Time for the final Blog Bag answers of the year. Only three questions, but three is a good number. And it reminded me of this classic movie.
Q: Any hunches on which juniors may enter the NFL Draft? From what I’m reading, it kind of sounds like Gabe Jackson may be going.
A: I’m not so sure about Jackson going. The offensive guard has submitted paperwork to the NFL in order to get feedback, and he should get a good draft grade. But he won’t be a first-round guy, so his best option might be to come back, because I think Jackson could move into first-round consideration for the 2014 draft.
Q: It looks like Jonathan Banks will be a first-rounder, making it three years in a row that State has had a first-round choice. Any possible breakout players for the 2013 season who could make it four first-rounders in a row in the 2014 draft?
A: As mentioned above, if Jackson returns he could fall into that category. Otherwise, it’s hard to day. Any candidates would have to up their game considerably next season to enter that conversation, but one possibility might be defensive end Denico Autry. He’s got the talent, and he has started to really grasp what it takes to be an elite SEC end. Maybe quarterback Tyler Russell, too, but he would really need to light it up, and a lot of receivers are leaving.
Q: What are the odds we have some coordinator change in the offseason, especially if we lose the bowl game? If we come out flat and get destroyed in the bowl game, then that falls 100 percent on the coaches, and I’d think changes have to be made.
A: If a change is going to be made, the bowl game won’t be – and shouldn’t be – the determining factor. Because in the end, it’s just an exhibition game. I don’t foresee Dan Mullen firing either offensive coordinator Les Koenning or defensive coordinator Chris Wilson; if he were going to do that, I think he would’ve done so by now.