For me, the biggest conundrum concerning drafting catchers this season is where to draft Mauer.
There's no getting around the fact that he had minimal power last year, but people seem to have completely and utterly forgotten about what he did in 09 (94 Rs, 28 HRs, 96 RBIs, .365). That production, out of a catcher, would be worth a 1st round pick.
I'm not saying he's going to bounce all the way back to his 09 numbers, but if he met his 2 yr averages, he'd have 91 Rs, 18 HRs, 85 RBIs and a .346 average. Those are second round numbers easily and put him squarely in the discussion with some of the OFs going at the end of the top 20 or so (Holliday, Kemp, Choo, etc.). I think there's definitely an argument to be made for Mauer earlier than the people in this thread seem to think.
If for some reason, he was still there when it came to me on a 24/25 wrap, I think I'm definitely buying at that spot. I think if you legitimately feel stuck near the end of the second round, Mauer represents a viable option.
Going back and looking at some mocks I've done, I've notice that Mauer and Zimmerman seem to go in back to back picks a lot. Between those two, I'm taking Mauer. Zimm only has the one good year under his belt and Mauer is pretty much guaranteed to have a better value over replacement player (VORP). That's really what it comes down to.