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By David Kromelow
DKROM is a Chicago based Sportswriter & sportscaster with a near encyclopedic knowledge of all things NFL. We here at Sports Krunch with DKrom enforce our “No Spin” policy 24/7/365, and do our absolute best to help all of you football fans cut through the spin and get to the truth. Sports Krunch will cover all the important stories you may have missed in the NFL universe. Sports Krunch will regularly have very influential and knowledgeable guests. So be on the lookout for the next episode and be sure to subscribe!
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#139 NFL Week 3 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
Two weeks into the 2018 NFL season, unpredictability remains king of America’s real pastime. Who had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick starting the year 2-0 having the league’s top offense? Who had the league on pace to have 16 games end in a tie two weeks in? What more exciting twist and turns await the NFL in Week 3? And what better person is there to give us an answer then my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com! Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 2 Takeaways -Nice job of responding to my challenge flag last week Atlanta Falcons!! A perfect 4/4 in the red zone. -The decision making of the Cleveland Browns has hit a new low... and I’m not talking about the Josh Gordon trade. How on Earth did the Browns not waive or IR Zane Gonzalez before Week 1? Had they done that and signed a proven veteran kicker, they’d likely be 2-0 now. Instead they do it two weeks too late and sign an unproven journeyman 2. FOUR QUESTIONS -Which of these 2-0 teams is the...
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September 20, 2018
#138 NFL Week 2 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
The NFL couldn’t have delivered a better product for opening week of its 2018 season. The drama, several amazing finishes (including a tie and a comeback for the ages), and amazing performances by stars and future stars showed why the NFL has been missed badly these past seven months…and why it’s great to have it back. Now, it’s on to Week 2…and once again, what better person can we have on the program to help me preview another fun week of pro football than my great friend Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 1 Takeaways -Stellar QB performances by present and future stars: Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Darnold, Mahomes -Pass rush clinics by Von Miller, Khalil Mack 2. Vikings/Packers -Based on Aaron Rodgers’ press availability today, he sounded like he is more likely than not going to play on Sunday, albeit at less than 100%. But as he showed last Sunday against the Bears (and in 2016), a wounded Rodgers is just as dangerous (if not even more...
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September 13, 2018
#137 NFL Week 1 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
I have been waiting seven months to say these seven words: “NFL football is officially back in action.” Tomorrow night, the 2018 season of the National Football League, the greatest reality TV show every conceived, begins in earnest as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. And we here at Sports Krunch couldn’t have been more excited for 22 weeks of the non-stop, unpredictable drama that is the NFL and me and my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com will have you covered every step of the way. It’s absolutely wonderful to cover yet another intriguing season of pro football with you, Hal. What makes the 2018 NFL season potentially more intriguing than these past seven seasons or so? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Falcons/Eagles -With Nick Foles under center and Alshon Jeffery sidelined, what is the best way for the Eagles to attack this freakishly fast and athletic Falcons defense? -How much will the Eagles be missing LB...
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September 5, 2018
#136 NFL News/Notes + 2018 Season Predictions & Picks w/ Hal
The preseason has concluded and we are less than a week away from the real beginning of the 2018 NFL regular season. Right now, the NFL is in the midst of its most brutal 48-hour period of the year as all 32 clubs are in the process of cutting down their rosters from 90 to 53, which they must do by 4 PM ET today. However, as much as I feel the pain of many of those players getting their dreams deferred right now, I would rather devote the time to discussing the excitement surrounding the National Football League this season…and that’s why today, we are doing our annual “NFL Predictions” episode. And once again, is there any better guy to do it with than my buddy Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. This week, the New York Jets did exactly what you recommended they do as they traded Teddy Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Saints for a 2019 third-round pick. While you cannot ignore Mike Maccagnan’s brilliance in the QB market this...
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September 1, 2018
#135 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive III: QB’s w/ Mark Schofield
One of the most interesting dichotomies between fantasy football drafts and the actual NFL Draft involves the QB position. In the NFL Draft, if teams want to draft a bona fide starting franchise QB, not only are they highly unlikely to find one outside the first round, but outside the top-10 picks as well. On the flip side, when it comes to your fantasy draft, you can wait as long as possible to draft a legitimate starter at QB. And in no year does that sentiment ring truer in fantasy than this year. In most mock drafts I’ve done, I’ve been waiting until rounds 9 or 10 to draft a QB…and you’ll be giddy when you see how many good signal-callers are still available at that juncture of your draft. Thus the focus of the third and final edition of our 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive series will be QB’s that can be absolute bargains for your fantasy team on draft day. And to help us break down those QB’s and a lot more QB-centric fantasy topics, is there any guest more appropriate than my man Mark...
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August 26, 2018
#134 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive II: RB’s w/ Mike Dente
Tonight, NFL regular season dress rehearsals commence and that likely means many of you have your fantasy football league drafts in only a matter of days. And if you do so and as a result tuned to us for last minute advice…congratulations! Joining us for our second edition of our 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive series (which covers the RB position) is a man who will give you the insights needed to help you knock your draft out of the ballpark. He is my good friend and mentor, Mr. Mike Dente of FantasyPros.com, Rotoballer.com and ArbourPro.com. Mike’s Twitter handle: @1stStopFantasy 1. This season, would you prefer taking two RB’s with your first two picks, or a RB and WR with your first two picks? 2. Who is the most overvalued RB in your view? The most undervalued? 3. Question from Patrick (@Mauty480) Is Alvin Kamara worth taking with the fifth overall pick in PPR leagues? 4. Question from Jacen (@JacenMiller) Who are two late round sleepers you’re targeting and in what rounds? Are...
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August 23, 2018
#133 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Recap + Week 3 Preview w/ Hal
2018 training camps are in the books and we are halfway home in the 2018 NFL preseason. This week all 32 teams will prepare for preseason game #3, which is essentially the dress rehearsal for the regular season. There were also a ton of interesting stories to take away from the “prequel” to that dress rehearsal. To recap what we saw this past week and preview what to look for in these all-important third preseason games, what better person is there than my main man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Should Josh Allen start for the Bills in Week 1, or is it too soon to throw him to the wolves by then? 2. Isn’t this textbook organizational malpractice by the Browns by not giving Baker Mayfield reps with the first-team offense? 3. If nobody comes forward with an offer of a second-round pick or higher for Teddy Bridgewater, should the Jets just hang on to him and get a high 2020 compensatory pick for him instead? 4. If Chad Kelly shows more...
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August 22, 2018
#132 Minnesota Vikings 2018 Season Preview w/ Myles Gorham
As I’ve mentioned several times on this program in recent weeks, the Minnesota Vikings are my pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIII. Last season, despite having a journeyman caretaker under center and losing their star rookie RB to an early season-ending injury, the Vikings rode their supremely-talented, championship level defense and brilliant coaching all the way to the NFC Championship, where their hearts were broken by the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles. This spring, GM Rick Spielman made the necessary moves to help ensure that the Vikings will take that next step. They drastically upgraded the QB position by signing Pro Bowler Kirk Cousins in free agency, re-signed several key pieces of their talented young core to long-term deals, and potentially made their defense even scarier in both free agency as well as the draft. For the Vikings to win their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, it’s clearly now or never. Joining me tonight to give us a preview of the...
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August 17, 2018
#131 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive: WR’s and TE’s w/Jeff Haseley
Three weeks from Thursday night, the 2018 NFL season officially kicks off and that means many of you have your fantasy league drafts right around the corner. We here at Sports Krunch are more committed than ever to not only helping you get ready for draft day. Tonight, we start our annual Fantasy Deep Dive series with a look at which WR’s and TE’s to target or not to target when you’re on the clock. And joining us tonight to answer your questions on this matter is Jeff Haseley. Jeff is a lead writer and weekly columnist for the acclaimed fantasy football website footballguys.com. Jeff’s Twitter handle: @JeffHaseley 1. Is it a safer strategy to wait on drafting a WR given the depth at the position? 2. Who is the most overvalued WR in your view? The most undervalued? 3. The consensus top four WR’s are Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones. While Brown is the near-unanimous top WR on the board, the latter three are interchangeable. In what order do you...
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August 15, 2018
#130 2018 NFL Preseason Week 1 Recap + Other News w/Hal Bent
With training camps concluding this week, the 2018 NFL season is rapidly approaching us like a freight train. And on and off the field, the roar of the train that is the NFL sounds like its already in midseason form. With numerous clues gathered through week 1 of the preseason and some key developments around the league, there is a lot to talk about today. And what better person is there to do it with than my right hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. After a 29-day standoff, the Bears and Roquan Smith finally came to an agreement on his rookie contract. Now, the challenge for the Bears is getting the promising young LB ready to play by Week 1. Is the best bet to have Roquan Smith play during the preseason or not having him play and instead spend these next three and a half weeks getting him in 100% football shape before the season opener at the Packers? 2. There’s a lot brewing around the injury front as far as the defending Super Bowl...
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August 15, 2018
#129 2018 NFL Preseason Week 1 Preview w/ Hal Bent
24 NFL teams have started the 2018 preseason play and the remaining eight join the fun over the weekend. While exhibition games do not count in the NFL…they matter. The preseason is a chance for NFL teams to see how well young players or players coming off injury fare in live game settings, and are central to the decision making process as teams assemble their final 53-man rosters. And to help give you an idea of what to look for around the league as the games (unofficially) commence this week is my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. What did you think of Lamar Jackson’s performance in the Hall of Fame game? 2. What things stood out with the Bears? 3. Giants/Browns -With Corey Coleman traded and Antonio Callaway busted again…which Browns WR has the biggest opportunity to prove himself worthy of a starting job in this game? -FWIW, the Browns listed Nick Chubb as the third RB on the depth chart. Do you really think he’s that...
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August 9, 2018
#128 NFL Training Camp Week 1 Recap/HOF Game Preview w/Hal
It is officially August, we are a week into 2018 NFL training camps…and tonight, the preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game between the Ravens and the Bears. And a week from tonight, the rest of the league will join in the preseason festivities. We will talk about the Hall of Fame game later on in the program, but first, we’re going to discuss some of the major storylines of the first week of training camp. And joining us to do just that is my right-hand man, Hal Bent of BostonSportPage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Not only is Khalil Mack holding out of Raiders camp….but a: the Raiders have not held any talks with his camp since February and b: when asked if the defense can function without Mack, Jon Gruden said “our defense wasn’t good last year, even with Khalil Mack.” While that may be true, I personally believe that that comment reflects tealeaves on this front…and those tealeaves suggest to me that Khalil Mack’s days as a Raider might be numbered.
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August 2, 2018
#127 2018 Denver Broncos Preview w/Zac Stevens
Three years removed from winning Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos have entered an era of uncertainty. This uncertainty goes above and beyond the drama surrounding the ownership succession plan and the elusive search for a stadium naming-rights partner. After a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2017, the Broncos have equipped themselves to remain competitive in the short term and also assembled a 2018 rookie class that should give fans some long-term optimism. However, the two most important components of an NFL franchise, the head coach and QB, remain somewhat of a mystery in the Mile High City. Thus, aside from a playoff berth, what, for the sake of the franchise’s long-term future, would be the most ideal scenario to unfold for the Broncos in 2018? Joining me to answer that question and a lot more is Zac Stevens, who covers the Broncos for BSN Denver. It’s a pleasure to we
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July 22, 2018
#126 2018 Chicago Bears Preview w/Chris Shanafelt
It is the belief of many that the Chicago Bears were the winners of the 2018 offseason. Not only did they surround QB Mitchell Trubisky with a new coaching staff that can get the most out of his potential, they drastically upgraded the weapons around Trubisky AND might have had the best draft class on paper. Today, the Bears reported to training camp where they will begin to put this promise into practice. How much of that promise can be harnessed this year? Well, to help us answer that question and many others about this 2018 Chicago Bears team is our good friend Chris Shanafelt of NFLDraftBible.com. Chris’s Twitter handle: @ChrisShanafelt Bears fans should start to panic if Roquan Smith’s contract isn’t done by what date? Who should be the bigger priority to extend: Adrian Amos or Eddie Goldman? How will a more physical training camp benefit a Bears team that’s been devastated by injuries in recent years? Does the complexity of Matt Nagy’s scheme make you worry that Trubisky might...
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July 21, 2018
#125 2018 NFL Training Camp Preview w/Hal Bent
It is great to be back after a month-and-a-half break and it is even greater to do so now because the first 2018 NFL training camps begin this week! The Ravens and Bears will have their first summer practice this Thursday, exactly two weeks before they kick off the 2018 preseason with the Hall of Fame Game. Technically speaking, football is back and in that spirit, it is a pleasure to welcome back my weekly in-season compatriot Hal Bent of BostonSportPage.com back to the program for our 2018 NFL Training Camp Preview. Welcome back Hal! How are you doing? I. Contracts and Holdouts 1. Today, as the franchise tag deadline passed, Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers could not come to a long-term agreement for the second straight year. This obviously means that not only will Bell play under the tag again, but a: this is likely his final season as a Steeler
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July 18, 2018
#124 Dash To The Draft XXIX: NFC West Draft Recap with Jordan Reid
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June 5, 2018
#123 Dash To The Draft XXVIII: NFC South Draft Recap with Brian Bosarge
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May 25, 2018
#122 Dash To The Draft XXVII: NFC North Draft Recap with Aaron Leming
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May 19, 2018
#121 Dash To The Draft XXVI: NFC East Draft Recap with Cole Thompson
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May 19, 2018
#120 Dash To The Draft XXV: AFC South Draft Recap with Jake Arthur
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May 19, 2018
#119 Dash To The Draft XXIV: AFC North Draft Recap with Pete Smith
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today we continue the final leg of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series with a look at the draft hauls in the AFC North. Round one of the 2018 NFL Draft began with the 2017 Heisman trophy winner landing in the AFC North, and ended with the 2016 Heisman winner landing in the AFC North. Joining us today to analyze that plus a lot more on the draft classes of the Browns, Ravens, Bengals and Steelers, is our good friend Pete Smith, Browns and NFL Draft analyst for NFLSpinZone.com. Great to have you back on the program Pete, how are you?
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May 19, 2018
#118 Dash To The Draft XXIII: AFC West Draft Recap with Nick Kendell
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is our second of eight division-by-division recaps of the 2018 NFL Draft and we continue today with the AFC West. This division saw two of the draft’s best defenders land on its turf as well as arguably the most head-scratching class of the year. And to help us break it all down, it’s a pleasure to welcome our good friend Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com back to the program. How are you Nick?
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May 19, 2018
#117 Dash To The Draft XXII: AFC East Draft Recap with Connor Rogers
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. The 2018 NFL Draft is in the books, but there is no way we stop our 2018 Dash To The Draft series without a recap of each team’s draft haul. Just like our draft previews for each team, these recaps will be done on a division-by-division basis. We begin these recaps with the AFC East and it was a pleasure to have Connor Rogers join us to help break it all down. Along with renown NFL draft analyst Matt Miller, Connor co-hosts “Stick To Football”, one of THE best football podcasts out there, and he also contributes to Bleacher Report. Without further ado, here is Connor’s take on the 2018 draft classes of the Jets, Bills, Dolphins and Patriots.
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May 19, 2018
#119 Dash To The Draft XXIV: AFC North Draft W/Pete Smith
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today we continue the final leg of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series with a look at the draft hauls in the AFC North. Round one of the 2018 NFL Draft began with the 2017 Heisman trophy winner landing in the AFC North, and ended with the 2016 Heisman winner landing in the AFC North. Joining us today to analyze that plus a lot more on the draft classes of the Browns, Ravens, Bengals and Steelers, is our good friend Pete Smith, Browns and NFL Draft analyst for NFLSpinZone.com. Great to have you back on the program Pete, how are you? 1. Why was Baker Mayfield your favorite QB in this draft class and why should Browns fans be optimistic about him as the potential face of the franchise? When at the earliest should we expect to see him start this season? 2. Did Denzel Ward’s talent and upside meet the value of the fourth overall pick or do you think the Browns should’ve traded down with Buffalo and
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May 14, 2018
#118 Dash To The Draft XXIII: AFC West Draft w/Nick Kendell
1. The Broncos reportedly only had three targets in mind with the fifth overall pick: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Bradley Chubb. If none were there, they were prepared to trade down with the Bills. When Chubb unexpectedly fell into their laps, they couldn’t resist passing on him, and rightfully so. What does Bradley Chubb bring to the Broncos pass rush that was missing since DeMarcus Ware hung up his cleats? 2. In the second round, the Broncos looked toward the very near future. With the roster spot of Demaryius Thomas in question after the 2018 season given his age and 2019 cap hit, the Broncos picked a near carbon copy of Thomas in SMU WR Courtland Sutton. Although Sutton is projected to be Thomas’s long-term replacement at the ‘X’ receiver position, he has similar holes in his game that Thomas had coming out of college, must notably the lack of a route tree. Thus, Broncos fans shouldn’t expect that big of an impact from Sutton this year. However, it should be incumbent upon the
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May 14, 2018
#117 Dash To The Draft XXII: AFC East Draft Recap with Connor Rogers
We begin these recaps with the AFC East and it was a pleasure to have Connor Rogers join us to help break it all down. Along with renown NFL draft analyst Matt Miller, Connor co-hosts “Stick To Football”, one of THE best football podcasts out there, and he also contributes to Bleacher Report. 1. The Jets had to be praising the heavens that Sam Darnold, the top QB on their board as well as on most other boards around the league, fell in their lap with the third overall pick. Now that the celebration is over, the main issue with Darnold is when should he see the field this season. Regardless of how he progresses with his mechanics these next few months, would it be better for him to be the starter week 1, or would it be better for him to spend the first 4-8 weeks of the season on the bench? 2. Another thing I really liked about this Jets draft is how they reloaded their defensive line…and that front three is a crucial staple of Todd Bowles’ scheme. In round three, they drafted Nathan
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May 14, 2018
#116 Dash To The Draft XXI: Final Mock Draft (War Room Simulation) with Owen Riese
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are just one day away from the 2018 NFL Draft…and that means it is time to do one more mock draft. Two weeks ago, we gave you a mock draft based on what we think SHOULD happen. Last week’s mock was done based on what we think WOULD happen. This mock draft combines both of those schools of thought in a war room simulation, which should also help give you somewhat of an idea of what goes on behind closed doors on draft day. I will be playing the role of the scout/coach trying to justify to the GM picks I think WILL happen, while the GM (who will be portrayed by our special guest) will either accept or reject each of my picks based on what he believes SHOULD happen. These are basically two mock drafts rolled into one. And to help us with DKrom’s Ultimate Mock Draft of 2018, it is a pleasure to welcome Owen Riese to the show for the very first time. Owen is a contributing NFL Draft analyst for i
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April 25, 2018
#115 Dash To The Draft XX: “What We Think” Mock Draft (including trades) with Jordan Reid
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now just one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft! And I can’t wait even one more second for all the smoke to clear. But, since we do have to wait one more week…we’re going to do another mock draft. Last week’s mock was based on what teams SHOULD do. This mock will be based on what we think teams WILL do on the night of April 26. Once again, please keep in mind that A: mock drafts aren’t real and B: as long-time NFL scout Greg Gabriel said on this program a couple weeks ago…”Don’t believe anything you hear.” That said, we have no choice but to take the intel that’s currently out there to heart in order to give you our most educated guess as to how the first round will unfold. And to help us with DKrom Mock 4.0 is our good friend Jordan Reid, a rising star on Draft Twitter who is the host of the “Climbing the Pocket” podcast. You can also find written content of his at climbingthepocket.com.
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April 19, 2018
#114 Dash To The Draft XIX: NFC East Draft Preview with Emory Hunt
Dash To The Draft XVIX: NFC East Draft Preview Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are less than 10 days away from the 2018 NFL Draft and in that spirit today, we conclude our seven-episode-in-eight-day Dash to the Draft marathon…with the finalinstallment of our division-by-division draft previews. Our eight division pre-draft journey concludes with the NFC East. What do the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys have to do in this draft in order to give the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles a run for their money? What do the Eagles have to do in this draft in order to not only repeat as NFC East champions, but Super Bowl champions as well? Joining us to help us answer those questions is our good friend Emory Hunt, FANTASTIC NFL Draft analyst for footballgameplan.com. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the program Emory, how are you doing? 1. The Giants are the biggest wild card in this draft. There is absolutely no certainty as t
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April 18, 2018
#113 Dash To The Draft XVIII: AFC West Draft Preview with Carl Dumler
Less than three years after winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos are beginning what should eventually be a large roster retool, and the question is how does that retool take shape with this draft class. Just a year or two before they head off to Vegas, the Raiders brought back Jon Gruden to rebrand the identity of the franchise, but how can be blend his old-school football philosophy with new age talent? In a very weak conference, the Chargers and their stacked roster have a golden opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl, but they also must consider getting Philip Rivers long-term successor as immediately as possible. And last but not least, how do the Chiefs smoothen the transition from the Alex Smith era to the Patrick Mahomes era on both sides of the ball? Joining us now to discuss what these four teams ought to do in the 2018 NFL Draft is Carl Dumler. Carl is an NFL draft analyst for MileHighHuddle.com, same place where friend of the program Nick Kendell resides. Broncos fans can ca
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April 17, 2018
#112 Dash To The Draft XVII: NFC North Draft Preview with Aaron Leming
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the fifth edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our division-by-division draft previews with a journey through the NFC North. The NFC North might be the most talented division in terms of QB play in 2018. With the return of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, the arrival of Kirk Cousins in Minnesota, the continued high-level play of Matthew Stafford in Detroit and the expected second-year leap for Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago, the race for the NFC North crown could be a very competitive one. But are there any pieces in this 2018 NFL Draft that can put one of these teams over the top? Joining us now to help us answer that question plus analyze the draft plans of the Bears, Packers, Lions and Vikings is our good friend Aaron Leming of bearreport.com. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the show Aaron,
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April 15, 2018
#111 Dash To The Draft XVI: 2018 Draft Class Fantasy Outlook with Matt Waldman
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, This is the fourth edition of our Dash To The Draft marathon, which will bring you seven episodes in an eight-day span. One of my favorite things to do during draft season is to determine if there are any rookies skill position players that can be the difference maker for my fantasy football team in both the short and long-term. And THE best resource to help you in that endeavor is Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio (RSP), 1700+ pages of original, in-depth content that will give you what you need to dominate your league on a consistent basis. A big reason why I know the RSP will give you such an advantage is the fact that Matt’s counsel is constantly sought by NFL front offices throughout the draft process. It is a pleasure to welcome Matt Waldman back to the program to discuss his recently released 2018 RSP. 1. An amazing part of your RSP is that it goes against the grain of conventional wisdom both on Draft Twitte
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April 13, 2018
#110 Dash To The Draft XV: NFC South Draft Preview with Trevor Sikkema
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the third edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our division-by-division draft previews with a look inside the NFC South. The NFC South was the NFL’s most competitive division last season, but each team has some serious questions to answer in the draft. Do the Saints use their picks to go all-in on 1-2 more years with 39-year old Drew Brees…or do they do all they can in order to secure his heir apparent? How should the Panthers reload an aging roster with several soon-to-be retiring cornerstones around Cam Newton? Who do the Falcons need to draft in order to help recapture their Super Bowl level of play from 2016? And last but not least, what is the best plan for the Buccaneers in this draft that will let them become a playoff-caliber team? It was a pleasure having Trevor Sikkema on the prog
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April 12, 2018
#109 Dash To The Draft XIV: AFC North Draft Preview with Jeff Risdon
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the second edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our divisional draft previews with a trip to the AFC North. And to help us break down the draft plans of the Browns, Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers, it is a pleasure to welcome Jeff Risdon to the program for the very first time. Jeff covers the NFL Draft for RealGM.com and is also the Managing Editor for USA Today’s Browns and Texans fan sites, thebrownswire.com and thetexanswire.com respectively. And that’s not all…you can also catch Jeff on ESPN radio (96.1 FM) in Western Michigan. It’s a pleasure to have you here Jeff, how are you doing? 1. Despite all of this Josh Allen buzz that’s rapidly growing by the day, I remain extremely confident that the Browns will select Sam Darnold with the first overall pick. However, what they do at four over
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April 11, 2018
#108 Dash To The Draft XIII: Mock Draft (no trades) with Joe Marino
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now 16 [hopefully] good night sleeps away from the 2018 NFL Draft…and I obviously can’t wait even 16 more minutes. But we need to find some way to pass the time, and we plan to do so this week by recording seven more Dash To The Draft episodes in an eight-day span. Today, we would like to start this party off with a little mock draft. Here are three things to keep in mind about this mock as well as mock drafts in general: Mock drafts aren’t real. They are just exercises in the hypothetical and most picks in the vast majority of these mocks will turn out to be wrong on April 26. Although I personally like to combine my beliefs of what a team should and will do in my mocks, the mocks we will be doing these next few weeks will be more based on what a team SHOULD do since most of the intel we are hearing at the moment will likely be proven false when the picks are made in real time. Althoug
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April 10, 2018
#107 Dash To The Draft XII: NFC West Draft Preview with Josh Forrest
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now less than 20 days away from the 2018 NFL Draft and in that spirit, we continue our division-by-division draft previews today with a look at the NFC West. As we sit now, the Rams have assembled a “Super Bowl or bust” roster, the 49ers are a young team on the rise eager to take that next step, and both the Cardinals and Seahawks are in the midst of roster makeovers. To help us analyze how each team can get better in this 2018 draft, it’s a pleasure to welcome Josh Forrest of Tyrant Scouting back to the program. How are you Josh? 1. I see four players that are realistically in play for the 49ers at nine: Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds, Harold Landry, or Derwin James. If you were John Lynch, who would you have as the highest of those four on your board? 2. Would you be willing to trade the Giants this and next year’s first for Odell Beckham, Jr. if you were the Niners? 3. 49ers ideal
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April 7, 2018
#106 Dash To The Draft XI: AFC East Draft Preview w/Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com
As we know, the 2018 NFL Draft is one of the most anticipated in recent years due to the expected quarterback bonanza at the top of round one. And apparently all four teams in the AFC East want to get their hands on one of these promising young signal-callers. A few weeks ago, the Jets moved up to the third overall pick, guaranteeing them that one of their two favorite QB’s will end up in their lap. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills, the team with the largest amount of valuable draft capital this year, are feverishly planning a move up the board from number 12 overall, to potentially as high as 2 overall. And as a result of trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams yesterday, the Patriots now own two firsts and two seconds. And it was reported earlier today that they are plotting a massive move (or two) up the board to secure the heir to Tom Brady. And the Dolphins, despite not having as much capital as the former two, are expected to try to move up as well. Joining us today to preview the 2018 NFL
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April 5, 2018
#105 Dash To The Draft X: 2018 DL/EDGE Class w/Nick Kendell NFL Draft analyst
Well, the 2018 NFL Draft is just over three weeks away and the table is being set for what should be a dramatic night on April 26. And in that spirit tonight, we conclude the positional breakdown installment of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series with a dive into this defensive line and edge rushing class. And we have just the guy to help us analyze this crop of talent…he is our good friend Nick Kendell, NFL Draft analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. And since he is one of the best specialists when it comes to OL, DL, and Edge play, we like to call him “Dr. Trenches.” Welcome back to the program Dr. Trenches…how are you? 1. Many view Bradley Chubb as a surefire, blue chip prospect. However, based on conversations we’ve had before, you don’t seem that high on him. Why is that? 2. How big of a gap is there between Chubb and Harold Landry? If you’re the Browns at four, is that gap small enough for you to trade down with say Buffalo at 12 and let Landry fall to you instead? 3. This edge class
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April 5, 2018
#104 Dash To The Draft IX: The 2018 Running Back Class with Bill Carroll
Today, we bring you the second to last position group break down break down of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series. Last year’s RB class is shaping up to be one to remember. Although two RB’s, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery went in the first round and went on to enjoy productive seasons, the 2017 league rushing champion (Kareem Hunt) and the 2017 offensive rookie of the year (Alvin Kamara) were steals in the third round. In addition, the electric Tarik Cohen, who was selected in the fourth round, is turning out to be a special playmaker. But as I’ve been saying for months on this program, this 2018 RB class boasts very similar value and potential to last year’s, and to help us analyze this gifted crop of runners, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Bill Carroll back to the program. Bill writes for ProPlayerInsiders.com, and NutsandBoltsSports.com and also runs his own scouting service, Consensus Draft Services. 1. Many believe Saquon Barkley is both the best overall
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April 2, 2018
#103 Dash To The Draft VIII: AFC South Draft Preview with Jake Arthur
With our previews of every position group in this draft class almost finished, we begin another segment in our Dash To The Draft series today. This is the first of an eight-part preview that gives you a division-by-division look at the major needs of every team and what an ideal, yet realistic draft haul would look like for all of them. Tonight we look at a division that was viewed as the worst in the NFL a few years back, but is now becoming one of the most competitive, the AFC South. And to help us preview the potential plans of the Colts, Texans, Titans and Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the NFL and the Colts StampedeBlue.com back to the show. How are you Jake? 1. Under what circumstances do you see the Colts trading down again? 2. The Colts are in the midst of a massive roster turnover under second-year GM Chris Ballard. They have a ton of needs, but not all of them can be addressed in this draft alone. Out
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March 31, 2018
#102 Dash To The Draft VII: The 2018 OL Class with Cole Thompson from draftwire.com
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today, with the 2018 NFL Draft officially four weeks away, we continue with our seventh installment of Dash to the Draft. It’s a pleasure to welcome our good friend Cole Thompson of draftwire.com back to the program to break down this deep OL class, which could see as many 8-10 members selected in round one. How are you Cole? 1. While right tackle is arguably equally as important as left tackle these days, teams still tend to put a slightly higher premium on blindside protectors. Connor Williams and Mike McGlinchey, arguably the top two tackles in this class, are believed to project better to the right side. And due to the lack of quality left tackle prospects in this class, many will get drafted a lot higher than they should. One name getting a lot of first-round buzz is UCLA’s Kolton Miller, despite the belief that he is a proverbial athletic project. What are your thoughts on Miller’s tape
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March 29, 2018
#101 Dash To The Draft VI: The 2018 LB Class with Pete Smith from nflspinzone.com
We are officially less than one month away from the 2018 NFL Draft, and next week, NFL clubs will start to finalize their draft boards. In that spirit, we are planning an absolute blitzkrieg of our Dash to the Draft series from now until draft day with as many as 3-4 episodes per week. And we kick off that final sprint tonight with a look at this very deep and talented class of linebackers. And just FYI: by “linebackers”, I don’t mean edge rushers who line up as outside ‘backers in a base 3-4 defense, I mean linebackers who play off the ball, which means their job is to either stop the run, blitz up the middle, or drop into coverage. Here to help give us a glimpse of this promising linebacker crop is our good friend Pete Smith, who covers the NFL Draft and the Cleveland Browns for nflspinzone.com. 1. The guy many expect to be the first linebacker off the board is Georgia’s Roquan Smith. Several have him as a top 5-10 prospect. Do you share that view? Do you think he’ll be selected in
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March 28, 2018
100th Episode Special: Inside The NFL Scouting World with Greg Gabriel
Welcome to the 100th episode of Sports Krunch with DKrom. I’m your host David Kromelow. To commemorate this special occasion, we have decided to give you a glimpse inside the NFL scouting world. Scouts are the unsung heroes of NFL franchises. Behind every Super Bowl winning team, you will find the fingerprints of their scouts’ tireless work. Our special guest, Greg Gabriel, spent 30 years in NFL scouting, where he helped lay the bricks of Super Bowl teams including the 1987, 1991 and 2000 New York Giants and the 2006 Chicago Bears. Today, Greg is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly, 670 The Score in Chicago, and BuffaloSportsPage.com, where you can catch his coverage during football and NFL Draft season. But for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy this journey through the life and mind of an NFL scout with the one and only Greg Gabriel. Greg’s Twitter handle: @greggabe 1. Give us an insight of a typical day in the life of an NFL scout while he’s on the road evaluating prospects. (Miles
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March 25, 2018
#99 Dash To The Draft V 2018 WR + TE Class w/Kevin Brown, NFL Draft analyst profootballdraftzone.com
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
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March 23, 2018
#98 Dash To The Draft IV: The DB Class w/Jeff Barnes, the lead writer for Cover2Draft.com
The 2018 NFL free agency frenzy is mostly in the rear view mirror and that means the attention of the NFL universe now shifts to the 2018 draft, which is just over five weeks away. As a result, you can expect our Dash To The Draft series to kick into overdrive from now until draft day as we bring you the latest insight and analysis to keep you distracted from all the smoke and mirrors teams will throw at you over this next month. Tonight, we bring you the fourth edition of our 2018 draft series with a dive into this talented DB class. And joining us to break these DB prospects down is Jeff Barnes, the lead writer for Cover2Draft.com. Jeff’s Twitter handle: @Cover2Draft 1. Let’s begin with a prospect that is apparently viewed differently within the NFL as opposed to the media and Draft Twitter, and that is super-versatile Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. While many on our side of the fence still see him as a top-five, can’t miss prospect, NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein tweeted ou
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March 20, 2018
#97 Where will Kirk Cousins end up? NFL Free Agency Special 2018 and Insider Buzz with Erick Trickel
In a so-called “NFL offseason” that has had more drama than any other, the intensity is only about to get crazier within the next 72 hours. On Monday at noon ET, the NFL free agency frenzy essentially begins as teams can start to negotiate with representatives of free agents. And from then until the 2018 League Year officially begins at 4 PM ET on Wednesday, expect many deals to be struck along with many unexpected twists and turns. And to give us all a preview of what to expect and anticipate these next few days is NFL insider extraordinaire Erick Trickel. Erick covers the NFL, the NFL Draft and the Denver Broncos for MileHighHuddle.com. Not only is he one of THE most wired-in people to the inner NFL world that I know, he is also an amazing friend and mentor.  Let’s start with what makes this year’s free agency period so unique and that is the amount of serviceable QB’s hitting the market. As you tweeted out last night, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the crown jewel of
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March 12, 2018
#96 Dash To The Draft III: Dissecting The Post-Combine Buzz w/Eric Galko @OptimumScouting
Well, the Combine is over and the lying and smoke screening have begun in earnest. And in our third edition of our “Dash To The Draft” series, we have a very special guest that will do his best to help separate the signal from the noise coming out of the Combine. He is Eric Galko, one of the best and most well-connected figures in the NFL Draft industry. He is the owner, director (and founder) of Optimum Scouting, a consulting service that writes scouting reports for several professional football teams. He also hosts his own podcast called “Scanning the Field,” a podcast I would HIGHLY recommend to all of you, and he also writes for Sporting News. It was a pleasure meeting Eric down in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl, and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the program for the very first time. 1. Let’s begin with arguably the best overall prospect in this draft class, and that is Saquon Barkley. There was a lot of chatter coming out of Indy that he will be highly considered by the
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March 7, 2018
#95 Dash To The Draft II: The 2018 QB Class w/Mark Schofield of InsideThePylon.com
This is part two of our “Dash To The Draft” series for 2018. When it comes to evaluating prospective NFL quarterbacks in this day and age, I’m often reminded of what Winston Churchill once said of the then-Soviet Union: “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”  It has always been difficult to find that safe, sure-fire QB prospect a la Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. And the proliferation of spread, option-based offenses in college football has made that task even harder, thus the riddle even more puzzling. While the 2018 QB draft class is sizzling with potential, it lacks that sure thing. And as noted NFL draft analyst Matt Miller (Bleacher Report) suggested a few weeks back, he doesn’t remember a quarterback class with such a high ceiling that has also had such serious flaws. And joining us tonight to address these quarterbacks and the intrigue, shortfalls, and mystery surrounding them is one of THE best quarterback analysts in the business. He is Mark Schofield of In
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March 6, 2018
#94 Analyzing the Vikings QB situation w/World-class NFL draft analyst Jordan Reid
While the official beginning of NFL free agency is March 14 at 4 PM ET, free agency really begins on March 12 when teams can contact the representatives of impending free agents to negotiate potential deals. In other words, we are exactly two weeks away from NFL free agency. Above all, this promises to be one of THE most dramatic free agent periods we’ve ever seen given the rather unprecedented game of quarterback musical chairs that’s about to commence. A team squarely in the center of that game is the Minnesota Vikings. With one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the NFL, the Vikings are widely viewed as a legitimate franchise QB away from winning their first ever Lombardi Trophy. But what exactly are their options at QB and why is this looming decision more complicated for the Vikings brass than many may initially think? Joining us to discuss the Vikings QB situation plus their plans elsewhere in free agency and the draft is Jordan Reid. Jordan is a big Vikings fan, a world
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February 27, 2018
#93 How will Blake Bortles' new contract affect the QB carousel and the Jaguars offseason plans?
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. And welcome to the first ever episode of “The Weekly Krunch”, a once-a-week segment in which I break down the top NFL stories of the week and my take on them. The week of February 19, 2018 in the NFL can be summed up in three simple words: tags, trades, and quarterbacks. Tags. While the deadline for teams to administer franchise or transition tags is March 6 at 4 PM ET, the window for doing so opened this past Tuesday February 20. And in stark contrast to traditional tagging practices, the Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on WR Jarvis Landry on Tuesday. Most teams wait until closer to the deadline to apply tags, so why did the Dolphins do so right off the hop? According to Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, while the Fins remain “open” to signing Landry to a long-term deal, the “likeliest outcome” is that they trade him. Potential suitors for Landry could be the Bal
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February 26, 2018
#92 Can Free Agency + the Draft make the Bears Contenders? w/Chris Shanafelt NFLDraftBible.com
With the combine and free agency right around the corner, all 32 teams in the NFL have a golden opportunity to get better…and get better fast. A team that, in my opinion, can quietly enter playoff contention in 2018 with a good haul in both free agency and the draft is the Chicago Bears. With a promising young QB entering his second season in Mitchell Trubisky, a bright, young and innovative offensive mind in Matt Nagy taking over as head coach, and some underrated talent on both sides of the ball, the Bears have the potential to take a giant leap forward this year. Joining us to talk about the Bears and their “offseason” priorities is our good friend Chris Shanafelt, a big Bears fan himself, who writes for nfldraftbible.com and hosts his own podcast “The Chris and D.J. Show” with former Bears CB D.J. Moore. 1. As I have said many times on this program, I am very impressed with the new coaching staff the Bears have assembled. What are your thoughts on Matt Nagy and the new coaches?
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February 23, 2018
#91 Dash To The Draft I: 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Preview w/Cole Thompson of draftwire.com
We are just one week away from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine and in that spirit, we kick off our 2018 Dash To The Draft series here on Sports Krunch. This weekly series will give you a look at each position group in this draft class, plus team needs on a division-by-division basis. But today, as I alluded to earlier, we will discuss what to watch out for at the combine. Next week, the entire NFL descends on Indianapolis along with 336 individual prospects. These prospects will undergo medical evaluations, have personal interviews with teams, and of course participate the proverbial “Underwear Olympics.” Joining us today to discuss all of that is a good friend who I met down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, he is Cole Thompson of draftwire.com. What is the bigger red flag for Josh Rosen to address in Indy: His medical history or his character/personality? What would be an ideal result in arm length measurement for Connor Williams? Can his other strengths overcome his short arm-length or
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February 21, 2018
#90 The Colts Hiring of Former Eagles OC Frank Reich w/Jake Arthur - StampedeBlue.com
The saying that there is no “offseason” in the NFL was proven once again this week. Just days after Super Bowl LII, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shockingly backed away from an agreement to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. That agreement had been in place for weeks. Still, the Colts and GM Chris Ballard did not panic and immediately resumed their search. That search came to a swift end today as they reached an agreement with now former Eagles OC Frank Reich on a five-year deal to become their new head coach. Some of you may know Reich mostly as the engineer of the largest comeback in NFL playoff history when he was Jim Kelly’s backup in Buffalo, but last week he helped engineer one of the best offensive game plans in Super Bowl history which helped the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl championship. Joining us now to break down this hire and the challenges facing the Colts over the next few months is our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the Co
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February 12, 2018
#89 Recap of Best Super Bowl Ever? Non-Playing Season Discussion w/Hal Bent FullPressCoverage.com
Thank you football gods for answering our prayers!!! The 2017 NFL season concluded with one of the most memorable playoffs and Super Bowls I have ever seen. It all culminated over the weekend with Super Bowl LII, a game that set the record for most combined total yards (1,151) and went back and forth until the final minutes, resulting in the first ever Super Bowl championship for the Philadelphia Eagles, as they upset the New England Patriots 41-33. Joining us to recap this classic Super Bowl plus what lies ahead on the NFL calendar is our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the NFL and Patriots for FullPressCoverage.com. 1. Super Bowl Game Recap a. Can you name another coach in recent NFL history not named Bill Belichick that did such a masterful, championship-winning job as the one Doug Pederson just did? b. Do you think the Patriots would have won SB LII had Malcolm Butler played?? Or is it unfair to blame the Patriots loss solely on this one variable? c. Aside from Nick Foles, wh
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February 8, 2018
#88 Super Bowl LII Breakdown with Hal Bent NFL and Patriots writer for FullPressCoverage.com
Well, this is it. In just six days, the 2017 NFL season will culminate in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. This is a week to not only anticipate this fascinating matchup of this century’s NFL dynasty against a promising insurgent, but to celebrate this game of football that we all love. And joining us once again to discuss all things Super Bowl LII is our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the NFL and Patriots for FullPressCoverage.com. 1. If you were on the Pro Football HOF Board of Selectors, which five modern-era nominees would you vote for and why? 2. Patriots Questions a. The last time the Patriots faced the Eagles in a Super Bowl, both OC Charlie Weis and DC Romeo Crennel left the team for head coaching jobs. Fast forward 13 years later, and the Patriots find themselves in the exact same situation, poised to lose both offensive and defensive coordinators to head coaching jobs after a rendezvous with the Eagles in a Supe
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January 30, 2018
#87 Senior Bowl Day 6 with S Jeremy Reaves, G Will Hernandez, WR Michael Gallup, + Phil Savage
Jeremy Reaves: One of the stars of Senior Bowl Saturday was South Alabama safety Jeremy Reaves. I caught up with him after the game and asked him how it felt to deliver a spectacular performance in his final game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (where he played his college ball). He also broke down the 4th-and-1 okay where he swallowed up Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage before Ballage could make it past the sticks. We also discussed his favorite NFL safeties and the best trait he’ll bring to an NFL team. (Disclaimer: Friend of the show Jonah Tuls LOVES this kid and expects his draft stock to skyrocket) Will Hernandez: A player who made himself a lot of money this week was UTEP guard Will Hernandez. I got a chance to talk to him again after the game. We discussed the scouting report on him posted on NFL.com this week that compared him to one of his heroes, Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito. Will also talked about the increasing importance of the guard position and his plans for the upcoming
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January 28, 2018
#86 Reese’s Senior Bowl Day 5 with Cecil Lammey (FootballGuys.com and 104.3 THE FAN in Denver)
Cecil Lammey (FootballGuys.com and 104.3 THE FAN in Denver) joined me on Day 5 of the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. We discussed why the stellar performance of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield during the week of practice should make the Broncos reconsider how hard they go after Kirk Cousins in free agency. Cecil also told us why it’s unlikely 3+ interior OL go in the first round, despite one of the best classes at the position in years. Finally, Cecil explained why we shouldn’t take the Combine as seriously as the Senior Bowl and why the Patriots will win their sixth Super Bowl title next Sunday Twitter: @CecilLammey
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January 27, 2018
#85 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with WR Allen Lazard, WR DaeSean Hamilton and TE Mike Gesicki
Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Iowa State WR Allen Lazard, Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton and Penn State TE Mike Gesicki after the final North Team practice during Senior Bowl week. They talked about the NFL players at their position they look up to the most, the traits that would make them indispensable to an NFL team, and a whole lot more!!! Twitter: Lazard: @AllenLazard Hamilton: @SkeeterMills_ Gesicki is not on Twitter
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January 26, 2018
#84 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with OL Austin Corbett, WR Marcell Ateman + WR D.J. Chark
Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Nevada OL Austin Corbett, Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman and LSU WR D.J. Chark after the conclusion of the final South Team practice. Corbett discussed the rising importance of the guard and center positions in the NFL. Ateman discussed which CB’s stood out to him during the week and Chark talked up his college teammate Derrius Guice, one of the top three RB prospects in this draft class. They also talked about the NFL players at their position they look up to the most and the best contribution they would make to an NFL franchise. Twitter: Austin: @BigCorbs73 Ateman: @ItsMarcell Chark: @DJChark82
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January 26, 2018
#83 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cole Thompson of Draftwire.com
Before he had to catch a flight home, Cole Thompson (draftwire.com) joined us once again and discussed whose draft stock rose and whose draft stock fell during Senior Bowl week. @MrColeThompson
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January 26, 2018
#82 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Josh Norris: Rotoworld.com NFL Draft and Fantasy analyst
Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com discusses two small-school prospects that could rise up draft boards due to their Senior Bowl performances, who “won” the QB duel between Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, and a Senior Bowl WR that could provide value in your fantasy league in 2018. @JoshNorris
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January 26, 2018
#81 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Steve Atwater: Former Broncos All-Pro safety
Steve Atwater joined me to discuss the safety talent that has stood out at the Senior Bowl, how safeties must be coached in college in order to become successful pros and his hopes that more safeties (including him) will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame sooner rather than later. @SteveAtwater27
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January 26, 2018
#80 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Andy Benoit: X’s and O’s expert at The MMQB and SI
Andy Benoit (Sports Illustrated and The MMQB) joined us for a conversation about quarterbacks. He talked about the mandatory traits (such as pocket passing) in a QB draft prospect, what Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky needs to do in order to be successful and whether accuracy or arm-strength is more important (@AndyBenoit)
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January 25, 2018
#79 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Calvin Watkins: Jets reporter for Newsday
Calvin Watkins - Jets reporter for Newsday discusses his thoughts on how the Jets should address the quarterback position this offseason, the similarities and differences between new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and previous OC John Morton, and other areas the Jets should address via free agency and the draft (@CalvinWatkins)
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January 25, 2018
#78 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cole Thompson of Draftwire.com
Cole Thompson of draftwire.com joined us to recap the second day of Senior Bowl practices. He discussed the main standouts of the day, why Baker Mayfield won the QB duel with Josh Allen again, and an exciting small-school OT prospect (@MrColeThompson)
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January 25, 2018
#77 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Mary Kay Cabot: Browns beat reporter
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer joined us to discuss the Browns plans at QB with the first pick in the draft (yes UCLA QB Josh Rosen is in play), why Browns fans should feel very hopeful about the new front office under GM John Dorsey, and why the presence of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley is good for head coach Hue Jackson (@MaryKayCabot)
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January 25, 2018
#76 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Adam Beasley - Dolphins reporter for the Miami Herald
Adam Beasley, Dolphins reporter for the Miami Herald joined me to discuss the Dolphins quarterback quandary and their agenda in the 2018 NFL Draft (Adam on Twitter: @AdamHBeasley)
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January 24, 2018
#75 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cole Thompson - Draftwire.com
Cole Thompson (draftwire.com) and I recap the first day of Senior Bowl practices. We discuss the risers and fallers, who won the QB duel between Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen and a lot more!!! (Cole on Twitter: @MrColeThompson)
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January 24, 2018
#74 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Will Hernandez - Guard UTEP
Guard Will Hernandez of UTEP is arguably the best prospect at his position in this draft class sans Quenton Nelson. He DOMINATED practices on Tuesday. I spoke to him earlier in the day and we discussed his playing style and the NFL guards he looks up to, how he’d feel playing for his college coach Sean Kugler (now the Broncos OL coach) again at the pro level, and why his sense of loyalty is the best thing he would bring to an NFL team (Will on Twitter: @willhernandez76)
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January 24, 2018
#73 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Fred Warner - LB of BYU
A player who quietly stood out at Tuesday’s practice was LB Fred Warner of BYU. I caught up with Fred earlier in the day and asked him about the NFL linebackers he admires most and what the biggest asset he would bring to an NFL team is (Fred on Twitter: @Fred_Warner)
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January 24, 2018
#72 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Albert Breer - Sports Illustrated and The MMQB
NFL insider Albert Breer (Sports Illustrated and The MMQB) kindly joined me for a brief moment to give me the latest on the situation with Kirk Cousins and contract negotiations between the Rams and All Pro DT Aaron Donald (Albert on Twitter: @AlbertBreer)
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January 24, 2018
#71 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cameron Wolfe - ESPN NFL Nation Titans reporter
Cameron Wolfe, ESPN NFL Nation Titans reporter joined me to talk some Titans. We discussed new head coach Mike Vrabel, the team’s search for a new offensive coordinator to help Marcus Mariota take the next step, and the positional needs for the Titans to address via free agency and the draft. Cameron on Twitter: @CameronWolfe
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January 24, 2018
#70 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Terez Paylor - Chiefs reporter for the Kansas City Star
I talked with Terez Paylor, Chiefs reporter for the Kansas City Star. We discussed the Chiefs QB situation headed into 2018 (Alex Smith or Patrick Mahomes), the impact new offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy will have on the offense, and the Chiefs plan of attack in the 2018 NFL Draft. Terez on Twitter: @TerezPaylor
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January 24, 2018
#69 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Matt Musil of KHOU-TV in Houston
Matt Musil of KHOU-TV in Houston joined me to provide some Texans news. We discussed the health statuses of Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt and the issues the Texans need to address in the draft. Matt on Twitter: @KHOUSportsMatt
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January 24, 2018
#68 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Dave Birkett - Lions reporter for the Detroit Free Press
Dave Birkett, Lions reporter for the Detroit Free Press joined me to discuss next week’s vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 (Dave is one of the voters on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors). We also talked about New Lions head coach Matt Patricia and the areas of need for the Lions to address in the 2018 draft. Dave’s Twitter: @davebirkett
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January 24, 2018
#67 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Charles Davis (NFL Network, NFL on Fox)
I talked with Charles Davis (NFL Network, NFL on Fox). He provided a basic summary of the 2018 draft class and discussed the increasing influence of college schemes on NFL offenses and how it helps quarterback development. Charles’ Twitter: @CFD22
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January 24, 2018
#66 Live from Reese's #SeniorBowl interview with legendary NFL reporter Vic Carucci
Live from Reese's #SeniorBowl interview with legendary NFL reporter/columnist @VicCarucci of The Buffalo News. We spoke about the 2018 QB draft class, the Bills intentions at QB, and the players we’ll be watching this week. His Twitter handle is @VicCarucci.
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January 23, 2018
#65 Live from Reese's Senior Bowl interview with Brad Biggs - Bears reporter for the Chicago Tribune
Live from Reese's Senior Bowl interview with Brad Biggs, the Bears beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune. We talked about the Bears new coaching staff and their plans for the 2018 draft. His Twitter handle is @BradBiggs.
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January 23, 2018
#64 How concerned should Patriots fans be about Tom Brady’s thumb injury W/Hal Bent
The 2017 NFL season is boiled down to three games and four teams as we get ready for Conference Championship weekend. Who would’ve thought that this year’s penultimate round in the NFL would consist of Tom Brady, Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles?? That list of QB’s sans Tom Brady might not sound appealing, but the overall quality of football teams knocking on the door of Super Bowl LII is more than appealing and full of intrigue. Joining me once again to break this all down is honorary friend of the program, Hal Bent who covers the NFL and the Patriots for MusketFire.com and FullPressCoverage.com. 1. Jaguars/Patriots a. On a scale of 1-10, how concerned should Patriots fans be about Tom Brady’s thumb injury? b. If there has been any person who has known how to beat Tom Brady and succeeded, it’s Tom Coughlin. And looking at this Jaguars roster, it is similarly constructed (albeit without a proven franchise QB) like those Giants teams that upset the Patriots in two Super Bowl
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January 20, 2018
#63 Most appealing head coaching job: Cardinals or Titans? w/Aaron Leming of BearReport.com
Now that the 2017 NFL season has reached conference championship week, it means that 28 of the 32 NFL teams are now looking ahead to the 2018 season. Several teams have already undergone significant changes to their coaching staffs, and most (if not all) are getting ready for free agency and the draft. And to give us the news and analysis on this front, it is a pleasure to welcome back to the program our good friend Aaron Leming of bearreport.com. Aaron’s Twitter handle: @AaronLemingNFL Of the two remaining head coaching vacancies, which job is the most appealing, Cardinals or Titans? (Did the Titans handle the Mike Mularkey situation poorly? If so, if you were a head coaching candidate, would the way the Mularkey firing went down make you hesitant to accept the job?) Of all the new head coaches hired so far, which is the best hire and which is the worst hire and why? What are your thoughts on the Seahawks coaching staff shakeup and do you think it foreshadows an upcoming roster purg
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January 17, 2018
#62 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl Pre Show with Pete Smith of NFLSpinZone.com
From January 22-27, Sports Krunch will be hitting the road and going to Mobile, Alabama to cover the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. It is something I have been meaning to do for quite a while, and I cannot wait to bring you all non-stop coverage that week of one of the big events in the lead-up to the NFL Draft, as the entire NFL universe will be descending on Mobile, Alabama to get a glimpse at the next crop of potential stars. And to break down this exciting week, it is an honor to welcome back another friend of the program who will also be down in Mobile bringing terrific coverage, Mr. Pete Smith (NFLSpinZone.com). 1. Obviously, people’s eyes in Mobile will be primarily on the quarterbacks, especially 2017 Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. Has Mayfield already done enough to solidify himself as a top-five pick, if not the first overall pick? What does he need to do during the week to quiet the doubters? 2. There are a lot of mixed reports about Josh Allen. Some people still
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January 13, 2018
#61 How well does Nick Foles have to play for Eagles to upset the Falcons?
Our prayers to the football gods were answered as Wild Card weekend delivered an unbelievable product, with three games decided by a touchdown or less. And I certainly hope the Divisional Round, which is usually the most exciting weekend on the NFL calendar, brings us some more heart-palpitating finishes. And to help us break down this weekend’s games and the NFL’s Elite 8, it is a pleasure to bring back once again our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. 1. Is the slate of divisional round games more or less interesting than the Wild Card round, and why? 2. Falcons/Eagles -Despite losing Carson Wentz and finishing the season poorly on offense, the Eagles feel disrespected being the underdog at home. How do you feel about the Eagles chances of pulling off the upset against the Falcons? (How well does Nick Foles have to play and how should the Eagles game plan to help him succeed?) -The Falcons have hit their stride defensivel
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January 13, 2018
#60 Which version of Blake Bortles will we see in the playoffs? w/Hal Bent, NFL writer Scout media
Happy New Year everybody! We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. Well, the 2017 NFL regular season has ended and that means it’s playoff time. The final lap to Super Bowl LII officially begins this Saturday as Wild Card weekend commences. And to help us break down all four Wild Card playoff matchups, we are joined once again by our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, and Scout media. Happy New Year Hal!! Ready for some playoff football?? 1. What were your big takeaways from the 2017 regular season?? 2. Titans/Chiefs -How should the Titans game plan in order to best set up Marcus Mariota for success on Saturday? -Which of the Chiefs three biggest weapons (Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill) will be the most important for the Titans D to contain? -In a matchup of team strengths, which unit has the edge: Chiefs pass rush or Titans OL? Do you think the Titans can run the ball to mitigate that pass rush against an inconsistent Chiefs
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January 3, 2018
#59: Can the Falcons upset the Saints in WK 16? W/Hal Bent - NFL and Patriots writer for Scout media
Merry Christmas everybody! Well, they’re only two more weeks left to go in the 2017 NFL season, and the playoff picture is quickly coming together. Despite the lack of appeal regarding the matchups this weekend, a LOT of playoff seeds could be locked up after Monday. And to break it down for us, we once again would like to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, and Scout media, to the program. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 15?? 2. Who do you think will be the Wild Card seeds in the AFC? In the NFC? 3. Falcons/Saints -What do the Falcons need to do the most in order to pull off the upset? Do you trust them to finish strong? -What matchup will determine the outcome of this game the most? -Who wins and why? 4. Rams/Titans -Even though there is a lot at steak (playoff-wise) in this game for both teams, is this matchup somewhat of
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December 23, 2017
#58 Are the Jaguars a Legitimate Super Bowl Contender w/Hal Bent - Patriots reporter for Scout Media
Happy Hanukkah everybody! Well, we are down to the final three weeks of the 2017 NFL season and the road to Super Bowl LII took another unpredictable turn this past week. The turn consisted of devastating injuries and poor performances, resulting in a more wide open race for both the NFC and AFC titles. And our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, and Scout media, is here to help us analyze where it all stands right now, and where it’s likely heading.   Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE   1. What were your big takeaways from Week 14??   2. With Carson Wentz out for the season, who would you say is the favorite to win the NFC Championship right now? How far can the Eagles go without him?   3. How concerned should Patriots fans be based on last night? On a scale of 1-10, how badly do they need home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs?   4. Are the Jaguars a legitimate Super Bowl contender?  
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December 13, 2017
#57 Breaking down the 2017 NFL playoff picture w/Hal Bent - NFL and Patriots writer for Scout media.
It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 NFL season has already entered the top of the stretch, and the playoff picture became even more interesting given the results in Week 13. With many consequential matchups looming ahead this week, the picture could get even more fascinating. And to help us break it all down, it is a pleasure to welcome back yet again our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, and Scout media. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 13?? 2. Do you see the Seahawks sneaking by the Rams to win the NFC West?? 3. Who is the favorite for the NFC’s #1 playoff seed? 4. Which of these under-the-radar teams would you be the most shocked by if they made the playoffs?: Packers, Cowboys, Lions, Bills 4. Saints/Falcons How does Desmond Trufant’s presence in this game help give the Falcons a better chance to win?? How can the Falcons move the ball bette
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December 6, 2017
#55: Should Vikings keep starting Case Keenum? An All things NFL football discussion w/Jake Marsing
On this edition of the program, we are pleased to have our good friend Jake Marsing join us again for a special “all things football” discussion. Jake left Denver and the 5280 Sports Network (where he covered both the Broncos and the Nuggets) this summer for Fayetteville, Arkansas where he currently covers Arkansas Razorback football. We plan to discuss some of the big storylines surrounding the NFL and college football as well. Jake’s Twitter handle: @JakeDMarsing 1. Why are the Broncos here (as you have been foreseeing for quite some time)? 2. In some of our prior conversations, you were adamant you weren’t sold on Dak Prescott given the fact he was in the PERFECT situation for a rookie QB. Given the struggled mightily last week without Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith, yet still looked impressive with them on the field this year, where do you stand now on Dak? 3. Should the Vikings keep starting Case Keenum as long as Keenum continues to play well? Do they need to go to Teddy Bri
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November 18, 2017
#54: Big takeaways from NFL Week 10 w/Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season is upon us, and it’s good to have our great friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media back on the show to break down this week’s slate of games. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 10?? 2. Rams/Vikings What has been the secret to the Vikings astonishing offensive success this year? Which unit has the edge: Rams OL or Vikings DL?? What individual one-on-one matchup will you be watching the most in this game? Who wins and why? 3. Redskins/Saints Does this Redskins offense have what it takes to exploit the Saints defense and why? The Saints have astonishingly transformed offensively into a run-first attack. If this game is a shootout and Brees needs to throw more, who needs to step up in the passing game the most aside from Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara? Who wins? 4. Eagles/Cowboys What do the Cowboys have to do to help Dak Prescott av
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November 18, 2017
#53: NFL 2018 DB Class Draft preview series with Josh Forrest of Tyrant Scouting
There are only two weeks left in the 2017 college football season before it’s conference championship and bowl game time, which means that NFL scouting departments will likely be watching the final snaps of (and assigning final grades to) many, if not most of the 2018 NFL Draft prospects. And in that spirit, we would like to continue our 2018 NFL Draft preview series with a look at this DB class. And to help us break down where it stands at the moment, it’s a pleasure to welcome to the program for the very first time, Josh Forrest of Tyrant Scouting. Josh’s Twitter handle: @jpfscouting Other handles: @Tyrant_Scouting 1. This is a draft class lacking in surefire star power, but one of the few such players coming in is versatile Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. What makes him such a special player and is he worth a top-five overall pick in your view? 2. Another S people were high on coming into this year was Florida State’s Derwin James. Although he is still likely to be a first-round
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November 15, 2017
#52 NFL Week 10 Breakdown + the playoff race w/Hal Bent of MusketFire, Cover32 + Scout media
The first half of the 2017 NFL season is officially in the books and the second half begins in earnest Thursday night as the Seahawks meet the Cardinals. And to help us break down these week 10 match ups plus the playoff race going forward is our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE What were your big takeaways from Week 9?? What current division leaders would you say are locks to win their division? Who is more likely to win their division? -Jaguars or Titans? -Vikings or Lions? -Saints or Panthers? -Seahawks or Rams? Is there any team few or nobody are expecting to make the playoffs right now that you think will wind up playing in January? Saints/Bills Which defense has the edge in this game and why? What can the Bills offense do to exploit the Saints D, and vice versa? Who wins? Cowboys/Falcons Assuming Ezekiel Elliott w
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November 9, 2017
#51 Breaking down the trading frenzy rarely seen in the NFL w/Hal Bent of Scout Media
It’s week 9 in the NFL, meaning we have officially reached the halfway point of the 2017 season. And that halfway point was marked with a trading frenzy that we have rarely seen in the NFL. And to help us break down these blockbuster trades and week 9 matchups plus hand out our midseason awards, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. What’s up Hal? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 8?? 2. What grades would you give the big trades that went down and why? -Marcel Dareus to the Jaguars -Duane Brown to the Seahawks -Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers -Jay Ajayi to the Eagles -Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills 3. Midseason Awards -OPOY: (Alex Smith) -DPOY: (Calais Campbell) -OROY: (Deshaun Watson) -DROY: (Marshon Lattimore) -Most Improved Player: (Akiem Hicks) -Comeback POY: (Earl Thoma
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November 4, 2017
#50 Examining the 2018 crop of OL/DL/EDGE w/Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com
We are down to the final five weeks of 2017 college football season and after that, we have conference championship games, bowl games, and of course, NFL scouting departments completing their initial reports on 2018 NFL Draft prospects. And to give us a glimpse at how the 2018 crop of OL/DL/EDGE looks at this point, it’s a pleasure to welcome back to the program our good friend Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com. What’s up Nick? Nick’s Twitter handle: @NickKendellMHH Texas HC Tom Herman announced yesterday that OT Connor Williams, still viewed by many as a first-round prospect, can return from his knee injury as soon as November 11, when Texas plays West Virginia. Even before he got hurt, Williams play seemed to regress. What do you think was the main culprit of that? Do you still think he declares for the draft? As of today, how many OT do you see going in the first round? Can this class be better than the 2017 class?? Many people believe Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is a surefir
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November 1, 2017
#49 NFL Week 8 Matchup Breakdown with Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
It’s week 8 in the NFL, meaning we’re almost at the halfway point of the 2017 season. And to help us break down these week 8 matchups, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 7?? 2. Do you expect any trades to come down before the deadline on Tuesday? If so, what trade would you like to see happen and why? 3. Chargers/Patriots How bad is the Dont’a Hightower injury (on a scale of 1-10) for the Patriots defense not just in this game, but going forward as well? Do you think the Chargers pose more of a challenge to the Pats on both sides of the ball than the Falcons did? What matchup will decide the game and why? Who wins? 4. Texans/Seahawks Will Bob McNair’s comments be an unwelcome distraction or extra motivation for the Texans? How can Deshaun Watson pass the biggest test of his
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October 28, 2017
#48 NFL Week 7 Action Report with our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire, Cover32 and Scout media
It’s week 7 of the 2017 NFL season and it began last night with one of the wildest endings to a football game I’ve ever seen as the Raiders picked up a HUGE, last-second win against the Chiefs 31-30. And to discuss this and the rest of the week 7 action, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. What’s up Hal? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 6 and last night?? 2. Do you remember a season where it seemed this wide open?? 3. Cardinals/Rams Can Adrian Peterson help lead the Cardinals back to the playoffs? Was last week a fluke? What do the Rams need to do offensively to recapture some of their early-season mojo? Who wins and why? 4. Bengals/Steelers I smell a low-scoring, defensive struggle in this game, do you? What matchup are you watching the most? Who wins and why? 5. Falcons/Patriots What are the main symptoms
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October 21, 2017
#47 Glimpse of the 2018 NFL QB/RB/WR/TE Draft Prospects with Jonah Tuls of DraftBreakdown.com.
We are already at the halfway point of the 2017 college football season and that means that NFL scouting departments have already completed a significant number of player evaluations that will go a long way in determining who lands where in the 2018 NFL Draft. And to give us a glimpse at how the 2018 crop of QB/RB/WR/TE looks at this point, it’s a pleasure to welcome back to the program Jonah Tuls of DraftBreakdown.com. Jonah’s Twitter handle: @JonahTulsNFL 1. There have been mixed reports as to whether or not Sam Darnold will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. Do you think he declares? Would it be a bad idea for him to stay at USC for one more year? 2. Two polarizing QB prospects getting a lot of buzz recently are Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Josh Allen (Wyoming). For what reason do you think some NFL decision makers view them as first-round talents aside from the fact that they play the most important position in sports?? 3. How many QB’s do you see going in the first round a
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October 14, 2017
#46 NFL Week 6 Preview with our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
It’s week 6 of the 2017 NFL season and it began with another entertaining finish Thursday night with the red hot Philadelphia Eagles hanging on to beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 to move to 5-1 on the season. And to discuss this and the rest of the week 6 action, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. 1. What were your four big takeaways from Week 5?? 2. Is it time to climb aboard the Eagles hype train?? 3. Packers/Vikings With no Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs or Dalvin Cook, what is the best thing for this Vikings offense to do in order to move the ball efficiently and score points against a suspect Packers defense? What specific matchup are you watching between the Packers offense and Vikings defense? Who wins and why? 4. Rams/Jaguars It’s hard to find a weakness on this Jacksonville defense. If you can spot one, what is it and how can the Rams exploit it? How does Brandon Linder being out change the
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October 14, 2017
#45 NFL Week 5 Preview w/Hal Bent, Patriots writer for MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
Well, we are already a quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season (can you believe it?) and for the second week in a row, the NFL brought us some more exciting, heart-palpitating finishes. And Week 5 brings us a slate that promises more of such quality entertainment, beginning this Thursday night as week 5 kicks off with the Patriots meeting the Buccaneers for what could be a shootout in Tampa. And to help us preview that and the other intriguing week 5 contests, let’s bring in our good friend Hal Bent, Patriots writer for MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media, to the show. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your four big takeaways from Week 4?? 2. Patriots/Buccaneers What is the bigger problem for the Patriots defense: Lack of pass rush or communication issues in the secondary? Is it fair to expect the Patriots to show dramatic improvement on defense in just four days or should we expect a shootout? Who wins an
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October 4, 2017
#44 NFL Week 4 Preview w/Hal Bent Patriots reporter for Scout Media
It’s hard to believe we’re already almost a quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season as week 4 began Thursday night with the Packers embarrassing the Bears 35-14. And to help us preview the remaining games left before we reach that quarter pole, it’s a pleasure to welcome back yet again our good friend Hal Bent, Patriots writer for MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media, to the show. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. Should Danny Trevathan be suspended, and if so, for how many games should the suspension be? 2. Is there any reasons for the Bears to NOT start Mitchell Trubisky next week against the Vikings? 3. Rams/Cowboys Do you see this game coming down to who has the ball last? Are the Rams capable of fixing their run defense enough to contain Ezekiel Elliott? Who’s this game more important for: Dallas or LA? Who wins and why? 4. Bills/Falcons The Bills are currently the only team ranked in the top ten in both run
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September 30, 2017
#43 NFL Week 3 Preview W/Hal Bent Patriots reporter for Scout Media
NFL Week 3 began last week with an unexpectedly entertaining barn-burner between the Rams and 49ers with LA escaping an admirable San Francisco comeback by a score of 41-39. We arguably saw the best game of this young 2017 NFL season last night, but hopefully it is a sign of exciting games to come this weekend. And to help us preview those contests, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Hal Bent back to the program. Hal covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com.     Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01   Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE   1. Does the Rams offense make them a legit playoff contender??   2. How encouraged should 49ers fans be about the long-term future under the Lynch/Shanahan regime??   3. Contender or Pretender?   • Lions • Falcons • Panthers • Ravens • Steelers • Broncos • Chiefs • Raiders • Would it surprise you if it turns out to be a three-team race for first in the AFC West until the very end?   4. Falcons/Lions   • Which
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September 24, 2017
#42 NFL Week 2 Preview with Hal Bent who covers the Patriots for Scout Media.
Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the Texans knocking off the Bengals 13-9 in a game that was infinitely more boring than the score indicates. Only two games went down to the wire in week 1, but week 2 will hopefully bring more entertaining games. And to help us preview those games, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Hal Bent back to the program. Hal covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What did you think of Deshaun Watson’s first NFL start? Can he grow into a pocket passer? 2. Is this the final season for Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton in Cincinnati? 3. Patriots/Saints How much harder will it be for the Pats to stop Brees without Dont’a Hightower? Do you expect the Pats to pepper Brandin Cooks with even more targets than usual given his return to NOLA? What’s the matchup that will decide this game? Who wins and why? 4. Eagles/Ch
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September 17, 2017
#41 Sports Krunch Fantasy Week 1 Breakdown w/Jody Smith the Senior Writer for GridironExperts.com
Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is officially in the books and many fantasy owners came away disappointed, myself included. However, there’s no need to frown. There is still a ton of football to be played and Sports Krunch is here all season long to help you win a fantasy league championship. Tonight, we begin our Sports Krunch Fantasy Breakdown series, a weekly installment to help you dominate your matchups for Week 2…and beyond. And to provide us all with such world-class advice today, it is a pleasure to welcome Jody Smith to the show for the very first time. Jody is the senior writer for the fantasy football website GridironExperts.com and was also the most accurate fantasy expert in 2012. Jody’s Twitter Handle: @JodySmithNFL Other handles: @GridironExperts 1. Which of these QB’s should QB-needy teams sprint to the waiver wire for this week? Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, or Jared Goff? 2. Buy or Sell: Tarik Cohen, Cooper Kupp, Nelson Agholor, Kenny Golladay 3. Overreaction/Not Over
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September 13, 2017
#40 NFL Opening Week Preview with Hal Bent the Pats writer at Scout Media
NFL football is officially back as the 2017 season kicked off last night with the Chiefs pulling off a remarkable upset victory over the defending-Super Bowl champion Patriots. Today, we will recap that game and preview the rest of the action in what promises to be an exciting opening week in the National Football League with our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE Does Eric Berry’s season-ending Achilles injury put more pressure on the Chiefs defense or offense? Last night was an off night for the Patriots on both sides of the ball (and I would say defense even more so than offense), but a lot of Twitter was hopping on the “Tom Brady is done” bandwagon. Brady might have shown some signs of age last night, but he also showed he’s far from done (in my opinion). Do you blame his struggles last night more on age, the injuries to Edelman and Amendol
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September 8, 2017
#39 Final Tips To Ace Your Fantasy Draft W/Jake Arthur 'Director of Fantasy' at ProFootballSpot.com
By the time you hear me say those words, we will officially be ONE WEEK AWAY from the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. But before that, we here at Sports Krunch want to give all you fantasy owners some final pieces of advice to dominate your league as you finalize those draft boards. And to help us do that, it’s a pleasure to welcome back a great friend of the show who’s now the director of fantasy content for ProFootballSpot.com, Jake Arthur!! Jake’s Twitter Handle: @JakeArthurNFL 1. With the Patriots losing Julian Edelman for the season with a torn ACL, Brandin Cooks has been bumped up draft boards, and rightfully so. But after talking with Ari Ingel of Footballguys.com on Twitter about this, he told me to not discount Chris Hogan either. He said that although Cooks is the far more dynamic player, it’s fair to wonder if Hogan ends up out-producing him? How possible is it that Hogan out-produces Cooks? When is the earliest you would draft Chris Hogan? 2. Two other Patriots that cou
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August 31, 2017
#38 The Annual NFL Season Preview (Biggest Episode Yet!!!) W/Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report
Just one week from Thursday, the 2017 NFL season kicks off with the Patriots hosting the Chiefs. In that spirit, we would like to start a little tradition here on Sports Krunch…an annual NFL season preview!!! Tonight, we will give you a division-by-division breakdown of the NFL with pressing questions for each team and predict how this 2017 season (the NFL’s 98th) will pan out. And to help us do so, it is a pleasure to welcome back to the program one of the best football minds in the business, Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report. Before we begin, I want our listeners to know that Ian lives in the great city of Houston, and that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and everybody of southeast Texas as you begin the long recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Here is the link to the American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey Ian’s Twitter Handle: @NFLFilmStudy AFC East Other teams told Albert Breer (MMQB) that they are not counting on the Edelman’s season-endin
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August 29, 2017
#37 Way-too-early look at potential 2018 NFL draft prospects w/Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com
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 1. 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? 2. Another EDGE prospect that was flying under
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August 24, 2017
#36 The Key Fantasy Players to Avoid at All Costs in Rounds 1-4 w/Mike Dente of FirstStopFantasy.com
NFL preseason is officially underway and that means you probably have a fantasy football draft that’s approaching fast. And we have a VERY special guest here today that will help give you an advantage when you enter that draft room. About five years ago, I joined a fledgling fantasy football website called firststopfantasy.com as a staff writer. The guy in charge of the site at the time was a man named Mike Dente. He taught me how to analyze football from a fantasy perspective and my experience writing for him inspired me to pursue this as a potential career. Currently, Mike is a featured writer for FantasyPros.com and touchdownfantasyfootball.com and is also the lead DFS contributor NFLSpinZone.com and Fansided.com. And it is a pleasure to welcome back Mike to the program today where he will help us break down some of the recent training camp buzz and what it means for your fantasy draft board. Mike’s Twitter Handle: @1stStopFantasy Other handles: @FantasyPros, @TouchdownFF, @NF
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August 11, 2017
#35 Will Brandin Cooks Outproduce Gronk or Edelman in Fantasy? w/Hal Bent Pat's writer for Scout.com
NFL training camps are winding down and this week, NFL preseason kicks into high gear. In that spirit, we will continue our 2017 NFL team preview series with a look at the team that has been the center of the NFL and sports universe for the past 15+ years, the New England Patriots. They show absolutely ZERO signs of relinquishing that spot and enter 2017 as the prohibitive favorites to win their sixth Lombardi trophy. Joining us to give us a break down of the Patriots and their sky-high 2017 potential is my good friend Hal Bent. Hal covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. Do you think the Patriots can do what the 2007 Patriots failed to do and go 19-0? 2. Who do you believe will get most of Ninkovich’s snaps and why? 3. Another intriguing position battle for the Patriots that is of concern to fantasy owners everywhere is that of red zone/goal-line running back. Last
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August 7, 2017
#34 Identifying Top Rookie Fantasy RB/WR/TE/QB to Give You The Edge w/Matt Waldman FootballGuys.com
An underrated skill to master as a fantasy football player, (and one that will give you a leg up on the competition) is to be able to identify rookie talent and determine the short and long-term impacts these players will have. Tonight, we have JUST the man here to address the overall fantasy potential of these 2017 rookies. He is Matt Waldman. Aside from being a staff writer for http://www.footballguys.com/, Matt runs his own scouting enterprise known as “Matt Waldman RSP.” Every year, Matt completes a rookie scouting portfolio (RSP) of offensive skill position players that have not only become a bible for the fantasy community, but also for NFL front offices as personnel executives and scouts around the league regularly seek Matt’s opinions on prospects they are interested in. Another interesting thing to add about Matt is that he and I have quite a bit in common. We’re both as passionate about Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and football as we are about Charlie Parker, John Coltrane,
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August 1, 2017
#33 The 2017 Fantasy Landscape for WR’s and TE’s with Jeff Haseley of FootBallGuys.com
By this weekend, all 32 NFL teams will be in training camp practicing, and one week from tonight, football finally returns with the Pro Football HOF game between the Cardinals and Cowboys. Thus, there will be no more weeks without a football game from August 3-February 4, 2018. Can you feel it? Football is back, and I also hope you’ve all started working on those fantasy draft boards, since we here at Sports Krunch with DKrom have more information tonight to help you dominate your draft. Tonight’s topic: the 2017 fantasy landscape for WR’s and TE’s. And to help us break it all down, it is a pleasure to welcome Jeff Haseley to the show for the very first time. Jeff is one of the lead writers for footballguys.com. Jeff’s Twitter handle: @JeffHaseley 1. What makes FBG such a unique fantasy football resource and why should people subscribe? 2. Aside from the big three (Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, OBJ), which WR’s are worth drafting in the first round? 3. How comfortable would you be dra
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July 28, 2017
#32: Fantasy Value of Injured Players w/Dr. Jene Bramel - THE Best Football Injury Expert in the US
Well, the long wait is over and NFL training camps are officially underway. And that means fantasy football season also begins in earnest as daily camp reports plus preseason observations are crucial factors in finalizing your draft boards. But another factor to consider while setting up those boards is health. Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Tonight, we will discuss numerous fantasy-relevant players returning from injury and whether or not it should impact their overall value. It’s a pleasure to welcome back to the show one of the few people that can help us out in this department, Dr. Jene Bramel of footballguys.com. Jene is one of THE best football injury experts in the country, and his expertise is sought by notable figures such as Adam Schefter and Stephania Bell. Jene’s Twitter handle: @JeneBramel 1. What is your overall interpretation on Ballard’s comments and when is it time to hit the panic
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July 25, 2017
#30 A look at the 2017 Fantasy Football QB landscape with Chris Heil of XNsports.com
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. In just a matter of days, NFL teams start reporting and filing in to training camp, and that means if you haven’t started preparing for your fantasy football drafts, you must start doing so NOW. Meanwhile, we here at Sports Krunch with DKrom will continue to do all we can over the next month and a half to give you the information and tools you need in order to dominate your league in 2017!! In that spirit, we continue our 2017 Fantasy Football Preview series tonight with a look at the fantasy landscape for quarterbacks. And to help us break it all down, it is a pleasure to welcome Chris Heil back to the program. Chris is the content manager of the award-winning fantasy sports website XNsports.com, co-hosts the “10 to 1 Podcast”, and is a proud member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 1. I was reading Sports Illustrated’s annual fantasy football edition last nigh
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July 18, 2017
#29: 2017 NFL team preview: Eagles w/Turron Davenport of USA Today’s The Eagles Wire + CSN Philly
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Tonight, we continue our 2017 NFL team preview series with a look at the Philadelphia Eagles. And to help us analyze the prospects for the Eagles this season is our good friend Turron Davenport, who covers the team for USA Today’s “The Eagles Wire” and CSN Philly. Turron’s Twitter handle: @TDavenport_NFL 1. I analyzed the Eagles 2017 draft class with a colleague of yours, Emory Hunt on a previous episode, but we didn’t get a chance to take a deeper dive into their day three picks, which impressed me almost as much as their day 1-2 picks. Adam Caplan reported they are VERY high on Mack Hollins, the North Carolina WR who they selected at 118 overall. They think he can eventually grow into a major contributor on offense? Do you have similar expectations for Hollins? 2. How much of Donnel Pumphrey can we expect to see this season? 3. With their final pick in the draft, the
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July 12, 2017
#28: How early to draft Leonard Fournette in 2017? With Jaguars beat reporter Mike Kaye
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day holiday! Three weeks from today, most NFL teams will be fully assembled in training camp ready to bang pads. And you can bet those pads will be popping harder than ever in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars have the potential to be one of THE most physical teams in the NFL. With Grandpa Tom Coughlin back in the building, a high-ceiling defense, and an offense that plans to pound the snot out of the rock with a potential superstar rookie RB, these Jaguars can become another team that makes a lot of noise playing old school football. Keep in mind folks, the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 by playing exactly how the Jags want to play this season. Now to be clear, I’m not suggesting the Jaguars will win Super Bowl LII at all…but the potential is there for them to contend for a playoff spot and become yet another example that traditional, smashmo
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July 7, 2017
#27 2017 Seahawks NFL team preview series with Seattle Times Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. The NFL is still in the midst of its annual summer slumber, but it’s hard to believe we are officially less than one month away from the start of 2017 NFL training camps. In that spirit, we continue our 2017 NFL team preview series today with a look at the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are a lesson why NFL stands for “not for long.” In 2013, after blowing out the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, there was talk of a potential dynasty brewing in Seattle. But after that ill-timed pass at the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks have spiraled downward and now find themselves at a crossroads. So where do the Seahawks go in 2017 and beyond? Joining us today to give us the answer to that question is one of the few people who actually can. He is Seattle Times Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta, and it’s a pleasure to welcome him back to the program. Bob’s Twitter handle: @bcon
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July 2, 2017
#26: Deep dive into the 2017 Fantasy Football RB landscape with Ari Ingel of FootballGuys.com
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, July is almost here and that means it is almost that time again folks. If you want to dominate your fantasy football leagues in 2017, the time to start studying is now, and we here at Sports Krunch intend to help you get the upper edge on the competition with our annual Fantasy Football Preview series. We begin that series today with a look at arguably the most important position in the fantasy game, running back. It is a proven fact that the deeper you are at running back, the greater your odds are of taking home the league championship. And to help us break down the 2017 fantasy football RB landscape, it is a pleasure to have on the show for the very first time, one of the best fantasy football analysts out there, Ari Ingel. Ari writes for the renown fantasy football website footballguys.com, hosts his own podcast “The Zig Zag Fantasy Podcast” and is a member of the
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June 29, 2017
#25 Denver Broncos 2017 Team Preview w/Jake Marsing of The 5280 Sports Network
Welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, 2017 OTA’s and minicamps are in the books and the NFL has officially begun its annual six-week summer slumber until training camp. However, we here at Sports Krunch with DKrom prefer to keep the train rolling with a lot of great content for you until the first team's report for camp. And speaking of teams, tonight we begin our series of individual 2017 team previews. Please note that will try to break down the 2017 prospects of as many teams as we possibly can, but if we do not feature your favorite team, we ask that you do not take any offense given the limited time we have for broadcasting each week and the wide variety of content we intend to put out there. And without further ado, let’s take a look on what’s on the horizon for the Denver Broncos in 2017 and beyond with a great friend of the show, Jake Marsing of 5280 Sports Network. Jake’s Twitter handle: @JakeDMarsing 1. Now let
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June 21, 2017
#23: A look at the NFC East Draft Class with Emory Hunt of FootballGamePlan.com
Well, the month of May is coming to an end, which means the third and final phase of NFL OTA’s has about three more weeks until the league’s annual summer recess. It is right now that rookies are making their first impressions to their coaches and personnel execs. But often, the early spin (usually positive) turns out to be disproven. And that’s why we do our draft recap series on Sports Krunch with DKrom, to give you the most accurate picture possible on a team’s draft class. We continue that series today with a look at the draft classes of the NFC East. To help us break down the draft picks of the Eagles, Redskins, Giants and Cowboys, it is a pleasure to welcome Emory Hunt to the program for the very first time. Emory is one of THE best draft minds out there. He runs the website footballgameplan.com, a fantastic NFL draft resource that gives you one of the most unique, in-depth looks into over 500 prospects each year. Emory’s Twitter handle: @FBallGameplan 1. Derek Barnett’s pr
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May 30, 2017
#22: 2017 Draft Breakdown Bucs, Falcons, Saints, and Panthers w/Charles McDonald BleacherReport.com
The third and final phase of NFL OTA’s have commenced. As we speak, all 32 teams are putting in the remaining on-field work until the league’s annual six-week summer break. During this time, coaches and players often rave about their rookies to the press…but often, those claims eventually get disproven when the games begin. We here at Sports Krunch with DKrom enforce our “No Spin” policy 24/7/365, and do our absolute best to help all of you football fans cut through the spin and get to the truth. Today, we are going to get all the truth we can on the 2017 draft classes of the NFC South, the fifth edition of our draft recap series. And to help us is an extraordinary pleasure to have Charles McDonald back on the program. For those of you that don’t know him, Charles is a world class football analyst that contributes to Bleacher Report, thefalcoholic.com, and is the co-host of the podcast “Setting the Edge”, which I HIGHLY encourage you to check out. Charles’s Twitter handle: @Fou
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May 25, 2017
#21: 2017 Draft Breakdown for Chargers, Chiefs, Broncos, and Raiders with Nick Kendell of Scout.com
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are back today with the fourth edition of our NFL draft recap series, a division-by-division breakdown of the 2017 draft classes of all 32 teams. So far, we have delved into the draft hauls of the AFC North, NFC North, and AFC South. Now we shall continue with one of THE most competitive divisions in the NFL, the AFC West. And to help us break down the draft classes of the Chargers, Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders, it is a pleasure to welcome to the show for the very first time, Nick Kendell. Nick writes about the Broncos and the NFL Draft for milehighhuddle.com, which is the Broncos fan page for scout.com. Nick’s Twitter handle: @NickKendellMHH 1. What does Mike Williams bring to the Chargers receiving corps that they have been lacking in recent years?? 2. How do you see the Chargers interior OL shaping out this year? Does Matt Slauson stay at center with Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney pla
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May 22, 2017
#20: Draft Breakdown for Jaguars, Titans, Colts and Texans with Jake Arthur of Pro Football Spot
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. (http://sportskrunch.com/) As we speak, NFL teams are preparing for the third and final phase of OTA’s, which will give them their first good look at their rookie classes. Thus we here at Sports Krunch with DKrom continue our division-by-division breakdown of every club’s 2017 draft class tonight with the AFC South. Joining us to analyze the drafts of the Jaguars, Titans, Colts and Texans is our good friend Jake Arthur of profootballspot.com. Jake’s Twitter handle: @jakearthurpfs 1. For the second straight season, a RB was drafted with the fourth overall pick as the Jaguars went with Leonard Fournette. What kind of season do the Jaguars need from Fournette in order to contend for the playoffs? Does he need to be as good or better than Ezekiel Elliott was last year? 2. Can Cam Robinson be the Jaguars left tackle of the future or do you see him as more of a right tackle or guard? 3. W
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May 17, 2017
#19: 2017 Draft class Breakdown - Bears, Vikings, Lions and Packers w/Aaron Leming of BearReport.com
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. At this very minute, rookies (both drafted and undrafted) on numerous teams around the NFL are filing in to rookie minicamp where they begin to make their case for a job. As they do so, we shall continue our division-by-division recap of the draft classes of all 32 teams and discuss what these rookies bring to the table. Today, we look at the NFC North. And to help us break down the draft classes of the Bears, Vikings, Lions and Packers is our good friend Aaron Leming of bearreport.com. Aaron’s Twitter handle: @AaronLemingNFL The Bears made the first of many surprising moves in the draft by trading up from 3 overall to 2 overall to select QB Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina. Initially, the Bears got ridiculed for the price they paid, but it turns out it wasn’t as high as the capital previous teams have surrendered to move from 3 to 2. However, criticism remains. Multiple reports su
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May 13, 2017
#18: AFC North 2017 draft class breakdown with Pete Smith of NFL Spin Zone
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are back after a deserved week off because I personally needed some rest after that WILD roller coaster ride that was the 2017 NFL Draft. And now it is time to recap the draft classes of all 32 teams division-by-division and assess the potential they bring going forward. We start tonight with the AFC North, where we saw some of this year’s best drafts at least on paper in my opinion. And to help us break down the draft classes of the Browns, Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers is our good friend Pete Smith of draftbreakdown.com and NFLSpinZone.com. Pete’s Twitter handle: @_PeteSmith_ 1. The Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers, apparently, to play a hybrid S/LB role. However, others such as former NFL front office executive Michael Lombardi prefer him at RB. At which position would you like to see the Browns utilize Peppers the most? 2. The Browns were super loaded with ammo, that they were ab
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May 9, 2017
#17 Will the 2017 NFL Draft be the wildest, most unpredictable ever? Live mock draft w/Shelby Dermer
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, Spring Football Christmas is upon us!! By the time you hear this, we will be slightly over 24 hours away from the 2017 NFL Draft. This past month or so, we here at Sports Krunch have broken down every group of prospects by position for you, and now all 32 teams have their big boards set for what promises to be one of the wildest, most unpredictable drafts in recent memory. And to get you ready for the wild ride, we’re going to do a simulated mock draft. What that means is that this mock will try to give you an idea what goes on in every war room when a club is on the clock. Scouts, personnel directors and coaches lobby the owner and GM to draft somebody by ‘pounding the table’ and the owner and GM have the power to accept or reject those demands. In this mock, I will be playing the role of the scouts and coaches, and our good friend Shelby Dermer will play the role of the owner
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April 26, 2017
#16: Should rookie QB's sit or play? A deep analysis of 2017 QB NFL Draft Class with Aaron Leming
(4 more days!) Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. The clock is ticking fast folks. By the time you hear this, we will actually be THREE days away from the 2017 NFL Draft. And tonight, we cover our final group of 2017 draft prospects…the prospects who play the most important position in sports: quarterback. And to help us analyze the quarterbacks that are on the minds of many NFL teams right now, it is a pleasure to welcome to the program for the very first time, Aaron Leming. Aaron is an NFL insider who covers the Chicago Bears for bearreport.com. Aaron’s Twitter handle: @AaronLemingNFL 1. Former NFL scouting director Greg Gabriel, who writes for Pro Football Weekly and is a regular voice on 670 The Score in Chicago tweeted over a week ago that he spoke with three former GM’s who remain in the loop. Each one believes 6-7 quarterbacks will go in the first two rounds. Do you share that sentiment based on what you are hearin
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April 24, 2017
#15: Examining this deep crop of 2017 running back prospects with guest Bill Carroll
(One more week!) Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://sportskrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now officially less than one week away from the 2017 NFL Draft. And we here at Sports Krunch with DKrom plan to cover our final two groups of prospects by position for you this week. Tonight, we break down this 2017 crop of running back prospects. As I’ve said many times on this program, this RB class is arguably the deepest in quite a while, and has the potential to be historically elite. And finally to analyze these special players for us, it is a pleasure to welcome to the show for the very first time Bill Carroll. Bill writes for http://proplayerinsiders.com/, http://fanspeak.com/, and http://nutsandboltssports.com/. He also is the director of his own scouting service, Consensus Draft Services. It’s great to have you here Bill, how are you doing? 1. The consensus amongst those in the know is that two RB’s will go in the first round: Leonard Fournet
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April 21, 2017
#14: Buy the hype on the 2017 Linebacker NFL Draft prospects? With guest Pete Smith
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. http://sportskrunch.com/ The sports world will descend on the City of Brotherly Love for the 2017 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, these next 22 days will consist of an eternity of lies and smokescreens about certain prospects and their links to certain teams. And that’s why we at Sports Krunch with DKrom are here to help show you whether you should buy the hype or not on certain prospects with our draft preview series. Today, in our fourth edition of this series, we look into the 2017 Linebacker class. And to break down these exciting prospects, it’s a pleasure to welcome back to the show my good friend Pete Smith https://twitter.com/_petesmith_ of http://draftbreakdown.com/. 1. Two LB’s are widely expected to go in the first round: Reuben Foster and Haason Reddick. Of those two, who would you draft first and why? Who do you believe is the first LB off the board? Any other LB’s you see goin
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April 13, 2017
#13: Should we buy the hype on these 2017 WR/TE NFL Draft prospects? With guest Jake Arthur
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Three weeks from tomorrow night, the sports world will descend on the City of Brotherly Love for the 2017 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, these next 21 days will consist of an eternity of lies and smokescreens about certain prospects and their links to certain teams. And that’s why Sports Krunch with DKrom is here to help show you whether you should buy the hype or not on certain prospects with our draft preview series. Today, in our third edition of this series, we look into the WR and TE classes. And to break down these pass-catching prospects, it’s a pleasure to welcome back to the show my good friend Jake Arthur https://twitter.com/jakearthurpfs of http://profootballspot.com/. 1. Three WR’s are expected to go in round one (Mike Williams, Corey Davis, John Ross). Do you share those expectations and are there any other WR’s you see going in the first round? Which teams should prioritize dra
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April 6, 2017
#12: Breaking down 2017’s deep crop of DB prospects with Chris Trapasso
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to http://SportsKrunch.com/ with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow https://twitter.com/dkrom59 Well, we are now less than a month away from the 2017 NFL Draft, and we are back today with the second edition of our draft preview series. Last week, we broke down the OL, DL, and pass rush prospects with Charles McDonald of Bleacher Report. Today, we will break down this year’s crop of DB prospects, and this bunch is arguably the deepest group in the 2017 draft. And to help us break it all down today is our good friend Chris Trapasso https://twitter.com/ChrisTrapasso. Chris has been on the program several times before and is the editor of the SB Nation Buffalo Bills fan page http://www.buffalorumblings.com/ and is also the http://www.nfl.com/ homepage editor. Chris also wrote for CBS Sports and FOX Sports. 1. Let’s start with the safety class. The two biggest names are LSU’s Jamal Adams and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker, both expected to be top-1
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March 30, 2017
#11: "An In-Depth Analysis of This Deep 2017 NFL Draft Class" with Charles McDonald
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch (http://sportskrunch.com/) with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, we are just over five weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft, and the objective here at Sports Krunch with DKrom from now until draft day is to give you all an in-depth look, position by position, at this deep draft class. And we start today with where the game of football begins, up front in the trenches, with the OL, DL, and EDGE prospects. And to help break it all down is our AMAZING guest for today, Charles McDonald https://twitter.com/FourVerts Charles writes for the SB Nation Atlanta Falcons fan website, http://www.thefalcoholic.com/, and also scouts every DT in the NFL for Bleacher Report’s weekly NFL 1000 series during the regular season. And last but not least, he co-hosts the podcast “Setting Edge” http://settingedge.com/ with fellow DL/EDGE guru Justis Mosqueda, another previous guest of the program. His resume obviously speaks for itself. 1. Le
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March 20, 2017
#10: "Where Should Tony Romo Go? And other Important NFL Free Agency Questions" with Shelby Dermer
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. The first wave of NFL free agency came and went in a flash, and now all teams are taking a step back to assess their situations as the 2017 NFL Draft. That said, that flash contained countless points of light that clarified many of the unknowns headed into free agency, yet also left a major mystery still unsolved. Joining us to break down the wild week that was in the NFL is our good friend Shelby Dermer, sports editor for Speakeasy Magazine at THE Ohio University. It’s a pleasure to have you back with us yet again, Shelby. How are you doing?? 1. If Tony Romo is released, where should he go? What teams aside from the Texans and Broncos should inquire about trading for him? What would be your asking price if you were Jerry Jones and the Cowboys front office?? 2. Based on the Patriots acquisitions last week, is the NFL basically the Patriots and everybody else now? What team, on paper, c
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March 16, 2017
#9: "Where Will The Biggest NFL Free Agents Sign in 2017" with Jake Marsing
http://sportskrunch.com/ Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom. The NFL’s “legal tampering window” is now officially opened, creating the beginning of what will be a WILD next 48 hours in the National Football League as free agency and the 2017 league year officially began Thursday afternoon. And to break down all the latest scoops before the witching hour is our good friend, NFL insider Jake Marsing of 5280 Sports Network in Denver. Welcome back Jake!!!!! 1. What is the latest you’re hearing on the Tony Romo situation?? Do you expect him to be released on Thursday?? Where do you see him ending up?? 2. How you see the RB market shaping out, particularly AP (Raiders or Seahawks), LeGarrette Blount, and Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Latavius Murray?? When do you expect the first of those dominoes to fall?? Which teams can 3. Answer the same basic question about the OL market (Whitworth, Okung, Fluker, Wagner, Zeitler, Lang, Leary, Clady) 3. Same question a
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March 9, 2017
#8: "Whose stock will rise after the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine?" with Guest Pete Smith
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, the 2017 NFL calendar year is almost upon us. This week, the entire league takes over Indianapolis for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, and today alone, a flurry of franchise tags and contract extensions have gotten done as the NFL prepares for the start of free agency a week from Thursday at 4 PM ET. To help us break all of this down, we are thrilled to welcome our good friend Pete Smith back to the program. Pete contributes to the fantastic website http://draftbreakdown.com/ and also writes for http://nflspinzone.com/. 1. Do you foresee an acrimonious negotiation between Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers? 2. How should the franchise tag be amended in the next CBA? 3. What do you see the Browns doing with the first overall pick?? Myles Garrett?? QB?? Trade down?? 4. Do you think the Browns win the Jimmy Garoppolo sweepstakes?? If they don’t, do they take a QB in round one
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February 28, 2017
#7: DKROM and Benjamin Allbright discuss where the biggest free agents will end up
Today’s guest is Benjamin Albright. He is an expert on the NFL Draft, QBs. A frequent contributor to As seen on Yahoo! Fox Sports, ESPN. And is the co-host on AM1340, 104.7 FM Denver/Boulder. You can find him at https://twitter.com/allbrightnfl Benjamin and DKROM discuss where the most desired free agents end up. 1:00 Who gets the franchise tag? 3:30 Do you see Tayvon Jones getting a deal done? 5:30 Where do you see Jimmy Garoppolo/Tony Romo/Tyrod Taylor/Jay Cutler landing? 12:00 Where is the most likely destination for Alshon Jeffrey/Melvin Ingram/Calais Campbell//Jason Pierre Paul/AJ Bouye 14:00 Do you see Tim Hightower and Martellus Bennet staying in New England? 16:30 Does Cleveland keep Terrell Pryor?
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February 23, 2017
#6: What to look for at the NFL Combine with Shelby Dermer
DKROM and his guest Shelby Dermer discuss all the biggest topics surrounding the NFL this week. Shelby Dermer is the Sports Editor at @speakeasymag (https://speakeasyohiou.com/), Bengals' reporter for @StripeHype (http://stripehype.com/) and http://RiverfrontGrumble.com . You can find him at http://twitter.com/scdermer4 1:00 Which position groups have the strongest and weakest depth in this year’s draft class? 4:00 How many running back’s do you see getting selected in the first round? 6:30 What makes you think Cam Robinson will be a first round pick? 8:00 Which teams do you see reaching for a quarterback in round 1? 10:30 How many qb’s go off board in the first round? Where do you see offensive tackles falling in the first round? 12:30 Give us a list of names of who to watch at the combine 15:00 What is your view on Stanford defensive end Salomon Thomas? 17:00 How many prospects have earned a first round grade at this time? 19:30 What drill is the most important to watch at the com
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February 21, 2017
#5: “Was This The Best Super Bowl Ever?” Post Game Discussion with Shelby Dermer
The Super Bowl has come and gone and wow what a show! DKROM and his guest Shelby Dermer discuss all the biggest topics from this weekend's spectacular Super Bowl. Shelby Dermer who is the Sports Editor at @speakeasymag (https://speakeasyohiou.com/), Bengals' reporter for @StripeHype (http://stripehype.com/) and http://RiverfrontGrumble.com . You can find him at http://twitter.com/scdermer4 1:30 Was this the best Super Bowl of all time? 4:00 Did the Patriots win or did the Falcons choke? 7:30 Did injuries contribute to the Falcons late game play calling? 12:30 Is Tom Brady the best football player of all time regardless of position? 15:30 How many more years does Tom Brady have left in him? 19:30 How much does Tom Brady’s body maintenance and diet contribute to his longevity? 21:00 What was the most important play of the game? 23:00 Who is the unsung hero of the Super Bowl that helped put the Patriots over the top? 28:30 Asides from Shanahan’s play calling who cost the Falcons
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February 8, 2017
#4: Super Bowl Preview with Shelby Dermer
The Super Bowl is less than a week away and to celebrate DKROM talked with Shelby Dermer who is the Sports Editor at @speakeasymag (https://speakeasyohiou.com/), Bengals' reporter for @StripeHype (http://stripehype.com/) and http://RiverfrontGrumble.com . You can find him at @scdermer4 1:00 What makes this matchup so intriguing? 3:00 Neither defense on paper will scare you 3:30 How have the Patriots been able to stay so efficient on defense? 7:00 Key to containing the Falcons offense? 11:00 Is Atlanta’s offense the greatest test Belichick has ever faced in a Super Bowl? 12:30 What are the other factors that loom large in this game? 15:00 What individual matchups will you be watching? 17:00 Who are some under the radar potential Super Bowl MVP’s? 22:00 Any potential Super Bowl MVP candidates on the Falcons not named Matt Ryan? 25:00 What is the biggest pregame story line headed into this game? 30:00 How big is the divide between the players and owners? 32:00 Can sports help to re-un
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January 31, 2017
#3: NFL Wildcard Weekend Discussion with Jake Marsing
Today’s show features a very special guest and great friend of the program Jake Marsing @JakeDMarsing - A rising star reporter in the Denver area who covers both the Broncos and the Nuggets for the 5280 Sports Network. He also contributes to the Vic Lombardi show on the radio station Altitude 950. 2:00 What stood out to you the most on this underwhelming Wildcard weekend? 3:00 Seattle Seahawks facing the Atlanta Falcons - Do you see a high scoring game coming in this matchup? 8:00 Houston Texans vs New England Patriots - What will be needed for the Texans to pull off the upset of the century here? 11:00 Jadeveon Clowney is incredibly impressive. How much better would this Texans defense be with J.J. Watt healthy? 13:00 Pittsburgh steelers heading to the Kansas City Chiefs - Ben Roethlisberger wearing a walking a boot. Did Roethlisberger shed the boot this morning? Does Ben play up injuries or let everyone know what a tough player he is? 15:00 Does Jake stand by his pre-season pick
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January 10, 2017
#2: NFL Week 14 Discussion with Chris Trapasso
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. At the end of tonight, there will be only three weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL season, and a wide open race toward Super Bowl LI just got even more wide open after the Giants put a stop to the Cowboys 11-game winning streak last night. Thus, there are still a lot of uncertainties when it comes to the playoff picture, and to help us sort it all out, we are pleased to welcome back a good friend of the program, Chris Trapasso. Chris is the editor of the SB Nation Buffalo Bills fan page buffalorumblings.com and is also the NFL.com homepage editor. Chris also wrote for CBS Sports and FOX Sports, and it is a pleasure to welcome him back to the show! 1:30 What went wrong for Dak Prescott last night against the Giants? 5:30 Would Dak Prescott be as good on a team with a bad offensive line like the Broncos? 7:15 If Dak struggles against the Bucs in week 15 should the Cowboys consider going bac
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December 16, 2016
#1: NFL Week 13 Recap with DKROM and Chris Brodhead
Welcome to the SportsKrunch with your host DKROM. DKROM is a Sportswriter & sportscaster. Host of Sports Krunch With DKROM. Football junkie and old-school music lover. #GoBroncos Today’s guest is the man in the box himself Chris Brodhead. 1:05 Rob Gronkowski and Earl Thomas season-ending injuries, which one hurts his team more?? 9:05 If David were a manager today would he focus his best draft pics on elite Offensive Linemen? 16:00 Preview of Thursday night's game between the Raiders and Chiefs. Should Derek Carr be league MVP?? 19:30 Is Jameis the next Eli Manning? 24:30 Can the Chiefs be this year's version of the 2015 Broncos?? 29:00 AFC South breakdown. Could be a three-way tie at the top of division if Colts beat Jets on MNF. Who wins the division?? 33:45 Who is the clear favorite to win Super Bowl LI as of this moment?? Is there even one? I'm not so sure
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December 6, 2016
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