Greetings, friends. Welcome to another chat. It's a big day for Drew Lock in Nashville at the NFL draft. We'll talk all things Mizzou today for the next couple hours. Let's get going.
From what I've gathered, he's expected to stay on the staff as long as he wants to. There's a possibility he moves into another role so Martin can have someone else as a full-time assistant who can work more with the players on the floor and recruit on the road. If that happens I wouldn't be surprised if Marco Harris is promoted from his role as director of player development. Porter is one of the nation's top-paid assistants, and they'll still owe him that salary ($375K) no matter what role he holds on the staff, so that doesn't leave Martin a lot of money to pay an outside candidate. There could be some clarity once the deadline passes for underclassmen to commit to the draft or returning for school, which falls on May 29.
It could happen, but teams generally overvalue quarterbacks the closer we get to the draft and start to panic thinking they need to draft one sooner than later. The NFL wouldn't have invited him to Nashville unless the league had gotten a strong indication that he'd be a first-round pick.
I'll defer to Jim Thomas, Tom Timmerman and our esteemed columnists who write about the Blues. I'll say Blues in 6 because ... why not?
It just means he didn't tell the coaches. Who knows. Maybe he wasn't honest with them or they just assumed after having two straight injury-shortened seasons he wouldn't think about leaving early. They definitely didn't think he was leaving after his NFL draft evaluation came back suggesting he return to school for another year. As I wrote this week, they would have signed a second running back at the December signing period if they knew he was leaving. If you're Crockett, there's not a lot of upside in telling the coaches you're leaving at the end of the season when you're already locked in a competition for carries.
I haven't gotten an update on those figures. Mizzou usually prefers to release those numbers in June-July once its sales campaign is in full gear. With the new seating options in the south end zone section and the cuts in prices, I would anticipate sales numbers to be up from last year. If not, that's a bad sign for a program that's won more games than the previous season each of the last two years.
I'm not sure about either one. Winfrey was glued to the bench all season, so that's probably a positive for the staff so they can use the scholarship on someone who can contribute. Tehane had a role this past season, but so maybe playing time wasn't the issue with her. I wouldn't want to speculate without knowing more about her situation.
It all depends on the appeal. If the NCAA appeals committee hasn't made a ruling on Mizzou's appeal by bowl season, then Mizzou will play in a bowl as long as it wins six games - and this team will win at least six games. If the appeals committee decides before then and upholds then postseason ban, then MU isn't eligible for the SEC championship game or a bowl game. The question that hasn't been answered yet is when's the cutoff for a decision to be made. What if the appeal committee hasn't made a ruling by the first week of December and MU is selected for the Peach Bowl ... and then the committee decides a week later and upholds the bowl ban? I would imagine there has to be some cutoff date so that situation doesn't happen, but the last time the department was asked that question they were uncertain.
Sure, signing the 50-150 guys is more reasonable for Missouri. The Mark Smiths (No. 55 in 2017), the Tilmons (No. 45), the Watsons (No. 111), the McKinneys (140). But that doesn't mean you ignore the top recruits who are being targeted by the blue bloods. It should be noted that Krzyzewski visited Love and Fletcher this week and left without offering them a scholarship. Maybe that changes in the coming weeks or months, but if you're Martin you have to find a balance between being ambitious and realistic with your targets and try to land as many quality players as you can get who are good fits for your vision. If they're from St. Louis, great. If they're from Montana, Montreal or Mars, that's OK, too.
Back to the Kiper-McShay question ... I don't know. I haven't historically tracked their mock drafts over the years. The mock drafts used to be fascinating when the best national writers, like SI's Paul Zimmerman, spent months poring over their info and published one and only one mock draft the week of the draft. I put a lot more stock into those mocks than the countless versions we see now. It's become a cottage industry and some of these analysts update their drafts multiple times a week. It gets exhausting to read. I'm ready for the actual non-event to happen.
Outside of the first few picks the entire draft is pretty hard to predict, especially with quarterbacks because there's so many smokescreens. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lock to go Oakland at 4 or slip to the late 20s. It all depends on how badly teams want a quarterback and where they have the top four or five guys slotted on their board.
He's married and lives in Texas. I'm not sure what he does for a living but he's fairly active on social media. He plays a lot of golf. That much I know.
He just hasn't created much buzz. He's not the most explosive athlete for a 295-pound D-tackle like you see with the elite guys at that position. I'm sure there's some legitimate concerns about the knees. He didn't produce very consistently at Mizzou these last two years. Good player, sometimes great, rarely elite. I still think he's got the chance to have a decent career in the NFL. Teams will like his personality and work ethic. But he'll have to stay healthy and produce.
No. I had a credential to cover tonight's round but we decided against going.
He can stay in junior college or drop down to another level that doesn't require the same academic standards as NCAA Division I. Or he can make himself available for next year's NFL draft. You don't hear about many junior college prospects who can't get the grades at that level, especially high-profile Division I targets.