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Thoughts on Mike Mayock’s top-100 rankings

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NFL draft guru Mike Mayock released his top 100 prospect rankings on Tuesday night. Mayock may have made a questionable choice when he matched Jabrill Peppers with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week. Nevertheless, he has proven himself to be one of the finest evaluators of football ability.

To be expected with the unruly 2017 crop of prospects, even the measured analyst Mayock has changed his mind on some players in the two weeks since he unveiled his last prospect rankings. His top ten players at any position are mostly predictable, with only Malik Hooker at 13th unanticipated.

Mayock’s considers Charles Harris to be the 15th best overall player in the class. Harris overtook both Derek Barnett (17th) and Takkarist McKinley (19th) since Mayock’s latest edge rusher rankings. Also surprising is the placement of Cam Robinson (16th) above Forrest Lamp (18th) as the best overall offensive lineman.

Corey Davis’ absence among the top-25 is noteworthy. Mayock has wideouts Mike Williams (12th) and John Ross (14th), as well as tight ends David Njoku (23rd) and Evan Engram (24th), listed as better players than Davis (28th).

Notable players in range of the Ravens second round draft slot include Quincy Wilson (46th), Zay Jones (50th), Pat Elflein (54th), Dion Dawkins (55th) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (57th). Intriguing prospects ranked near Baltimore’s pair of third rounders are Raekwon McMillan (72nd), Fabian Moreau (73rd), Dorian Johnson (76th), Tyus Bowser (80th) and Derek Rivers (82nd).

If the first two days of the draft occur in accordance with Mayock’s rankings, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh and Ravens Nation will be able to count their blessings.