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1. As you know, we are just a few days away from the 2022 NFL Draft. Hundreds of young men will see their dreams come true as they will get drafted to play in America's biggest professional sports league. But the pre-draft process, as I'm sure you'd agree having gone through it yourself, is the grind of grinds with all the training, the Combine, Pro Days, top-30 team visits, etc. Describe what a day in the life of a prospect looks like in the days leading up to the draft 2. A few weeks ago, you and your Bears teammates became your 2022 offseason program with a completely new regime in place. What are your early impressions of new Head Coach Matt Eberflus and new GM Ryan Poles? 3. Even though the Bears are currently undergoing a major roster overhaul that will take some time, there is still a lot of optimism amongst Bears fans because of the promising young QB you block for in Justin Fields. In addition, you have a new OC in Luke Getsy, someone that Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams RAVED about and valued highly during their time together in Green Bay. How will Getsy's offense get the most out of Justin Fields? 4. For the first three years of your pro career, you got to be in the same building with one of the most renowned coaches in modern NFL history, Vic Fangio. As of right now, his defense is the most popular scheme around the entire league. Why do you think that is the case and how does Fangio's D make life extra difficult on an offense? 5. There is a hot center prospect in this year's draft in Tyler Linderbaum from Iowa. He may be the most talented center to enter the league in quite some time. However, there is buzz that suggests that he may fall out of the first round at least in part because he's strictly a center with little-to-no experience at guard. Why does the NFL put such a huge premium on interior offensive linemen that can play both center and guard like yourself? 6. As you can tell by the background in my room, I am a huge Denver Broncos fan. And I believe you may know a certain someone on the Broncos. Of course, I'm talking about your fellow K-State offensive linemen Dalton Risner. Do you know Dalton and if so, how often do you communicate these days? How will the Nathaniel Hackett offense (which likely has several similarities to Getsy's) allow Dalton to play the best ball of his career this season? 7. How does the job of an OL change when blocking for an athletic QB known for extending plays like a Justin Fields or Russell Wilson? 8. What are some of your favorite causes off the field to champion and why? 9. COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERLATIVES -Best pre-game warm-up song: “The Boys Of Fall” –Kenny Chesney -Best TD song: “They Don't Know” –Jason Aldean -Best song to help cope with a loss: “Till You Can't” –Cody Johnson -Best victory song: “Proud Of This House We Built” –Brooks & Dunn -Best song for a first dance at a wedding: “Who I Am With You” –Chris Young
1. As you know this spring in the NFL can be summed up in one word: trades. We have seen star player after star player get traded for a bounty of draft picks…and we may not be done. As ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported on Wednesday, 49ers star WR Deebo Samuel has asked for a trade. While the Niners apparently do not intend to honor that request at this time, you know as well as anybody that things in the NFL can change in a flash. Can you see Deebo getting traded either right before or during the draft? 2. Regardless of how the situation with Deebo Samuel unfolds, Peter King said in his Football Morning in America column a week or so ago that he sees a lot of trades going down during the draft. Saints GM Mickey Loomis told King that since the consensus on draft boards across the league is the smallest it has been in a long time, maybe ever, he expects a player the Saints have graded in their top-20 to be within striking distance for them at 49 overall. Another GM said he could see teams without a first-round pick this year trade next year's first and second to move as far up the board as possible. Just how robust do you see the trade market being on Draft Day itself? 3. To summarize how much I LOVE football, both my favorite professional sports period are NFL teams. One is the Denver Broncos, and the other (I believe they're your favorite NFL team) the Chicago Bears. What is the latest intel you're hearing about the draft plans of both of those teams? 4. LISTENER QUESTION: The Packers have historically preferred to wait until the second round to draft a WR. Do you think Green Bay actually drafts a WR in the first round this year? 5. While this year's QB class is very underwhelming, quarterbacks still figure to be a central theme for how the first round unfolds. We will very likely see three signal callers get their names called next Thursday night, if not more. The only mystery is when exactly they'll come off the board. So here's a hypothetical. Let's say the Panthers at six stay put and draft one of the top three OT's, when would you anticipate the first QB being selected? How many QB's do you think go in the first round when all is set and done? 6. With just a week before the draft, we always tend to get hot buzz about certain players rising up boards and others falling down the boards. Which players do you believe will get drafted much earlier than anticipated, and which players do you believe will be drafted much later than anticipated? 7. MOCK DRAFT 5.0 -Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson -Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux -Texans: Travon Walker -Jets: Sauce Gardner -Giants: Evan Neal -Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu -Chargers [from Giants]: Charles Cross -Falcons: Kyle Hamilton -Seahawks: Malik Willis -Jets: Drake London -Commanders: Derek Stingley, Jr. -Vikings: Garrett Wilson -Texans: Trevor Penning -Ravens: Jermaine Johnson -Eagles: Devonte Wyatt -Saints: Jameson Williams -Giants (from Chargers): Zion Johnson -Eagles: Chris Olave -Saints: Kenny Pickett -Steelers: Desmond Ridder -Patriots: Trent McDuffie -Packers: Jordan Davis -Cardinals: Andrew Booth, Jr. -Cowboys: George Karlaftis -Bills: Jahan Dotson -Titans: Bernhard Raimann -Bucs: Tyler Linderbaum -Packers: Christian Watson -Chiefs: Treylon Burks -Chiefs: Devin Lloyd -Bengals: Kenyon Green -Lions: Lewis Cine
1. Buzz suggests the Giants are one of the two teams in the top-10 that are most likely to trade back. GM Joe Schoen wants to pull off a similar trade the division-rival Eagles just made with the Saints and get an additional 2023 first-round pick. However, the feeling around the NFL is that there isn't a player in this draft worth spending such capital to trade up for, which means that such a haul is unlikely for the Giants. That said, should the Giants accept an offer that includes say an extra second AND extra third next year? 2. In recent weeks, it has become easier to decipher what the Commanders intend to do compared to most teams. First, they give up A LOT to trade for Carson Wentz. And Ron Rivera, who rarely attends Pro Days unless they have players his team is VERY high on, was spotted at the Ohio State Pro Day watching Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Based on those tealeaves, would it be somewhat of a surprise if a WR is not the pick for Washington at 11? 3. It's been two weeks since Eagles GM Howie Roseman shook up the draft with that aforementioned blockbuster trade of draft capital with the Saints. And given Roseman's trademark for always being willing to wheel and deal his way both up and down the board, he may not be done. Do you think it's more likely he spends one of his two remaining firsts and one of his two thirds to trade up on draft day, or do you think it's more likely he trades back from one of those two firsts? 4. Looking at the Cowboys roster needs and their pre-draft activity, I think the pick at 24 overall will either be an interior offensive lineman to replace Connor Williams, a WR to help replace Amari Cooper or a defensive end to replace Randy Gregory. Do you see the Cowboys going in any other directions with that pick? 5. Giants 3-Round Mock -(5): Kayvon Thibodeaux -(7): Sauce Gardner -(36): Devin Lloyd -(67): Daniel Faalele -(81): Darian Kinnard 6. Commanders 3-Round Mock -(11): Drake London -(47): Breece Hall 7. Eagles 3-Round Mock -(15): Chris Olave -(18): Devonte Wyatt -(51): Christian Harris -(83): Isaiah Likely -(101): Martin Emerson 8. Cowboys 3-Round Mock -(24): Kenyon Green -(56): Quay Walker -(88): Jeremy Ruckert
1. As of right now, buzz suggests the Jaguars decision on who to select with that first overall pick will come down to pass rushers Aidan Hutchinson or Travon Walker. But there is a level of risk in selecting either one of them and a big reason why is this: it can be argued that either Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwonu are better than any of the Jaguars OT's right now and thus Jacksonville might be passing on a GOLDEN opportunity to better protect Trevor Lawrence. So, in your view, is it better for the Jags to upgrade the OT position or juice up the pass rush with either Hutchinson or Walker? 2. The Texans enter this draft with eleven total picks (including five in the top-80) and the worst overall roster in the NFL. Thus, they could literally go in any direction with their two first-round picks. But my educated guess is that Nick Caserio and Lovie Smith would ideally love to leave Day 1 of the draft with a new EDGE and OT. So here's a hypothetical: If the Texans go OT at 3 yet no EDGE they like is available at 13 (and vice versa), what would be the best direction at that pick (CB, WR, other)? 3. The Colts biggest moves this spring were shipping Carson Wentz off to Washington and then subsequently trading for Matt Ryan, who I personally believe is a huge upgrade over Wentz. Does the addition of Matt Ryan make the Colts co-favorites (if not favorites) to win the division this season? 4. When you look at this Titans roster, they need better OL talent (iOL and OT alike) and more WR/TE depth to help Ryan Tannehill return to his 2019/2020 form. Should the Titans highly consider trading back from 26 in order to give themselves a better shot of addressing those needs in the first two days of the draft? 5. Jaguars 3-Round Mock -(1): Kayvon Thibodeaux -(33): Tyler Smith -(65): DeMarvin Leal -(70): Dylan Parham 6. Texans 3-Round Mock -(3): Evan Neal -(13): Jermaine Johnson II -(37): Travis Jones -(68): Chad Muma -(80): Jelani Woods 7. Colts 3-Round Mock -(42): Perrion Winfrey -(73): Calvin Austin III 8. Titans 3-Round Mock -(26): Kenyon Green -(90): Cade Otton
1. If you're Broncos GM George Paton, do you use the five picks you currently have in the top-150 to move up 10-15 picks in the second round to select a Day 1 difference maker that falls, or do you trade back and accumulate more draft capital, including 2023 picks? 2. Are the Chargers, at least on paper, currently the most talented team in the AFC West? 3. While the Raiders may have a scary pass rush tandem and arguably the best cache of offensive weapons in the entire NFL, their offensive line and secondary remain troublesome. In addition, some notable writers said that trading for Davante Adams is riskier than many would think. Why would you think that's the case…aside from punting on the first two rounds of this draft? 4. When you look at this Chiefs team right now, arguably the biggest strength on their team outside of Mahomes is their offensive line. Can you see Brett Veach capitalizing on that strength by using this draft to build the Chiefs into more of a physical, “bully ball” team? 5. Broncos 3-Round Mock -(64): Jalen Pitre -(75): James Cook -(96): Channing Tindall 6. Chargers 3-Round Mock -(17): Jameson Williams -(79): Sam Williams 7. Raiders 3-Round Mock -(86): Cole Strange 8. Chiefs 3-Round Mock -(29): Boye Mafe -(30): Travis Jones -(50): Roger McCreary -(62): Kenneth Walker III -(94): Greg Dulcich -(103): Velus Jones, Jr.
1. This spring, the Jets heavily pursued Chandler Jones in free agency and were one of the two finalists to acquire Tyreek Hill via trade. Thus, many believe the Jets will be targeting an EDGE pass rusher and a WR with their two top-10 picks. However, there is also a lot of buzz that the Jets could be eyeing Sauce Gardner, arguably the best corner in this class, at 4 overall. That said, as valuable as the cornerback position is, only four corners have been top five picks over the past 11 drafts. Why would Sauce Gardner be a great pick for the Jets at that spot? 2. After trading for Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins do not pick until 102 overall. But there is a reasonable argument to be made that they've quietly built a VERY strong roster on both sides of the ball. On defense, they have an underrated front with Emmanuel Ogbah, Jaelan Phillips and Christian Wilkins and a STACKED secondary with Xavien Howard, Byron Jones and Jevon Holland. On offense, they significantly upgraded the offensive line by signing Terron Armstead and acquiring Tyreek Hill gives them one of the scariest groups of offensive weapons in the entire league with Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki, Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert. I just can't find a glaring hole on this Dolphins team outside of the mystery that is Tua Tagovailoa. Can you? 3. When it comes to the Patriots, it can be argued that corner and EDGE are their biggest areas of need, but there's a decent chance the cupboard in terms of value at both positions could be bare when the Patriots are on the clock at 21 overall. Should that be the case, two other directions they could go are at guard after the departures of Ted Karras and Shaq Mason or off-ball linebacker. If both Devin Lloyd and Zion Johnson are available for the Patriots, who would you take and why? 4. The Bills will be headed into 2022 as a strong Super Bowl favorite, and the acquisition of Von Miller in free agency could indeed turn out to be the final piece of the puzzle. But there are still some areas of concern on this otherwise strong roster. Buffalo could use another boundary corner to line up opposite Tre'Davious White, and they can use a legitimate lead-dog at running back. I am FAR from the biggest fan of selecting a running back in the first round, but if no corner that's available meets the value of the 25th overall pick, would Breece Hall be a good pick for the Bills there? 5. Jets 3-Round Mock -(4): Kayvon Thibodeaux -(10): Drake London -(35): Jaquan Brisker -(38): Tyler Smith -(69): Chad Muma 6. Dolphins 3-Round Mock -(102): Channing Tindall 7. Patriots 3-Round Mock -(21): Jameson Williams -(54): Roger McCreary -(85): Cole Strange 8. Bills 3-Round Mock -(25): Kaiir Elam -(57): Breece Hall -(89): Alec Pierce
1. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams built their championship roster by trading premium draft picks for proven, star talent. They haven't had a first-round selection since 2016 and will (yet again) only have one pick in the first three rounds this year. And as the saying goes, the NFL is a copycat league, and boy has the Rams strategy been replicated this spring. Star players like Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Khalil Mack, et al were traded in deals that involved a combined seven first-round picks, the most ever in a single month in the common draft era. Is the Rams “F--- them picks” model the new norm in the NFL? 2. There are varying opinions on the current state of the Seahawks roster. Some, myself included, see a bottom-five roster in the NFL. Yet some others see a team like last year's Broncos, with solid talent across the board yet a gaping hole at QB. What do you think of Seattle's roster as it currently stands, and if you're John Schneider and Pete Carroll, what would be the most ideal place on this roster to begin this post-Russell Wilson rebuild? 3. Even as Draft Day inches closer, the main headline when it comes to the 49ers does not involve who they will select. It remains the future of Jimmy Garoppolo. After trading this and next year's first-round picks to move up for Trey Lance, the 49ers seemed set to trade Jimmy G but offseason shoulder surgery immediately sunk his trade market and most, if not all the seats in the 2022 edition of “QB Musical Chairs” have already been filled. While the investment in Lance strongly suggests the Niners should hand him the reins this year, the solution is not as simple as many think. Jimmy Garoppolo is still universally LOVED in that locker room. If the 49ers are unable to trade Jimmy G, should he be their starter in 2022? 4. The Arizona Cardinals may have a bit of a dilemma in this draft. On one hand, you have a somewhat disgruntled Pro Bowl QB in Kyler Murray who needs better protection up front (especially on the interior) yet you have a pass rush with a crater-sized hole in it given the departure of Chandler Jones. In the event the board presents equally valid options on both sides, would you prioritize making Kyler Murray happy or filling the void at EDGE? 5. Seahawks 3-Round Mock -(9): Sauce Gardner -(40): Matt Corral -(41): Arnold Ebiketie -(72): Abraham Lucas 6. 49ers 3-Round Mock -(61): Travis Jones -(93): Cam Taylor-Britt -(105): Cole Strange 7. Cardinals 3-Round Mock -(23): Zion Johnson -(55): Logan Hall -(87): Myjai Sanderd 8. Rams 3-Round Mock -(104): Coby Bryant
1. All the latest speculation when it comes to the Panthers suggests they just might take a swing on a QB in the first round. That is not a surprise given that Matt Rhule's job is on the line plus how aggressive they've been in looking for a long-term heir to Cam Newton for nearly two years. But as you know, this 2022 QB class is underwhelming to say the least…and the Panthers only have one pick in the first 135 selections at this time. If the apple of Matt Rhule's eye is indeed Kenny Pickett (as many have been speculating for months given Rhule's attempt to recruit Pickett to go to Temple), shouldn't the Panthers do everything they possible can to trade back a handful of spots and get more picks, especially if the trade-up market for Pickett isn't robust? 2.By trading away Matt Ryan to the Colts, the Falcons have put themselves squarely in the conversation for having the worst roster in the entire NFL outside of Houston. But they now have five top-100 picks (a first, two seconds, and two thirds) in this deep draft and thus a golden opportunity to lay down a solid foundation for the future. Last year, when they had the fourth overall pick, Falcons GM Terry Fontenot went with the absolute best player on their board in Kyle Pitts, even though Pitts plays a position that is not regarded as one of high value. Should Fontenot follow the same approach in this draft, positional value be damned? 3. As of this morning, the Saints had one first-round pick at 18 overall. And just hours before we started recording, they agreed to a BLOCKBUSTER trade of draft picks with the Eagles. Philly dealt picks 16, 19, and 194 to the Saints for picks, 18, 101, and 236 plus a 2023 first-rounder AND a 2024 second-rounder. This gives the Saints three picks in the top 50, including two in the top-20. That means that should the Saints want to move up for a QB, they now have the ammo to do so. However, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller said last week that based on the Saints offseason moves so far, he believes they are prioritizing drafting a left tackle early to replace Terron Armstead rather than a QB. And based on the signings of Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton, this belief makes sense to me. That said, based on what you're hearing, do you think it's more likely the Saints make a big move up the board for a QB or LT? 4. Since Tom Brady's un-retirement, the Bucs have loaded the cannons right back up for another Super Bowl run as Ryan Jensen, Carlton Davis and Chris Godwin re-signed. Plus with the Packers losing Davante Adams and the Rams losing Von Miller, they will likely be the consensus favorite to win the NFC headed into the season. In your view, what area of this Bucs roster needs to be addressed the most in this draft in order for Tampa to maintain pole position in the conference? 5. Panthers 3-Round Mock -(6): Charles Cross 6. Falcons 3-Round Mock -(8): Kayvon Thibodeaux -(43): Nakobe Dean -(58): Breece Hall -(74): Trey McBride -(82): Jalen Tolbert 7. Saints 3-Round Mock -(16): Kenny Pickett -(19): Jameson Williams -(49): Bernhard Reimann -(98): Greg Dulcich 8. Bucs 3-Round Mock -(27): George Karlaftis -(60): Kenneth Walker III -(91): Carson Strong
1. With Deshaun Watson now in the fold, the Browns arguably have the most complete roster in the entire NFL. Outside of another EDGE opposite Myles Garrett and more WR options aside from Amari Cooper, I don't see any other glaring holes on this Cleveland team. Do you? 2. Almost like the Browns, the Ravens don't have that many glaring holes on their roster. But there is such a need at the all-important EDGE position, where Baltimore has not had a player reach double-digit sacks in a season since Terrell Suggs in 2017. If no EDGE or pass-rushing DT left on the board meets the value of the 14th overall pick, could you see the Ravens as a strong candidate to trade down? 3. The search is on for a long-term successor to Ben Roethlisberger and based on their presence at all these Pro Days, you can tell the Steelers are leaving no rock, stone or pebble unturned when it comes to this QB class. And perhaps the worst kept secret in the entire NFL since the Senior Bowl is their love for Malik Willis. If the Steelers are as madly in love with Malik Willis as they seem to be, should they be willing to trade up to as high as 5 overall in order to get him? 4. The Bengals came oh so close to winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history, but their porous offensive line play, especially in the passing game, proved too much for them to overcome in the end. That's why the Bengals have spent the vast majority of their resources so far this spring on improving Joe Burrow's protection with Alex Cappa, Ted Karras, and La'El Collins. Have the Bengals upgraded the OL enough to where they can stomach the possible scenario of not drafting another offensive lineman in the first 2-3 rounds? 5. Browns 3-Round Mock -(44): Travis Jones -(78): Leo Chenal -(99): Myjai Sanders 6. Ravens 3-Round Mock -(14): Jordan Davis -(45): Tariq Woolen -(76): Breece Hall -(100): DeAngelo Malone 7. Steelers 3-Round Mock -(20): Desmond Ridder -(52): Tyler Linderbaum -(84): Cam Taylor-Britt 8. Bengals 3-Round Mock -(31): Devonte Wyatt -(63): Trey McBride -(95): Coby Bryant
1. When you look at the RB's in this year's draft, there may not be 2-3 stars in the first round discussion like last year, but like several other of the position groups we've covered on this program in recent weeks, it is exceptionally deep, perhaps much deeper than the 2021 crop of backs. How would you compare the 2022 RB class to last year's? 2. In 2019, the first RB off the board was David Montgomery. Fast forward almost three years later, and another Iowa State Cyclone just might achieve the same feat. I'm obviously talking about Breece Hall. Why is he the best RB in this class? 3. Another RB in the conversation for being the best at the position in this draft is Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III, who was being touted as a serious Heisman Trophy candidate last fall. The big question with him, however, seems to be just how much can he bring you in the passing game. Daniel Jeremiah thinks he has a lot of upside in that area, while Joe Marino of The Draft Network believes that upside is very limited. How much do you think Walker is capable of in the passing game (both catching the ball out of the backfield and blitz pickup)? 4. Isaiah Spiller of Texas A&M is another RB that should go relatively early. He arguably has the best combination of vision and contact balance out of all the RB's in the class. However, he has very small hands (8 5/8”), which could make him more “fumble prone” at the NFL level. Does Spiller's hand size worry you at all? 5. Georgia has two intriguing RB's in this class with James Cook (Dalvin's younger brother) and Zamir White. Compare/contrast the two and tell us what you think the best role for them is at the NFL level 6. Buy Or Sell: Kyren Williams, Tyler Allgeier, Dameon Pierce, Brian Robinson Jr., Hassan Haskins, Pierre Strong Jr., Abram Smith, Kevin Harris, Ty Davis-Price, Rachaad White, Zonovan Knight, Jerome Ford, Tyler Badie, Isaiah Pacheco, Shermari Jones 7. Best Possible Landing Spots -Breece Hall: Texans -Kenneth Walker III: Bucs -Isaiah Spiller: Vikings -James Cook: Cardinals, Broncos -Zamir White: Saints -Pierre Strong, Jr.: Chargers -Rachaad White: Giants -Brian Robinson, Jr.: Titans -Jerome Ford: Colts
1. In the event that the Jaguars decide to take Aidan Hutchinson with the first overall pick, there are a lot of options for the Lions to consider at pick two. They could go with another great EDGE talent in Travon Walker or Kayvon Thibodeaux, they could opt to take arguably the best overall player in the draft in Kyle Hamilton, they could throw a wild curveball and take Malik Willis, or potentially trade back. What is the latest intel that you're hearing about the Lions plans with the second overall pick? 2. Based on his first acts as Bear GM, it is clear Ryan Poles wants to completely overhaul this roster. That said, the Bears have been relatively quiet in free agency and have pressing needs on both sides of the ball including 2 new OL starters, 2-3 new WR, more CB depth, et al…with only 6 picks to work with at this time. Therein lies the dilemma for Poles and the Bears in this draft. In your view, should Chicago mainly, if not solely use this draft to surround Justin Fields with better protection and weapons, or should they almost equally focus on getting Matt Eberflus the players he needs to run his defense? 3. When the Vikings fired both Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, many believed this was a team headed for a roster shakeup. Turns out, the exact opposite happened with the extension of Kirk Cousins and the signing of Za'Darius Smith in free agency. It is clear that new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and new HC Kevin O'Connell believe the Vikings still have a roster that's fully capable of making a deep playoff run. Do you feel that way, and if not, what do the Vikings need to do in this draft to ensure their roster fits that description? 4. The Packers were actually a big part in the wildest month of trades in NFL history as they traded Davante Adams to the Raiders for Las Vegas's first and second round picks this year. That gives Brian Gutekunst four picks to work with in the first two rounds, but the Packers have a pretty bare cupboard of WR's as of now. Do you think Gutekunst should be behooved to get Aaron Rodgers two WR's in the first round alone, or do you think the Packers have needs on their roster that are almost equally as pressing? 5. Lions 3-Round Mock -(2): Kyle Hamilton -(32): Jahan Dotson -(34): Matt Corral -(66): Isaiah Likely -(97): Martin Emerson 6. Bears 3-Round Mock -(39): Skyy Moore -(48): Travis Jones -(71): Cole Strange 7. Vikings 3-Round Mock -(12): Jermaine Johnson -(46): Jalen Pitre -(77): Channing Tindall 8. Packers 3-Round Mock -(22): Drake London -(28): Boye Mafe -(53): George Pickens -(59): Leo Chenal -(92): Jeremy Ruckert
1. At this time, many, including you, consider Ohio State's Garrett Wilson as the best wide receiver in this class. Why should Garrett Wilson be the first WR off the board on April 28? 2. Like most positions in this class, there isn't a consensus league-wide as to who the best WR in this class is. And the WR1 for Mel Kiper at the moment is Drake London of USC. How good is the argument for Drake London to be the first WR off the board? 3. What does Chris Olave bring to an NFL offense on Day 1 that his fellow Buckeye Garrett Wilson does not? 4. Not long ago, some on Draft Twitter were hyping up Arkansas's Treylon Burks as the top wide out in this draft. However, he really underwhelmed at the Combine and he could be in for a slide down the board. How far can you see Burks falling? 5. Is Jameson Williams still worth a top-20 pick if the long-term prognosis on his knee is as good as buzz indicates? 6. Two WR's who have seen their stock soar into first-round conversation are Skyy Moore of Western Michigan and Christian Watson of North Dakota State. Which one of those two are you personally more bullish on and why? Do you see one or both of them going in round one? 7. According to Dane Brugler, there seems to be a 50/50 split over whether Trey McBride (Colorado State) or Greg Dulcich (UCLA) is the top TE in this class. Which one is more deserving of that distinction in your view? 8. Buy Or Sell: Jalen Tolbert, Jahan Dotson, George Pickens, John Metchie, Khalil Shakir, David Bell, Cade Otton, Jeremy Ruckert, Charlie Kolar, Isaiah Likely, Jelani Woods, Cole Turner 9. Best Possible Landing Spots -Garrett Wilson: Falcons, Jets, Commanders, Texans, Saints -Drake London: Patriots, Jets -Chris Olave: Packers -Treylon Burks: Dolphins, Ravens -Jameson Williams: Chargers, Chiefs, Packers, Bills -Skyy Moore: Browns -Christian Watson: Chiefs -Trey McBride: Titans -Greg Dulcich: Cowboys
1. Many consider Utah's Devin Lloyd as the best off-ball LB in this class. Just weeks ago, many mock drafts had him as a top-10 pick. That said, since he didn't test as well as hoped at the Combine, he could very well experience a fall on draft day. How does he compare with recent players at his position who went in the top 10 (Roquan Smith, Devin White) and if he does fall, how far can you see him falling? 2. Another off-ball LB prospect that many see as the best in the class is Nakobe Dean of Georgia. Now, some buzz suggests he could fall all the way to Day 2 given concerns about whether his physical play-style can hold up at his relatively petit size (229 pounds). Moreover, some are of the opinion that one or both of his fellow Bulldogs in this class (Quay Walker and Channing Tindall) may be as good or better options. In what order do you have these three Georgia ‘backers ranked on your board at this time, and why? 3. Just two years ago, the Bengals selected a LB from Wyoming in Logan Wilson who has already grown into a core piece of their defense. This year, Wyoming is sending an arguably better LB prospect to the NFL in Chad Muma. Muma was a tackling machine for the Cowboys (11.3 tackles per game over the past two seasons) and posted some special numbers at the Combine (40” vertical jump and 129” broad jump). How does Muma compare/contrast with Logan Wilson as a prospect and can you see him carving out a similar role for himself as his fellow Wyoming Cowboy within the next two seasons? 4. A prospect that could very well be rising up boards across the league after posting some super freakish results at both the Combine and his Pro Day is Wisconsin's Leo Chenal. Aside from a 40.5” vertical and a 128” broad jump in Indy, he posted an ASTONISHING 6.84s three-cone drill. Moreover, according to data analyst/statistician Kent Lee Platte, Chenal's Relative Athletic Score ranked fourth out of 2,188 LB dating back all the way to 1987. Does the tape match the traits for Leo Chenal in your view, and how early can you see him hearing his name called? 5. As ESPN's Jordan Reid and others reported at the Combine, a LB that the NFL is apparently much higher on than those in draft media is LSU's Damone Clark. Based on what you have seen of him, why do you think that is? 6. Buy Or Sell: Christian Harris, Jesse Luketa, Malcolm Rodriguez, Darrian Beavers, Brandon Smith, Zakoby McClain, Brian Asamoah, Aaron Hansford 7. Best Landing Spots: -Devin Lloyd: Falcons -Nakobe Dean: Bears, Steelers, Seahawks -Quay Walker: AFC West or NFC West -Chad Muma: Broncos -Leo Chenal: Colts
1. As of right now, the #1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft is widely expected to be Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson. And there is A LOT to like about him including his non-stop motor and freakish athleticism, which was illustrated by his 6.73-second three-cone drill at the Combine. However, one knock on him is his less-than-ideal, 32 and 1/8 “ arm length. The amount of pass rushers with arms that short who have found success in the NFL is very small. If you were GM of the Jaguars, assuming your OL needs are taken care of, would Hutchinson's arm-length alone be enough for you to pass on him? 2. The best performer at the Combine, at least in my opinion, was Georgia's Travon Walker. He ran a 4.51 40 and posted a 6.89-second three-cone at 272 pounds, and became a lock top-five pick. While they say you must bet on traits when it comes to EDGE rushers (and Walker has them in spades), there is one stat that has me a bit concerned about him. As Marcus Mosher pointed out, Travon Walker only averaged 0.58 TFL per game at Georgia and the hit rate for EDGE players who average less than 0.80 TFL/game in college is astonishingly low. That said, you countered by saying it was mainly due to how he was utilized in that Georgia defense. Are the stars aligned for Travon Walker to buck this trend? 3. Is there anything on tape that justifies the concerns about Kayvon Thibodeaux's supposed lack of passion and love for the game? 4. An NFC scout told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that he thinks David Ojabo will have a more productive NFL career than his Michigan teammate Aidan Hutchinson. Would you be shocked or surprised if this eventually becomes the case? 5. Last year, Odafe Oweh was a first-round pick almost solely because of raw athletic traits. We could get an identical situation this year in Minnesota's Boye Mafe, who posted a 41.5” vertical at his Pro Day this week. Just how high is the ceiling for Mafe and is he worth a top-20 pick in your view? 6. Despite his lack of length and athleticism, is George Karlaftis still worth a first-round pick? 7. Buy or Sell: Jermaine Johnson, Logan Hall, Arnold Ebiketie, Nik Bonitto, Sam Williams, Dominique Robinson, Joshua Paschal, Cameron Thomas, Myjai Sanders, Alex Wright 8. Best Landing Spots: -Aidan Hutchinson: Jaguars, Lions -Travon Walker: Seahawks, Giants -Kayvon Thibodeaux: Seahawks -David Ojabo: Chargers, Eagles, Cowboys, Cardinals -Boye Mafe: Chiefs -George Karlaftis: Lions -Jermaine Johnson: Vikings -Logan Hall: Ravens
1. The DT prospect that stole the show at The Combine was Georgia's Jordan Davis. He ran 4.78 in the 40 at 341 pounds and reminds some of another freakish athletic NT who's had a successful NFL career thus far in Vita Vea of the Bucs. However, several still have questions about Davis's ability to play far more than 50% of the snaps and others question whether he brings enough as a pass rusher. In addition, several like his Georgia teammate Devonte Wyatt even more. If you were running a team that had every need possible on the DL and your choice in the draft came down to Davis and Wyatt, who would you pick and why? 2. Another DT prospect that has been rising up boards this past month or so is Travis Jones of UConn. He absolutely tore it up down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and followed it up with another good performance at the Combine. Dane Brugler believes he is a lock to go top-50 and could even sneak into the first round. In your view, is Travis Jones worth the gamble in the top-50, if not in the tail end of the first? 3. Last spring and summer, Texas A&M's DeMarvin Leal was touted by some as a potential top-10 pick. Now, many (if not most) expect him to go on Day 2. What is your opinion on Leal's game and just how big of a steal can he turn out to be for whoever drafts him? 4. One of the more fascinating prospects in this class is Logan Hall of Houston. He mostly played DT in college, but several, including Dane Brugler, believe he projects better at EDGE. Do you think Logan Hall's best role in the NFL is inside, outside on the edge, or a bit of both? 5. Thoughts on Cameron Thomas 6. Another DT prospect that had a very good week at the Senior Bowl is Oklahoma's Perrion Winfrey, who was MVP of the game. Before free agency, several in Bears Draft Twitter were touting him as an option with one of their two second-round picks. Do you see Winfrey as an ideal prospect for teams that urgently need a penetrating 3-technique for their defense? 7. Buy or Sell: Phidarian Mathis [Bama], Matthew Butler [Tennessee], Neil Farrell [LSU], John Ridgeway [Arkansas], Eyioma Uwazurike [Iowa State], Kalia Davis [UCF], Haskell Garrett [Ohio State] 8. Best Landing Spots: -Jordan Davis: Patriots -Devonte Wyatt: Raiders -Travis Jones: Browns -DeMarvin Leal: Jets, Giants -Logan Hall: Steelers -Cameron Thomas: Bengals, Broncos -Perrion Winfrey: Bears, Vikings -Phidarian Mathis: Cardinals
1. Headed into the Combine, it was a mystery as to who would be the first corner off the board. But now, we just might have clarity. Cincinnati's Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, who is the long, tall corner most teams covet, and never allowed a TD in college absolutely stole the show in Indy. He reportedly aced interviews (he's widely regarded as a high-character guy) and shined in athletic testing where he ran a 4.41 40. Do you think it's a virtual certainty that Sauce Gardner will be the first corner taken…and does he deserve to be? 2. One of the bigger wild cards in this draft is LSU's Derek Stingley, Jr. Stingley had one very bad year in college, one injury-plagued year, and a first team All-America year. If that first team All America year was 2021, he would likely be the first corner taken off the board. Unfortunately, that season was his freshman year in 2019. And as Thor Nystrom said on this program weeks ago, the number of college players that were only great as freshmen in college yet subsequently became very good NFL players is very small. How high are you on Stingley and do you think he can replicate the 2019 version of himself at the NFL level? 3. Before last week's events in Indy, some, including Dane Brugler, believed Washington's Trent McDuffie could end up as the top corner in this class. McDuffie is versatile, tough and athletic. That said, he has sub-30” arms and the amount of corners with that length that have found success at the NFL level is VERY minute. That said, CBS NFL Draft analyst Chris Trapasso brought up a good point by saying that corners coming into the league aren't as long and tall as they were a decade or so ago and if size/length is sacrificed for agility at the CB position, it is fine given where the game is headed. Do you share that view and do you still believe McDuffie can buck that troubling trend? How far can you see McDuffie falling because of that non-ideal length? 4. Arguably the best player in this draft class regardless of position is Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton. That said, many people do not believe you should draft a safety that high. Nonetheless, there's no denying his talent and the leadership he'd bring to a team on Day 1. Do you think he has a strong case to be a top-five pick? 5. S/CB hybrids are more in demand than ever before in the NFL. And this draft offers two such prospects in Michigan's Daxton Hill and Baylor's Jalen Pitre. That said, as important as versatility is, you have to give these players a clearly defined role their rookie season so they're not mentally swimming in the playbook so to speak. What is the best such role for each of these players next season and beyond? 6. Another guy that is likely rising up draft boards after the Combine is Georgia's Lewis Cine. He absolutely tore it up in testing (4.37 in the 40, 36.5” vertical, and 133” broad jump). Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy tweeted out that several teams had first-round grades on him BEFORE the Combine. Would you be surprised if he hears his name called on Day 1? 7. Buy Or Sell: Andrew Booth, Jr., Kaiir Elam, Kyler Gordon, Marcus Jones, Coby Bryant, Roger McCreary, Tariq Woolen, Jaquan Brisker, Bryan Cook, Nick Cross, Verone McKinley III 8. Best Landing Spots: -Sauce Gardner: Jets, Vikings -Derek Stingley, Jr.: Ravens -Trent McDuffie: Eagles, Vikings -Andrew Booth, Jr.: Bills, Chiefs -Kyle Hamilton: Falcons -Daxton Hill: Lions, Chiefs -Jalen Pitre: Seahawks -Jaquan Brisker: Lions, Jets
1. Yesterday, one of the largest trades in NFL history went down as the Seahawks agreed to trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos for two firsts, two seconds, Drew Lock, Shelby Harris and Noah Fant. What are your overall thoughts on this trade? Does Russ alone make the Broncos a serious contender for a deep playoff run? How ideal is the fit for Russell Wilson in Nathaniel Hackett's offense? Do you think Aaron Rodgers decision to remain in the NFC North can be beneficial to the long-term development of Justin Fields? 2. Why is Malik Willis your top-rated QB in this class at this time? What is his best attribute and what is his biggest, potentially fatal flaw? 3. How much should Kenny Pickett's 8.5” hand size matter? 4. Just how difficult is it to project Matt Corral to an NFL offense? How high is his athletic ceiling compared to that of Andy Dalton and Baker Mayfield? 5. In your most recent mock draft, you had the Steelers selecting Desmond Ridder at 20. Aside from sheer QB desperation, why do you think a team would believe Ridder is worth a first-round investment? 6. If the over/under of QB's selected in the first round this year is at 3, would you take the over or under and why? 7. Buy Or Sell: Carson Strong, Sam Howell, Kaleb Eleby, Bailey Zappe, Jack Coan 8. Best Landing Spots: -Malik Willis: Commanders -Kenny Pickett: Saints -Matt Corral: Steelers -Desmond Ridder: Titans, Falcons -Sam Howell: Browns, Saints, Panthers -Carson Strong: Bucs -Kaleb Eleby: Broncos
1. If you were in the Jaguars war room, and the debate was between whether to draft Evan Neal or Ickey Ekwonu, who would you pound the table for and why? 2. Another hot OT prospect expected to go pretty early is Charles Cross of Mississippi State. Renown NFL Draft guru Dane Brugler of The Athletic said that NFL evaluators are torn on Cross. Some see him as a top-15 pick because of his special pass protection skills, yet others see him as an Andre Dillard-level bust in waiting due to his lack of ideal power. That said, word has it the Panthers are considering taking him at 6 overall. What is your opinion on Charles Cross and is he worth a top-10 pick? 3. Charles Cross isn't the only non-Neal/Ekwonu OT prospect receiving top-10 buzz coming out of Indy. Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa also reportedly has heavy interest from the Panthers as well. While his physical, “pissed off” playing style may be endearing to several teams, it is pretty clear that he is currently as raw as sushi so to speak. What specific details in Penning's game need the most work and do you think all his flaws are correctable? 4. It isn't quite common to have a center that is considered by many as a top-10 prospect in a draft, but this is such a year given the presence of Iowa's Tyler Linderbaum in this class. That said, a few knocks on Linderbaum is that he doesn't have expeing him off their board due to that lack of length?rience at guard and his incredibly short arm-length even for a center. Do you consider Linderbaum a top-10/top-15 talent? 5. Four other winners at the Combine were Abraham Lucas of Washington State, Zion Johnson of Boston College, Zach Tom of Wake Forest and Kellen Diesch of Arizona State. What aspects on their respective game films, if any, suggest long-term starter to you? 6. Buy Or Sell: Bernhard Reimann, Kenyon Green, Darian Kinnard, Jamaree Salyer, Max Mitchell, Dylan Parham, Tyler Smith, Sean Rhyan, Thayer Munford, Jr., Nicholas Petit-Frere 7. Best Landing Spots: -Evan Neal: Jaguars -Ikem Ekwonu: Jets, Giants -Charles Cross: Chiefs -Trevor Penning: Eagles -Tyler Linderbaum: Lions, Giants, Jets, Seahawks -Kenyon Green: Cowboys, Bucs -Bernhard Reimann: Patriots -Abraham Lucas: Chiefs, Raiders -Zion Johnson: Bengals, Panthers, Browns -Kellen Diesch: Vikings, Rams -Zach Tom: Patriots, Rams, Bengals, Cowboys
1. Super Bowl LVI Takeaways -DKrom: In a battle of fatal flaws (Bengals pass protection vs. Rams bare cupboard of pass catchers), the former won -Hal: Heartbreak for the Bengals, great players like Aaron Donald shined in the biggest moment 2. If Aaron Donald actually DID retire after the Super Bowl, would he be a locked in as a first ballot hall of famer? 3. Tag or No Tag -Davante Adams: TAG -Orlando Brown, Jr.: TAG -Chris Godwin: NO TAG -Mike Williams: TAG -Chandler Jones: NO TAG -Jessie Bates: TAG -Tyrann Mathieu: NO TAG -Harold Landry: TAG 4. QB CAROUSEL (Best landing spots for QB's) -Jimmy Garoppolo: Colts -Deshaun Watson: Bucs, Steelers -Mitchell Trubisky: Commanders, Panthers, Saints -Jameis Winston: Saints -Marcus Mariota: Broncos, Panthers -Carson Wentz: Giants (as backup) 5. Were the Cardinals right or wrong to extend the contracts of Kliff Kingsbury and GM Steve Keim through 2027? 6. Cowboys weapons: Better to keep Cooper or let him go and re-sign Gallup and tag Dalton Schultz? 7. Top-10 Mock Draft -Jaguars: Ickey Ekwonu -Lions: Aidan Hutchinson -Texans: Evan Neal -Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux -Giants: Kyle Hamilton -Panthers: Sauce Gardner -Giants [via Bears]: Travon Walker -Falcons: Garrett Wilson -Steelers [via Broncos]: Malik Willis -Jets [via Seahawks]: Kenyon Green
1. Why is Malik Willis your top-rated QB in this class? 2. Why do you think the NFL is apparently not as high on Kayvon Thibodeaux as we thought they'd be? 3. EDGE is arguably the deepest position group in this draft. After Thibodeaux and Aidan Hutchinson, who are your personal favorite EDGE's in this class and why? 4. Another deep position group in this class is cornerback. For most of last fall, most thought Derek Stingley, Jr. of LSU would easily be the first corner off the board. Now, that is FAR from certain given the two underwhelming seasons Stingley had since his All-America freshman season in 2019. In your view, what other corners in this class have a solid case to be the first at the position off the board come April 28? 5. Outside of EDGE and CB, what other position groups in this class stand out to you depth-wise? 6. Who helped themselves the most at the Senior Bowl? Who hurt themselves the most? 7. Who has the most to gain at the Combine? Who has the most to lose? 8. Top-10 Mock -Jaguars: Evan Neal -Lions: Malik Willis -Texans: Kyle Hamilton -Jets: Aidan Hutchinson -Giants: Ikem Ekwonu -Panthers: Kayvon Thibodeaux -Giants (from Bears): David Ojabo -Falcons: Treylon Burks -Broncos: George Karlaftis -Jets (from Seahawks): Sauce Gardner
1. Conference Championship Takeaways -DKrom: Bengals making it to the Super Bowl a fitting conclusion of the most unpredictable NFL season in recent memory…and OT rules are fine!!! -Hal: The end of the Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco (third time Kyle Shanahan has blown a double-digit lead in the playoffs), Chiefs offense with an uncharacteristic performance 2. Coaching Carousel (Grading The Hires) -Giants: Brian Daboll -Raiders: Josh McDaniels/Dave Ziegler -Vikings: Kevin O'Connell -Jaguars: Doug Pederson -Dolphins: Mike McDaniel -Texans: Lovie Smith -Saints: Dennis Allen 3. Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 -DKrom's Picks: DeMarcus Ware, Devin Hester, Tony Boselli, Richard Seymour, Reggie Wayne -Hal's Picks: DeMarcus Ware, Devin Hester, Richard Seymour, Bryant Young, Jared Allen 4. Super Bowl LVI Preview -Is it right or wrong for Zac Taylor to tell the Bengals that they are not underdogs? -Is this THE best chance for the Rams to win a Super Bowl in the Sean McVay era? -Rams Biggest X Factor (DKrom: Andrew Whitworth, Hal: Odell Beckham, Jr.) -Bengals Biggest X Factor (DKrom: Joe Mixon, Hal: Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins) -Key matchups and picks 5. Bold Predictions -DKrom: Evan McPherson (aka “Evan McFEARLESS”) wins the Super Bowl on a last-second, all-time record tying 66-yard FG!!! -Hal: Joe Mixon, three second-half TD's, 200 total yards from scrimmage and gets Super Bowl LVI MVP honors 6. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Bengals, do NOT be too predictable on offense by always running the ball on first down. You only risk putting yourself in less advantageous down-and-distance situations on third down, which will make Von Miller and Aaron Donald SALIVATE -Hal: Roger Goodell…LISTEN to Brian Flores, do a real investigation of Washington, and come clean on Deflategate!!!!
Steelers beat reporter Dale Lolley (DK Pittsburgh Sports) joined me at the Senior Bowl to discuss how he thinks the Steelers will try to find a long-term replacement for Ben Roethlisberger these next few months, the other areas of concern they must address via the draft and why he believes a certain offensive playmaker will be getting a contract extension to stay in Pittsburgh
Bills beat writer Mark Gaughan (Buffalo News) joined me at the Senior Bowl to discuss what he believes the Bills should do in the draft, why they were able to retain QB coach Ken Dorsey and promote him to offensive coordinator, and which young players still on rookie deals are likely to receive contract extensions
Eagles beat reporter Mike Kaye (NJ Advance Media) joined me at the Senior Bowl to discuss why the Eagles would go all in to acquire Russell Wilson if he becomes available via trade, the team's plans for free agency and the draft, Jason Kelce's future and his potential successor...and more
Broncos beat reporter Brandon Krisztal (850 KOA Radio) joined me at the Senior Bowl to share his thoughts on what the Broncos could do with the #9 overall pick in the draft (assuming Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson do not come to Denver), the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as head coach, the sale of the team, and which young players may receive contract extensions at some point this year
Colts beat writer Stephen Holder (The Athletic) joined me at the Senior Bowl to share how he thinks the Colts will try their hardest to upgrade the QB position this offseason, how different the defense will be with the departure of Matt Eberflus (and what kind of guy the Bears are getting in him), positions of need the Colts should address in the draft (there aren't many outside of QB), and whether Quenton Nelson will receive a contract extension before September
I caught up with NFL Draft analyst Chris Burke (The Athletic) at the Senior Bowl. He discussed who stood out (in a good way) on the first day of practices, gave his opinion on what the Jaguars should do with the first pick in the draft, and provided a brief compare/contrast on the top-two OT prospects in the class, Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu
Bears beat writer Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) joined me at the Senior Bowl to share his thoughts on the Bears hiring Ryan Poles as GM and Matt Eberflus as head coach, the scheme new OC Luke Getsy is bringing with him and why it suits Justin Fields well, the top priorities for the Bears to address in free agency and the draft, and whether the Bears are the team to beat in the NFC North IF Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay
OT Max Mitchell (Lousiana-Lafayette) is one of the hottest OT prospects at the Senior Bowl (currently #50 on Daniel Jeremiah's 2022 NFL Draft Top 50 list). He told me what he thinks sets him apart from the rest of the OT's in this year's draft, whether he likes to run block or pass protect more, what NFL OT's he admires most, and how much he's leaning on his fellow Rajin Cajun (and current 49ers RB) Elijah Mitchell during the pre-draft process
USA Today NFL columnist Mike Jones joined me at the Senior Bowl to give me his thoughts on the NFL head coaching hires so far this cycle, Brian Flores' bombshell lawsuit against the NFL and its potential implications for future minority HC candidates, his guess on how many QB's will get selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and why he thinks the Rams win Super Bowl LVI
NFL and Lions beat reporter Dave Birkett (Detroit Free Press) joined me at the Senior Bowl to discuss the Lions top priorities in the 2022 NFL Draft, what comes next for their exciting 2021 draft class, the team's plans at QB for 2022 and whether the candidacy of Devin Hester for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 could speed up the process for getting specialists enshrined in Canton
Bucs beat reporter Jon Ledyard (Pewter Report) joined me at the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl to discuss the retirement of Tom Brady, who will likely succeed him at QB in Tampa next season, which of the Bucs' impending free agents are likely to stay or go, and what their plans should be for the draft
Billy Riccette (USA Today Bengals Wire) joined me to discuss which players he has his eyes on the most at the Senior Bowl, give an overall sumary of the 2022 NFL Draft class, and provide his thoughts on the Bengals and their chances in Super Bowl LVI
Dolphins beat reporters Joe Schad (Palm Beach Post) and David Furones (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) joined me at the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl to give me the latest on the Dolphins head coaching search and how the team should approach the 2022 NFL Draft
ESPN Falcons reporter Michael Rothstein joined us at the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl to discuss what direction the Falcons could go in the 2022 NFL Draft, the team's salary cap situation, Matt Ryan and the future of the team at QB
During my week at the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini joined me to discuss the Jets plans in the 2022 NFL Draft, the main goals HC Robert Saleh and GM Joe Douglas have for the week, and the team's backup QB situation
1. Divisional Round Takeaways -DKrom: We might have seen the last of Tom Brady -Hal: Next generation of QB's shine (Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes) 2. Should the NFL change its OT rules, and if so how? -Case for: Of 11 playoff OT games since the current rules were instituted, 10/11 teams that won won the coin toss…and SEVEN of them scored a TD on the opening drive of OT -Case against: Of 163 games since the current rules were instituted (playoffs included), teams that won the coin toss have only won 52.8% of the time 3. Truth or Exaggeration -Sean Payton will be a serious candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when all is set and done -Sean Payton will be coaching the Cowboys in 2023 -Dennis Allen will be the next head coach of the New Orleans Saints -Of the four remaining teams, the Chiefs are the clear favorite to win the Super Bowl -Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, the 49ers should keep Jimmy Garoppolo in 2022 and let him and Trey Lance battle it out for the starting job in training camp -DeMeco Ryans will be a head coach in 2022 -The Broncos hiring of Nathaniel Hackett makes it even more likely that Aaron Rodgers is a Denver Bronco in 2022 4. Coaching Carousel -Grading the hires (A, B, C, D): Broncos [Nathaniel Hackett], Bears [Ryan Poles, Matt Eberflus], Giants [Joe Schoen], Vikings [Kwesi Adofo-Mensah] -Jaguars Developments -Raiders Developments 5. AFC Championship Preview (Bengals at Chiefs) -What do the Bengals have that the Bills do not that will help them pull off the upset? -Some people said earlier in the season that the NFL had “solved” Patrick Mahomes with the two-high safety looks. And NO team played more of that type of coverage against the Chiefs than the Bills…and you saw the historic performance Mahomes had against them on Sunday. How has Mahomes adjusted so well to this look over the past several months? -Key matchups and picks 6. NFC Championship Preview (49ers at Rams) -Will this game almost entirely depend on which version of Matthew Stafford (and Jimmy Garoppolo for that matter) shows up? -The old adage is that it's hard to beat a team three times in one season, yet the 49ers have won six straight against the Rams. Why do they seemingly have the Rams number? -Key matchups and picks 7. Bold Predictions -Hal: Mike Hilton picks off Patrick Mahomes in OT to set up a game-winning 10-yard TD run by Joe Burrow -DKrom: 49ers defense holds the Rams to less than 250 total yards of offense, force FIVE turnovers, including two RZ turnovers, one of which is returned by Fred Warner for a pick-six with less than 2:00 left and the 49ers up 20-17 to seal a 27-17 win!!! 8. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Bengals…play like you're proud of the season you've had and the bright future that awaits you -Hal: The four divisional round losers (Bills-get a strong draft, Packers-make Rodgers happy, Bucs-get Brady back in 2022, Titans-get more offensive playmakers)
1. Week 18 Takeaways -DKrom: Colts lay an egg at the worst possible time -Hal: Colts live and die by Carson Wentz, Chargers “Charger” again 2. Truth or Exaggeration -Of the three current GM openings, the Bears are the most attractive position because of Justin Fields -The winner of Monday night's Cardinals/Rams Wild Card playoff will lose in the Divisional Round -The Vikings should make history and hire Eagles VP of Player Personnel Catherine Raiche as their new GM if her qualifications match those of the top male candidates for the job -The Lions will win 6-7 games in 2022 -The 49ers and Raiders are the teams that NOBODY wants to face in the playoffs -Long-term, the Chargers will regret hiring Brandon Staley over Brian Daboll -The New York Giants are currently the worst team in the NFL 3. Coaching Carousel -Do you think it would it be a colossal mistake for the Bears to hire Leslie Frazier over Brian Daboll given the presence of Justin Fields? -There appear to be two front-runners for the Broncos HC vacancy, Dan Quinn and Nathaniel Hackett. Which of them would be the better hire and why? -If the Giants lose out on Brian Flores to the Texans, should Don "Wink" Martindale be their immediate Plan B? -Will the Dolphins regret firing Brian Flores in the long-run? Which of these candidates would make the most sense to succeed him as the next Dolphins HC: Leslie Frazier, Dan Quinn, or Vance Joseph? -If the Jaguars hire Bill O'Brien as their next head coach, should Trevor Lawrence do all he can to force a trade? -Who would be the ideal outside-the-box HC hire for Minnesota? -Did the Texans make a mistake by firing David Culley after just one season? Does it seem inevitable the Texans will hire Brian Flores given his long history with Nick Caserio? -Do you think Jim Harbaugh presents enough of an upgrade for the Raiders to go that direction instead of giving the job to Rich Bisaccia? 5. Wild Card Weekend Previews and Picks -Raiders at Bengals -Patriots at Bills -Eagles at Bucs -49ers at Cowboys -Steelers at Chiefs -Cardinals at Rams 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Deebo Samuel 4 TD (3 receiving, 1 rushing), almost 300 total yards from scrimmage -DKrom: Maxx Crosby totals 4 sacks, including a game-deciding strip-sack which is run in for a 76 yard scoop-and-score by Nate Hobbs, who also holds Ja'Marr Chase to 1 reception for 2 yards 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Cowboys…MATCH THE 49ERS PHYSICALITY!!!! -Hal: Mike Tomlin, be proud of what you accomplished this season and make it a competitive game in Kansas City
1. Week 17 Takeaways -DKrom: Cardinals with HUGE win after we wrote them off, Bengals with biggest statement win of the season -Hal: Antonio Brown needs help, his release could affect Bucs Super Bowl chances, Las Vegas Raiders stay alive against all the odds 2. Final Awards 3. Truth or Exaggeration -If they take care of business against the Texans this week, plus considering the likely return of Derrick Henry, the Titans should be considered the favorites in the AFC -The Browns should do all they can to trade Baker Mayfield to a QB-desperate team in the offseason, and accumulate assets by trading down in the draft to position themselves for a top QB prospect in the 2023 draft -Patrick Surtain II is already a top-10 cornerback in the NFL -The injury to Chris Godwin and the looming departure of Antonio Brown will be too much for the Bucs offense to overcome in the playoffs -The Green Bay Packers should be the favorite to win Super Bowl LVI -Unless Matthew Stafford dramatically improves his game these next two weeks, the Rams will be one-and-done in the playoffs -If he becomes HC of the Raiders, Jim Harbaugh will win a Super Bowl in a second stint as an NFL head coach 4. Chargers at Raiders Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 18 Games -Chiefs at Broncos -Cowboys at Eagles -Bengals at Browns -Packers at Lions -Bears at Vikings -Washington at Giants -Colts at Jaguars -Steelers at Ravens -Titans at Texans -Saints at Falcons -Jets at Bills -49ers at Rams -Patriots at Dolphins -Seahawks at Cardinals -Panthers at Buccaneers 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Rashaad Penny 200 yards rushing and 4 TD -DKrom: Chiefs will score 70 points against the Broncos 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Packers…at some point, PULL YOUR STARTERS -Hal: Last place teams, don't give up hope headed into next season
1. Week 16 Takeaways -DKrom: It was a crazy journey to get there, but the Chiefs and Bills appear to be the two best teams in the AFC after all, Josh Allen putting himself in elite company, Houston Texans have been a MUCH better team than most of us thought -Hal: Hal is completely off the Cardinals bandwagon, Chargers still doing Charger things 2. Truth or Exaggeration -The Houston Texans should not spend a premium draft pick on a QB and give Davis Mills a full-year tryout in 2022 -Joe Burrow has cemented himself as a top-10 QB in the NFL -If the Dolphins make the playoffs, Brian Flores is the 2021 NFL Coach of the Year -Regardless of how their season ends, the 49ers must make Trey Lance the full-time starter in 2022 -The Jaguars hiring Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach would be a very wise move -If he doesn't retire, Aaron Rodgers will play for the Packers in 2022 -After two seasons, the Carolina Panthers should pull the plug on Matt Rhule 3. This or That -Who had the bigger impact on the game of football: John Madden or Vince Lombardi? -Assuming they get the NFC's #1 seed, which team should the Packers fear more: Cowboys or Bucs? -Which non-Chiefs AFC West team is more likely to make the playoffs: Chargers or Raiders? -Who was the bigger Pro Bowl snub: Roquan Smith or Creed Humphrey? 4. Chiefs at Bengals Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 17 Games -Falcons at Bills -Giants at Bears -Dolphins at Titans -Raiders at Colts -Jaguars at Patriots -Bucs at Jets -Eagles at Washington -Rams at Ravens -Broncos at Chargers -Cardinals at Cowboys -Panthers at Saints -Lions at Seahawks -Vikings at Packers -Browns at Steelers 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Jonathan Taylor 274 yards rushing and 4 TD in win over Raiders -DKrom: Steelers win thanks to 5 INT off of Baker Mayfield, including two pick-sixes (one by Joe Haden, the other by Joe Schobert, both former Browns) 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Packers…DON'T TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE GAS!!! -Hal: Big Ben…go out like a champion!!!
1. Week 15 Takeaways -DKrom: Mahomes vs. Herbert delivers again, Bucs may have an even tougher road to return to the Super Bowl, Dennis Allen and Greg Roman will likely get serious head coaching consideration -Hal: Division leaders lose a lot of games, tight races down the stretch 2. Truth or Exaggeration -Should they make the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts will be the team that NOBODY wants to play -Should they get the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars should HIGHLY consider drafting whoever the best OT is on their board (Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu) -Whoever wins Sunday's Ravens/Bengals game will win the AFC North -If Russell Wilson is made available by the Seahawks for trade, teams interested in trading for him MUST do a LOT of vetting on his mallet finger and potential complications it could cause for the remainder of his career -The Los Angeles Rams will win the NFC West -Nick Sirianni should be in consideration for Coach of the Year honors if the Eagles make the playoffs -Nick Bosa is now the frontrunner for 2021 Comeback Player of the Year 3. Christmas wishes (New head coach, GM and/or QB) -Bears: Brian Daboll, Ed Dodds -Broncos: Leslie Frazier, Aaron Rodgers -Raiders: Vance Joseph -Jaguars: Byron Leftwich 4. Ravens at Bengals Preview -Regardless of who is starting at QB for the Ravens this week, how much tougher of a challenge is the Bengals defense compared to the Packers defense? -True or False…if the Ravens pass rush can't get to Joe Burrow, the Bengals will win in another blowout -Key matchups and picks 5. Picks for all other Week 16 Games -49ers at Titans -Browns at Packers -Colts at Cardinals -Lions at Falcons -Rams at Vikings -Bills at Patriots -Jaguars at Jets -Giants at Eagles -Bucs at Panthers -Chargers at Texans -Bears at Seahawks -Steelers at Chiefs -Broncos at Raiders -Washington at Cowboys -Dolphins at Saints 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Both Bears and Seahawks turn the ball over twice in OT…leading to a tie -DKrom: Jonathan Taylor totals over 300 yards from scrimmage (150 rushing, 150 receiving) and 3 TD including the game winner on 4th and Goal from the 1 at the gun 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Cardinals…MATCH THE COLTS PHYSICALITY!!!!! -Hal: Dolphins, Eagles, Colts…GO NUTS!!!!!
1. Week 14 Takeaways -DKrom: Poetic day for the Broncos, particularly the 88-yard drive at the end of the game -Hal: Bills not dead and buried yet, Brady and Rodgers co-MVP favorites right now 2. Truth or Exaggeration -The NFL MUST put all 32 clubs in intensive COVID-19 protocols (mandatory mask-wearing for everyone inside facility, most, if not all meetings conducted virtually, and daily testing) RIGHT NOW -Dak Prescott is currently holding the Cowboys back from achieving their potential -Jaguars owner Shad Khan shouldn't fire Urban Meyer on January 10…he should fire him THIS SECOND -Jimmy Garoppolo will net the 49ers a first-round pick should they decide to trade him in the offseason -Micah Parsons should win 2021 DPOY honors, and Patrick Surtain II should win 2021 DROY honors -The AFC Championship will be between the Chiefs and Patriots…and the NFC Championship will be between the Packers and Bucs -The Chicago Bears MUST fire GM Ryan Pace in addition to Matt Nagy 3. Should the following Head Coaches be fired or retained? -Joe Judge: RETAIN -Vic Fangio: FIRED -Mike Zimmer: FIRED -Pete Carroll: RETAIN 4. Chiefs at Chargers Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 15 Games -Raiders at Browns -Patriots at Colts -Panthers at Bills -Cardinals at Lions -Jets at Dolphins -Cowboys at Giants -Washington at Eagles -Titans at Steelers -Texans at Jaguars -Bengals at Broncos -Falcons at 49ers -Seahawks at Rams -Packers at Ravens -Saints at Bucs -Vikings at Bears 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Cordarrelle Patterson 100+ yards rushing and 100+ yards receiving, 3 TD (1 run, 1 catch, 1 50-yard TD pass) -DKrom: Russell Wilson throws for 400+ yards and 4 TD including game-winning hail mary to former Ram Gerald Everett 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Chargers…TONIGHT is your opportunity to become legit Super Bowl contenders. SEIZE IT!!! -Hal: Sean McVay and Rams…run the table and win the NFC West!!!
1. Week 13 Takeaways -DKrom: Poetic way for the Lions to win their first game of 2021, Chargers FINALLY turned Justin Herbert loose (Weeks 1-12: 6.2-yard ADOT on 1st/2nd down, Week 13: 10.2-yard ADOT) -Hal: Patriots masterful game plan, Lions first win 2. Truth or Exaggeration -The Bucs MUST release Antonio Brown when his suspension ends after Week 15 -Micah Parsons has already entered the conversation to be considered THE best defensive player in football right now -Marlon Humphrey's season-ending torn pectoral injury will end up being the straw that broke the camel's back for the 2021 Ravens -Tua Tagovailoa will force the Dolphins to abandon their pursuit of Deshaun Watson, even if Watson gets legally cleared -Gardner Minshew should be the starting QB for the Eagles going forward -Javonte Williams should get FAR more carries than Melvin Gordon for the Broncos in the season's final five weeks -The Buffalo Bills chances of making the playoffs are in danger 3. Latest Russell Wilson news 4. This or That -Which team's offensive struggles are you more alarmed by: Chiefs or Cowboys? -Which team is more likely to make it to Super Bowl LVI: Bucs or Patriots? -Who should win the 2021 Heisman Trophy: Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud? -Who will be a more successful NFL head coach: Matt Rhule or Dan Campbell? 5. Rams at Cardinals Preview 6. Picks for all other Week 14 Games -Steelers at Vikings -Ravens at Browns -Jaguars at Titans -Raiders at Chiefs -Saints at Jets -Cowboys at Washington -Falcons at Panthers -Seahawks at Texans -Lions at Broncos -Giants at Chargers -49ers at Bengals -Bills at Bucs -Bears at Packers 7. Bold Predictions -Hal: Jamaal Williams 200+ rushing yards and 3 TD -DKrom: Lions win with another TD at the final gun…to former Bronco Khalif Raymond for 25 yards 8. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Chiefs…be willing to play December football on offense -Hal: Ben Roethlisberger…go out on top
1. Week 12 Takeaways -DKrom: Time to start preparing for the possibility of Super Bowl LVI being Brady vs. Belichick, Bengals show they mean business -Hal: Lot of high profile QB's either ailing or struggling (Stafford, Big Ben, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson) 2. Truth or Exaggeration -The San Francisco 49ers are the best NFL team in the state of California right now -There's a much better chance than many think of the Cowboys NOT winning the NFC East -The Cardinals will win the NFC West -The Packers should be considered the favorites to earn the NFC's #1 playoff seed -The Raiders should extend Derek Carr shortly after their season ends -The Browns should go all in on trying to trade for either Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers -Zac Taylor deserves serious consideration for Coach of the Year honors 3. This or That -Which rookie defensive player has had the more impressive season: Odafe Oweh or Patrick Surtain II? -Which current OC would be a better option as the next head coach of either the Bears or Jaguars: Byron Leftwich or Greg Roman? -If the Lions end up with the #1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, who should they take: Kayvon Thibodeaux or Aidan Hutchinson? -Which team is more likely to miss out on the playoffs: Rams or Bills? 4. Patriots at Bills Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 13 Games -Cowboys at Saints -Bucs at Falcons -Cardinals at Bears -Chargers at Bengals -Vikings at Lions -Giants at Dolphins -Eagles at Jets -Colts at Texans -Washington at Raiders -Jaguars at Rams -Ravens at Steelers -49ers at Seahawks -Broncos at Chiefs 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Taylor Heinicke will complete 40 passes for 350+ yards, 4 TD in regulation, and one in OT -DKrom: Joe Mixon sets the NFL single game rushing yardage record against the Chargers 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Bills…be willing to beat the Patriots at their own game -Hal: Sean McVay and Rams…use this week as your get well game, get your RB's involved again
1. Week 11 Takeaways -DKrom: You can make a case for T.J. Watt for MVP. The Steelers defense is an entirely different unit without him -Hal: Chris Jones, Baker Mayfield needs to rest, Eagles a legit playoff contender 2. Truth or Exaggeration -The Cleveland Browns should sit Baker Mayfield until he is 100% aside from the labral tear in his non-throwing shoulder -Jonathan Taylor should now be considered the front-runner for Offensive POY -The Tennessee Titans will NOT get the AFC's #1 playoff seed -If the Lions beat the Bears on Thanksgiving Day, Matt Nagy should be fired first thing Friday morning -Whoever wins this weekend's Vikings/49ers game will be one of the two NFC Wild Card teams -The Broncos re-signing Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick will go a long way in convincing either Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson to come to Denver should they be made available via trade -Jason Garrett will never get another NFL coaching job again 3. This or That -Who is more likely to win their respective division: Chargers or Patriots? -Which current DC and former head coach will do better if given a second HC opportunity: Dan Quinn or Vance Joseph? -Which team is more likely to earn the #1 playoff seed in their respective conference: Cardinals or Ravens? -Who will have the bigger impact for the Rams down the stretch: Von Miller or Odell Beckham, Jr.? 4. Rams at Packers Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 12 Games -Bears at Lions -Raiders at Cowboys -Bills at Saints -Steelers at Bengals -Bucs at Colts -Panthers at Dolphins -Titans at Patriots -Eagles at Giants -Falcons at Jaguars -Jets at Texans -Chargers at Broncos -Vikings at 49ers -Browns at Ravens -Seahawks at Washington 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Ravens DL knocks Baker out of the game, Case Keenum throws 3 TD's in the second half -DKrom: Patriots hold the Titans to less than 100 yards of total offense 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Browns…PLAY UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL -Hal: Bills…MAKE OR BREAK TIME…use this as your get right game
1. Week 10 Takeaways -DKrom: Rams ARE soft, Patriots just might be sneaky Super Bowl contender -Hal: Pittsburgh/Lions tie, more underdogs winning 2. Elephant In The Room: Which team is the best landing spot for Russell Wilson should he be traded? Broncos, Raiders, Browns, Eagles, or Saints 3. Truth or Exaggeration -Cam Newton will lead the Panthers to a playoff berth -With the NFL's easiest remaining schedule, the Tennessee Titans are a lock for the AFC's #1 playoff seed -Deebo Samuel is a top-five offensive weapon in the NFL -Demarcus Ware and Devin Hester should both be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on first ballot -The Broncos should bench Teddy Bridgewater after his lackadaisical play on the Darius Slay fumble-six -The Dolphins issued the blueprint for how to stop Lamar Jackson -If they beat the Cowboys this weekend, the Chiefs will win the AFC West 4. Cowboys at Chiefs Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 11 Games -Patriots at Falcons -Saints at Eagles -Colts at Bills -Ravens at Bears -Lions at Browns -Packers at Vikings -Dolphins at Jets -Washington at Panthers -49ers at Jaguars -Bengals at Raiders -Cardinals at Seahawks -Steelers at Chargers -Giants at Bucs 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Justin Fields will run for 150 yards and 2 TD and two big TD passes to Darnell Mooney -DKrom: The Lions beat the Browns in OT on a 52-yard FG at the gun 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Chargers…UNLEASH THE JUSTIN!!!!! -Hal: Kliff Kingsbury…avoid a repeat of 2020
1. Week 9 Takeaways -DKrom: Titans defense BALLING -Hal: Justin Fields great performance on MNF, Jordan Love lays an egg 2. Midseason Awards 3. Truth or Exaggeration -The 49ers should either take personnel power away from Kyle Shanahan after this season…or fire him -Justin Fields will become a top-10 QB at some point next season…if not sooner -Josh Allen has taken a MASSIVE step backward this season -The New England Patriots will win the AFC East -The Atlanta Falcons will make the playoffs as a wild card -The Rams lack of physicality will prevent them from reaching Super Bowl LVI -The Chiefs defense is actually better than the Chiefs offense 4. Chiefs at Raiders Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 9 Games -Ravens at Dolphins -Browns at Patriots -Bills at Jets -Falcons at Cowboys -Bucs at Washington -Saints at Titans -Jaguars at Colts -Lions at Steelers -Vikings at Chargers -Panthers at Cardinals -Eagles at Broncos -Seahawks at Packers -Rams at 49ers 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: P.J. Walker, 350 yards and 4 TD in upset over Arizona. TD and 2-point conversion at the gun -DKrom: Russell Wilson throws for 350 yards and 4 TD in his return to action 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Ryan Tannehill…take charge of this non-Derrick Henry Titans offense!! -Hal: All 4 AFC West teams…GO GET IT!!! WHO WANTS IT?!!!
1. Week 8 Takeaways -Me: Dallas Cowboys have a “team of destiny” feel to them -Hal: Backup QB showcase 2. Truth or Exaggeration -If the Saints offense sputters these next few weeks without Jameis Winston, the Saints should immediately sign Cam Newton -Stuck in the swamps of mediocrity, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf should pivot in a new direction by firing both Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman after the season should they miss the playoffs -After trading away Von Miller, the Broncos should trade all five of their top 100 2022 draft picks plus another future first or two for Russell Wilson should he become available -If the Cowboys fail to reach the NFC Championship, Jerry Jones should fire Mike McCarthy and promote Kellen Moore to head coach -Unless the Raiders or Chargers self-destruct, the Chiefs will either barely sneak in to the playoffs…or not make the playoffs at all -The Chargers inability to stop the run will prevent them from winning the AFC West -Because of the potential season-ending injury to Derrick Henry, the Indianapolis Colts have an excellent chance to win the AFC South 3. This or That -Who is more likely to reach Super Bowl LVI: Rams or Cowboys? -Which long-tenured head coach is more likely to be coaching the exact same team 10 years from now: Sean Payton or Mike Tomlin? -Which backup QB had the more impressive performance on Sunday: Mike White or Cooper Rush? -Which team has been the bigger disappointment: Dolphins or Washington? 4. Packers at Chiefs Preview 5. Picks for all other Week 9 Games -Jets at Colts -Texans at Dolphins -Patriots at Panthers -Bills at Jaguars -Browns at Bengals -Falcons at Saints -Broncos at Cowboys -Raiders at Giants -Vikings at Ravens -Chargers at Eagles -Cardinals at 49ers -Titans at Rams -Bears at Steelers 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Jordan Love with 4 total TD (2 TD passes, 2 TD runs) -DKrom: Cowboys lay a 60-burger on the Broncos 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Bengals…keep Joe Burrow upright!!! -Hal: Kevin Stefanski…figure it out QUICK!!!
1. Week 7 Takeaways -Me: House cleanings await the Bears and Broncos -Hal: Bengals with statement win, Gruden might have been holding the Raiders back all along, Kyle Pitts and Ja'Marr Chase are stars in the making 2. Truth or Exaggeration -NO team should trade for Deshaun Watson until his legal issues are resolved -The Panthers would be a MUCH better destination for Deshaun Watson than the Dolphins -Albeit with a 17-game caveat, Kyle Pitts will break the all-time rookie receiving yardage record for tight ends, which was set by Mike Ditka in 1961 with 1,076 -Ja'Marr Chase is already making an excellent argument to be considered a top-five WR in the NFL -Should the Raiders make the playoffs, they should HIGHLY consider promoting interim head coach Rich Bisaccia to full-time head coach -Even though they are still yet to win a game this season, the Lions are absolutely headed in the right direction under Dan Campbell -D'Ernest Johnson is going to permanently force his way into the Browns RB rotation over these next several weeks, making it a three-headed monster once Kareem Hunt gets healthy 3. Packers at Cardinals Preview -How do the Packers attack the Cardinals through the air minus Davante Adams, Allen Lazard AND Marquez Valdes-Scantling? -After seeing Kyler Murray take quite a pounding against the Texans, how should the Cardinals protect him better (other than better OL play) on a short week? -Key matchups and picks 4. Cowboys at Vikings Preview -Is this Vikings secondary significantly less fearsome than it has been in recent years and thus extremely vulnerable if the front four can't get to Dak Prescott? -Even with Dalvin Cook fully healthy, should the Vikings still give around 25-33% of the touches to Alexander Mattison? -Key matchups and picks 5. Picks for all other Week 8 Games -49ers at Bears -Eagles at Lions -Panthers at Falcons -Dolphins at Bills -Bengals at Jets -Steelers at Browns -Titans at Colts -Rams at Texans -Patriots at Chargers -Jaguars at Seahawks -Washington at Broncos -Bucs at Saints -Giants at Chiefs 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Lions win in OT on a blocked punt return for a TD -DKrom: Aaron Rodgers throws for at least 350 yards and 4 TD's, 150 of those yards and 3 of those TD's to Randall Cobb 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Patrick Mahomes….don't go for the home run all the time -Hal: Bengals, Rams, Bills….do NOT overlook your opponents, no matter how inferior they are
1. Do you think Malik Willis is worth a roll of the dice in the first round, if not the top-10 picks and if so, why? 2. Based on what you have seen on tape, what is your opinion of Matt Corral and how does he project to the NFL? 3. What makes Kayvon Thibodeaux so special and what (aside from this talent poor QB class) makes him worthy of the #1 overall pick? 4. Currently, it looks as if there is going to be a tight race to be the second EDGE off the board between Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson and Purdue's George Karlaftis. At this time, which one of those two stud Big Ten pass rushers do you like better and why? 5. What makes Evan Neal stand out from the rest of this talented OT class and do you think he has a legit case to be in the conversation for the #1 overall pick? 6. Arguably THE deepest position group in this year's draft class is at CB. Although LSU's Derek Stingley, Jr. is regarded as the best of the bunch, two other corners that are impressing tremendously are Andrew Booth, Jr. of Clemson and Kaiir Elam of Florida. Would it either shock or surprise you if both of the latter joined Stingley as top-10 picks and/or make an equally compelling case to be the first corner off the board? 7. It is pretty rare that we see a safety selected in the top five, but 2022 could very well be anomaly with Notre Dame's Kyle Hamilton. What qualifies Kyle Hamilton to be the exception to the rule of not drafting a safety super high in the draft? 8. Do you think Jahan Dotson has already made a solid case to be considered the best WR in the 2022 NFL Draft? 9. Buy or Sell -Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama) -Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh) -Travon Walker (DE, Georgia) -Zion Johnson (G, Boston College) -Bernhard Reimann (OT, Central Michigan) 10. Top-10 Mock 1. Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux 2. Texans: Malik Willis 3. Jaguars: Evan Neal 4. Jets: Derek Stingley, Jr. 5. Giants: Aidan Hutchinson 6. Eagles: Kyle Hamilton 7. Falcons: DeMarvin Leal 8. Washington: Matt Corral 9. Eagles: Kaiir Elam 10. Giants: Kenyon Green
1. Week 6 Takeaways -Me: Cardinals remove all doubt that they're serious Super Bowl contenders, Ravens look even more dangerous than they did in 2019, Broncos look like they have quit on Vic Fangio a la the Bears and Marc Trestman in 2014 -Hal: Dak Prescott making a push for MVP, Carolina just not the same without Christian McCaffrey, Sam Darnold turning back into a pumpkin, Bengals are legit 2. Truth or Exaggeration -Mike McCarthy will prevent this Cowboys team from reaching the Super Bowl -After holding Washington to less than 5 yards per pass attempt, the Chiefs have turned the corner on defense -Derrick Henry is already a lock to get enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -Carson Wentz is well on his way to regaining his 2017 MVP form -Barring a miraculous turnaround these next two weeks, the Broncos should trade Von Miller by the November 2 deadline -The Cardinals offense is only about to get more dangerous with the addition of Zach Ertz, who will end up being an upgrade over the injured Maxx Williams -The AFC North is making a serious push to be considered the best division in football 3. Bengals at Ravens Preview -How underrated is this Bengals defense? -How much more dangerous does Rashod Bateman make this Ravens offense? -Key matchups and picks 4. Chiefs at Titans Preview -Which defense do you trust more at this time: the Chiefs or the Titans? -If either one of Julio Jones or A.J. Brown misses this game, how big of a hit do the Titans chances of winning this game take? -Key matchups and picks 5. Picks for all other Week 7 Games -Broncos at Browns -Washington at Packers -Falcons at Dolphins -Jets at Patriots -Panthers at Giants -Eagles at Raiders -Lions at Rams -Texans at Cardinals -Bears at Buccaneers -Colts at 49ers -Saints at Seahawks 6. Bold Predictions -Hal: Joe Burrow 5 TD passes….all to Ja'Marr Chase including a 75-yarder to take the lead with under a minute to play -DKrom: Case Keenum throws for 340 yards and 3 TD's…and the Browns defense totals 10 sacks…6 of them by Myles Garrett 7. Challenge Flags -DKrom: Miami Dolphins, make sure you have a backup plan in case Deshaun Watson is either put on the Commissioner's Exempt List or worse, convicted -Hal: Bottom-five teams…either start winning or accumulating more draft capital