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26 minutes | 3 years ago
#124 Dash To The Draft XXIX: NFC West Draft Recap with Jordan Reid
1. The 49ers dedicated the first part of their draft to supporting their new franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo. With the ninth overall pick, they got some much-needed protection for Garoppolo by selecting Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey. To many, McGlinchey can grow into an elite RT in the mold of Jack Conklin and Ricky Wagner. However, there is talk that McGlinchey will eventually replace Joe Staley (who’s getting long in the tooth) at left tackle when Staley retires. Should McGlinchey spend his entire career on the right side, or do you think he’s capable of developing into a rock solid blindside protector? 2. After getting Garoppolo that protection in round one, they got him another weapon in round two, as they traded up for Washington WR Dante Pettis. Matt Waldman, a good friend of the program and one of THE brightest football minds out there, had Pettis as the top receiver in this class. When he was previously on the program, he said that Pettis fits the current mold of WR that has seen instant success in the NFL; not the tallest or fastest, but quick with excellent route running ability and the versatility to play either in the slot or on the perimeter. However, Mike Mayock said while discussing this pick on the NFL Network broadcast that Pettis is only a slot guy in his view. Does your evaluation of Pettis side more with the opinion of Matt Waldman or of Mike Mayock? 3. My personal favorite pick the 49ers made in this draft was their selection of BYU LB Fred Warner in round three. Warner was one of my favorite guys that I watched at the Senior Bowl, as his speed and ability to cover a lot of ground in a hurry were on display in each practice. Do you see Warner winning a starting job in training camp and assuming the “KJ Wright” role in Robert Saleh’s defense? 4. The 49ers added another intriguing receiver in the seventh round in Middle Tennessee’s Richie James. He compares very favorably to Jamison Crowder of the Redskins. However, with all the receivers on this 49ers team right now; Garcon, Goodwin, Pettis, Trent Taylor…I can’t find a role for him in this offense at least this season. What do you envision Richie James’ role being in both the short and long term? 5. The Arizona Cardinals traded up five spots in the first round to select who they hope will be their next franchise QB in Josh Rosen. According to many during the pre-draft process, most notably his college coach Jim Mora, Rosen had to land somewhere with an offensive coordinator that would challenge him intellectually. New Cardinals OC Mike McCoy runs a very complex system that is comparable to that of Josh McDaniels. Because of McCoy, could Rosen have asked for a better landing spot? 6. My personal concern with Josh Rosen wasn’t his character. It was his durability. His extensive injury history coupled with his limited mobility and the problems he has under pressure are even more worrying to me given the fact that the Cardinals OL is arguably a bottom-five unit in the league. Do you think it would be wise for the offense to be centered around David Johnson this year in order to best protect Rosen? 7. In round two, the Cardinals took Texas A&M WR (and Arizona native) Christian Kirk. What makes this pick so interesting is that Kirk and Josh Rosen have known each other since high school. Head coach Steve Wilks stressed after the draft that they want Christian Kirk on the field early and often. Do you think the experience Rosen and Kirk shared in high school will help their connection on the playing field pay immediate dividends?
22 minutes | 3 years ago
#123 Dash To The Draft XXVIII: NFC South Draft Recap with Brian Bosarge
How much did the Panthers and Falcons close the gap on the division champion Saints? Joining us to answer those questions and more about these four NFC South draft hauls is Brian Bosarge, the founder of deepfrieddraft.com. Brian is also a voter for the Fred Biletnikoff award, the annual honor given to college football’s best wide receiver. It’s a pleasure to welcome Brian to the show for the very first time, how are you Brian? 1. The Bucs started off their draft by trading down five spots with the Bills, and I personally thought they were going to take Derwin James. However, they surprised us by taking Vita Vea instead. At first, I did not understand this pick but as the draft unfolded, the theme of Tampa wanting to get meaner and nastier came to light and I understood it better. That said, Vea will only be worth the value of the 12th overall pick if he turns into a reliable QB disruptor on passing downs. Do you see him turning into such a weapon? 2. The trade down left Tampa with three picks in the second round and they used two of them to address the secondary with corners M.J. Stewart (North Carolina) and Carlton Davis (Auburn). Looking at Tampa’s current starting CB’s, you have Brent Grimes, Vernon Hargreaves and Ryan Smith. Which of those two rookies (Stewart or Davis) has the best chance to crack the starting lineup this year? What are the long-term roles for Stewart and Davis in the Bucs D going forward? 3. With the other pick they had in round two, the Buccaneers selected who they hope will become the consistent option they’ve needed at RB for so long in Ronald Jones. What skills does Ronald Jones bring to Tampa’s backfield that they’ve been sorely lacking in recent years? 4. Since Roddy White’s play deteriorated, the Falcons have been looking for that consistent running mate for Julio Jones. Mohamed Sanu is a good player, but his play leaves much to be desired. Thus, with their first round pick, the Falcons selected another Alabama WR to play opposite Julio in Calvin Ridley. Is Ridley likely that long-term successor to Roddy White and how much will his presence help the Falcons offense recapture the magic from their 2016 Super Bowl run? 5. The Falcons were also looking for another boundary CB to play opposite of Desmond Trufant and they had to be ecstatic that Isaiah Oliver of Colorado fell all the way to them in round two. Many on Twitter as well as on TV were surprised he fell as far as he did. Why do you think Oliver lasted until that 58th overall pick? Do you expect Oliver to be starting week 1 with Robert Alford moving into the slot? 6. Atlanta also wanted to address the DL after losing Dontari Poe in free agency and they did so in round three with the defensive star of the East/West Shrine Game, Deadrin Senat of South Florida. Is he a better long-term replacement for Poe? Or is he a better long-term replacement Grady Jarrett if the Falcons aren’t able to re-sign him? 7. Like the Falcons have been trying to do with Roddy White, the Panthers have been constantly searching for an heir to Steve Smith, Sr. the past several years…and they hope that search ended with their selection of Maryland WR D.J. Moore in round one. During NFL Network’s broadcast of the first round, Smith referred to Moore as his “spirit animal.” Do you see any similarities in Moore’s game to Smith’s and regardless of if you do or not, does D.J. Moore have what it takes to become the new WR1 in Carolina?
34 minutes | 3 years ago
#122 Dash To The Draft XXVII: NFC North Draft Recap with Aaron Leming
1. It is very fitting that the year Brian Urlacher gets enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Bears selected a guy many believe to be a generational talent at the LB position in Roquan Smith. How excited should Bears fans be about Roquan Smith and does he have a high enough ceiling as a player in order to be the next great Hall of Fame-caliber linebacker in Bears history along with Butkus, Singletary and Urlacher? 2. After missing out on Quenton Nelson is the first round, the Bears had to be giddy that another special OL talent in Iowa C James Daniels fell to them in the second round. Pairing Daniels up with Cody Whitehair and a healthy Kyle Long can give the Bears one of the best interior offensive lines in the entire NFL. Mike Mayock suggested right after the pick was made that the Bears should slide Daniels into his most natural position at the pivot while kicking Cody Whitehair out to guard. However, the Bears plan is to keep Whitehair at center and have Daniels play left guard. What is your preferred plan for James Daniels: Mayock’s plan or the Bears’ plan? 3. Arguably the biggest splash the Bears made in the draft was trading up approximately 50 spots and surrendering their 2019 second-round pick to take Memphis WR Anthony Miller. Based on Miller’s talent alone, this was more than a fair price for the Bears to pay…just watch the UCLA game to realize how special Miller is. However, his injury history is giving me second thoughts about this move. Miller is coming off a Jones fracture in his foot, and as we saw in the past with Kevin Durant and Sammy Watkins, the rate of re-injury is high for this particular malady. What do you say to Bears fans that fear that this is Kevin White 2.0 all over again? 4. Which one of the Bears day three picks are you personally excited about the most long-term and why? 5. The Packers and new GM Brian Gutekunst made it a priority to address their chronic troubles in pass defense in this draft and they began to solve that problem in the first round with their selection of Louisville CB Jaire Alexander. Many analysts, including Mike Mayock had him as the top-rated corner in this class. Did you see any attributes to his game on tape that justify why Mayock and others felt that way about Alexander? 6. The Packers doubled down on corner in round two with Iowa ballhawk Josh Jackson. While Jackson has arguably the best ball skills of any corner in this draft, he is still relatively new to the position and struggled moving in space at the Combine, which was a big reason why he slid out of the first round. Would it be better for the Packers to have him in more of a situational role as opposed to a starting role this season? 7. On Day 3 of the draft, the Packers tripled down at WR with height/weight/speed specimens in J’Mon Moore (Missouri), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (South Florida) and Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame). Of those three big-bodied receivers, which one is most likely to win the trust of Aaron Rodgers? 8. The Lions added who they hope is the final piece of a potential top-five offensive line in Arkansas C Frank Ragnow with their first round selection. But like the Bears and James Daniels, the Lions have an interesting decision on whether to put Ragnow at guard or center. If you were Matt Patricia, at which of those two positions would you make Frank Ragnow play this season?
43 minutes | 3 years ago
#121 Dash To The Draft XXVI: NFC East Draft Recap with Cole Thompson
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We just completed our journey through the AFC in our Dash To The Draft recap series and today, we begin our journey through the NFC with a stop in the NFC East. This division saw a lot of big-time playmakers and high-upside defenders land there…but did anybody do enough to close the gap on the Eagles? Did the Eagles get even more dangerous long-term with any of their picks? Joining us to answer these questions and break down the 2018 draft classes of the Giants, Redskins, Cowboys and Eagles is our good friend Cole Thompson of draftwire.com. Great to have you back on the program Cole, how are you? 1. Is Saquon Barkley a special enough talent to warrant being selected with the number two overall pick and do you see Hall of Fame potential in him like Dave Gettleman does? 2. How does Will Hernandez fit into Pat Shurmur’s zone scheme, especially since most had him pegged as a man-blocking scheme fit only? 3. Do you see Lorenzo Carter growing into that #1 pass rush threat for the Giants that Jason Pierre-Paul was? 4. Will Da’Ron Payne ever become an every-down force, or will he be limited as a two-down run stuffer? 5. Jay Gruden recently said he only sees DerriusGuice currently as a first and second down back. However, many believe he has untapped potential in the passing game. Do you think Guice can become a three-down back by 2019? 6. Would it surprise you if Shaun Dion Hamilton replaces Mason Foster in the starting lineup by next year, if not sooner? 7. What does Leighton Vander Esch bring to the table that will help a young Cowboys defense take the next big step forward? 8. Do you like Connor Williams better at RT for the Cowboys, or do you think he’ll thrive just as much (if not more) at LG in their scheme? 9. Which of the three past-catchers the Cowboys drafted should they be most excited about long-term: Michael Gallup,Dalton Schultz or Cedrick Wilson? 10. Is there anything in Dallas Goedert’s game that makes him a potential upgrade from Trey Burton the moment he steps onto the field? 11. How realistic is it to expect Avonte Maddox to be in serious contention for starting slot CB duties this season? 12. Overreaction/Not an Overreaction -Kyle Lauletta will grow into Eli Manning’s long-term successor -Trey Quinn will be the Redskins new slot receiver if Jamison Crowder heads elsewhere in free agency next March -Bo Scarbrough will win the Cowboys backup RB job this summer -Josh Sweat will be a major part of the Eagles four-man DE rotation this year and notch 2-5 sacks Thank you Cole…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. We’ll be back later this weekswith a recap of the NFC North draft classes…so stay tuned!Be sure to check out the episode archiveas well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Cole, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football. For Cole Thompson, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as usual, stay awesome!!! Cole’s Twitter handle: @MrColeThompson
24 minutes | 3 years ago
#120 Dash To The Draft XXV: AFC South Draft Recap with Jake Arthur
Joining us now to break down the draft classes of the Colts, Texans, Titans and Jaguars is our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the Colts for StampedeBlue.com. Great to have you here as always Jake, how are you? 1. When you last came on the program, both you and I agreed that Quenton Nelson was the best option for the Colts at six should Bradley Chubb have been gone by then. Low and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Now that Nelson is a Colt, we know how much he improves that offensive line as a unit, but what I’m wondering is how he can make each member in that OL room better individually. How do you think he can do so? 2. One of the Colts biggest needs in this draft was off-ball linebacker, and they addressed that need with Darius Leonard out of South Carolina State in the second round. I saw Leonard at the Senior Bowl, and his sideline-to-sideline speed and solid coverage abilities stood out to me. Do you think his talent and potential fit in the Colts new defensive system warranted that high of a selection, or do you think there were better LB options on the board? Do you see him starting week 1? 3. The Colts wound up picking four times in the second round, and with half of those selections, they added to their pass rush. One was Kemoko Turay, the freakish athletic specimen out of Rutgers and the other was the guy whose voice you have heard at the beginning of every Dash to the Draft episode this year, our good friend Tyquan Lewis out of Ohio State. Which of these two “potential over production” picks are you the highest on and why? 4. Although the Texans didn’t pick until round three, they had to be beyond thrilled that Stanford safety Justin Reid, Eric Reid’s younger brother, fell into their lap. Many were mocking Reid in the late first round. What does he bring to the back end of the Texans defense that they’ve been lacking in recent years? 5. With their second of three third round picks, the Texans gave Deshaun Watson some much-needed protection by selecting versatile Mississippi State OL Martinas Rankin. Some believe Rankin can play all five OL positions. Which position do you think is his best fit with the Texans? 6. My personal favorite pick of the Texans draft was their selection of Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor in the sixth round. A couple draftniks I respect had Ejiofor has a second-to-third round talent. Assuming he’s fully recovered by training camp, would you anticipate him getting a healthy amount of snaps each week in order to keep Clowney and Mercilus fresh? -Deon Cain will be number two on the Colts WR depth chart behind only TY Hilton by the end of this season -Keke Coutee will beat out Braxton Miller for the Texans slot WR job in training camp -Dane Cruikshank will be a defensive matchup chess piece for the Titans just as much as Minkah Fitzpatrick will be for the Dolphins -Will Richardson will succeed Jeremy Parnell as the Jaguars starting RT in 2019 Thank you Jake…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. We’ll be back tomorrow as we begin making the rounds in the NFC for our 2018 Dash To The Draft recap series…so stay tuned! Be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Jake, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football. For Jake Arthur, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as usual, stay awesome!!! Jake’s Twitter handle: @JakeArthurNFL
19 minutes | 3 years ago
#114 Dash To The Draft XIX: NFC East Draft Preview with Emory Hunt
Dash To The Draft XVIX: NFC East Draft Preview Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are less than 10 days away from the 2018 NFL Draft and in that spirit today, we conclude our seven-episode-in-eight-day Dash to the Draft marathon…with the finalinstallment of our division-by-division draft previews. Our eight division pre-draft journey concludes with the NFC East. What do the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys have to do in this draft in order to give the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles a run for their money? What do the Eagles have to do in this draft in order to not only repeat as NFC East champions, but Super Bowl champions as well? Joining us to help us answer those questions is our good friend Emory Hunt, FANTASTIC NFL Draft analyst for footballgameplan.com. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the program Emory, how are you doing? 1. The Giants are the biggest wild card in this draft. There is absolutely no certainty as to what they’re going to do. Will they select Eli Manning’s successor? Will they pass on a QB and select a blue chip prospect like Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb instead? Or will they trade down? If you were Dave Gettleman, what would you do? 2. Ideal four-round haul for the Giants [assuming they stay put] 1 (2): 2 (34): 3 (66): 3 (69): 4 (108): 3. When you look at the Redskins, you would think this draft has to be centered on rebuilding their defensive front seven. Last year, they were an atrocious 31st-ranked against the run and they enter the draft with no significant fresh faces there. Would you address this need at 13, or do you think there’s a need that’s as significant for them to fill here? 4. Ideal four-round haul for the Redskins 1 (13): 2 (44): 4 (109): 5. Before last Friday, I was convinced the Cowboys would either address their LB, DT, or LG issues with the 19th overall pick. Now with Dez Bryant gone, I would be almost surprised if they didn’t take the first WR off the board. In what could be a make or break year for Dak Prescott, you have to give him whatever he needs to continue improving, and in a weak WR class, you almost certainly have to fill this gaping hole ASAP. What do you think? 6. Ideal four-round haul for the Cowboys 1 (19): 2 (50): 3 (81): 4 (116): 4 (137): 7. Despite picking at 32, the Eagles find themselves in a sweet spot. They can go countless different ways here. They can opt for another playmaker on offense at RB, WR, or even TE. They can select their replacement for Patrick Robinson at slot corner, select a potential long-term successor to Jason Peters at LT, or even strengthen their deep DL given the legal issues with Michael Bennett. There are very few holes, if any, on this Eagles roster right now. What need would you address first at this spot…and is trading down in Philly’s best interest? 8. Ideal four-round haul for the Eagles 1 (32): 4 (130): 4 (132): That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we will be back later in the week with a “what we think will happen” mock draft that includes a lot of trades…so stay tuned!! Also, be sure to check out the episode archive (including our 100th episode special with long-time NFL scout Greg Gabriel) as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Emory, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football. For Emory Hunt, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as always, stay awesome!!! Emory’s Twitter handle: @FBallGamePlan
7 minutes | 3 years ago
#93 How will Blake Bortles' new contract affect the QB carousel and the Jaguars offseason plans?
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. And welcome to the first ever episode of “The Weekly Krunch”, a once-a-week segment in which I break down the top NFL stories of the week and my take on them. The week of February 19, 2018 in the NFL can be summed up in three simple words: tags, trades, and quarterbacks. Tags. While the deadline for teams to administer franchise or transition tags is March 6 at 4 PM ET, the window for doing so opened this past Tuesday February 20. And in stark contrast to traditional tagging practices, the Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on WR Jarvis Landry on Tuesday. Most teams wait until closer to the deadline to apply tags, so why did the Dolphins do so right off the hop? According to Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, while the Fins remain “open” to signing Landry to a long-term deal, the “likeliest outcome” is that they trade him. Potential suitors for Landry could be the Baltimore Ravens, who tried trading for him last year, the Cleveland Browns, who own seven of the top 65 selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, or the San Francisco 49ers, who are eager to get their newly-minted franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo more weaponry. Speaking of trades, Landry is far from the only candidate to be traded. Earlier this week, NFL Media’s Gregg Rosenthal said the following on an episode of the “Around The NFL” podcast: “There’s an expectation from a lot of people in the NFL & insiders that there’s going to be a ton of trades.” And behold on Friday, the second biggest trade of the NFL “offseason” went down. A few weeks after reaching an agreement to trade QB Alex Smith to the Redskins days before the Super Bowl, the Chiefs agreed to trade talented, yet behaviorally troubled All Pro CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for a package of draft picks. The exact specifics on the Chiefs haul in exchange for Peters remains unknown at this time, and will possibly remain unknown until the trade becomes official on March 14 at 4 PM ET. In terms of the big picture here, trades involving players have typically not been as common a practice in the NFL as they have been in the other three major North American sports leagues. However, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted that due to the abundance of more aggressive, younger GM’s plus the fact that the salary cap continues to rise to new record heights every year, a new trend might be emerging. And as the scene shifts to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this week, teams will lay the groundwork for more trades to come in the days and weeks ahead. Some notable players reported or rumored to be on the trading block include Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, Broncos CB Aqib Talib, Eagles DE Vinny Curry, Steelers WR Martavis Bryant and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. Speaking of quarterbacks, another shoe dropped in the quarterback carousel on Saturday as the Jacksonville Jaguars gave Blake Bortles a three-year, $54 million dollar contract with $26.5 million in guarantees and incentives that could push the deal’s overall value up to $66.5 million. Here are the potential effects of the Bortles’ new contract on the QB market and overall free agent market: 1. The Jaguars, who were rumored by some to heavily pursue Kirk Cousins, are now officially out of the running in the Cousins derby. Also this morning, long-time Arizona Cardinals beat reporter Mike Jurecki tweeted that the Cardinals are unlikely to be a heavy bidder for the impending free agent QB. This means that there are likely only three potential landing spots for Kirk Cousins (barring a possible but unlikely game of franchise tag tomfoolery by the Redskins): the Vikings, Broncos, or Jets.
3 minutes | 3 years ago
#84 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with OL Austin Corbett, WR Marcell Ateman + WR D.J. Chark
Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Nevada OL Austin Corbett, Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman and LSU WR D.J. Chark after the conclusion of the final South Team practice. Corbett discussed the rising importance of the guard and center positions in the NFL. Ateman discussed which CB’s stood out to him during the week and Chark talked up his college teammate Derrius Guice, one of the top three RB prospects in this draft class. They also talked about the NFL players at their position they look up to the most and the best contribution they would make to an NFL franchise. Twitter: Austin: @BigCorbs73 Ateman: @ItsMarcell Chark: @DJChark82
3 minutes | 3 years ago
#82 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Josh Norris: Rotoworld.com NFL Draft and Fantasy analyst
Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com discusses two small-school prospects that could rise up draft boards due to their Senior Bowl performances, who “won” the QB duel between Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, and a Senior Bowl WR that could provide value in your fantasy league in 2018. @JoshNorris
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