For the first time, NFL.com will provide fans access to listen to NFL Network's Draft analyst Mike Mayock's conference call with the media for the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
Set to begin at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 18, Mayock's pre-draft conference call with the media should draw more than 100 members of the media and last over two hours.
Fans can log on to nfl.com/mayockdraftcall and listen while Mayock answers dozens of questions from the media about the 2013 NFL Draft. The live streaming audio will be accompanied by highlight packages of draft prospects and graphics on NFL team needs.
Fans can also participate by tweeting questions to @InsideNFLMedia using #askMayock. The best questions will be selected and used during the conference call.
Following the conference call, audio clips will be available on NFL.com.
NFL Network provides approximately 70 hours of live "Draft Week" coverage from April 22 to April 27. Live coverage of the first round kicks off April 25 at 8: p.m. ET, followed by Rounds 2-3 on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET and Rounds 4-7 on April 27 at noon ET.
On April 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network, Mayock unveils his first -- and only -- mock draft of the year in a one-hour special, Mayock's 2013 Mock Draft. On the eve of the 2013 NFL Draft from inside Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Mayock, along with Chris Rose, predicts how the first round of the draft will unfold and provides full analysis of each selection.
For those who missed Phil Emery’s announcement last month at the outset of free agency, the Chicago Bears general manager repeated it on Tuesday.
The 20th pick in the first round of the NFL draft is for sale.
Emery continued to talk about the possibilities of trading down when the team goes on the clock April 25. The Bears are without third- and seventh-round picks because of trades for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Brian Price last year. Emery would like to add some depth to the draft and one national scout for another organization said it’s a strong draft through about the top 50 picks or so. The Bears’ pick in the second round is at No. 50.
“We’ve already had a couple teams that have approached us,” Emery said. “I’ve approached a couple during owners meetings. There are talks. They’re back and forth. They’re kicking things around. It doesn’t get serious until you get close to the pick. My experience is that you may get two or three (teams calling) about three or four spots before your pick and then you may get more at that pick, but it gets real serious when you’re on the clock.
“Certainly we’ve had discussions and we’ll see how it goes. It depends on whether our player’s at that spot and we feel like he has the value that we don’t want to move out of the pick, or whether their player’s on that spot.”
Emery said the Bears will enter the draft with a short list of players too good to pass on at No. 20 even if there is an offer to trade down. Then, there will be a deeper list of about six or seven players to select at the pick and a shorter list of players to consider in a trade-down scenario.
Would Emery deal all the way down into the second round from No. 20?
“I’ll go back as far back as we feel like we’re really getting a good deal,” he said. “If somebody’s going to wow us. I’ll just throw an arbitrary number at 34 and we feel like that’s going to bring tremendous value to us and help upgrade our club significantly, we’ll go there. We’re not adverse to any scenario as long as see positive value out of it.”
Because personnel men feel there is depth to the top part of the draft, it may be difficult for the Bears to peddle the No. 20 pick and move backward because other teams will see the same depth. But if a club has a player or position in mind, bidding could begin. Emery would love to see one of the teams at the top of the second round get the urge to make a considerable jump up to draft a quarterback, a scenario that could unfold.
“I’m hoping it does,” he said. “That would provide us value, if somebody’s really coming at 20 for a quarterback then they’re going to be willing to bring some picks to the party. So that’s a good thing.”
The two fastest rising linebackers in the draft? Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Sio Moore of UConn. Several people on the inside continue to tell me Brown is a definite first round pick, which like means Kevin Minter or Manti Te’o are likely out. I’m told teams love Moore not only for his measurables but also because he’s scheme diverse. Right now I’m told top 50 is a possibility and evidently the New York Jets are very high on Moore.
Atlanta's biggest needs are at cornerback and defensive end. Marc Sessler passed along similar buzz on Saturday from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; the newspaper said that Atlanta wanted to move up for a cornerback.
Florida State's Xavier Rhodes is a sensible target; Washington's Desmond Trufant could be another possibility. Even though the local paper is saying cornerback, a defensive linemen makes more sense to us as a target. The draft class is deeper with pass rushers.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has shown in the past he's not afraid to deal on draft day. The Falcons have an extra fourth-round pick to play with this year.
Peter King @SI_PeterKing
I am not sure who the Falcons want. Tyler Eifert makes sense. Athletic DT makes sense. They can sit at 30 and get a corner.