Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today, with the 2018 NFL Draft officially four weeks away, we continue with our seventh installment of Dash to the Draft. It’s a pleasure to welcome our good friend Cole Thompson of draftwire.com back to the program to break down this deep OL class, which could see as many 8-10 members selected in round one. How are you Cole?
- While right tackle is arguably equally as important as left tackle these days, teams still tend to put a slightly higher premium on blindside protectors. Connor Williams and Mike McGlinchey, arguably the top two tackles in this class, are believed to project better to the right side. And due to the lack of quality left tackle prospects in this class, many will get drafted a lot higher than they should. One name getting a lot of first-round buzz is UCLA’s Kolton Miller, despite the belief that he is a proverbial athletic project. What are your thoughts on Miller’s tape and where is the highest you would personally draft him?
- A similar LT prospect to keep an eye on is Brian O’Neill of Pittsburgh. O’Neill has ridiculous athleticism (4.82 40 time, 7.14 second 3-cone time) but his tape and Senior Bowl performance were rather underwhelming, to put it kindly. However, Eric Galko said on an episode of his podcast in February that he believes O’Neill has a decent chance at going in the first round. Would you be surprised if he ends up going off the board at the tail end of round one, if not the first half of round two?
- Mike McGlinchey got a lot of negative buzz for his performances against North Carolina State and Georgia this year. However, according to some great minds on Draft Twitter, he actually looked pretty good in those games outside of a few plays. Do you share that view?
- Orlando Brown might have had the worst performance in Combine history. And his Pro Day wasn’t that much better. Do you get the impression that he will slide all the way to Day 3?
- The highlight of this OL class is the amazing crop of guards and centers. I spoke to an AFC scout down at the Senior Bowl and I asked him if he thought guards and centers were starting to become equally as valuable as tackles given the presence of guys like Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox. He told me he thinks that is already the case. Do you share that view?
- I personally see 4-5 interior OL worthy of first-round selections: Quenton Nelson, Will Hernandez, Isaiah Wynn, James Daniels and Billy Price. Would you be surprised if all them go on Day 1? How far do you anticipate Price dropping due to his injury?
- A good friend of the show, Erick Trickel believes that the gap between Nelson and Hernandez isn’t as big as some think. Do you agree?
- Buy or Sell: Martinas Rankin, Chukwuma Okorafor, Will Richardson, Geron Christian, Austin Corbett, Skyler Phillips, Colby Gossett, Bradley Bozeman
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. Stay with us this next month as we churn out more and more content to get you ready for the draft!! 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 Cole, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Cole Thompson, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!
Cole’s Twitter handle: @MrColeThompson