Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are the early favorites to be the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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*OK, you're on the clock. You have 52 weeks to decide. Who will you take with the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft?
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater?
The best pass-rushing prospect of the last decade or a quarterback who throws more strikes than Justin Overlade? A defensive end who knocked a Michigan running back into 1999 or a quarterback who made the Florida defense look as if the Gators were playing five against 11?
Enjoy the debate. Join the discussion. Suggest another contender. Clowney has been considered the best player in this class since he was a senior in high school. And the hit he delivered against Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl earned him a major spread in Sports Illustrated.
Bridgewater looks primed to put up big numbers this fall. He's surrounded by a string of formidable receivers as well as a solid group of backs and blockers. Louisville's schedule makes it likely he puts up big numbers.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan could join the scrum. Some throw Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (I defeated spell-check the second time around) into the discussion, too, despite questions about his size.
But the wise guys are saying it is Clowney vs. Bridgewater for the top spot. Who's your pick?
*Weather permitting, the national game of the day in college baseball will be played at Jim Patterson Stadium today at 6:30 p.m. – Vanderbilt vs. Louisville. Vandy is ranked third by Baseball America magazine, while the Cards are 12th.
The Commodores are 35-6 and lead the SEC East Division by five games over South Carolina. Vandy is expected to start freshman Walker Buehler, a product of Henry Clay High School in Lexington. Buehler has 36 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings and has only allowed one home run.
Kyle McGrath, a left-hander with a 5-0 record, will start for the Cardinals. A graduate of Butler High School, McGrath has 39 strikeouts in 31 innings, while also allowing only one home run.
*Don't be surprised if you see former University of Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger in town this week. He is visiting with Ron Smith, a writer based in Fort Myers, Fla.
They're working on Schnellenberger's autobiography. He wants a major part of the book to include focus on his early years in Louisville at Flaget High School as well as his 10-year run as the head coach at U of L.