If there's one expert on the NFL Draft, it's ESPN's Mel Kiper.
He says Andy Alleman is looking like a second rounder.
Considering Alleman is a guard from a small conference, that is pretty high praise. Scouts love Alleman's potential as a mobile blocker.
At first, scouts thought the former Zip would fit in with a zone blocking scheme, like you'll see in Denver and Atlanta. Now, I think that restriction is gone.
Don't take Kiper's word for pure gold, however. Players may rise or fall a round or two on draft day. A lot of circumstances -- such as a projected first rounder falling -- could bump Alleman to the third round, where I think he'll wind up.
Akron split a doubleheader with Ball State today.
The Zips relied heavily on leadoff hitter Phil Bednar in the 13-5 win. The infield transfer from Ball State tallied four hits and two RBIs against his former team.
In the loss, Akron found itself in an early hole after allowing three unearned runs, ironically on a Bednar error.
Next up for the Zips (10-5) is a home game on Wednesday against Cleveland State.
Here's a reminder that the university is throwing a party to congratulate Akron on its season on Monday.
It starts at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Arena. The first 500 attendees will receive free pizza and pop.