Here's what Mayock has to say in explaining Detroit's selection of Mayo:
Conversely, Clark Judge of CBSsportsline.com, does not project Mayo to be among this year's 31 first-round selections.
Interestingly enough, three mock drafts project Mayo staying in-state as a member of the Tennessee Titans. Three more see him going to the Super Bowl champ New York Giants with the 31st – and final – pick in Round 1.
Here are some of the more notable projections regarding Mayo:
- Pat Kirwan, NFL.com: Pick No. 24 to the Tennessee Titans.
- Don Banks, sportsillustrated.com: Pick No. 24 to the Titans.
- Peter King, sportsillustrated.com: Pick No. 24 to the Titans.
- Nolan Nawrocki of profootballweekly.com: Pick. No. 26 to Jacksonville. (The Jaguars picked ex-Vol John Henderson in Round 1 six years ago.)
- Mel Kiper, ESPN: Pick No. 29 to San Francisco.
- Chris Steuber, Scout.com: Pick No. 29 to San Francisco.
- Vic Carucci, NFL.com: Pick No. 31 to the New York Giants.
- Pete Prisco, CBSsportsline: Pick No. 31 to the Giants.
- The Sports Xchange (a group of football writers): Pick No. 31 to the Giants.
Because many NFL teams draft for need more so than talent, a guy can be one of the top 20 players available and still not go in the first round. For what it's worth, Scout.com rates Mayo the No. 22 prospect available in this year's draft. CBSsportsline ranks him No. 28 and Collegefootballnews.com tabs him No. 35.