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Mayock: Offensive tackle is “weakness” of 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Network guru says Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton a Day 2 player to watch

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Before the 2017 NFL Scouting combine began, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said the offensive tackle class in the 2017 NFL Draft was not a good one. He reiterated that during a press conference on Saturday, one day after watching those linemen go through their paces on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“The offensive tackle class, as good as this draft is, that’s where the weakness is,” Mayock said. “This running back class is the best I’ve seen in years, like the tight end class, like the corner class, like the edge class, like the safety class.”

So, let’s suppose the Giants are unable to sign a top-tier tackle like Russell Okung or Ricky Wagner in free agency, then find neither Ryan Ramczyk or Gerett Bolles available to them in Round 1 of the draft. Is there any good news?

Mayock said there is one second-day right tackle prospect he has been impressed with.

“The guy that’s helped himself in the Senior Bowl/Combine process is Taylor Moton from Western Michigan,” Mayock said. “Lot of people thought he might be a guard. I think he’s going to be a tackle.”

Moton measured 6-foot-5, 319 pounds this week, down from 330 pounds during the season. In his prospect profile of Moton, Chris wasn’t certain he fits the Giants. Moton ranks No. 68 on the Big Blue View Big Board.

Defensive line, linebackers hit the field

Defensive linemen and linebackers go through on-field workouts Sunday morning. Chris will have a full look at players to watch, but here are a couple of guys Mayock will be eye-balling. Both coincidentally, could be on the Giants’ radar.

Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

“I’m a big Haason Reddick guy. Teams are look at him as a 4-3 WiLL and a 3-4 inside WILL. He can drop, he can run, he can actually blitz. The job he did covering running backs at the Senior Bowl, he’s gone from maybe a third, fourth-round guy to probably a second-round player. If he runs 4.55 [in the 40-yard dash] I think he’s gonna be in the [Round 1] conversation with [Zach] Cunningham, I really do.”

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

“His ceiling is really high. I think he’s going to fit as a developmental defensive end. If he does well tomorrow [today], which I think he will it wouldn’t surprise me if he went in the second round. He probably fits more in the third or fourth round just because of what you’re gonna get out of him in the next year or two, but his ceiling is huge.”