Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow.
Well, in just one week, the NFL will officially break for the summer until training camp. But a particular component of all 32 NFL clubs won’t be on vacation…and that is the road scouts.
As we speak, scouting and personnel departments across the league are already getting ready for the 2018 NFL Draft. They are already thoroughly researching hundreds, if not thousands of players who will be draft eligible next year. But as we know, this is a year-round process, and lots will change in the months ahead. That said, it is never too early to take an initial picture of the potential upcoming draft class, and that’s what we plan to do with our “Early 2018 Draft Outlook” series here on Sports Krunch with DKrom.
And we kick off this series today with a look at the possible 2018 crop of offensive skill position players (QB, RB, WR, TE). And to help us analyze this talent pool is Jonah Tuls. Jonah is one of the best draft analysts out there, as he is one of the main writers for draftbreakdown.com, which is in my opinion, THE best website to get a head start on the draft process. The game film they dig up on all these prospects is the best you can find aside from the all-22 film, which is difficult to find. I’ve been meaning to get Jonah on the program for a while, and it is a pleasure to finally welcome him here.
Jonah’s Twitter handle: @JonahTulsNFL
- The three QB’s getting the most buzz so far are USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. What are some reasons that buzz is justified and what are some reasons that buzz is not justified for each of those three?
- Two other QB’s getting almost as much attention are Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Luke Falk (Washington State). Do you think they or any other QB can also land in the first round based on what you have seen from their tape thus far?
- In 2018, we may also have two RB’s go in the top 10 in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and LSU’s Derrius Guice. After watching highlights of Barkley and Guice on Draft Breakdown these past few weeks, I can see why everybody is raving about them. Both are strong, fast, and have three-down skills. However, Barkley is getting more top-five talk than Guice so far, but you said you like Guice a little bit better at the present time. Can you explain that opinion? It is a close call in my opinion
- After Barkley and Guice, you have a lot of intriguing RB’s that will become draft eligible in the year ahead. Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage is one that stood out. A 230-pound athletic freak who can catch the ball well, take snaps in the Wildcat formation, moves piles for yards on end, has enough burst to bounce outside, and scores a LOT of touchdowns as we saw against Texas Tech (scored an NCAA record 8 TD’s). However, he seems more like a jack-of-all-trades athlete than football player from my observation. What do you think he needs to do this season in order to garner consideration on day two, if not day one?
- We all know 2017’s RB class was very deep (Fournette, McCaffery, Cook, Mixon, Kamara, Hunt, Perine, Pumphrey, Cohen, etc.) But I see similar potential in the 2018 class as well. After Barkley and Guice, there may be a falloff, but there are still many intriguing options like Ballage, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones, Myles Gaskin, etc. Do you think the 2018 RB class could be just as deep and intriguing?
- Focusing on WR’s, a name being hyped by some is SMU’s Courtland Sutton. I can see why given his size (6-4, 215) and his ball skills, which bear some similarities to Chargers 2017 first-round draft pick Mike Williams. Do you buy the hype on him?
- Other WR’s being mentioned as contenders for the top WR spot in the 2018 class are Clemson’s Deon Cain and Alabama’s Calvin Ridley. What makes them appealing and are there any other prospects who can challenge for that distinction??
- Does the 2018 TE class at the moment appear to be the polar opposite of the 2017 class in which you had three go in round one alone?
- Can you think of any offensive skill position player that nobody is talking about right now that you think will surprise and climb to the top of draft boards by next spring? Which prospect we talked about earlier is the most likely to tumble down draft boards to be selected on day three…or not drafted at all??
And that’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we plan to be back next week with the final two episodes of our 2017 NFL draft recap series, so stay tuned. Also, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at sportskrunch.com!!! For Jonah Tuls, our producer Chris Brodhead, man in the box, I’m David Kromelow saying so long and stay awesome!!!