SI.com: At least we have the draft
Cam Newton isn't the quarterback that SI.com's Don Banks thinks will be taken first in next month's NFL draft.
March 9th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

SI.com: At least we have the draft

While the NFL and its players union are still at lengthy odds - most recently, over the transparency of financial information - next month's draft will still go on as scheduled and promises to improve several teams whether there is a season or not.

College pro days are being scouted and critiqued across the country while Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith and other NFL types are huddled in conference rooms trying to hash out a collective bargaining agreement so there can, in fact, be football this fall.

With the NFL Scouting Combine in our rear-view mirror as well as a host of workouts this past week, SI.com’s Don Banks delivers the third installment of his 2011 NFL Mock Draft. In it, Banks projects two quarterbacks are going in the top three, and has a QB going No. 1 overall that isn’t named Cam Newton, college football’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Banks also has a prized prospect slipping down in the draft after a mediocre showing earlier this week.

For Banks' draft predictions on all 32 teams, click here. To follow the NFL's ongoing labor problems, check back with SI.com.

Here's what to watch tonight (all times Eastern):

Rutgers vs. No. 17 St. John's (2 p.m., ESPN): The Red Storm has a home-court advantage when they take on Rutgers in the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. St. John's has not won more than one game in the conference tourney since winning it all in 2000.

New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m., NBATV): Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks look to win their third straight when they take on the red-hot Grizzlies, who have won 9 of 12 and recently knocked off the Thunder and the Mavericks.

BY THE NUMBERS

5 – Losses in a row for LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who fell 105-96 at home last night to the Portland Trailblazers, winners of seven straight road games.

8 – Wins in a row for the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who travel to Miami on Thursday to take on the struggling Heat.

$305,000 – Amount that authorities allege was stolen from Angels first baseman Kendry Morales by a South Florida sports agent over the course of two years. The agent, Rodney Fernandez, turned himself in Monday on a grand theft charge.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. American Idiot

    Wow, what a fat, flabby, out of shape specimen that guy is.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Bye to all I have overstayed my welcome

    March 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    i like draft beer..

    March 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravinus

      I like draught beer.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wowlfie

    A QB will not be the first pick in the draft this year!

    March 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Spencersb

    Can someone, anyone, give me a logical reason why the NFL and owners won't open their books? If not to the NFLPA, then to a neutral third party? I have no doubt some teams are losing money (a few deservedly), but what can it harm to show a balance sheet with a shortfall? Unless there IS NO shortfall.

    March 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Mary, Hi.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @CNN, I applied for an anchor position. I am qualified. Why have I not heard from you?

    March 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Isn't football season over, or is it 365 days a year?

    March 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • cc

      Bob, your an idiot. Do you think the draft is in the middle of the season?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Windex

    Well..close the window... .

    March 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |