Monday, January 6, 2014
Players to watch tonight
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
I'm a college bowl game junkie. Seriously. I watch as many of them as I can. I was no fun on New Year's Eve because the Chick Fil-A Bowl was too good. I watched the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday before the NFL playoffs game on. Houston came all the way back from 24 down on Vanderbilt but couldn't pull it off. Entertaining stuff.
Anyway, Monday night's BCS Championship Game puts an end to bowl season, and I plan to watch every second of it. It's on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. You should watch it too. Ratings help us.
If you're a New York Giants fan and happen to stumble on it, here are the names of some players who could conceivably be of interest to the Giants come draft day:
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State WR. He's 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, which makes him an absolutely massive wide receiver. If he declares for the draft, he's being projected late in the first round. The Giants pick 12th, which may be high for him, but you never know what happens to a guy's stock in these next four months. He could move up in people's eyes or down, in which case he could be there for them in the second round. If Hakeem Nicks leaves via free agency, the Giants will be looking for a wide receiver. One with Benjamin's size is tempting when you have a quarterback who's been known to miss high on occasion.
Tre Mason, Auburn RB. The Tigers have run this dude into the ground over the latter part of the season, and he's not sure yet whether he'll enter the draft. If he does, he's maybe a second-rounder, more likely a third at this point. David Wilson's a question mark due to his neck injury, and Andre Brown is a free agent. A mid-round running back with Mason's pedigree could be interesting.
Greg Robinson, Auburn OT. Also hasn't announced whether he'll enter this year's draft, but if he does he could be a very high pick -- maybe even off the board before the Giants pick at No. 12. You know I think high-end tackle is the way for them to go in the first round.
Bryan Stork, Florida State C. Not a first-rounder, most likely, but the Giants need interior offensive line help in the worst way.
Tre' Jackson, Florida State OG. Another underclassman but a possible fit in the second or third round for a team that needs interior offensive line help as badly as the Giants do.
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State DT. Not a need position for the Giants right now, but Jernigan is an elite talent who plays defensive line. Anyone who knows the Giants' draft history knows that'll at least pique their interest.