Today's a hell of a day for college football...and yet the first run of games is pretty empty.
If you plan on being around, Tennessee-South Carolina (ESPN, 12:00pm) is worthwhile. Outside of that, the pickings are awfully slim (you should not watch Kentucky-Missouri - don't do that to yourself).
Come 3:30 though, Rams fans need to be seated.
#2 Florida v. #10 Georgia* (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Regardless of which sport is being played, when a game is called the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, it is a good game...despite the fact this one is played in Jacksonville. Nobody wants to be in Jacksonville. Not even Jacksonville. Nevertheless, there are plenty of players worth scouting. Here's a list of targets for everyone to key in on at Florida and my current projection on where they'll be taken:
|Jelani Jenkins||3||OLB||RS Jr.||2-3|
I'm leaving out about a handful of guys I don't see being in the Rams' cone of interest, but are legit 2013 options nonetheless. As for Georgia, the two top options for the Rams are S Bacarri Rambo and OLB Jarvis Jones. I don't see the Rams going after massive NT Jonathan Jenkins. Rambo can cover the field very well, and I see him as a round two guy right now. Jones is a top 10 pick, so I'm not sure the Rams will even be in the mix for him with Jo-Lonn playing as well as he has. Still, if Fisher and Snead want to run more 4-3 sets without worrying about the play of the third LB, Jones would be a hell of a pick.
If there's a weak position in this game, it's WR. There's not any real option here for 2013 (anyone who tells you Tavarres King is an NFL wide receiver has not actually watched Tavarres King play this year outside of the Kentucky and Buffalo games). Georgia has two interesting young options in Michael Bennett (a true WR who tore his ACL and is out for the year) and Malcolm Mitchell (a cornerback who has moved to WR and is an athletic returner).
#14 Texas Tech at #3 Kansas St. (3:30 p.m., FOX)
This one's bigger for the college landscape than the draft.
Tommy Tuberville is starting to build a program in west Texas similar to the job he did at Auburn (where you have to wonder if they wish he hadn't resigned...). And while the offerings are thin (for Rams fans, it's just SS Cody Davis and OT LaAdrian Waddle on the list), it should be an entertaining game with QB Seth Doege at the helm. Tuberville needs to see his Red Raiders finish strong if he wants Tech to be more successful in Texas recruiting.
It's a similar situation in Manhattan, though it's a familiar face remaking Kansas St.: Bill Snyder. Starting in '89, he took what was arguably the worst program in all of college football and made them into a perennial powerhouse. He retired back in '05, then returned in '09. When Barry Switzer calls you the coach of the century, you've done something right. And when you're coaching in a stadium named for you? Yeah. Bill Snyder's ridiculous.
While the media will fawn over dual-threat QB Collin Klein, Rams fans need to get a serious look at OLB Arthur Brown. He could be a late first-round pick...but will the Rams have a pick at the end of the 1st or the beginning of the 2nd to spend on him?
Let's talk draft, kids.