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Chomping at Bits: Gators gear up for NFL Draft, Will Muschamp "musts," and pro stadiums

Chomping at Bits looks at the Gators in the NFL Draft and what it will take for Will Muschamp to keep his job, and lists the best professional sports arenas and/or stadiums in the country.

Chris Trotman

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Only time will tell: With a lot of speculation on what Will Muschamp and the Gators have to accomplish this year for him to return as head coach. A final record of 6-6, I'm not so sure. (Mark Miller, Gator Country)

Best defense in the SEC East: The smart money would be on either the Gators or the South Carolina Gamecocks. Also, give me the Vanderbilt Commodores as a surprise top defense this year. (Jon Cooper, Saturday Down South)

Final football spring report card: When was the last time you saw the Gators' offense get an "A" in anything? (Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun)

Recruiting a linebacker: We'll see how though getting a player out of Ohio is. (Andrew Spivey, Gator Country)

And a lineman: Again, Ohio. We'll see. (Andrew Spivey, Gator Country)

NFL Draft and the SEC: Ever wondered which SEC team has had the most ever players drafted? Hint: It's not Alabama. And why does the NFL just love drafting SEC players? (Jon Cooper, Saturday Down SouthJon Cooper, Saturday Down South)

Dominique Easley could be a steal: Somewhere in rounds 2-4 sounds about right, but that's not exactly going out on a limb either. (Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press)

Another breakdown of potential Gators draftees: Nine former Gators expect to be drafted this year? That seems a little high. But I do agree with the whole quantity over quality thing. (Hays Carlyon, The Florida Times-Union)

Baseball falls to Mercer: The Gators are quietly have a good year despite dropping their third straight mid-week game. They currently sit at No. 4 in Baseball America's poll with an overall record of 33-16. (Jim Harvin, The Gainesville Sun)

Five softball players get All-SEC honors: The only first-team player was Kelsey Stewart. (GatorZone)

Speaking of the NFL Draft: I know it'd be bad for television, but I'd change it if it were up to me. I'd give teams in the first round five minutes to make a pick, three minutes in rounds two and three and one minute for every other round. They've scouted enough, had enough time to talk about moving up or down and make trades. The draft is way too long.

Atlanta Braves: I'll be at the Braves game tonight. Which leads me to...

Best professional sports stadiums: I'm not talking about location or what neighborhood the stadium is in, I'm just talking about the actual stadium itself. So here are my favorite CURRENTLY IN USE professional stadiums that I've been to.

  • 1) Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs: It just doesn't get any better.
  • 2) PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates: Right on the Allegheny River with a look at the Pittsburgh skyline in the distance. It's well-designed too.
  • 3) Turner Field, Atlanta Braves: It's a really well-designed stadium. Too bad they're moving, but that's a location issue.
  • 4) Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Predators: Surprisingly loud. Especially when the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings or St. Louis Blues are in town. Go Blues! (Sigh.)
  • 5) LP Field, Tennessee Titans: Right on the Tennessee River. Awesome.

Just missing the list: Lambeau Field (maybe if I had gone after the construction upgrades a few years ago and not during it, I'd have it higher. Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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