Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the third edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our division-by-division draft previews with a look inside the NFC South. The NFC South was the NFL’s most competitive division last season, but each team has some serious questions to answer in the draft. Do the Saints use their picks to go all-in on 1-2 more years with 39-year old Drew Brees…or do they do all they can in order to secure his heir apparent? How should the Panthers reload an aging roster with several soon-to-be retiring cornerstones around Cam Newton? Who do the Falcons need to draft in order to help recapture their Super Bowl level of play from 2016? And last but not least, what is the best plan for the Buccaneers in this draft that will let them become a playoff-caliber team? It was a pleasure having Trevor Sikkema on the program to help us answer these questions. Trevor covers the Buccaneers and the NFL Draft for PewterReport.com. And without further ado, here is Trevor Sikkema’s analysis on what the Buccaneers, Panthers, Falcons and Saints should do in the 2018 NFL Draft.
- Let’s say both Quenton Nelson and Saquon Barkley are still on the board at seven. Who would be your first choice for the Bucs and why? Would you take Derwin James ahead of any of them?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Buccaneers
- The Panthers can go countless different ways at 24. They need more help at WR, DE, CB/S, OL (especially on the interior given the departure of Andrew Norwell in FA and the looming retirement of Ryan Kalil) and perhaps LB, given the fact Thomas Davis will also retire after the 2018 season. What would your number one priority be if you were Marty Hurney?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Panthers
- The latest buzz surrounding the Falcons has them heavily targeting DT’s, especially given the loss of Dontari Poe plus the fact Grady Jarrett is coming out of contract after this season. And one name being constantly linked to them as of late is Florida’s Taven Bryan. If he or say Maurice Hurst are there for the taking at 26, do you think they should snatch one of them, or do you think they should address another position of need (WR, G)?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Falcons
- When he was on the program back in early March, Eric Galko (Optimum Scouting) said that the Saints would be the best fit for Lamar Jackson. If he falls within the Saints range, should they do whatever it takes to get him? If not, what other need should they address first?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Saints
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. Stay tuned for the remainder of our Dash To The Draft extravaganza this week!! 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 Trevor, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Trevor Sikkema, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as always, stay awesome!!!
Trevor’s Twitter handle: @TampaBayTre