got to hear just that.
First off, I'd like to thank to Matthew Fairburn of Mocking The Draft for collecting what Mayock had to say on his Twitter account. I'd like to take a look at what he had to say about the quarterbacks. I understand it's unlikely the Titans will use either of their top two picks on a quarterback after Tommie Smith gave Jake Locker a big vote of confidence, however it's still a strong possibility the Titans could use a mid round pick as insurance for both the short term and long term.
According to Fairburn, here is what Mayock had to say about the quarterbacks:
Mayock: Logan Thomas is the wild card of this year's quarterback class.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mike Mayock thinks Blake Bortles is the least developed of big three quarterbacks. Wants to see him live to get a feel for arm strength.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mayock also said Teddy Bridgewater is the most pro ready quarterback in this year's draft.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mike Mayock said Teddy Bridgewater is the most ready because of the offense he played in. Reads whole field, throws to all levels of field.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mayock said he likes Tajh Boyd in the mid to late rounds. Calls him a playmaker. Needs time to develop.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mayock thinks Bridgewater, Manziel and Bortles are locked in as the top three quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mike Mayock mentioned A.J. McCarron as a second or third round pick. Mayock pls no you don't have to do this.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Even without the injury, Mike Mayock doesn't think Zach Mettenberger would be a first or second round pick.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mayock said he liked Stephen Morris when the two were standing around in gym shorts at the Manning Passing Academy. Says he's a smart kid.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) February 18, 2014
Mayock had a lot to say about the quarterbacks, and is usually the best media expert when it comes to quarterbacks. However, contrary to popular belief (well, not really, but almost!), Mayock, like everyone, is not perfect when it comes to his evaluations, and is prone to a few misfires, proving Mayock's opinion isn't the be-all-end-all, and shouldn't just be followed blindly.
Back in 2005, Mayock, like most experts, had Alex Smith rated higher than Aaron Rodgers (sorry for unreliable source). Alex Smith is a fine quarterback, and an underrated one at that, and despite the un-ideal situations Smith found himself in early in his career, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who argues Smith is a better quarterback than Rodgers.
In 2009, Mayock ranked Mark Sanchez as his #1 quarterback above of Matthew Stafford. Sanchez is no longer a starting quarterback, and his replacement has already been drafted.
In 2011, Blaine Gabbert and our own Jake Locker were ahead of Cam Newton in Mayock's rankings. We are all cautiously optimistic about Locker at this point, but is there anyone who wouldn't rather have Newton? Gabbert on the other hand, just three years into his career is viewed as a lost cause, while Cam Newton is coming off a season in which he led his team to the playoffs.
Finally, last year Mayock had Mike Glennon ranked as his 6th quarterback, behind the likes of Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib and Tyler Bray. It's still very early in all of these young quarterback's respective careers, however Mike Glennon showed a lot last year, and most people would tell you he showed the most promise out of last year's crop of quarterbacks. Glennon posted a QB rating of 83.9, with Manuel at 77.7, Smith at 66.5, Barkley at 44.6, and Bray didn't register a pass.
Mayock has given us all plenty of reason to trust his prospect evaluations over the years, but everyone shouldn't be discouraged if you disagree with Mayock. Trust your gut and your own evaluations because if Mayock has proven anything, it's that anything can happen. If you happen to disagree with Mayock's 2014 positional rankings don't be afraid to voice your opinion, because Mayock isn't right about everything, and his opinion shouldn't cancel out yours.