By Lance Zierlein
April 9, 2013
For anyone and everyone out there trying to put together a mock draft, I’ve got one bit of advice for you that should help tighten up your mocks.
Don’t get overly-excited by a prospect’s college statistics and instead focus on the players with elite physical traits. I’m not saying that the best athletes are always going to be the best NFL players, but they are frequently drafted earliest.
And then again, many of the best athletes coming out of the draft haven’t yet come close to scratching their potential and that is the case with Oregon’s Dion Jordan and BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah.
“A lot of times, [Jordan] would go out over the slot and he would disrupt the slot as he would go out on his route,” Mike Mayock noticed about Jordan. “You just start laughing.
“You’re watching a guy go out over the slot - disrupt that, then you watch him in a 3-point stance, then you watch him in a 2-point stance coming off the edge and then they kick him inside,” Mayock marvelled at Jordan’s flexibility.
Mayock mentioned that Jordan is in his top five overall prospects and it sounds like he believes Jordan can come in and produce fairly quickly. While he’s excited by BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah as well, he cautioned that his “upside is amazing, but he’s raw as can be.”
“I watched the Senior Bowl game tape again last week because I was trying to refresh myself with some of these guys and [Ansah] dominated the game,” Mayock recalled. “He had a couple of sacks and he had a pass broken up. He chased down Denard Robinson on a reverse and he looked like a state trooper.”