Kevin C. Cox
The BCS title game is a golden opportunity for a glance at some players who might be wearing a Rams uniform down the road.
I get the sense there's a football game on tonight, something about a BCS championship or something? Okay, idiot tourist jokes aside, tonight's BCS Championship is must-see TV for any football fan, but especially the well-educated TST reader who follows the St. Louis Rams and the team's draft moves. There's a good chance that one of Les Snead's next draft picks is playing in tonight's game between Alabama and Notre Dame.
Trent Richardson and Courtney Upshaw saw their draft stock explode in last year's title game. Upshaw earned the game's defensive MVP award. Richardson's stock was already pretty high heading into the game, but his performance cemented his status.
Another player Rams fans might recognize had a pretty good title game last year, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers. He had a career-high seven stops in that game along with a tackle for a loss and a blocked field goal. Considered a fringe first- and second-round prospect by many pundits, that game furthered the notion that Brockers showed up big time in big games.
Last May, 3k put Brockers' title game performance under the microscope in the Playbook Projector. What you saw in that game was his raw power and just how damn hard it was for even an offensive line like Alabama's to block Brockers.
If you're wondering which players to watch tonight, the folks at Mocking the Draft have a handy guide. Bama guard Chance Warmack has been mocked to the Rams recently. Tackle D.J. Fluker is another one who might come out this year. Irish tight end Tyler Eifert is another guy who could really help the Rams offense.
And just for your viewing pleasure, here's Brockers tearing things up in last year's game.