Coffee and Cigarettes Part I: College Football Links for Saturday

There's only one game today, but Saturdays are Saturdays and Saturdays mean College Football.

2012 NFL Draft: Alabama shutdown corner Kirkpatrick could jump into top 10 - NFL - Sporting News
In a year where there are no clear-cut elite senior cornerbacks, Alabama junior Dre Kirkpatrick is viewed as a premier junior corner with a chance to be a top 10 pick if he enters the draft.

2012 NFL Draft: Montee Ball moves into first-round consideration - NFL - Sporting News
Below are four players whose stock changed in conference championship games and the final week of college football regular-season competition.

The Big Picture: Program-changer Griffin my Heisman pick - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
In the first week of December, there is no player in the country who seems more deserving of the title Most Outstanding Player than a Baylor Bear, Robert Griffin III. The world-class hurdler bolted out of the gate with a spectacular performance in the opening week of the season, carving up an TCU defense that, when we last saw Gary Patterson's team, was winning the Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs were the stingiest defense in the country in 2010. RG3 lit them up for 50. And he didn't slow down much, if at all, from there.

Scouts keeping close eye on stellar group of under-the-radar players - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Here are the top 10 underrated prospects scouts believe could wind up as top 100 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Week 14 Rewind: Weeden, Boykin, Keenum leave questions - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Each week, we rewind the game film to highlight the star-worthy performances that could impact the 2012 draft rankings:

Big Board: Don't doubt Luck as No. 1; Jenkins steps up - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Scouts want to see consistency throughout the regular season, but strong performances during the postseason can push prospects up the board quickly and even spring board into the all-star game and workout circuit to further elevate a player's draft status.

Prospect of the day: Southern Cal ILB Chris Galippo | National Football Post
Can the former five-star recruit find a home in the NFL?

Miami DT Marcus Forston Declares for the Draft: Where does he stand? | National Football Post
Where does the standout D-lineman fall in this year’s draft class?

Draft Talk 12.0 | National Football Post
Andrew Perloff of SI.com and the Dan Patrick Show joins Wes Bunting this week to talk Cousins, Tannehill and Wright.

Prospect of the day: Texas LB Emmanuel Acho | National Football Post
Senior linebacker has been one of the few bright spots on the Longhorns this year.

Taking a look at two small-school sleepers | National Football Post
One lives up to the hype the other has some work to do.

The NFP Mock Ten | National Football Post
Our first mock draft of the season.

Where does Oklahoma DE Ronnell Lewis fit in the 2012 NFL Draft? | National Football Post
Lewis has some pass rushing talent, but is he first round caliber?

Prospect of the day: Clemson DT Brandon Thompson | National Football Post
Senior defensive tackle looks like a potential day one NFL starter.

Film Breakdown of Courtney Upshaw. - Mocking The Draft
Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw is one of the more intriguing prospects in the up coming draft. CBSSports.com ranks him as the 23rd best player in the draft, Scouts Inc at ESPN.com have him as the 22nd and Mocking The Draft list him as high as 11. He's a versatile player that is scheme diverse. In Alabama's defense, you'll see him line up as a 3-4 OLB, a 3-4 jack LB and a 4-3 DE with his hand in the dirt.

2012 NFL Draft Q&A with NFLMocks - Mocking The Draft
On a weekly basis (so long as I remember my half), MtD and NFLMocks.com hooks up for a draft-related Q&A. This week I sent the questions over to NFLMocks' lead editor Jesse Bartolis on a few different subjects. My questions are in bold. His answers are italicized.

2012 NFL Draft stock up spotlight - Mocking The Draft
Throughout the season we've looked at some players who helped their 2012 NFL Draft stock with great performances in the previous week's games. This week's games featured a lot of good performances by defensive linemen.

2012 NFL Draft underclassmen tracker - Mocking The Draft
The Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. With that, news is coming out daily on the intentions of underclassmen. After the jump, check out the news we've gathered thus far. In addition to news posts and pieces of our daily links packages, follow along on the page for this here.

Draft grade will determine whether or not Montee Ball goes pro - Mocking The Draft
There has arguably been no better running back in college football this season than Wisconsin junior Montee Ball.

2012 NFL Draft: Five underclassmen who shouldn't go pro - Mocking The Draft
Every year the NFL Draft is filled with underclassmen who ultimately make up the best talent in the draft. Conversely, some of the underclassmen who go pro do so unwisely. This year is no different. Here are five underclassmen who could be on the fringe of entering the draft and maybe shouldn't.

2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon going pro - Mocking The Draft
After Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the most surefire junior to enter the 2012 NFL Draft was Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

Burfict tumbling on NFL draft boards - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Four Pac-12 players are ranked identically on ESPN draft guru Todd McShay's and Mel Kiper's NFL draft boards, but Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict's stock is plummeting. Both have Stanford QB Andrew Luck No. 1, USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil No. 2, USC QB Matt Barkley No. 6 and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin No. 7.

NFL supplements Indy Combine with eight others - CBSSports.com - The new Combine workouts are designed to function as the Indianapolis event operates. Players will be measured and asked to perform all of the athletic tests -- like the bench press, vertical jump and 40-yard dash -- that occur in Indianpolis. The players who impress the most in the regional combines may then be invited to a newly created NFL Super Regional Combine to be held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on March 30-31. While the athletic tests are critical to prospects getting their names out there, some of the more underrated elements of the traditional combine will be more difficult to replicate. Teams rely on the extensive medical testing done at local hospitals while athletes attend the Indianapolis combine. Similarly, athletes are shuttled through team interviews in Indianapolis, making the entire process a well-organized, smoothly running event.

Who is Jeremy Lane? | National Football Post - A genuine sleeper DB from Northwestern State.

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