Sunday, July 5, 2015

Too early for draft talk?

The answer is probably yes. After all, we're in the final two weeks of the NFL season with several playoff spots up for grabs. That being said, college bowl season kicks off today with four games. That means, if you want to get a look at some of the players that will be talked about come March, now is your time. Obviously, one game is not enough to judge a player, but I thought you might be interested nonetheless. I am by no means a draft expert, but I scoured the Web to find out who the "experts" are projecting to be selected come March. A lot can change from now until then -- injuries, poor workouts, bad combine performances, arrests -- but here are a few players who are playing today that are projected to be on the radars of NFL teams: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest Mel Kiper Jr. has Curry rated as his No. 1 overall senior prospect. The Demon Deacons' outside linebacker won the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top LB. He's 6-foot-3, 247 pounds and expected to be a first-round pick for sure. Curry and Wake Forest take on Navy at 11 a.m. on ESPN in the Eaglebank Bowl. Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest Smith has been a playmaker for the Demon Deacons, with six interceptions during his senior season. Kiper rates him the second-best senior cornerback and 21st senior overall. He likely won't get too much of a chance to display his skills today against the run-heavy Midshipmen. Smith is listed at just under 5-foot-9, 192 pounds. As I wrote above, Smith and Wake Forest take on Navy at 11 a.m. on ESPN in the Eaglebank Bowl. Sam Swank, PK, Wake Forest - He missed time with a leg injury this season, but is the second-ranked senior kicker on Kiper's board. Eric Kettani, FB, Navy - The experts rate him one of the three or four best fullbacks in the draft. Kettani is 6-foot-1, 233 pounds. Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss. - Nelson caught 51 balls for 541 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season. He's listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. Kiper has him ranked third among senior tight ends. Southern Miss plays Troy Sunday night at 8:15 on ESPN in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Eben Britton, OT, Arizona - He's listed at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds. Britton is a junior so he might not be on the radar until 2010. Arizona faces No. 16 BYU in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Too early for draft talk?

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The answer is probably yes. After all, we're in the final two weeks of the NFL season with several playoff spots up for grabs.

That being said, college bowl season kicks off today with four games. That means, if you want to get a look at some of the players that will be talked about come March, now is your time. Obviously, one game is not enough to judge a player, but I thought you might be interested nonetheless.

I am by no means a draft expert, but I scoured the Web to find out who the "experts" are projecting to be selected come March. A lot can change from now until then -- injuries, poor workouts, bad combine performances, arrests -- but here are a few players who are playing today that are projected to be on the radars of NFL teams:

Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

Mel Kiper Jr. has Curry rated as his No. 1 overall senior prospect. The Demon Deacons' outside linebacker won the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top LB. He's 6-foot-3, 247 pounds and expected to be a first-round pick for sure. Curry and Wake Forest take on Navy at 11 a.m. on ESPN in the Eaglebank Bowl.

Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

Smith has been a playmaker for the Demon Deacons, with six interceptions during his senior season. Kiper rates him the second-best senior cornerback and 21st senior overall. He likely won't get too much of a chance to display his skills today against the run-heavy Midshipmen. Smith is listed at just under 5-foot-9, 192 pounds. As I wrote above, Smith and Wake Forest take on Navy at 11 a.m. on ESPN in the Eaglebank Bowl.

Sam Swank, PK, Wake Forest - He missed time with a leg injury this season, but is the second-ranked senior kicker on Kiper's board.

Eric Kettani, FB, Navy - The experts rate him one of the three or four best fullbacks in the draft. Kettani is 6-foot-1, 233 pounds.

Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss. - Nelson caught 51 balls for 541 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season. He's listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. Kiper has him ranked third among senior tight ends. Southern Miss plays Troy Sunday night at 8:15 on ESPN in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Eben Britton, OT, Arizona - He's listed at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds. Britton is a junior so he might not be on the radar until 2010. Arizona faces No. 16 BYU in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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