It is the offseason Super Bowl, a (now) three-day event where franchises are rebuilt or destroyed. The NFL Draft begins today at 7:32 pm - the St. Louis Rams are on the clock - and to provide you with a quick primer on what to expect in Round One, SI.com‚Äôs Peter King offers his 2010 Mock Draft. The draft is the glamour event on a night (all times Eastern) that includes NHL and NBA playoff games.
-NFL Draft, Round One (7:30 pm, ESPN and NFL Network)
King says the person under the most pressure on draft weekend is St. Louis general manager Billy Devaney, who holds the top pick in the draft. ‚ÄúAnd not only because he's on the verge of bypassing two franchise defensive tackles at No. 1 when his team doesn't have even a borderline Pro Bowl DT on the roster now,‚ÄĚ King says. ‚ÄúDevaney has to take (Oklahoma‚Äôs) Sam Bradford if he feels Bradford's a franchise quarterback, and this team does feel he has the kind of star quality on and off the field the Rams can build around. But the pressure will be on the Rams to turn around a franchise with a league-worst 6-42 record over the past three years. That begins by spinning gold out of the first pick of day two of the draft, the 33rd overall.‚ÄĚ
Lakers at Thunder (9:30 p.m., TNT)
The playoffs come to Oklahoma City for the first time a day after Thunder coach Scott Brooks was named the NBA‚Äôs 2009-2010 coach of the year. He‚Äôll need to come up with a plan quickly to slow down Laker star Kobe Bryant, who had 39 points in a come-from-behind 95-92 Game Two win Tuesday.
Avalanche at Sharks (10:30 p.m., Versus)
The Sharks owned the NHL best‚Äôs record in the regular season but find themselves in a tough playoff fight with Colorado. The series is tied at 2-2. San Jose was 27-6-8 at home during the regular season but lost the opening game of the series at the HP Pavilion.
BY THE NUMBERS
Pittsburgh Steelers record in the eight starts quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has missed (due to either injury or designed inactivity) since he took over as the team's fulltime starter in Week 3 of his 2004 rookie season.
career National League shutout for Phillies pitcher Rot Halladay, who blanked the Braves 2-0 on Wednesday night. Philadelphia acquired Halladay from Toronto during the offseason.
ERA for Halladay over 33 innings this season. He is 4-0 this season