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One MAC Player Gets Selected in First NFL.com Mock Draft of the Year

That is also good news for several other prospects out of the MAC, too

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“With the 90th selection, the Dallas Cowboys select...Anthony Johnson, Wide Receiver, Buffalo”

At least according to this mock draft from NFL.com.

While mock drafts are rarely very accurate, they do give a solid indication of how the media, and also the NFL teams, view prospects. Most give up after 2 or 3 rounds, but there is a lot of information to glean. In regards to Johnson, Dallas might be the ideal landing spot. They already have plenty of weapons and a young quarterback.

The NFL’s website also rates the 10 invites to the combine out of the Mid-American Conference, including Johnson. Johnson was graded a 5.69, potential NFL starter. The website will do a much more detailed evaluation after the combine numbers come back, but the initial evaluation is good news for Johnson, as well as several other now former MAC stars that received even a higher grade.

Diontae Johnson, the former Toledo Rockets receiver, received a grade of 5.79 while Max Scharping, the offensive linemen from Northern Illinois came in rated a 5.80. Tyree Jackson, Anthony Johnson’s former QB was rated a 5.39 with a backup/special teams grade. I don’t think NFL.com expects him to be on special teams, that is just the term they use on guys they grade to go later in the draft. Sutton Smith and Cody Thompson also received such a grade. The latter two might have the most to gain from the combine, as Smith is currently judged too small and Thompson’s numbers were down after an injury. You and I know Thompson’s numbers were down because he lost his QB and the Rockets were loaded, and we also know Smith has plenty of heart, but that doesn’t always translate to NFL honchos.

Overall, this should be a good draft for the MAC, as half a dozen or so players should be drafted, with a few others on the fence.