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The NFL Draft’s Thursday News and Views

It’s that time of the year again, folks, when football fans all over America gather around their television sets to watch the NFL Draft — and Kentucky football fans watch something else. Aside from Tim Couch, Dewayne Robertson, Randall Cobb and a couple others, Big Blue Nation doesn’t have a lot to brag about on draft day. There are plenty of UK players to be proud of in the NFL, but not many walked across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand in the first two rounds.

Thursday evening, the 2013 edition of the NFL Draft will take center stage at Radio City Music Hall and on primetime television on ESPN. The draft’s first round will air at 8:00 p.m. ET on the worldwide leader Thursday night, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday and the last four rounds on Saturday. Kentucky’s Larry Warford is expected to hear his name called sometime on Friday, hopefully early in the second round. When he does come off the board, he will be the first UK offensive lineman picked in the draft since 1993 and potentially one of the school’s highest picks in the last decade.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops will be in attendance Thursday night when the first round is held. He is going to New York to support some of his former players from Florida State, two or three of whom could get picked in Round 1. We can only hope the ESPN production gives Stoops some face time, and that the nation’s top high school recruits are watching.

Also, former UK center Matt Smith is hoping to be drafted this weekend, although most mock drafts predict he’ll go undrafted. Don’t give up on Matt’s NFL dreams if he doesn’t hear his name called by the end of the day on Saturday; Wesley Woodyard is proof that there’s still hope after the draft.

Good luck to Larry and Matt.

And good luck to Coach Stoops getting some important TV time.


 John Calipari was on the move again Wednesday night, checking in on some potential future talent for Kentucky basketball. This time it was Devin Booker who received a visit and a surprise scholarship offer from Coach Cal.

Booker, a five-star shooting guard in the 2014 class, received an offer from UK at his high school in Mississippi Wednesday evening. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, a top 20 player in the class, is also being heavily recruited by Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and several others. (You can read about his visits to Duke, North Carolina and Florida here.)

If you’re wondering what kind of backcourt player Booker is, think Duke’s Seth Curry. He is a lights-out shooter who can create his own shot off the bounce, shoot off the pick-and-roll or dial one up off a pass. He’s one of the better shooters, if not the best, in the class of 2014. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot about him this summer.

 Andrew Wiggins. Andrew Wiggins. Andrew Wiggins. Andrew Wiggins.

Moving on…

 If you smelled something foul in the KSR comments section on Wednesday, it’s likely because we experienced a flood of traffic from the Louisville fan base. My first thought when seeing all the visitors on here was that one of our writers had promised a Mad Dog 20/20 giveaway in a post I skimmed over, but it turns out they just came over here to talk trash about Russ Smith returning for his senior season. Boy, they sure are excited — and they should be. Russ makes Louisville an automatic title contender and a top three preseason team. Not only that, his return makes that game in Rupp Arena on December 28th the game of the year in college basketball.

Kentucky should still be the favorite, but’s Jeff Goodman says Louisville will give the Cats a run for their money next season with Smith back in the fold. I don’t disagree… until UK gets Wiggins.

 Goodman also broke down the UK/UofL matchups in that same article. It went like this:

Andrew Harrison or Chris Jones? I’ll give Harrison the edge, but not by much.

Aaron Harrison or Russdiculous? I’ll take Smith in that one.

The duo of Poythress and freshman James Young against the twosome of Hancock and Blackshear? It’s close, but I’ll go with the Cards wings.

Julius Randle and Wiltjer vs. Behanan? Not a no-brainer, but I’ll take Kentucky in that one.

Cauley-Stein, Johnson and fellow frosh Marcus Lee against Harrell, Stephan Van Treese, Zach Price and Mangok Mathiang. Again, I’ll take the Cats in this one.

Coaching? Calipari vs. Pitino. I’ll go with Louisville.

Only 247 days until we find out…

 Hey, look, Nerlens Noel added some new ink to his right arm.


My guess is it’s a caricature of John Robic. What do you think it is? Tell us in the comments section.

UK head football coach Mark Stoops made his first career appearance on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday morning and he didn’t hesitate to say his boys need help. Stoops was quick to praise his players’ attitude during spring practice, but said they need help at all positions. The skill positions on both sides of the ball need it the most, he says.

As far as the offense goes, Stoops said Jalen Whitlow was the star of the Blue/White game, but the starting job is still open until the fall. He was also impressed by running backs Dy’shawn Mobley and Josh Clemons, but said Justin Taylor has “a lot of work to do.”

Stoops also praised his staff for the great work on the recruiting trail and the Big Blue Nation for getting behind the program again. “The fan base is awfully hungry and wants us to be successful.”

 The ugly tale of former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton continues to get uglier. Eaton, who played a crucial role in moving NKU athletics to Division 1 last year, has now admitted to stealing between $100,000 and $150,000 in university funds over the past eight years for personal use. This coming after he was fired last month for improper relationships with several female employees and one NKU student. An interim AD was named on April 1st but KSR fully supports Bryan The Intern for new NKU AD. #BTI4NKU

 Indiana’s Maurice Creek is transferring away from the Hoosiers basketball program. He’s the seventh player Tom Crean has lost since the end of the season. Not everyone likes excessive celebration, I guess.

 Andrew Wiggins.

 In closing, we ask you to keep a fellow member of Big Blue Nation in your thoughts and prayers. Kelsey Butler, a huge Kentucky fan and defender of all things UK, was struck by a car over the weekend at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She is currently recovering in Nashville from a broken pelvis, broken ribs, broken tailbone, concussion, and numerous cuts and bruises, but her friend, 19-year-old Andrew Svgdik, was killed in the accident. Witnesses say Svgdik saved Kelsey’s life by pushing her clear of the full impact of the oncoming vehicle.

As you can imagine, she has a long road to recovery, both physically and emotionally, and could use a little encouragement.

(Kelsey; her twin sister, Aly; and older sister, Kayla)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

55 Comments for The NFL Draft’s Thursday News and Views

  1. rainman
    11:15 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    There’s no doubt the Harrison’s will have a little trouble guarding Jones, and Smith! But how are those two midgets going to guard the twins? NOT gonna happen!

  2. Jake_GOCATS
    11:18 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Prayers go out to Kelsey and her friends and family. Also Andrew Svgdik should be commende for his heroics. Prayers for him and family.

  3. Daniel
    11:20 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    That’s horrible about that girl! Hope she gets well very soon..did they catch who hit her and was they drunk or what?

  4. Daniel
    11:21 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    And yes the guy should go down as a hero!!!

  5. Chad
    11:25 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Prayers for all involved and anyone that sacrifices themselves in order to save another has a special place in the hereafter.

  6. rainman
    11:25 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sorry I didn’t see that about the young lady!
    Prayers to her, and her family!

  7. The Real JD
    11:41 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Drewan Ginswin!!!

  8. Catfan
    11:57 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Josh Hopkins reppin, ky on Conan tonight

  9. Eyes
    11:58 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s Wednesday, moron.

  10. Devin Booker
    11:58 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I am like Steph Curry, not Seth Curry. Come on man. Talk to the guys who actually know me and stop making stuff up.

  11. Eroc and roll
    12:04 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Julius randle not a no brainier over behanon? Give me some of whatever Goodman is smokin!

  12. crazy_as_a_loon
    12:38 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    this was a tragic story about the girl..the guy proves that there are heros everywhere..the older sister kayla looks familiar i think i might know her..get better kelsey!!

  13. SadCat
    12:54 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Very depressing about the poor girl…

  14. Trey1
    1:04 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    BTI sucks

  15. UKGrad04
    1:13 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, prayers to that young lady and her friend’s family. Just awful.

  16. Charlie Warrior
    1:16 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    You, Andrew, and your families are in my prayers. God bless you all.

    Blessings and love,


  17. Isaac in Long Beach
    1:31 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    10) You’re the moron. You must be new here.

  18. John Ellis
    2:09 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino over Cal? Well, he did narrowly win one game in the past four years with the national champion on his home floor. The underestimation of Cal is absurd. No doubt he’d pick Pitino over Tubby too, who has a similar edge head to head.

  19. BAdams
    2:33 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    We will see what Smith can do when he has 6’5 and taller people guarding him. My prediction, he will be a non-factor. I am not worried about him. And to Lville fans gloating, I know Lville fans that wished he would leave bc of his ball hogging skills. He will cost them games just like he did this year ala Notre Dame style. Harrison>Smith

  20. realshizz
    2:36 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    with or without wiggins, ul will not get within 10 of the cats… guaranteed

  21. Ridge Runner
    3:21 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    So sorry to hear about that girl. Thoughts & Prayers for sure.

  22. prpcat
    5:31 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Kelsey get well soon!

  23. SexnNursinHomes
    6:37 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Goodman is geting us riled up. Shocking…

  24. Go Big Blew
    6:39 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    UK brings back three experienced NIT veterans which should not be overlooked

    Add an all-star roster of five star superstars with Cal’s coaching and you are looking at a bubble team

  25. btowncatfan
    6:47 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    If this JUCO guard UL has coming next season is so badass, why isn’t he going to NBA? All of their fans are talking him up like he is Chris Paul. He’s a 5’10” JUCO player for crying out loud.

  26. Go Cats
    7:18 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Get well soon Kelsey!!!!

  27. Donny D
    7:32 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Well Jeff Goodman since you say the match ups are basically even I don’t want to hear you cry when Kentucky beats the Tards and then say Kentucky just had more talent. Can’t stand that troll face Goodman.

  28. Go Big Blew
    7:49 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry that my insecurity demands that I post here. Still you have to admire my great wit. Took me hours to put this one simple-minded post together…

  29. Rockfield, KY
    8:17 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I live in Chattanooga and I hadn’t heard about Kelsey. That’s a terrible story. I hope she is able to have a quick and healthy recover and hope the family of the young man that saved her will find some peace and healing.

  30. Mitch Pinion
    8:32 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Is that a beefier Eloy Vargas giving Nerlens a tattoo?

  31. Bigbluelou
    8:36 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Praying for Gods healing touch on Kelsey. Also, prayers to all families involved. As for less important things in life….Soooo glad Smith is coming back. It will make it even sweeter when UK makes his personal record against us 1-4.

  32. Eloy Vargas
    8:36 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I remember when I was one of the top JUCO players in the country, look how well I did in D1!

  33. Loserville
    8:39 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    UL fans like to refer to Rupp Arena as Russ Arena. After we beat them and those small guards down it will be referred to as Runt Arena. Russ’ record will be 1-4, just like Siva’s.

  34. Got CAL?
    8:43 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    RickyP is a .500 coach in games decided by 5 pts. of less over his career. How is that the mark of great bench coaching?

  35. Bigbluelou
    8:47 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Forgot to mention that I am friends with Matt Smith and his awesome family. Matt is getting a TON of love right now by at least 7 NFL teams. We just need one to wise up a pick a great player who is strong, smart and of great character. I predict a long NFL career for him. Would have loved to see him have one more year under Stoops.

  36. Alex Snowmen
    8:48 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Jalen Whitlow was the star of the blue/white game, but the starting position is still open. I really like that quote. What would you expect Coach Stoops to say different?

  37. CATS
    8:50 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    goodman… Put the crack pipe down. Step away. What have I told you about that…? chris jones is 5′ 10″—Good Grief

  38. Katbluefan
    8:50 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Drew……If Russ Smith is so good then why was he predicted as a mid second round selection in this year’s draft ????? Maybe that is why decided to come back to school. He is a good college player and that is it.

  39. Michael F. Jox
    8:51 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I heard Nerlens got an adage tattoo: “Don’t ever play basketball with Ryan Harrow again”

  40. Tom
    8:52 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Prior to the blue/white game, Stoops told the media the white team were his first stringers. The game was a couple of weeks ago, but I have yet to see a list of who was on which team. Who covers football in Lexington?

  41. tuxedo park
    9:08 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    any word on Wiggins? haven’t heard any buzz today but since his cancelled visits were supposed to end yesterday, it’s as good a day as any for a decision.

  42. SMH
    9:10 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I agree, Katblue… the really good college players get drafted early. Smith is a guy who occasionally can get hot… how’d he do in the Final Four? 30 points on 9 of 33 shooting (NINE of THIRTY-THREE), 3 rebounds and 5 assists in 2 games.

  43. SMH
    9:13 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    @ #38: So, Russ Smith at 6’1″ and Chris Jones at 5’10” are going up against Harrison and Harrison at 6’5″??

    Good luck, guys.

  44. David from Bowling Green
    9:15 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Mark STOOPS coming up LIVE on NFL TV Network in just moments!!

  45. Marcie Butler
    9:17 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks to Matt and KSR for making Kelsey’s day a lot brighter, and thanks to everyone for all the prayers and kind words. They mean a lot to our family.

  46. SMH
    9:18 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Rick Pitino once again yields his influence, and his massive ego over a kid, not caring what is best for the kid. It’s obvious what Smith’s family wanted him to do. But Pitino talked him out of it, because Russ’ return is best for Pitino. So, Ricky promised Russ that he’s going to move him to PG, and sit his 2 prized recruits, Jones and Rozier, in order to further Russ’s career? Now THAT is a players first program!!

  47. SMH
    9:23 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    With Smith, Jones, and Rozier all at the point, and Kevin Ware out with the injury, who will be Louisville’s 2 guard? Anton Gill?

  48. inlinefor9
    9:27 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    UofL will be a Florida-esque team next year. Good, but no inside game. Or maybe Van Treese is the next “floor general” for Pitino #WhiteBoyTerm

  49. mudcreekmark
    9:32 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is removing the 2013 NCAA Champions tattoo he had put on before the season started.

  50. YouAren'tTooBright
    9:58 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    50 I don’t think that’s where you go when you want tattoo removal, genius. Would have been a better joke to say he’s altering it. Tattoo parlors don’t remove tattoos.

  51. Fitich Slap
    10:15 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    #ComePlayFortheJoker tattoo?

  52. Chicago Chris
    10:36 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I see Creek averaged 16 points as a freshman, 8 points as a soph and only 2 as a junior. I’d transfer too.

  53. Oogie
    10:42 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    The matchups favor UK slightly over UL next year. If Wiggins picks UK then it’s a “no-brainer.”

  54. Yup
    11:28 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    This Crean this should be getting more play. He flat out oversigned by three players this year. And they’ve just offered another kid, formerly a Northwestern commit. He’s running off kids because they oversigned, first Remy Abell, now Creek. Stay classy Creaner.