NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was a patient and busy man on Tuesday as he held a conference call with the media in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. It was well over two hours, but the result was a bunch of information.
But it was one of the first things he said that stood out -- just how deep this year's draft class is. He called it "the deepest and best draft class I've seen in probably ten years."
He used the word "stacked" to describe the talent at many positions and that a team could get a quality player in the third or fourth round, and he meant that as being much more likely than other years, where you hope for gems that late.
Another thing that he said was something that should make Arizona Cardinals fans excited. Because of their 10-win season in 2013, they have the 20th pick overall in the draft. But no need to worry. Said Mayock, "I had one GM tell me the other day that having a top 20 pick this year is very similar to having a Top‑10 pick last year."
Great! Arizona has gotten great talent in the top 10 before (Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and...hopefully...Jonathan Cooper). Selecting a player at 20 with the same type of talent is exactly what Arizona needs.