Here’s a few snippets from Wednesday’s Play 60 event at Chelsea Piers…
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock
Is there a guy that wouldn’t reach 18 that you feel would be a really good fit for the Jets if they moved up, lets say, eight spots?
“I don’t know how high they think they’re going to get up or how low they think Michael Evans would fall, but obviously wide receiver and corner are issues there. I don’t see them moving up to be honest with you. I think they can sit at 18 and get even a (Brandon) Cooks or even a Beckham if they’re lucky. I think they’re doing their homework, John Idzik does his homework and I think they’re saying ‘alrright, if a Mike Evans slides into the 12-13 range, why wouldn’t go get him?”
With both the Jets and Giants in the market for secondary help, I asked Mayock about Stanley Jean-Baptiste, a 6.3, 220lb CB out of Nebraska, who is climbing up the boards because of his size and agility.
“I’ve got him higher than most teams. To me, he could sneak into the end of the first round and nobody’y really talking about him but he’s 6’2 1/2, 218 and he looks like a cross between (Seahawks’ CB Richard) Sherman and that other corner Brandon Browner. He’s a kid that fits today’s NFL and we keep talking about Mike Evans and all those big receivers, that’s who you’ll need to cover them.”
With Will Hill likely to be suspended, the Giants could be looking for one. Is (Alabama safety) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix rated higher because of the thin market at safety in this draft?
“I think he and (Louisville’s Calvin) Pryor are the two best safeties in the draft, therefore I think they’re both going to go in the top 20-25 picks worst case scenario but they are clearly the two top safeties, That’s why they’re going to go,”
Any dark horses at safety in this draft?
“Deone Bucannon of Washington State is moving up boards. I think he’ll go early in the second round, Jimmy Ward (Northern Illinois) is a really solid kid that will go in the second or third. Teams are looking more and more at corners that they can covert to safeties and you might see some more of that in the third, fourth, fifth round.”
Bucannon visited the Giants this spring.
Two players linked to the Giants – Notre Dame OL Zack Martin and Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald.
Taylor Lewan, the OT from Michigan, was on hand. He was being trailed by a Falcons.com video crew. The Falcons are allegedly looking to take Lewan with the No. 6 overall pick.
Do you think there’s a chance you might be staying here with the Giants?
“You never know. Any team I get drafted by whether it’s the Giants or the Patriots, I;m just happy to be here. Whatever team I get picked by I’ll be a big fan of.”
Lewan has an assault charge pending in Michigan and visited with several teams, including the Giants this spring. He was asked if they had more questions about him or his playing ability…
“All questions have been the same whether it be on the field stuff or off the field, they’ve all been the same. I believe it (the charge) will all be taken care of.”
He explained he was just trying to break up a fight that involved his brother and things were “blown out of proportion.”
I dare you to find a more loquacious and confident young man than UNC TE Eric Ebron…
Do you see yourself coming into the city here and making an impact?
“Of course, I see myself anywhere and making an impact. That’s your dream, that’s your goal.”
On his personality:
“My personality fits in everywhere, do I’m not worried about my personality at all. My game is different from my personality. My personality portrays nothing of what I play like, so it’s like two different animals.”
“My personality is fun-loving, you know I love to have fun, make people happy and smile. On the field, I’m a beast, I’m an animal. It changes. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
Ebron was asked if he visited the Jets and/or the Giants in a recent visit to New York.
“Nope. I came to New York, That’s it. See, you don’t know.”
On his interaction with the Jets…
”The only person I talked to is Quentin Coples and as far as I know they like me. Coples and I are good friends, we went to the same college (UNC). That’s all I really know from the Jets.”
Ebron models his game after San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis.
“I watch his highlights. I watch his film. I watch everything Vernon Davis does and I mold it into Eric Ebron.”
Let’s say you go to the Giants, Do you think they’ll use you like the 49ers use Davis?
“I think I would force them to open up their playbook a little bit more with my talents and my skills for them to do things like that.”
What would you say you’re top skill is: speed, hands, ability to get open…
“All three. All three bundled into one. Those are really my traits, my assets to being the person I am now.”