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Draft Show Recap: Trading Up For A Safety?


FRISCO, Texas – All of a sudden, the 2019 NFL Draft is only a month away.

There's a lot of ground still to cover, as Pro Days around the country are an in full swing. But it's remarkably how quickly the calendar as crept toward April, as teams begin finalizing their preparations for the big weekend.

Here's a quick recap of this week's episode of The Draft Show, as the guys dove into this week's news and notes.

  • This week's show started with some genuine news, as information is emerging from Pro Days and Combine tests. Notably, Montez Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition, which was the first bad news in what has been an amazing pre-draft process for the Mississippi State defensive end. Speaking to sources around the league, Dane Brugler explained why the news might not be as bad for Sweat as previously thought.
  • Pro Day news also dominated the first segment, as the cast dissected the workouts of Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson. Ferguson set the NCAA record for sacks in a career, so he obviously has quite a resume. His athletic testing leaves much to be desired, though, and the guys broke down how that might affect his draft stock.
  • The second segment kicked off with some running back talk, as speculation continues about how the Cowboys might address their running back depth. Ezekiel Elliott is obviously a quality starter, but there's been plenty of debate about how the Cowboys could find him a good backup – and what type of backs they might be looking at.
  • There was also a lengthy debate about the safety position. The conversation mainly centered around Washington's Taylor Rapp and Mississippi State's Johnathan Abram, who are widely considered two of the best safeties in the class. The question is: will either of them fall far enough for the Cowboys to draft? And if they had to trade up for either player, would they consider doing it?
  • The third segment was led by Kevin Turner, who was a guest host on Thursday's show. Turner broke down the tape of several prospects he is unsure about, including Florida State defensive end Brian Burns, Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary and Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton.

Here's the link to the full episode: