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?