We posted an article late last week on a conference call we participated in with NFL Network's Mike Mayock. We promised to post the transcript of Mayock's Q&A, and we keep said promises around here (Well, except for that time I promised Grecco that if the Colts draft or sign a Notre Dame player, I'd dress up like a Leprechaun for Halloween. I ducked that one.)
Colts-specific questions and answers are posted after the jump.
These questions came from Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Q: Given the Colts take Andrew Luck at one, and given history, how important is it that these guys really focus on getting him people around him, tight ends, receivers, whatever, to have a chance to succeed and who do you see second or third round possibilities to give Luck a chance to succeed?
MIKE MAYOCK: I think that's important. On the surface, RG3 has got a better chance to succeed day one, because they went ahead in free agency and signed a couple high-level wide receivers.
To Indianapolis's credit, they re-signed Reggie Wayne, however and they signed [Donnie] Avery. But they have got to upgrade the wide receiver group. They have got to get a young, explosive wide receiver in there.
At the tight end position, Brody Eldridge, Anthony Hill, there's nothing there that's going to scare you from a pass perspective, as much as I like Brody Eldridge on the run game.
So there's no doubt in my mind that if you look at successful rookie quarterbacks, it's typically when they have got a good run game and a good defense: Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, [Andy] Dalton, guys that make the playoffs, that's been the common denominator. Indy doesn't have that right now.
So they are going to have go around them, not unlike when Peyton Manning was a first round pick and they went 3-13. That was a tough year. But the next year, if I remember correctly, they won 12 or 13 games.
So it's critical to build around on the offensive side of the ball, and I think what you do have, though, is that you took a first round tackle who is going to be a good player in [Anthony] Castanzo. You took a second round tackle in [Ben] Ijalana, who got hurt but was showing a heck of a lot of promise.
So at least from the inside out, you've got a chance and now you've got to give the guy some weapons.
Q. Is [Coby] Fleener a possibility at 34?
MIKE MAYOCK: I have him at the top of the second round. The Giants could take him at 32. Who knows. But he would make a lot of sense.
These questions came from some douchebag blogger named "Brad Wells"
Q. Wanted to know if you can talk about outside of Poe and Brockers, who are some nose tackles that might be available in the second or third round and teams that they would potentially --
MIKE MAYOCK: Sure. Outside of Poe and Brockers, you're talking about second and third round?
MIKE MAYOCK: And you want nose tackles as opposed to regular defensive tackles? Okay. I would start with Alameda Ta'amu from Washington, if you're talking about pure nose tackle for either a 3-4 or 4-3. So Ta'amu would be a late 2 to 3. He's massive and may only be a two-down defender but those downs are going to be really good. I think Mike Martin from Michigan, and the appeal to Martin as a potential third round pick is he's not as big, but he probably offers as much or more pass rush than any of the second or third round defensive tackles in this draft in those positions.
I think Ta'amu would be the first guy we talk about. I think Mike Martin would be the second guy. The Chapman kid from Alabama who tore the ACL and played through it last year, not sure when he's going to be available, but teams really like Chapman, fourth or fifth round, depending on the status of the ACL. And as you go down through the draft, there's is a line-from BYU and some other guys. But for second and third round, those are the guys I would look at.
Q. Do you believe that Brandon Thompson from Clemson is a potential nose tackle?
MIKE MAYOCK: I think he's more of a three technique. I think you could play him at nose but I see him more as a three technique. And you would look at some of that group like Wolfe and Reyes and fill potential five techniques and three-four where they are playing out over the tackle.