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Tuesday March 12, 2013NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's quick take on Gators in draft

Updated: 4:05pm, March 12

Mike Mayock

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mike Mayock was in his element on Tuesday.

One minute he was chatting with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin about a prospect, the next writing down numbers on sheet of paper attached to a clipboard that he carried from station to station during Florida’s Pro Day at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

NFL Draft season is when Mayock shines brightest as the NFL Network’s lead draft analyst. You can check out his latest position rankings here.

A former standout defensive back at Boston College, Mayock has spent months studying film and taking measurements on this year’s crop of players.

Shortly before conducting an on-field interview with Gators coach Will Muschamp, GatorZone.com caught up with Mayock to get quick thoughts on the Gators most likely to get drafted.

Here are Mayock’s comments on several players:

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd

“The first time I put the tape on I thought he was phenomenal. I think he is a legitimate top-five pick and I think he is a prototype 4-3 technique.”

Safety Matt Elam

“On tape he plays so close to the line of scrimmage, especially in their nickel package, he’s on the slot. He’s quick-footed, an aggressive tough kid. What I saw today was what I wanted to see, his ball skills, especially on deep balls. I could see him open his hips, take angles like a deep half or deep third. I thought he really helped himself today.”

Tight end Jordan Reed

“It was important to see him. He initially told the tight end coaches that he wasn’t going to go and they kind of shamed him into it. I think it was good for the kid. He caught the ball extremely well, not just the one-handed catches that look good, but every catch was solid, no double catches. I’d put a third-round grade on him but it wouldn’t surprise me in today’s NFL if he ended up in the second round somewhere.”

Linebackers Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins

“I think both of them are solid players. I don’t think they are going in the first three rounds, but they are kind of like the 4-3 Will linebackers even though Bostic has played inside. I think they are both good and solid, will play special teams, will cover kicks. They will do everything you ask of them in the kicking game and on top of that they have a chance to develop into solid starters.”

Running back Mike Gillislee

“I think he plays bigger than he weighs. I think he weighed in at 208. I like him because I think he’ll pass protect and I think he’s tough. I don’t think he is a natural hands catcher, but I think he’ll pass protect and that’s important.”

Josh Evans

Safety Josh Evans

“He is a big solid kid. To be honest with you, I’ve got to go back and do a little more work on him. I kind of like the way he moved around today. I’ve got to do more homework on him.”

Offensive lineman Xavier Nixon

“He is a draftable offensive lineman. The question is where? To me he’s either a right tackle or guard, and I’m thinking he’s a guard. He doesn’t have great feet. He’s got good size, long arms.”

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