Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 19, 21 days before the start of the NFL league year and free agency.
Mayock talks draft
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock held an epic pre-combine information dump with reporters yesterday. The session lasted about two and a half hours and the transcript runs 77 pages and has 22,753 words (you can go here to view the entire transcript).
The Redskins are second-class citizens in this draft because they don’t hold a first-round pick. But Mayock did manage to answer a couple of questions concerning their draft needs.
At safety, he honed right in on Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien. “He had a great Senior Bowl week,” said Mayock. “I've got him as my number three safety. I think he's a guy that's going to be around somewhere in that middle to end of the second round. I think he could start immediately for the Washington Redskins, and he makes a ton of sense.”
But if Cyprien is gone, the Redskins might not want to reach for the next-best safety at that point in the draft. “After those three [Kenny Vaccaro of Texas, Matt Elam of Florida, and Cyprien], there is a little bit of a drop off, and it depends on what kind of player you like. [Eric] Reid, Zeke Motta, Phillip Thomas, J.J. Wilcox – they're all kind of third‑round picks.”
Mayock targets Cyprien for Redskins
CSN Washington | Feb 19