Draft season is here, and for amateur scouts and forward-thinking fans alike, it’s time to study up with the On the Clock NFL Draft Podcast with Chris Burke, a weekly look at the prospects of the 2016 draft and the NFL teams most in need of their services.
On this week’s episode, Jonah Tuls of USA Today’s The Draft Wire and Draft Breakdown discusses what he thinks the Cowboys will do with their No. 4 pick—will they trade down or trade up? It’s all up in the air, Tuls explains. Then Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman—who finished second in the nation (to UMass WR Tajae Sharpe) in receptions—opens up about why he chose to enter the draft early and what it’s like preparing for the draft coming out of a small school. Braverman also gives listeners a taste of what it’s like playing under coach P.J. Fleck at Western Michigan University (SI.com’s Pete Thamel wrote a piece on Fleck’s recruiting tactics).
Following that, Arizona State OL Christian Westerman talks about his performance at the combine—he led the way at bench press with 34 reps of 225 pounds—where he thinks he will best fit on an NFL team, how he relaxes with his teammates (coyote hunting!) and more. To finish up, Burke ranks his top players from small schools that you may have not heard of yet, so no Carson Wentz or Javon Hargrave on this list.
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