We are officially less than five weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft, and the jockeying has already begun. These past five days, two trades that will likely effect what happens on the night of April 26 have gone down. Late last week, the Jets traded their two second-round picks this year plus their 2019 second-rounder to the Colts to move up to the third spot and select a QB. And earlier today, the Giants, who own the 2nd overall pick, traded away DE Jason Pierre-Paul and their 2018 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for Tampa’s 2018 third and fourth-round selections. I can’t remember seeing this much movement at such a point before a draft…and this is only the beginning. While we await the next trade, we shall continue with the fifth installment of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series. Today, we will be analyzing this year’s WR & TE classes with the help of Kevin Brown, who is an NFL Draft analyst for profootballdraftzone.com.
Kevin’s Twitter handle: @nfldraftnik
- It has recently been thought that WR is one of the “safest” positions to draft. However, the past three drafts have shown that that’s not necessarily the case. Five of the six receivers drafted in the first round in 2015 haven’t played up to their value, and Stefon Diggs, a fifth-round pick, is arguably the best WR from that class so far. Michael Thomas, a second-round pick in 2016, has outplayed all four of the receivers picked in round one that year. And last year, three WR’s (Corey Davis, Mike Williams, John Ross) went in the top 10, and they combined for only 470 receiving yards and 0 TD’s. Moreover, they were out-produced by Juju Smith-Schuster (2nd-round pick, 917 yards and 7 TD’s) and Cooper Kupp (869 yards, 5 TD’s). This 2018 WR crop, according to many, is deep, yet it lacks star power. Is this another year for WR-needy teams to wait on WR’s until Day 2 or 3?
- The guy that has been expected to be the first WR off the board for quite some time is Alabama’s Calvin Ridley. However, his slender-build (189 lbs.), average combine numbers, and advanced age (will be 24 this year) might give teams pause. Would it surprise you if D.J. Moore (Maryland), a receiver that’s reportedly rising up draft boards around the league ends up being selected before Ridley?
- After Ridley and Moore, there are three WR’s that are likely to go early on day two: Courtland Sutton (SMU), Christian Kirk (Texas A&M), James Washington (Oklahoma State). Give us your views on each of them, and can any of them sneak into the tail end of round one?
- The NFL doesn’t seem to be as high on this TE class as many on Draft Twitter are. What are your impressions of this TE crop?
- If there were any TE’s worth a late day 1 or early day 2 pick, who would they be and why?
- Best day three values at WR? TE?
- Buy Or Sell: DJ Chark, DaeSean Hamilton, Equanimeous St. Brown, Daurice Fountain, Tre’Quan Smith, Mike Gesicki, Will Dissly, Ian Thomas, Dalton Schultz
- Best fits
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we will be back with more of our Dash To The Draft series next week…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!! 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 Kevin, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Kevin Brown, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!