Spent much of yesterday's Breakfast discussing Jason Kelce, his draft status and the size question. Most of the mockers out there have him going in the sixth or seventh round. I wanted to use today to talk about the other primary UC draft prospects.
Most predictions have Armon Binns going about the same time. Binns brings big-play capability that teams love, but the knock appears to be the top speed. His 4.53 40-yard dash time at the combine was middle of the pack, but scouts seem concerned. That said, Binns continues to live off of what Bearcats fans love about him: he's a playmaker. Game film dictates somebody take a shot on Binns and likely somebody will Saturday.
Jake Rogers performed well at pro day and at the combine, but kickers/punters tradionally don't get selected. Not once since 1993 have more than three kickers been selected in the entire draft. And only once since 1993 (5 in '99) have more than three punters been selected. He probably owns the strongest leg in the draft, but critics will point out accuracy issues (13 of 19) last year. He could warrant a late-round selection, but more than likely will be brought into somebody's camp as an undrafted free agent to compete for a job.
Vidal Hazelton remains the other UC draft prospect and the biggest unknown quantity at wide receiver. He's made visits to teams and they know he's healthy. They also know his raw physical ability is undeniable. He's a high-risk pick, but at the very least, if he doesn't get drafted, you have to believe his hometown favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, who are searching for big-play wideouts, would love to see him in their training camp.
--- Brian Bennett talked about filling Armon Binns' shoes and the progress at the receiver position. For right now, the three-wideout set would be Kenbrell Thompkins, Orion Woodard and DJ Woods. Of course, how fast Dyjuan Lewis picks up the system will play a major factor in if he can crack the starting lineup. My guess would be that won't happen early, but by the start of Big East play could be a real possibility.
--- Justin Riddell may be the hottest hitter in Cincinnati not named Joey Votto. After making the Big East Honor Roll last week while hitting .462 with seven RBI in a sweep of Villanova, he notched four RBI Tuesday in a 7-5 win against Xavier.
His three-run bomb in the first set the tone for the victory.
The two teams play again today at 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium.
--- In case you didn't know, Friday is UC Night at the Reds game. Should be a fun night with Provost Ono throwing out the first pitch and a good chance the Bearcat will come to shovies and pushies with Gapper. Plus, you receive a UC discount. Make it happen.
--- The NCAA released attendance rankings and figures for the 2010-11 men's basketball season. UC finished 71st at 7,344 a game.
--- Congrats to Eric Finan, Big East Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week.
--- This UNC-MSU Aircraft Carrier game is one of the most exciting gimmicks college basketball has come up with in a while.
--- Kobe Bryant's ankle is fine. Sweet sassy molassy.
--- Trying to blow a baseball foul is always funny.
--- If any of you were big Mitch Hedberg fans like I was, his web site is relaunching and features never before seen material. Here is some of his old stuff.