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Best Of Kyle Crabbs’ 2021 NFL Draft Reddit AMA

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  • January 29, 2021
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NFL draft season is in full swing as we inch closer to the final football game of the 2020-21 season. Thirty of the 32 teams know their final draft positions, and with Senior Bowl week serving as the kick-off into full-blown draft mania, the fine folks over at the NFL Draft subreddit invited TDN Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs to do an AMA.

Please head over there to see all of the questions and answers, but we wanted to highlight a select few to give you a sampling of what’s in store. Here are 10 burning questions you’ll want to know the answers to.

How Soon Should Teams Consider a Running Back?

[Question submitted by BurntToastHater]

KC: Every team is different and in a different area of building their team. Contracts, readiness to compete, other positions available relative to their style of play… all these things matter. I think there's a reasonable case to be made for the Cardinals and Etienne or the Dolphins and Najee in the teens. Both teams have young quarterbacks who need as good of infrastructure around them as possible. The 8-20 range is kind of a weird area in this year's class, so I think you can make the case for players with high floors that are guaranteed to give you production. Ideal? Maybe not. But in this class that's where my head is at.

Penei Sewell vs. Rashawn Slater: Pick a Side!

[Question submitted by guigacosta]

KC: I'm personally a fan of Sewell more than Slater but I think they're both top-20 prospects in the class upon closer review. The biggest question in my mind is what is the drop off?

Sewell is more athletically gifted and Slater is more technically proficient. Slater will probably be better right away and has more positional versatility, whereas Sewell can be better with more coaching. Do you need plug-and-play with a moderately lower ceiling? Or are you in a position to take a little more high-risk investment?

I'd still side with Sewell for now, but there's too much smoke in Slater's corner to completely ignore.

Will NFL Teams Be Concerned About DeVonta Smith's Low BMI?

[Question submitted by Hobbes_87]

KC: BMI is, generally speaking, an antiquated measure of body composition, but there's no questioning Smith is super lean. There will definitely be teams that strike him for it, even if it sounds crazy. The "after the fact" notes we pick up on big boards after the draft always have little nuggets you'd be stunned about and I expect that to be the case for some teams (with) Smith as not a top-10 player because of size and functional strength concerns.

What Differentiates Fields, Lance, Wilson, and Jones From Each Other?

[Question submitted by dubsonly3]

KC: Wilson: Most natural creating plays as a passer.

Lance: Biggest athletic mismatch and arguably highest ceiling.

Jones: Safest pick, lowest floor… not sure he creates out of structure to the standard of a top-tier prospect. 

Fields: Best arm of the bunch.

Should Dolphins Trade for Deshaun Watson or Stick with Tua Tagovailoa?

[Question submitted by depressedpatsfan]

KC: Quarterbacks of Watson's value are never on the market… at least not at 25 years old. The perception that he's entitled or a prima donna or anything like that are wild to me given all the issues going on behind the scenes at Houston.

I like Tua, a lot. I'm still optimistic about what he can be in the NFL. But I'd pursue Watson heavily if I were the Dolphins… they have the resources to not mortgage their future and win a bidding contest.

Who Are Your Top Corners?

[Question submitted by mrpokergenius]

KC: Surtain (BAMA) and Farley (VT) are our top two right now. Farley is a little bit more high ceiling, but Surtain Jr. is more of a high floor player. I like Surtain Jr. at the moment.

Who Are The Best Prospects You’ve Scouted In Last 10 Years?

[Question submitted by theprophetsammy]

KC: Myles Garrett has my highest defensive grade awarded going back to 2013 when I started assigning final number grades and Saquon Barkley was the highest offensive grade awarded over that same timeframe (obviously not accounting for positional value).

What is Kyle Pitts’ Draft Position Floor and Ceiling?

[Question submitted by Fast_Door]

KC: Tight ends are so difficult to project, but then again Kyle Pitts isn't really that much of a tight end anyway, is he? I think the ceiling might be Carolina at 8 (which feels forced). Not sure about a floor other than wherever Baltimore waits him out before trying to trade up for him! (I love that move for them).

Who Was Your Biggest Scouting Miss?

[Question submitted by WIttyRemarkPlease]

KC: Ah lord. I missed hard on Mike Evans one of my first years in the process because I thought he was too one-dimensional and that his physicality would get called at the NFL level as penalties. Needless to say, I owe Mike an apology.

The biggest, most valuable scouting lesson I learned early on is that it isn't going to always look the way you were taught or were coached like it is supposed to look. But does it work and is it sustainable… even if only for certain kinds of environments?

Who’s a Smaller School Guy That Could Make Waves Later In The Draft?

[Question submitted by Dminnick]

KC: Arkansas State WR Jonathan Adams Jr. jumped out to me in a big way when I studied him!

Reminder: Please head over there to see all of Kyle’s questions and answers.

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