Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the fifth 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 journey through the NFC North. The NFC North might be the most talented division in terms of QB play in 2018. With the return of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, the arrival of Kirk Cousins in Minnesota, the continued high-level play of Matthew Stafford in Detroit and the expected second-year leap for Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago, the race for the NFC North crown could be a very competitive one. But are there any pieces in this 2018 NFL Draft that can put one of these teams over the top? Joining us now to help us answer that question plus analyze the draft plans of the Bears, Packers, Lions and Vikings is our good friend Aaron Leming of bearreport.com. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the show Aaron, how are you doing?
- The Bears sit in a unique spot at eight. If thethree big blue chip players (Nelson, Barkley, Chubb) are gone by eight, would you stay put and make the pick, or would you be willing to trade down with teams in the QB market like the Chargers or Patriots?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Bears [assuming they stay put]
- The Packers need help all over their defense. Their pass rush pretty much consists of 32-year old Clay Matthews and often-injured Nick Perry. They ranked 23rd in pass defense last year and need more youth at CB, and could also use a three-down linebacker to help there as well. If Harold Landry is off the board by 14, should they go with a corner (Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson), a linebacker (Leighton Vander Esch, assuming Smith and Edmunds are gone) or should they address a need on offense?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Packers
- There are two different ways I see the Lions going at 20 overall. They either roll the dice on an edge rusher (Marcus Davenport, Josh Sweat) or take that bellcow RB that they’ve been lacking for so long in DerriusGuice, if he’s available. What direction would you go in if you were the Lions?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Lions
- The Vikings top priority in this draft, in my opinion, has to be the protection of their new $84 million man Kirk Cousins. They especially need more help on the interior of their offensive line. Would Billy Price (in the event the Vikings are satisfied with his medicals) or Frank Ragnow (if the Vikings are afraid he’ll be gone by the time they pick next) be worth it here? They are two guys the Vikings reportedly really like
- Ideal four-round haul for the Vikings
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. Stay tuned for the final two episodes of our Dash To The Draft extravaganza!! 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 Aaron, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Aaron Leming, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as always, stay awesome!!!
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