Good morning, everyone. The NFL Draft kicks off later tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC, where we’ll finally learn just how high in the order Jamin Davis goes. We’re also inching closer and closer to the 147th running of the KY Derby on Saturday. Coverage begins Friday on NBC starting with the Oaks. It should be a fun next few days for people across the state.
Here’s what you need to know to get your day rolling.
Where will Jamin Davis land?
Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft will hopefully see one former Wildcat go, with most outlets/experts projecting Kentucky ILB Jamin Davis as a first-round selection. ESPN’s Todd McShay even dropped one more mock draft early this morning where he had Davis going No. 29 to the Green Bay Packers.
We’ve come to expect the Packers to defer to later in the draft for offensive playmakers, so I’ll project Davis here as a replacement for linebacker Christian Kirksey, who was released in February. Davis is one of my favorite players in the class and can impact many parts of the defense. — Todd McShay
McShay’s projection is about in line with what the odd-makers think will happen with Davis.
According to offshore gambling websites like BetOnline.ag and Bovada, the line on the former UK linebacker’s draft position is 27.5. So if you think Davis will get drafted in the first round somewhere between the first pick and the 27th, take the under; or take the over if he will fall to No. 28 or later in the draft.
Another one-time Wildcat also expects to hear his name called early in the process, although he likely won’t be one of the first 32. Kelvin Joseph is projected to get drafted within the first three rounds. Round 2 and 3 of the Draft are scheduled for Friday night with Rounds 4-7 planned for Saturday. We’ll have all of that coverage on the site as it happens.
Get to know the new Kentucky WBB assistant: Gail Goestenkors
Kentucky WBB knocked its recent assistant coaching hire out of the park earlier this week. Not only did the Wildcats bring on board someone with 30 years of coaching experience, but the program also added one with a Hall of Fame pedigree.
KSR had the opportunity to sit down with Gail Goestenkors to talk about her new role with the Wildcats, how she was so successful at Duke, and plenty more in a 30-minute conversation that you can check out below.
It’s hard for me to explain just how big of a hire Gail Goestenkors (@gailgoes10) is for the future of Kentucky WBB. So I’ll let her do it.
We spoke earlier today about her role at Kentucky, her past success at Duke, and plenty, plenty more. https://t.co/sxqvesLd7m
— Zack Geoghegan (@ZGeogheganKSR) April 28, 2021
Georgia’s Sahvir Wheeler hearing from Kentucky
It’s not often the case that a second-team All-SEC member who led the conference in both assists (7.4 APG) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68) becomes available during the offseason, but that’s exactly what came to fruition when Georgia star point guard Sahvir Wheeler put his name in the transfer portal last week.
And after sifting through the endless supply of phone calls and text messages he’s received since exploring his options, ten schools have separated themselves from the pack: Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas and Wichita State.
It’s not necessarily a list cut, but those are the schools he’s focused on as he looks to take the next step in the process, the 5-foot-10 guard tells KSR.
SEC Media Day is set
The annual unofficial start to the college football season is back in 2021.
Each year SEC Media Days kicks off college football’s talking season. Canceled by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the event will return to its Hoover roots in late July.
The league office unveiled the schedule Wednesday afternoon in a news release. Mark Stoops is on the slate for day two of the event on July 20, sharing the podium with Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Tennessee’s Josh Heupel and Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin. An event built for the crowd-pleasing Kiffin, he should have plenty to say after his triumphant return was postponed in 2020.
News from around the state
First, some normal news: With a graduation rate of 97% and a college readiness score of 86.5, Dupont Manual High is the No. 1 public high school in Kentucky and is also ranked inside the top 50 nationally among all public high schools.
In U.S. News’ latest Kentucky public high school rankings, Dupont Manual came in at No. 1 overall, followed by Beechwood High School at No. 2, J. Graham Brown School at No. 3, Highlands High School at No. 4 and South Oldham High School at No. 5. U.S. News went ahead and ranked the top 226 public high schools across the Bluegrass State if you’re curious to know where your school landed. Shoutout to my Paul Laurence Dunbar Bulldogs, who came in at No. 11.
Now onto the weird stuff: A three-foot caiman (close relative of an alligator) was captured in Lexington on Wednesday. According to Lexington councilman Richard Moloney, the reptile was spotted in a stream off Roland Avenue near Eastland Parkway. Lexington Animal Care & Control captured it around 3:30 p.m.
If you had alligators in Lexington on your 2021 bingo card… Congrats!! This 3 foot alligator was just caught in a creek near Eastland Parkway. pic.twitter.com/dHa8Ij9Pbw
— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) April 28, 2021
That’s everything you need to know for your Thursday. If you caught last night’s All-Access from UK Football’s Spring Practice, tell us what you thought. Matt Jones and the crew coming up in one hour.