2013 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock's Top 5 Players Per Position

(Ben Liebenberg, NFL.com)

NFL Network's Mike Mayock released a his top 5 players at each position on Friday. Any surprises in those 13 mini-boards?

Everybody loves Mike Mayock. And why not? He can talk scouting and Xs and Os as well as anyone in the industry, largely because it's built on experience. So when Mayock talks mocks in those mocs and socks, I don't balk, block or stalk those who gawk.

Jonas Salk.

Fat rhymes aside, the guru offered a baker's dozen of positional big boards listing his top five at every spot on Friday.

Let's look at some of the more important positions the Rams will likely be looking at improving through the draft. Given the recent departure (and arrival...) of Titus Young, let's start at WR:

Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee
Keenan Allen Cal
Terrance Williams Baylor
Tavon Austin West Virginia
Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech

No board will satisfy everyone, but some interesting choices here. WIlliams is a fine prospect who excels at the top of the tree, but third is a bit high for me. The reality is, this is a deep WR class. It's going to be tough to have much certainty about who goes where without some inside information.

How about at guard? Warmack or Cooper?

Chance Warmack
Jonathan Cooper
North Carolina
Larry Warford
Kyle Long
Brian Winters
Kent St.

Much like WR, this is a deep class as well. Unlike WR, you've got two top prospects for their positions.The drop off is pretty significant, and I expect the 3-5 spots would look radically different from one pundit to the next.

Tackle, especially on the right side but even the left given Rodger Saffold's injury history, is still a concern.

Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M
Eric Fisher Central Michigan
Lane Johnson
D.J. Fluker
Menelik Watson
Florida St.
Justin Pugh Syracuse

Mayock had Watson and Pugh tied for 5th (which is pretty damn silly - a tie? On a big board? Mayock sees your logic and spits on it), so this board's actually six deep. Again, this is pretty consistent with much of the conventional wisdom going around right now. Colorado's David Bakhtari is starting to get some love; can't blame people for not having watched any Buffs games this year. That program's a mess right now...but prospects can be found anywhere.

Take Jonathan Cyprien, for example. I don't have much company during the season in watching Sun Belt football (which, on my part, will likely decrease 90% when North Texas moves to Conference USA this year). So most people didn't see much of FIU's stud safety. That's changed in recent weeks. Where does he fit in Mayock's safety rankings?

Kenny Vaccaro
Matt Elam
Johnathan Cyprien Florida International
Eric Reid
Zeke Motta
Notre Dame

Familiar names, all.

Take a look at Mayock's quintets. Any gripes? Convinced that any prospect is now "the guy?"

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