1. Drew Lock’s first-round status not a slam-dunk, I guess?
This morning, I stumbled upon this tweet from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report:
Bold Prediction: Drew Lock leaves the @seniorbowl a Round 1 pick.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 17, 2019
My pithy response was, “Was he not already?” And, as some people in the Twitterverse pointed out — no, there are some projections with Drew Lock not going in the first round.
Namely, Mel Kiper’s latest projection. The article is behind a paywall, but he has three quarterbacks going in the first round — Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones.
I’m befuddled by this. I understand that some of the most QB-needy teams (Cleveland, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Arizona) picked quarterbacks last year. And other teams might be tempted to wait until 2020 for Justin Herbert or the possibility of Tua Tagovailoa.
But, at the very least, Drew Lock compares favorably to Josh Rosen and Josh Allen a year ago, without even mentioning his college numbers were better than those two. It just seems bizarre that there are projections where Lock isn’t a first-rounder.
I do believe that will change and change fast, but, man. Draft season is a weird time, I guess.
2. Mizzou women put the clamps down in dominant win over Georgia.
The Missouri women only had 25 points at halftime against Georgia on Thursday night — but a dominant defensive effort held the Bulldogs to 13 (THIRTEEN!) first-half points, en route to an eventual 61-35 home win.
Sophie Cunningham led the way with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, adding eight rebounds as well.
Here’s the full box score, and check out the Columbia Tribune’s game story from Daniel Jones:
Now, Missouri travels to face (checks schedule) (squints at schedule) (wipes brow) South Carolina on Monday.
Robin Pingeton says that she's going to reach out to Dawn Staley ahead of Monday night's game: "We have an opportunity to make something really positive from this." Says they've talked at SEC meetings and the team has moved past last year.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) January 18, 2019
3. Missouri wrestling extends its winning streak to 32.
Missouri’s fifth-ranked wrestling program dominated No. 14 Northern Iowa in a 29-12 win at the Hearnes Center on Wednesday.
Daniel Lewis (174 pounds) and John Erneste (133) had pins, and freshman Brock Mauller beat No. 8 Max Thomsen 9-3 at 149 pounds.
Missouri is 12-0 on the season.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Busy day of coaching news: Missouri hired former Texas Tech DC David Gibbs to a yet-to-be-announced roll and promoted offensive analyst Garrick McGee to a full-time assistant coach (position not known).
- David Morrison took a look at the recipe for Missouri’s rebuild under Barry Odom.
- Study Hall: Alabama 70, Missouri 60
- Start making those travel plans: Missouri football is scheduling a home-and-home with Massachusetts in 2024 (in Amherst) and 2025 (in Columbia).
- Albert Okwuegbunam was named a way-too-early All-American for 2019 by ESPN. If he stays healthy, methinks he’ll also be an appropriately timed All-american before he heads to the NFL Draft after this season.
- Enos the back door: Dan Enos ghosts Nick Saban on his way out the door to Miami. This story is absolutely wild. According to Enos, no ghosting occurred:
I would never leave an employer without telling them I was doing so. No ghosting here. Nothing but respect for CNS and Alabama. Bottom line, business is business and it was time for me to exit. Wish all the best to RTR, CNS and the program.— Dan Enos (@CoachDanEnos) January 17, 2019
THAT BEING SAID:
No one begrudges him leaving. Everyone has a right to pursue whatever employment opportunities they want. We can debate ghosting and what it means, but Enos absolutely cleaned out his office after everyone was gone and didn’t show up the next day for the staff meeting. https://t.co/Xl7e4qOcHv— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) January 18, 2019
So, yeah. It’s been an eventful ten days or so for the Crimson Tide.