Historic stuff

We’ve used Mike Mayock’s input extensively to preview this week’s NFL Draft – a series of articles that concludes tomorrow with a look at the defensive backs.

In his latest effort for the NFL Network, where Mayock is an analyst, he is predicting what would be a draft record: Eight quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds. Mayock shimmies out on the limb even farther by suggesting that all eight could be gone by the end of the second round on Friday because so many teams are in the market.

Included in this QB group is the University of Washington’s Jake Locker, and Mayock sees him going as high as No. 8 to Tennessee Titans on Thursday. If not there, Mayock says Locker could be a fit at either No. 10 to the Washington Redskins or No. 12 to the Minnesota Vikings.

The other QBs among Mayock’s historic eight: Auburn’s Cam Newton, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, TCU’s Andy Dalton, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick and Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi.

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