In just 2 days, the 2017 college football season kicks off and that means the work of NFL road scouts will kick into high gear as they look for the building blocks that will take their team to the next level and beyond.
And in that spirit, we bring you the second edition of our initial, way-too-early look at potential 2018 draft prospects. This edition covers where football games are won, the trenches. And we have the perfect guest here tonight to help us break down the OL, DL, and EDGE players that are likely to hear their names called next April. He is Dr. Trenches himself, our good friend Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com.
Nick’s Twitter Handle: @NickKendellMHH
- The top two edge rushers on most boards I’ve seen are Arden Key (LSU) and Harold Landry (Boston College). In addition, both often crack the top ten overall. What are your early impressions of both players? Similarities/differences? Who do you have rated higher and why?
- Another EDGE prospect that was flying under the radar until late June is Dorance Armstrong (Kansas). Matt Miller (Bleacher Report) mentioned in a column that Armstrong was originally his super-sleeper prospect for this season until Kansas HC David Beaty compared him to Myles Garrett. Do you buy or sell the hype on Armstrong?
- The 2017 OT class was one of the shallowest in recent memory. However, 2018’s OT crop promises to be the exact opposite. In your most recent, way-too-early, Top 40 board, you have six OT’s listed. I understand the hype on Connor Williams (Texas) and Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame). However, I either wasn’t wowed by or didn’t have time to check out tape of the other four (Trey Adams [Washington], Martez Ivey [Florida], Chukwuma Okorafor [Western Michigan], Brian O’Neill [Pittsburgh]). Can you explain on a case-by-case basis why those latter four could warrant a first-round draft selection next April?
- Only one interior OL made it on to your initial Top 40 board, and that is Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame). How does Nelson compare to other recent interior OL studs that were drafted in the first two rounds (i.e.: Zack Martin, Cody Whitehair, Forrest Lamp)?
- 2016 was arguably the deepest DL class in two decades. The 2017 class was average at best. At first glance, is this 2018 DL group closer to that of 2016, 2017, or somewhere in between?
- The early consensus is that Christian Wilkins is the best DL prospect in this class. What makes Wilkins so special and would it surprise you if he ends up being a top-10 or top-five pick?
- Four other DL made it on your initial top 40 board: Trenton Thompson (Georgia), Da’Ron Payne (Alabama), Vita Vea (Washington), Derrick Nnadi (Florida State). Give us a little scouting report on each of them and explain why they are this high.
- Name one EDGE, OT, C/G, DL currently not in your top 40 that you believe will make it onto the list by draft day
And that’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we plan to be back tomorrow with more fantasy football advice and analysis with Jody Smith (GridironExperts.com), 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 Nick Kendell, our producer Chris Brodhead, man in the box, I’m David Kromelow saying so long and stay awesome!!!