Mike Mayock Now Has Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller As His No. 2 Cornerback

Back in February, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller a “first-round talent” during his inaugural conference call, but even so, he still had Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert as his top two rated cornerbacks in his initial positional rankings. However, as of Monday, that has now changed.

In his latest positional rankings, Mayock now has Fuller as his No. 2 rated cornerback behind Dennard with Gilbert slipping down to the No. 3 spot.

Dennard, Gilbert and Fuller all reportedly had good Pro Day showings last month, so it’s quite interesting that Mayock made a change in his rankings. Mayock isn’t the be-all, end-all when it comes to draft analyst, but it would be good to hear him talk about what prompted the change. Maybe he has and I just missed it.

Regardless of where Mayock has these three players ranked, all are expected to be drafted in the first round. It will be interesting to see if Fuller overtakes Gilbert in the rankings of a few other major media draftniks in the month of April.

As far as other notable non quarterback changes go in his latest positional rankings update, Mayock has moved Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ahead of Louisville’s Calvin Pryor on his safety list and Auburn’s Tre Mason has now leapfrogged Boston College’s Andre Williams on his running back list. Neither of those two changes are that surprising, however.

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on Mayock jumping Fuller over Gilbert. Do you consider the Virginia Tech product a legitimate top 20 prospect?

  • Jason

    Figured this was coming. Mayock has been high on Fuller all along. For what’s it’s worth I enjoy Mayock’a analysis over any other “expert”.

  • Kurt Williams

    I like Fuller, IMO it’s a toss up between Fuller and Dennard. I think Gilbert will be gone by 15.

  • Steelers12328882

    I think all 3 of these guys have the ability to go in the top 15 and Bradley Roby is not too far behind.

  • Jason

    Roby is way far behind

  • Steelers12328882

    I said I think, which means it’s just my opinion. Those first 3 could be taken real early, and after them I think Roby and Jason Verrett have the ability to be 1st rd CBs as well.

  • joed32

    I think he has to change his draft ratings around every so often just to keep people interested. If it was the same every week no one would pay any attention. All of the prognosticators do it.

  • dgh57

    After reading a not so positive article just yesterday about Gilbert it had me moving Dennard ahead of Gilbert and now hearing that Mayock has Fuller ahead of Gilbert may just have me rethinking my opinion yet again about Gilbert.

  • Jason

    I’m simply saying I watched every snap of OSU football this year and trust me when I tell you Roby is not on that level. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I watched Jared Abbrederis from Wisconsin torch Roby (10 rec 207 yds) all day last season. You may be correct that the draft boards have him in that next tier after the top 3 but the gap is wide. A team taking him in round 1 will be reaching. I can’t speak for Verrett.

  • SumnerYoung

    Gilbert is an electric return man. I don’t think any of the other cornerbacks this year bring what he brings in the return game. This has to add to his value as a player, but if he has off field issues, that may cancel out his return game prowess.

  • dkoy85

    I like all 3 of them. If I had to chose I’d pick Dennard- even though his grabbing worries me- but I feel Fuller adds great value later in the first round but wouldn’t mind seeing him go 1.15 if they feel that confident in him.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I believe that all three of these guys will be good starting CB’s in the NFL. I still like Gilbert because of his great speed, but the Steelers would be a better team with any of the three mentioned.

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  • steeltown

    I like Kyle Fuller a lot, but he’s not a 15th overall pick, he sits in that spot where we wont have much chance at him, unless we trade back

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Gilbert has been dropping for awhile and fuller has been rising. I dropped gilbert below dennard a few weeks ago and since fuller has always been in the first somewhere this isn’t a shock.

  • 804Stiller

    Why is Gilbert dropping? With his size, speed and playmaking ability, I like him best. I would love to have a playmaker on one side. Are there red flags off-field or does he have bad tape out there? I know you can’t go off YouTube highlights……

  • Ernest

    I was really high on Gilbert. Then Mayock drops him a spot then Behindthesteelcurtain wrote a piece on him about being more an athlete than a cornerback with bad/raw foot work. Maybe Dennard or Fuller is our guys. Might have to give edge to Fuller due to his versatility like in the Georgia Tech game.

  • Paddy

    Mayock is way too much in love with himself, blowhard

  • MP34

    I’m not really a draft prognosticator, Gilbert seems to remind me a lot of Chad Scott, though I’m sure he’s a bit faster. Remember, Chad Scott had 4.45 speed, it just never really translated to the field. Fuller reminds me a lot of CB Kyle Wilson (currently with the Jets), he climbed draft boards late after being a projected late 2nd early 3rd Round guy. He’s largely been a disappointment due to lofty expectations. I wasn’t real warm on Dennard initially, now he’s looking like the safe choice, with Gilbert a close second.. and I’m fine if Gilbert drops to us.

  • Brian Tollini

    I think Fuller is a 2nd round talent when I watch his tape but I think with his size and the premium at the position is why he continues to rise and why he will be overdrafted…that being said I think he will be a solid CB in the NFL

  • Ike Evans

    I love kyle fuller on tape I can see why mayock does as well…I don’t think he fits with us but I love him for a team that runs more man to man

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    if you remember, Chad Scott was having an amazing year before he blew his knee out. He also lasted along time in the NFL.

  • MP34

    Definitely, I should have included C. Scott’s injury, it made a change in his play.. But, I wouldn’t mind getting that level of production from this draft.

  • Ben Saluri

    FYI, Draftek seems to have some good sense on Steeler needs..

  • shawn

    I respect Mayock a lot, but sometimes he can be clueless … he also posted Manziel as the #1 QB now … the guy is a complete BUST so i have to question what Mayock sees … I am not high on Dennard either … dont like his BUILD … he might turn into a solid CB but he is not a star in the making and is more deserving of a 2/3 round grade … Fuller is not a top 1st round talent either … put him in the bottom of the round to early 2nd skill set wise

  • Jollyrob68

    Mayock goes back and watches the tape after the combine & pro days that’s why he changes people around. He has always been High on Kyle Fuller and I’d be happy with any of those three CB.

  • Jeff

    It’d be great to grab one of these corners at 15 (Gilbert, Dennard, Fuller)… If we end up going receiver/another position in the first round, then I like the idea of taking a chance on a bigger corner like Stanley Jean-Baptiste (6-3) from Nebraska in the mid rounds…

  • Tone Bone

    I say get the best playmaker on offense in the first.. then trade up n 2nd and get ur corner

  • cp72

    Justin Gilbert had 10 career kick returns for touchdowns. That includes 6 his senior year. I think that lowers his bust factor. If he never becomes more than a solid number 2 at least he is potential star in the kick return game.

    Whomever comes in this year is going the 4th corner and will likely not see many defensive snaps. It would be nice while they are learning the nuisances of the defense if the could add some juice to the return game.

  • Tone Bone

    Great point thats why I go with a wr who can potentially become 3rd wr atleast. And Bens on his last few years Load him talent

  • Chad H

    No trade ups this year with a deep draft. Trade back to add picks yes.

  • Doug Sawyer

    I don’t think Gilbert or Dennard are what the Steelers need

  • Jollyrob68

    Plus he’d allow them to not put Brown back there and risk injury. Gilbert,Dennard,Fuller all Great first round choices.

  • steeltown

    What do you mean by “build”…. he is basically the same exact height and weight as Darrelle Revis

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    people are really over looking this aspect of Gilbert’s game. If he comes in and plays a solid number 2 and returns 4 kicks a season for a TD and breaks off some other long ones I would see that as a good pick at 15. putting points on the board without the offense having to step on the field is a blessing. he also is a threat to return a couple INTs to the house

  • Jeff

    Dennard kind of reminds me of Joe Haden… Same build, and similar 40 time hovering a bit above 4.5

  • Steelers12328882

    Jared’s a good player. Blue collar guy that could go as high as the 3rd rd in the draft. I don’t doubt there’s a gap after the first 3 CBs, but Roby also has return ability, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him drafted in the 1st rd.

  • steeltown

    Dennard weighs a little more than Haden, a little more meat on his bones, but yea its funny after SEA won the SB everyone then wanted huge CBs when in reality most of the dominant CBs in the League are between 5’11-6’1

  • Johnny Loose

    Good, maybe Dennard and Fuller will go before 15 and we can grab Gilbert.

  • shawn

    they have completely different builds … COMPLETELY different … Revis has a perfect build for a CB … I’m referring to Dennard being on the narrow side up top …

  • shawn

    once again not the same build … and nowhere as athletic or fluid !