NFL Network’s Mike Mayock on Ayers, Moore

My old pal Andrew Howard of the Daily Bruin now works for NFL.com and passed along some quotes about Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore from NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock:

On the prospects from the Southern California schools:
“Akeem Ayers, I’ve got him, I believe, as my No. 2 outside linebacker prospect. He’s played both with his hand in the dirt and up. He played linebacker at UCLA. I think he’s got first-round ability because of his natural ability to get to the quarterback. Most of the 3-4 teams are very interested in him, although I think he can play in a 4-3 scheme. So if you’re scheme diverse, that’s a good thing.
Secondly, Rahim Moore, the free safety at UCLA, in a bad, bad safety year, he’s the best safety out there. Whether or not that gets him in the first round, I don’t know. … He reminded me on tape a little bit of Earl Tomas. Not quite as good, but he’s got great range. I think he’ll fit somewhere late one to mid two.”

On if he were the Patriots at 17 and going at outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense:

“Akeem Ayers from UCLA is the most logical guy at 17, because Von Miller’s going to be gone. I’m not sure Justin Houston from Georgia makes sense there. I think he’s more of a second-round guy. So if you’re trying to lock in on a guy, and obviously they need somebody who can get to the quarterback without a lot of help, I think Ayers is the guy that makes the most sense.”

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  • BruinRogue

    Man, I hope he doesn’t end up a Patsie. I’d hate to root against him and the other Spygaters.

  • BruinPain

    I second that emotion!

  • Bruin4life

    But wouldn’t you be stoked that he was going to a team where he had a chance to win big after carrying this team defensively the past 2 years?