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Defense First; LB Mayo Goes #10 to the Pats

Mayo

Realizing that the defense is getting older and needs to get better, the Pats moved down a few picks, then with the 1th pick who they got from the Saints, they picked OLB Jerod Mayo from Tennessee.  Mayo is 6-1, 242, and last season had a whopping 140 tackles in 14 games, with 8.5 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks and one pick.  He will be a welcome addition for a defense that needs to get better if the Pats are going to keep being an elite team in the NFL.

Here is a scouting report on Mayo from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Very athletic…Has excellent timed speed and quickness..Physical and plays bigger than he is…Has terrific range and does a great job in pursuit…Reliable tackler and will deliver the big hit…Smart with good awareness and instincts…Has a non-stop motor…Fluid & smooth in coverage…Versatile…Productive..Nice program pedigree.

Weaknesses:
Undersized and doesn’t have either the ideal height or bulk that you look for..Has trouble taking on and shedding blockers…Needs to be protected up front…Just a marginal blitzer…Durability may be an issue…Probably not a good fit for everyone.

Notes:
The next in a long line of top Volunteer linebackers…Can project inside or outside depending on the defensive scheme and has experience at both…Best fit may be as a middle ‘backer in a Cover 2 or on the weakside..Not a traditional thumper but he will prove awfully attractive to teams that are willing to sacrifice some size for speed…He will draw comparisons to Al Wilson and those are reasonably accurate.

And here is ESPN’s take on Mayo:

Mayo isn’t quite as instinctive as Rivers, and Mayo has to improve his cover skills. But he has more upside than Rivers. He has very good top-end speed for his size, and although he lacks ideal strength he explodes into hits. In addition, he’s versatile enough to line up on the inside or the outside depending on how a team wants to use him.


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