(Author's note: I'll be updating this throughout the day. Gonna go deep on the underclassmen, but I gotta go through the depth charts. I'll post in the comments as I update.)
Awesome lineup for rivalry week today. Each block has a two-fer except the late, late block with the Pac-12 having gotten some big games out of the way in Stanford-UCLA and Arizona-Arizona St.
Here's what I've got today:
Michigan (5-6) at #6 Ohio St. (10-1) - ABC
#16 Georgia Tech (9-2) at #9 Georgia (9-2) - SEC Network
South Carolina (6-5) at #21 Clemson (8-3) - ESPN
|Name||POS||Yr.||School||3k's Proj. Rd.|
|Michael Bennett||DT||Sr.||Ohio St.||1-2|
|Jeff Heuerman||TE||Sr.||Ohio St.||3|
|A.J. Cann||G||RS Sr.||South Carolina||1-2|
|Corey Robinson||OT||RS Sr.||South Carolina||2-3|
|Brandon Shell||OT||RS Jr.||South Carolina||2-3|
|Mike Davis||RB||Jr.||South Carolina||3|
|Vic Beasley||3-4 OLB||RS Sr.||Clemson||1|
Obviously Michigan-tOSU is the headliner on pageantry alone, but there's plenty between Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate and the Palmetto Battle. Channel flipping will be key today.
Deep draft diving is everywhere, but I'll save that for the bowl games and beyond. Future draftniks might want to get a look at redshirt sophomore DE Shaq Lawson for Clemson. Let's see how he closes this season with Vic Beasley leading the pass rush. Assuming he comes back, he could put together a 2015 season that makes him an early day 2 candidate. Of course the leading DE candidate would be true sophomore Ohio St. beast Joey Bosa. If he declares after next season, he's pretty much a round one lock.
I'd also point to Michigan guard Kyle Kalis. He's a true sophomore who hasn't been in Brady Hoke's good graces, but he could be a big time prospect. I'd expect him to be back in Ann Arbor next year with a new HC to try and creep up the boards. If not, he's a tough one to project but somebody could reach on day 2.
Florida (6-4) at #3 Florida St. (11-0) - ESPN
#4 Mississippi St. (10-1) at #19 Ole Miss (8-3) - CBS
Notre Dame (7-4) at USC (7-4) - FOX
|Name||POS||Yr.||School||3k's Proj. Rd.|
|Dante Fowler, Jr.||DE||Jr.||Florida||1|
|Jameis Winston||QB||RS Soph.||Florida State||1|
|P.J. Williams||CB||Jr.||Florida State||1|
|Cameron Erving||OT||rSr||Florida State||1-2|
|Eddie Goldman||DT||Jr||Florida State||1-2|
|Ronald Darby||CB||Jr||Florida State||2|
|Mario Edwards||DE||Jr||Florida State||2|
|Josue Matias||OG||Sr||Florida State||2|
|Rashad Greene||WR||Sr||Florida State||2-3|
|Tre Jackson||OG||Sr||Florida State||2-3|
|Nick O'Leary||TE||Sr||Florida State||3|
|Bernardrick McKinney||LB||RS Jr.||Mississippi St.||1|
|Dak Prescott||QB||RS Jr.||Mississippi St.||1-3|
|Cody Prewitt||FS||Sr.||Ole Miss||2-3|
|Senquez Golson||CB||Sr.||Ole Miss||2-3|
|Ben Koyack||TE||Sr.||Notre Dame||2|
|Cody Riggs||CB||RS Sr.||Notre Dame||2-3|
The easy look is Gators-Seminoles. The Egg Bowl is unusually strong this year. And you can never be knocked for enjoying Notre Dame-USC.
Notre Dame C Nick Martin, the younger brother of Dallas Cowboys OL Zack Martin, is worth a look if you're in there as is USC center Max Tuerk. #twerkforTuerk
Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III is reaaaally popular among scouts, but he's still just a true soph. The Gators pair him with freshman Jalen Tabor giving whoever replaces Will Muschamp a solid corner group to work with and possibly some future NFLers to join the current four cornerbacks out of Florida (five if you count Janoris Jenkins).
Notre Dame DT Sheldon Day is close to breaking into day 2. He might be one of those guys whose senior year vaults him into the top echelon. Of course, if you're looking for future DT talent, the Egg Bowl is the place. Both true sophomores, Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche and MSU's Chris Jones, look like future first rounders.
Looking to add a free safety to match with Mark Barron & T.J. McDonald after 2015? You've got options in this time slot. Florida St. has two in Jalen Ramsey and Nate Andrews; you could just catch ND-USC with the Irish's Max Redfield and SC's Leon McQuay III both top options. All four are true sophomores though, so it'll be a bit.
If the Rams want some depth behind James Laurinaitis, FSU's Reggie Northrup could be worth a mid-round flier.
Offensive line-wise, USC's young but talented. FSU's the obvious watch here. Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil is top-5 quality, but has been dealing with assorted injuries for much of the year. I'm kinda hoping he shuts it down to prep for 2015 since he's still a true soph and ineligible anyway.
If you're looking for wideouts, USC's Nelson Agholor is NFL-ready if he declares. Notre Dame sophomore standout Corey Robinson needs more tutelage, but he could be a big-man special like Mike Evans. And Florida St.'s true freshman Travis Rudolph is coming on. He sat the first month or so, but is an obvious special talent. Assuming QB Jameis Winston, RB Karlos Williams, WR Rashad Greene and TE Nick O'Leary all take part in the 2015 NFL Draft, Rudolph could be the biggest returning component of the offense for the Seminoles next year.
More to come, but for now, let's do this.