Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. With our previews of every position group in this draft class almost finished, we begin another segment in our Dash To The Draft series today. This is the first of an eight-part preview that gives you a division-by-division look at the major needs of every team and what an ideal, yet realistic draft haul would look like for all of them. Tonight we look at a division that was viewed as the worst in the NFL a few years back, but is now becoming one of the most competitive, the AFC South. And to help us preview the potential plans of the Colts, Texans, Titans and Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the NFL and the Colts StampedeBlue.com back to the show. How are you Jake?
- Under what circumstances do you see the Colts trading down again?
- The Colts are in the midst of a massive roster turnover under second-year GM Chris Ballard. They have a ton of needs, but not all of them can be addressed in this draft alone. Out of those many needs, what are the most urgent ones and why?
- Ideal scenario for the Colts six picks in the top 104
- Thanks to the NBA-style trade to get Brock Osweiler off their books and the trade-up to select Deshaun Watson last year, the Texans don’t pick until round three since the Browns own both their first and second round selections. That said, Houston is fortunate to have three third round picks (68, 80 from the Duane Brown trade with the Seahawks, and 98, which is a compensatory selection). Arguably their biggest need is OL, and Cole Thompson (draftwire.com) said a few days ago on this program that if Orlando Brown is there at 68, is he worth it for the Texans at that spot?
- Ideal scenario for Texans third and fourth round picks
- Both of the Titans starting edge rushers (Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan) are on the wrong side of 30. Unfortunately for them, this edge class isn’t the best. Is there a pass rusher (say Marcus Davenport, Josh Sweat, Lorenzo Carter) worth it at 25, or should they address another need there?
- Ideal scenario for Titans picks in the 1st-4th round
- The Jaguars are one of the most stacked rosters in the NFL. However, Blake Bortles is still their QB and he’s essentially on a series of three one-year contracts. Should the Jaguars be willing to bite the bullet on a Mason Rudolph or Kyle Lauletta at 29 overall (it was reported they don’t like Lamar Jackson)? If not, what is their best route?
- Ideal scenario for Jaguars picks in the 1st-4th round
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 Jake, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Jake Arthur, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!
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