The NFL's feeder system plays their championship game tonight, with the number one-ranked (college football has power rankings, too, except there, they matter a whole lot more) Alabama Crimson Tide taking on the number two-tanked Texas Longhorns.
For more exhaustive coverage, you should definitely turn to Dr. Saturday, but I thought it might be worth a cursory glance at some of the NFL talent that'll be displayed this evening.
Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Texas. His will likely be the name you hear most often, as he's a potential first-round quarterback. It seems like most draft people have him ranked just a shade below the QBs who could go in the top five or ten. His accuracy is off the charts, having completed over 70% of his passes each of the last two years, but arm strength and everything else are good, but not great.
Rolando McClain, Inside Linebacker, Alabama. He's big, fast, instinctive and can tackle. He's 10th overall on Mel Kiper's big board, which is the highest rating of anyone in the game tonight, and a pretty rare spot for an inside linebacker. Health has been a question, but he's likely to play tonight.
Sergio Kindle, Defensive End, Texas. Here's the first sentence written about him at NFLDraftScout.com:
Treated for a concussion after crashing his car into an Austin apartment building in June 2009 while texting.
So you've got to like the intelligence and instincts of this young man. Only recorded three sacks this year, down from the 10 he racked up as a junior. He's 21st on Mel's big board, and I look forward to his ongoing professional rivalry with his nemesis, Diego Nook.
Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas. He's a junior, and may very well return to Texas for another year, but if he does come out, he could be the second-best safety available, after Tennessee's Eric Berry.
Terrence Cody, Defensive Tackle, Alabama. He's the big space-eating type that's so valuable in the middle of a 3-4 defense. He's listed at 6'4", 370, and he just sucks up opposing blockers. He's been known to step in at fullback in goal-line situations, too.
Obviously, there are more pro prospects than that, but that's probably it for potential first-rounders. Enjoy the game this evening. I believe the winner gets some kind of trophy.