Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Hope you all had a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover. Today, we bring you the second to last position group break down break down of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series. Last year’s RB class is shaping up to be one to remember. Although two RB’s, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery went in the first round and went on to enjoy productive seasons, the 2017 league rushing champion (Kareem Hunt) and the 2017 offensive rookie of the year (Alvin Kamara) were steals in the third round. In addition, the electric Tarik Cohen, who was selected in the fourth round, is turning out to be a special playmaker. But as I’ve been saying for months on this program, this 2018 RB class boasts very similar value and potential to last year’s, and to help us analyze this gifted crop of runners, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Bill Carroll back to the program. Bill writes for ProPlayerInsiders.com, and NutsandBoltsSports.com and also runs his own scouting service, Consensus Draft Services.
1. Many believe Saquon Barkley is both the best overall prospect in this draft and a once-in-a-generation talent. However, a few on Draft Twitter have countered that belief by pointing to Barkley’s underwhelming vision and lack of power in his runs (despite his ridiculous lower-body strength). Many who view Barkley in the former light have compared him to Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson whereas people who view him in the latter light have said he’s another Reggie Bush or Felix Jones. What is your view of Saquon Barkley?
2. There will at least be two RB’s off the board in the first round. One is Barkley, and the other is LSU’s Derrius Guice. Buzz has it that some teams have Guice as their top RB on their board. How big is the gap between Barkley and Guice? Is Guice worthy of a top 15-20 pick?
3. Two other RB’s that could sneak into the back half of the first round are USC’s Ronald Jones and Georgia’s Sony Michel. Both are the quintessential modern-day NFL “satellite backs,” given their explosiveness in space. What are some of the major differences in their game as well as similarities? Which one do you have ranked higher? Do you see legitimacy in the Jamaal Charles (Jones) and Alvin Kamara comps?
4. Sony Michel isn’t the only RB from Georgia in this draft. We can’t forget about Nick Chubb. Even though Chubb still hasn’t regained the form he had prior to that devastating knee injury, he had a very strong 2017 campaign (1,345 rushing yards, 15 TD’s) and tested very well at the Combine, specifically in the vertical jump (38.5”) and the broad jump (128”). If his medicals come back clean, when at the earliest would you consider drafting Chubb?
5. Another RB that started climbing up draft boards during the fall was Rashaad Penny of San Diego State. Penny led the nation in rushing last year with 2,248 rushing yards and he is more explosive than many think he his for his 220-lb. size. However, some people don’t see him as a top-60 talent in this draft because of his upright running style and the “what you see is what you get” perception those folks have of him. What is your take on Rashaad Penny and why do you have him ranked ahead of Ronald Jones and Sony Michel?
6. Buy Or Sell: Kalen Ballage, Nyheim Hines, Kerryon Johnson, John Kelly, Royce Freeman, Mark Walton, Justin Jackson, Phillip Lindsay, Chase Edmonds
7. Most ideal landing spots
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For Bill Carroll, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!
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