This is as good and as deep a class as I’ve seen in a draft in several years—with the exception of quarterback and offensive line. Running backs and tight ends, top end and depth are outstanding. Tight ends—I haven’t seen a group like this in years. Wide receivers, very good. Defensively, it’s unbelievable. The edge rushers … we haven’t seen a group like this in a long, long time. You’ll be able to get a starting edge rusher in the fourth round that last year or most drafts you’d compare to an edge rusher in the second round. Cornerbacks and safeties, it’s the best I’ve seen in 10 years at least.
That’s the main pull from an interview NFL Network Draft Analyst Mike Mayock did with Sports Illustrated’s MMQB’s Peter King today. There’s plenty more worth a full read, but the praise from Mayock is going to stick into the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine as it’s set to begin this week.
As the Los Angeles Rams are without a first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, they’ll be out of play for the top prospects. It’s pretty heartening then to hear Mayock praise the depth of the draft and talk about how inviting the middle and latter rounds are. Given the recent comments from Rams General Manager Les Snead, there’s no doubt the Rams will have some specific marching orders from the front office marching toward the draft in two months.
As it stands if Mayock’s evaluation holds true, Rams fans are going to want to pay additional attention to Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.