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.comâ€™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 isnâ€™t named Cam Newton, college footballâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ AmountÂ that authorities allege wasÂ 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.