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Mike Mayock position rankings: Several surprises in Mayock's initial rankings

Mike Mayock has released his list of top players at each position. What does he think about some of the positions the Giants could be interested in at 10th overall?

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It must be Draft season, because NFL Network's draft meister Mike Mayock has released his first positional rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.

For the New York Giants' purposes, there aren't really any surprises to be found on the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive side, however, Mayock has some surprises in store.

Interior Defensive Line

1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
2. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
3. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
4. Jarran Reed, Alabama
5. A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Raptor's Thoughts: For a second I almost wondered if this was a transcription error. It is almost a perfect inverse of many other top five interior defensive line rankings at this point. However, Mayock is known for sticking to his evaluations, and he does love athletic traits. It's interesting that he classifies Buckner as an interior player, but my guess is that Mayock views his best fit in a 3-4 defense. Either Mayock isn't concerned with Nkemdiche's red flags or views his athletic upside as great enough to be worth the risk.

Rankins being ahead of the Alabama tackles is likely a function of the importance of disrupting the passer in the NFL. While Rankins is a stout run defender, his burst upfield will be prized at the next level.

EDGE Players

1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
2. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
3. Shaq Lawson, Clemson
4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson

Raptor's Thoughts: Joey Bosa being the top edge rusher on Mayock's board isn't surprising, nor is Noah Spence being second. I am a bit surprised, however, that Shaq Lawson is third. Personally, I have concerns as to how well Lawson's game translates to the NFL. Will he be a Trent Cole type player, or a Courtney Upshaw? Ultimately Dodd and Floyd could wind up jumping Lawson.


1. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
2. Vonn Bell, Ohio State
3. Darian Thompson, Boise State
4. Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah
5. Jeremy Cash, Duke

Raptor's Thoughts: Perhaps my biggest surprise was seeing Karl Joseph as Mayock's top safety. I'm guessing that he views Jalen Ramsey as a corner at the next level because that is the "premier" position. He can play both positions, and personally, I like him better at safety because of how rare impact free safeties are.

But back to Joseph. He probably was the top pure safety in the 2016 draft class before a torn ACL ended his season in October. The WVU safety isn't big, but he is a rangy, instinctive ball hawk who also loves to come down and hit people.

I'm also intrigued by Miles Killebrew being on his list. Killebrew is BIG safety that lays wood, but watching him in Senior Bowl practices, he looked more like an outside linebacker to me, but the line between strong safety and weakside linebacker is getting more blurred every season. They might be the same position soon.