Pete Prisco broke down the free-agent class that will be upon us soon, and Mike Mayock of the NFL Network has checked in with his rankings for the April draft.
He puts Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan atop the heap. It will be interesting to see what Bill Parcells does in Miami with the Dolphins owning the No. 1 pick. They’ve already made it know the pick is in play and available for trade.
A few interesting points on Mayock’s top 20:
1. Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall is the only back in the top 20, coming in at No. 12, meaning Mayock likes him considerably more than Arkansas’ Darren McFadden.
2. Four offensive tackles are in the top 20, led by Michigan’s Jake Long at No. 6.
3. Ryan is the only quarterback in the top 20.
Here is the top 20 in a list compiled Monday:
1. Matt Ryan - QB, Boston College
2. Sedrick Ellis – DT, USC
3. Chris Long - DE, Virginia
4. Glenn Dorsey – DT, LSU
5. Vernon Gholston – DE, Ohio State
6. Jake Long – OL, Michigan
7. Ryan Clady – OL, Boise State
8. Keith Rivers – LB, USC
9. Phillip Merling – DE, Clemson
10. Leodis McKelvin – CB, Troy
11. Brandon Flowers – CB, Virginia Tech
12. Rashard Mendenhall – RB, Illinois
13. Jeff Otah – OL, Pittsburgh
14. Derrick Harvey – DE, Florida
15. Kentwan Balmer – DT, North Carolina
16. Aqib Talib – CB, Kansas
17. Chris Williams – OL, Vanderbilt
18. Mario Manningham – WR, Michigan
19. Limas Sweed – WR, Texas
20. Branden Albert – OL, Virginia