This week, Rob DiRe starts the podcast by getting the episode number wrong before talking with Stan Talouis about this week in College Football. They roll through NFL rookies performing well, including a chunk of defenders who are starting to contribute and get to highlight potential collegiate superstars playing close to the line of scrimmage on defense. In their Draft Room segment, they look at the Eagles and Bengals. and they end the pod with a mock draft of what Halloween candies NFL coaches would pick given the choice. Check out the detailed breakdown of the NFL Draft Podcast below:
Week 8 College Football (0:44)
Starting with Texas A&M and Alabama, Rob and Stan look at some of the biggest performances from top prospects this week. After weeks of looking for undervalued and unknown talent, this was the week to fawn over guys like Jonathan Allen, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, and Leonard Fournette.
Rookie Report (10:15)
Offensive guys have gotten the most love so far, but with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott on a bye, Rob and Stan get to focus on the defensive side of the ball. They still roast Jared Goff, and Carson Wentz, but have some fun with Kevin Hogan before getting to impact defenders. (Also Laremy Tunsil!). Joey Bosa is the obvious one, but they mention a few other pass rushers who haven’t made as big of a splash this season, as well as a seventh-round corner that the Eagles are using like an established shutdown corner.
Position look: Defensive linemen and edge rushers (20:07)
With lots of players to talk about, Rob and Stan start mentioning a slew of guys that have first round talent. From Allen and Garrett to Devonte Fields, Carl Lawson, and Deatrich Wise Jr., the list is very long. Even so, they don’t even get around to mentioning Solomon Thomas or Carlos Watkins, but Stan still finds a way to lump Chad Thomas into this mix.
Draft Room: Eagles and Bengals (29:44)
This week Stan picks the Eagles and Rob gambles on the Bengals, although he would like to point out that if he had picked future 1-5 teams in week two then he would have better options at this point. The Eagles have an interesting recent draft history, with those two Chip Kelly drafts sticking out, and the Bengals situation is unique as well with the lack of a vast scouting department supplementing the owner’s role as general manager. Luckily, neither team has many immediate needs which leave them in a position to get better quickly in the upcoming offseason.
Mock Draft: NFL Coaches pick Halloween candy (42:50)
On the last podcast before Halloween, Rob and Stan take over the mindset of some of the NFL’s most interesting coaching personalities in order to fairly split a bag of candy after a night of trick-or-treating. The draft order was picked at random after narrowing the options to 16 coaches, and both our hosts spend far too much time contemplating this purely hypothetical scenario.
The draft order is below. If your team’s coach isn’t included, that means you have a boring coach or you are a Ravens fan. (At least Jim Caldwell is notably boring.)
- Chip Kelly
- Jason Garrett
- Sean Payton
- Mike Tomlin
- Bruce Arians
- Mike Zimmer
- Bill Belichick
- Andy Reid
- Mike Mularkey
- Ron Rivera
- Jeff Fisher
- Pete Carroll
- Jim Caldwell
- Mike McCarthy
- Gary Kubiak
- Rex Ryan
The job of an NFL general manager isn’t merely about finalizing the 53-man roster. While Drew Brees is throwing touchdown passes and Robert Quinn is crushing quarterbacks, there are a flurry of decision makers looking to next year’s NFL Draft to see what kind of depth to add behind them and if there are any cheap talent to replace them with.
If they are starting their NFL Draft prep back in August, why would any self-respecting football fan wait until the NFL Combine to get in on the action?
The NFL Draft Podcast here at Today’s Pigskin is meant to get the wheels churning on some of the NFL’s next breakout stars before you sit down to look at your first mock draft sometime in early February. We will be breaking down some of the best draft-eligible prospects, analyzing team fits, and even trying to project team needs down the line.