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NFL reporter says Drew Lock could have a ‘mini-slide’; Mizzou wrestling loses top grappler for next year

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports says Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins could see mini-slides in NFL Draft

Robinson is one of the most plugged-in reporters in the league and his stream-of-consciousness thread on NFL Draft intel contained a ton of interesting information.

This is the one that pertains to the Missouri fans, though:

I don’t think this is all doom-and-gloom. I still don’t see anyway Lock falls out of the first round; if a mini-slide is Lock going from, say, tenth overall to the Broncos and falling into the late-teens or twenties — well, he may very well find himself in a better situation that way.

It should be noted that there isn’t a lot of emphasis on that report; Robinson might just be hedging his bets a bet with the (apparently) wide range of opinions about Lock and the other quarterbacks circulating ahead of the draft.

Of course, this could also just be a lot of intentional bad information to allow teams to hide their cards. That means Lock will go No. 1 overall. Book it.

Jaydin Eierman will skip 2019-2020 wrestling season to train for 2020 Olympics

Nice job by The Maneater on breaking this news ahead of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which begin on Thursday.

The report has since been confirmed, so Missouri will be without its top grappler at 141 pounds for next year.

Here’s what Eierman told the Maneater:

“It’s always been our thought, like I wanted to make the Olympic Team,” Eierman told the Maneater. “So with that coming next year, it’s gonna be a good year for me to focus on my ultimate goal of winning the Olympics and growing as a wrestler, getting to travel all around the world to compete for Team USA.”

Good news, however, is that Eierman said he plans to return in 2020-2021 for his final year of eligibility.

Eierman is the five-seed at 141 for the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Missouri’s staff sounds like it was surprised by Damarea Crockett’s NFL declaration

I mean, we all were kind of surprised, but running backs coach Cornell Ford had a very interesting quote after Tuesday’s practice, as relayed by Mitchell Forde of in his most recent practice notebook.

Ford said to Forde:

“It didn’t come soon enough,” Ford said of Crockett’s decision. “We needed the bodies at other positions, so we felt like we could get away with one tailback at that time. Had we known Crockett wasn’t coming back, we probably would have taken two, but at that time, we really didn’t know it yet.”

Now, Crockett declared on Jan. 7, so Missouri still had almost a full month to go out and add another running back in the class. Of course, with almost the entirety of its class signed during the early period, Missouri was in a tight spot with scholarships; I’m assuming Ford and the staff would have wanted to know that Crockett was NFL bound before the early signing period.

Knock on wood — no injuries to Larry Rountree or Tyler Badie or Simi Bakare, OK?

Missouri hoops after a big-man transfer from North Florida

Per this report by Corey Evans at

Yes, please.

Horchier averaged 16 points and 9.3 rebounds this season for North Florida; like Evans said, he’ll have to sit one year and would have one year of eligibility remaining.

Of course, with recent NCAA trends, who knows? Maybe he’ll be eligible immediately, just like Tate Martell.

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More Links:

  • Three-star Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill DE Johnny Wilson visited Missouri on Tuesday. Wilson has had a Missouri offer for forever, pretty much — I remember seeing him at Missouri’s KC recruiting camp when he was an eighth grader; pretty sure Gary Pinkel offered after that.
  • A well-deserved honor for L’Damian Washington: