NFL Network's Mike Mayock has released his updated position rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft and the big story is that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has passed Florida State QB Jameis Winston as the top quarterback on the board.
NFL teams will scout these players all year long. They'll set their boards after the season, usually around the NFL Combine time. Going by my conversations with NFL personnel folks over the years, those boards don't change that much. There is very little "rising and falling" that you see talked about in the media. So I would say it's unlikely that an NFL team would make a such a significant change this late in the game. Then again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to look into both Winston and Mariota so perhaps they're undecided on the draft's top quarterback.
At wide receiver, the notable movement is removing Arizona State's Jaelen Strong from the top five. Breshad Perriman out of Central Florida shot up to Mayock's No. 4 receiver on the board. He has been mocked to KC before. The fifth spot is a tie between Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham and USC's Nelson Agholor, who is often projected as a second round pick.
The highly-ranked tight ends to keep an eye on remain the same -- Minnesota's Maxx Williams and Miami's Clive Walford. The Chiefs are said to be working out Walford, who has been projected as a second round pick. With Anthony Fasano cut, I'm really starting to like the idea of spending a high pick on a tight end.
Mayock's interior offensive linemen -- the guards and centers -- remain the same. Iowa's Brandon Scherff is tops while Florida State center Cameron Erving is next. Scherff will likely be gone by the time the Chiefs pick at No. 18 but Erving seems like a possibility.
At offensive tackle, Miami's Ereck Flowers is the big riser. He went from Mayock's fourth ranked tackle to the second. Your guy Terez Paylor likes Flowers.
Watching Eli Harold vs Ereck Flowers. Like Flowers more & more. Talks trash & plays with an attitude. Mean. Good o-lines need some of that.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 7, 2015
The Chiefs reportedly met with Utah CB Eric Rowe as the NFL Combine. He has risen to Mayock's fifth ranked corner. The top cornerback on the board is Michigan State's Trae Waynes, who I really, really wish the Chiefs would draft. Unfortunately, he'll likely be long gone by the time No. 18 gets here.