Let's take things a little differently today. Instead of highlighting the big games, let's take it in time chunks. Now that we're into the middle of the season, things are getting clearer...not only at the college level, but up here at the NFL level as well. Dubs asked about the Rams' roster needs on Wednesday with WR coming out a clear leader with offensive line options and tight end coming in thereafter. I'll try to highlight those throughout.
The leader here is probably #17 Iowa at #20 Northwestern (ABC/ESPN2), though Louisville at #11 Florida St. (ESPN), West Virginia at #2 Baylor (FOX) and #13 Ole Miss at Memphis (ABC/ESPN2) are fine options.
If you're looking for WR prospects, Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell is an obvious early draft candidate. He's atop my WR board as it stands right now, so obviously he'd be an option for the Rams' first-round pick. Memphis' secondary isn't NFL quality, so it's not a great evaluation opportunity today. And in case you wanted to catch Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil, you'll have to wait a week. Baylor WR Corey Coleman is going to have attractors, though Rams fans might be wary of going after another WR under 6'. And the Ole Miss group is even deeper with TE Evan Engram, much more of a receiving threat than a blocking specialist. Looking for more OL prospects? Baylor's Spencer Drango is a plus left tackle. And if you want a pair of sleepers, get a look at Iowa C Austin Blythe and TE Jake Duzey.
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech (ESPN3) kicks off a bit later here. Noting this for Pitt WR Tyler Boyd. If you haven't heard of him, you will. The easy comp you're going to hear is that of a former Pitt WR who's had a hell of a NFL career to boot...Larry Fitzgerald.
The best wide receivers here might be A&M's youngsters in RS Soph. Ricky Seals-Jones and true freshman explosivo Christian Kirk. And A&M OT Germain Ifedi may be more of a headliner, but the Rams could well be more keen on Michigan St. OT Jack Conklin. Fellow Spartan center Jack Allen is NFL quality too. If you're looking for TE talent, watch Alabama's O.J. Howard. He's a two-way threat who offers something as a receiver as well as plus blocking skills.
Florida WR Demarcus Robinson continues to play his way into the 2016 discussion. As for LSU, per always, they've got options everywhere...except QB. Do not look directly at QB Brandon Harris without proper eye protection. And I'm not saying the Rams are going to draft LSU true sophomore RB Leonard Fournette in the 2017 NFL Draft...but you know as well as I do he's going to be tempted as hell.
Hate the SEC? Cast your hatevote by taking in USC at #14 Notre Dame (NBC). You've got a good contrast here between true sophomore WRs with LSU's Malachi Dupre and USC's Juju Smith-Schuster. USC C Max Tuerk is out for the season with a knee injury, but he'll surface in draft season. And between Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley and C Nick Martin, we're gonna see two Irish linemen going early in six months.
Some evening B1G action with Penn State at #1 Ohio State (ABC) going down. PSU QB Christian Hackenberg continues to mystify. He's got the skill set, but without any quality support around him either on the line or among the skill positions, it can get ugly. Hack's finally getting his game under him with what he has to work with as the Nittany Lions have scraped by to get to 5-1, but tOSU is a challenge of another level.
The Buckeyes have about a dozen quality prospects who could all go by the end of day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft as things stand. Rams fans will likely want to key in on OT Taylor Decker and OG Pat Elflein.
The Pac-12 slate isn't great this week with , but it's worth staying up for Arizona State at #4 Utah. If the Rams are looking to load up with more youth at guard, both ASU options are NFL prospects in Christian Westerman and Vi Teofilo.
Great stuff today. Let's hear about what you're seeing and who you like.