Though the NFL Draft began one week ago, the May 5 Quick Kicks Podcast continues to examine the selections made over the course of last week. Chuck Zodda and Mark Schofield are joined by Dave Archibald to break down the defensive backs selected over the course of this year’s draft. With the increased emphasis on the passing game over the last decade, defensive back is arguably one of the three most important positions on the field today, and Dave helps bring knowledge to what can be a difficult position to understand. Topics in this episode include:
- The selection of Jalen Ramsey by the Jacksonville Jaguars and how he fits in their defensive scheme (1:01)
- The Pittsburgh Steelers’ unexpected selection of Artie Burns in the first round, and why Pittsburgh broke with their long-standing tradition of not taking cornerbacks high in the draft (3:04)
- The two first-round safeties selected this year in Karl Joseph and Keanu Neal and what they bring to the table for their respective teams (8:11)
- Whether the cornerback position is seeing a transition to taller, rangier athletes in order to counter the different approaches offenses have taken in recent years to attacking defenses at the pro level (9:53)
- The slide of Jayron Kearse to the seventh round and why he ended up falling this far in the draft (11:46)
- Jeremy Cash falling completely out of the draft and signing a free agent deal with the Carolina Panthers, the reasons for the drop, and whether he can be an effective player at the NFL level (13:37)
- The New England Patriots selection of Cyrus Jones in the second round and how his skill-set on special teams and in run support makes him a strong candidate to see action early in his career for New England (15:49)
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