Thanksgiving is over, and with it the NFL’s premier holiday.
So on to college football!
There was actually college football last night with the Egg Bowl, but it wasn’t much of a contest as the Mississippi St. Bulldogs (who are LOADED with NFL talent, BTW) pasted the Ole Miss Rebels to bring us into Rivalry Week Friday.
And while things are top-heavy this evening, there’s enough spread around for Los Angeles Rams to pay attention to today.
Houston Cougars DT Ed Oliver at Memphis Tigers RB Darrell Henderson
12pm ET, ABC
Oliver is expected to return today after healing up a knee injury after last week’s dust-up with his head coach over wearing a jacket. Expected to be one of the top picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, Oliver should be gone well before the Rams are on the clock regardless of what trade shenanigans Rams General Manager Les Snead pulls off.
Regardless, Oliver’s hands will be full today dealing with Henderson who is second in the country in rushing yards. Henderson is still just a junior, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t declare.
#6 Oklahoma Sooners at #13 West Virginia Mountaineers
8pm ET, ESPN
This one is absolutely stacked with NFL talent.
For OU while QB Kyler Murray will obviously attract attention for his athleticism, draft-watchers will be paying attention to diminutive WR Marquise Brown. For Rams fans though, the offensive line should be the draw with LT Bobby Evans and RG Dru Samia deserving your time.
Not to belabor the point, but LT Yodny Cajuste would be deserving of the same. He’s a good fit for the Rams in terms of applicability and, should he escape the second round, will be a prime candidate thereafter.
#16 Washington Huskies at #8 Washington State Cougars
8:30pm ET, FOX
Easy to stick with the OL theme here. Washington LT Trey Adams would make sense for the Rams’ first-round pick, but he’s already announced he’s returning for 2019 and likely needs to in order to solidify his stock. Midway through last year, he was looking like a surefire first-round pick, but an ACL injury in October and a back injury this preseason prevented him from playing this season until last week. Beyond Adams, there’s Washington RT Kaleb McGary and WSU LT Andre Dillard to check out.
The big draw here though will be UW’s secondary with CB Byron Murphy and S Taylor Rapp. Both would have to be considered in the Rams’ sights as of now.
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