Throughout the years, Mike Mayock has had plenty of hits in his NFL draft evaluations. But like any human he is not perfect. Who are his biggest draft misses of the past ten years?
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (2014)
Mayock rated the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner as the highest quarterback in the draft over Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jimmy Garoppolo. After struggling off the field, Manziel only lasted two seasons in the NFL after the Browns drafted him with the 22nd overall pick in 2014.
2. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (2013)
Patterson’s big-playmaking ability led to Mayock ranking him as the second best wide receiver in the draft, over DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, and Robert Woods. Patterson was ultimately the third wide receiver to come off the board at 29 overall. Since entering the league, he has been arguably the best kick returner in the NFL, but has yet to record 500 receiving yards or five touchdowns in a season.
3. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (2011)
2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton was viewed as the consensus top quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, that is except for Mayock who had Gabbert rated higher. Newton, the 2015 MVP winner, was eventually the number one overall pick, and has been to three Pro Bowls . Gabbert on the other hand was the tenth overall pick, and has been one of the bigger draft busts of the past decade.
4. Le’Veon Bell, RB Michigan State (2013)
Mayock’s 94th overall prospect was taken in the second round at pick 48 by the Steelers. He is arguably the most dynamic running back in the NFL and has been to three Pro Bowls. Bell helped revolutionize the position as the ultimate two-way threat as he can even line up at wide receiver.
5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2013)
Despite having some of the most reliable hands in the draft, Hopkins was his fifth rated receiver. He has since been named a First-Team All-Pro twice, and will likely be named one in 2019 for the third year in a row. Hopkins has topped 1,000 yards four seasons, two of which he surpassed 1,500 receiving yards.
6. Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California (2012)
Schwartz was Mayock’s eighth rated tackle, and 62nd overall prospect. Six seasons after the Browns made him the third tackle drafted at 37 overall, he has recorded over 100 consecutive career starts and was named a 2018 All-Pro right tackle with the Chiefs.
7. Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State (2018)
As a rookie, Leonard led the NFL with 163 tackles on top of seven sacks and four forced fumbles. He was named a First-Team All-Pro and is a favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Leonard was drafted by the Colts at 36 overall, but he was Mayock’s 87th rated prospect. It’s still early, but this looks like a major whiff for the Raiders new general manager.
8. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia (2015)
White broke out as a senior at West Virginia recording over 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He left an impression on Mayock, who rated him as the highest receiver in the draft over Amari Cooper. Cooper has since topped 1,000 yards receiving three times in his four-year career, while White has failed to top 200 yards in a season and has started just five games.
9. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC (2009)
After throwing for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior, Mayock had Sanchez as his highest rated quarterback over Georgia’s Matthew Stafford. Ten years later, Sanchez is a backup on the Redskins, and Stafford has recorded over 38,000 passing yards.
10. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (2011)
Castonzo has actually had a productive NFL career having started 116 games at left tackle for the Colts who selected him with the 22nd overall pick. Nevertheless, he appears on this list because Mayock had him rated higher than both Tyron Smith and Nate Solder, who were both drafted higher and are still two of the best offensive tackles in the NFL.