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Marco Polo
04-15-2015, 02:22 PM
http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/53497/271/nfl-draft-needs-chiefs

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva (https://twitter.com/evansilva)) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris (https://twitter.com/joshnorris)) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in May's draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule (http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/52975/271/nfl-draft-needs-schedule).

No. 1 Team Need: Cornerback

Silva's Analysis

RCB Sean Smith is a solid starter and I think LCB Phillip Gaines (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/132524/Phillip-Gaines) has a good shot to become one. Kansas City's cornerback depth chart falls off sharply thereafter, with perennial liability Marcus Cooper (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/132127/Marcus-Cooper) penciled in as the No. 3. In a division where they face Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and potentially-promising Derek Carr (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/130964/Derek-Carr) twice per season, the Chiefs need more than two quality cornerbacks. DC Bob Sutton likes to play press-man coverage in the secondary and values length on the perimeter. Although his long-term position may ultimately be outside, Gaines saw extensive snaps at slot corner last season and provides versatility.


No. 2 Team Need: Offensive line

Silva's Analysis

The Chiefs have a lot of bodies on the line after signing RG Paul Fanaika and trading for LG Ben Grubbs, but plus starters are lacking. Eric Fisher (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131408/Eric-Fisher) is a below-average left tackle and needs to face competition despite his lofty draft status. C Rodney Hudson's high-cost departure leaves Eric Kush (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131979/Eric-Kush) as Kansas City's projected starting center. A 2013 sixth-round pick, Kush has played 73 career snaps -- and none last year. Fanaika was one of the worst guards in football last season, while RT Jeff Allen missed all but one game with a severe elbow injury.


No. 3 Team Need: Inside linebacker


Silva's Analysis

Josh Mauga was a sieve in run defense last season. Surprisingly re-signed for $8.25 million over three years, Mauga would return as the Chiefs' No. 3 inside linebacker and a special teamer in an ideal world. Kansas City's run defense especially collapsed when fellow ILB Derrick Johnson tore his Achilles' last September. Although Johnson will return, he is entering his age-33 season as well as a contract year. I suspect GM John Dorsey will draft two inside linebackers, ideally one who can blow up lead blocks and another who can cover and run. Wide receiver, defensive end and tight end are other needs for Kansas City.



Norrisí Mock Draft:


Round 1 (18): LB Eric Kendricks (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133282/Eric-Kendricks), UCLA - A perfect fit for a team with a drastic need for a three down linebacker. There are some rumblings Kendricks will not be selected in the first round. I find that insane. It used to be said that only pass rushers are worth this type of investment. Remove that idea from your brain. Kendricks is aggressive moving forward but is so comfortable in coverage.


Round 2 (49): CB Quinten Rollins (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133907/Quinten-Rollins), Miami (OH) - The former basketball player turned corner is one of the more intriguing prospects in this class. If Rollins emerges as a starter he will play outside with Gaines inside. Rollins is very good at contesting the ball at the catch point and slow playing receiversí routes on an island.


Round 3 (80): OL Ty Sambrailo (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133272/Ty-Sambrailo), Colorado State - Teams are looking at Ty as a right tackle and guard. Sambrailo needs to improve his functional strength, an issue he has in common with Eric Fisher (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131408/Eric-Fisher).


Round 3 (94): WR Rashad Greene (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/130925/Rashad-Greene), FSU - One of the better route runners in this class could also fill the slot role for the Chiefs. Greene should not be asked to consistently win at the catch point and he likely wonít play on the outside, but in his role he can have a productive career.


Round 4 (118): LB Taiwan Jones (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131912/Taiwan-Jones), Michigan State - The run stuffing linebacker Evan called for. This is Jonesí role, to explode forward and meet blockers or running backs at the line of scrimmage. His average athleticism limits his effectiveness in other directions and facets of the game.


Round 5 (172): C Max Garcia (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131934/Max-Garcia), Florida - A versatile interior offensive lineman who could be used in a utility role or even as a potential starter. Yes, a fifth round pick starting. We have seen centers play earlier and earlier on in their careers.


Round 5 (173): TE Blake Bell (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131064/Blake-Bell), Oklahoma - A bit of a project at tight end. Bell is still converting from quarterback but did flash an early understanding of the position at the East West Shrine and somewhat limited snaps this season.


Round 6 (193): WR Geremy Davis (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133309/Geremy-Davis), UConn - I bet the NFL likes Davis more than I do. He tested well (which I donít see on the field) and is very good at the catch point. Davis needs to dominate there, because I just donít see him separating enough on the ground.


Round 6 (217): DL Terry Williams (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131435/Terry-Williams), ECU - I bet I like Williams more than the NFL does. Terry can be the teamís backup nose tackle, which would allow Poe to move around to different alignments since he rarely comes off the field. Williams is explosive and agile for such a heavy defensive lineman.


Round 7 (233): DB Imoan Claiborne (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133976/Imoan-Claiborne), Northwestern State - Claiborne surprisingly did not receive a Combine invite, but showed well at the Senior Bowl. There will be projections to both safety and corner.


Chiefs Current Offensive Depth Chart

QB: Alex Smith (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3119/alex-smith)
RB: Jamaal Charles (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4617/jamaal-charles)
FB: Anthony Sherman (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6650/anthony-sherman)
WR: Jeremy Maclin (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/104785/Jeremy-Maclin)
WR: Albert Wilson (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133133/Albert-Wilson)
TE: Travis Kelce (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131960/Travis-Kelce)
LT: Eric Fisher (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131408/Eric-Fisher)
LG: Ben Grubbs (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4212/ben-grubbs)
C: Eric Kush (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/131979/Eric-Kush)
RG: Paul Fanaika (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5424/paul-fanaika)
RT: Jeff Allen (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/7536/jeff-allen)


Chiefs Current Defensive Depth Chart

LE: Mike DeVito (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4541/mike-devito)
RE: Allen Bailey (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6538/allen-bailey)
NT: Dontari Poe (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/7422/dontari-poe)
OLB: Justin Houston (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6556/justin-houston)
OLB: Tamba Hali (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3626/tamba-hali)
ILB: Derrick Johnson (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3172/derrick-johnson)
ILB: Josh Mauga (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5764/josh-mauga)
CB: Sean Smith (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5184/sean-smith)
CB: Phillip Gaines (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/132524/Phillip-Gaines)
FS: Ron Parker (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6811/ron-parker)
SS: Tyvon Branch (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4871/tyvon-branch)

ThaVirus
04-15-2015, 02:25 PM
What's Kendricks' upside? Does he have a current NFL comparison?

milkman
04-15-2015, 02:34 PM
No mention of WR as a team need?

That is just incredibly stupid.

At least the idiot doing the mock did draft one.

BossChief
04-15-2015, 05:02 PM
No mention of Fleming in the CB talk even though he was impressive at times.

Cooper was a WR convert his last year in college and is still learning how to play corner. He has flashed big time ability and if his head is screwed on tight, its silly to think he is done and can't develop into a solid player.

It's crazy he doesn't even list WR as a need. Just shows how little these guys care about the Chiefs in general.

Easy 6
04-15-2015, 05:22 PM
Not listing a wide receiver says a lot, this seems pretty much slapped together, but I'll say it if no one else will... putting corner at the top really doesnt bother me too much.

Yes, Smith is still around, yes we hope Gaines continues his upward trend, yes Fleming did well but is anyone that excited about the guy? yes we all hope Cooper can shake off the sophomore slump.

But to be honest with myself, there is an awful lotta hoping going on at this position, adding another top ranked player here wouldnt anger or surprise me in the least... the problem is, there isnt a rock lock stud in the whole bunch this year, even Waynes has his lumps.

Thats the weird thing this year, there are few GLARING needs outside of receiver... but we could really use some players at several positions.

KCChiefsfan1234
04-15-2015, 06:26 PM
I think we will pick Eric Rowe from Utah. He has everything that the Chiefs like and can play both CB and Safety. Just my prediction!

Rausch
04-15-2015, 06:32 PM
I wouldn't cry with this draft...

mdchiefsfan
04-15-2015, 06:32 PM
Without knowing the prospects, I wouldn't mind the positions being taken in the places designated. I'd probably move WR in the place of the OL in the third, but that's kind of insignificant.

Easy 6
04-15-2015, 06:36 PM
I think we will pick Eric Rowe from Utah. He has everything that the Chiefs like and can play both CB and Safety. Just my prediction!

He sounds like a decent 3rd rounder, according to my guides he has good size with long arms at 6'1 205 with above average speed... but he's also made to sound like he's better suited for zone.

Who knows what these guys are really looking for, but a higher corner pick isnt a bad idea at all.

RealSNR
04-15-2015, 06:38 PM
I think we will pick Eric Rowe from Utah. He has everything that the Chiefs like and can play both CB and Safety. Just my prediction!

In the 3rd? Sure.

In the 1st. Fuck that.

I know he's getting projected into the 1st in some mocks, but that's dumb.

CarlPeterson_fan
04-15-2015, 06:39 PM
Wow! We had the number one pass defense last year while our wide receivers never caught a single touchdown pass but yet corner is a need and receiver isn't??? Smh.

Rausch
04-15-2015, 06:40 PM
Wow! We had the number one pass defense last year while our wide receivers never caught a single touchdown pass but yet corner is a need and receiver isn't??? Smh.

Hali/Houston had more to do with that than our talent in the secondary...

Easy 6
04-15-2015, 06:44 PM
Hali/Houston had more to do with that than our talent in the secondary...

Indeed sir, indeed.

Strongside
04-15-2015, 06:44 PM
Anyone else going to the draft party? I'm going to fight those 2 bearded high five guys when we draft Eric Fisher again. You probably don't wanna miss it.

Saccopoo
04-15-2015, 06:57 PM
Jesus H. Christ.

Worst mock ever.

Fuck this guy.

Fuck you guy!

Rain Man
04-15-2015, 07:02 PM
Isn't there already a Taiwan Jones in the NFL? How many Taiwan Joneses exist? Is every Taiwan Jones in the nation an NFL prospect?

RealSNR
04-15-2015, 07:07 PM
Isn't there already a Taiwan Jones in the NFL? How many Taiwan Joneses exist? Is every Taiwan Jones in the nation an NFL prospect?

Depends who you ask. China Smith doesn't recognize them as legit NFL prospects.

jspchief
04-15-2015, 07:09 PM
I wouldn't cry with this draft...
Yeah I kind of like it. I consider ILB a real need position and see it as having a bigger impact on team success than WR (as long as Smith is the QB). It would be nice to get DJ's eventual replacement and an upgrade over Mauga both.

KCChiefsfan1234
04-15-2015, 07:49 PM
Anyone else going to the draft party? I'm going to fight those 2 bearded high five guys when we draft Eric Fisher again. You probably don't wanna miss it.

Wow hilarious...I just had a visual LMAOROFL

Saccopoo
04-15-2015, 08:20 PM
He sounds like a decent 3rd rounder, according to my guides he has good size with long arms at 6'1 205 with above average speed... but he's also made to sound like he's better suited for zone.

Who knows what these guys are really looking for, but a higher corner pick isnt a bad idea at all.

Press man.

That's what they run at Utah.

He might be the best potential press man coverage guy in this draft. (Although, I also really like Florida State's P.J. Williams.)

Rowe is making strong impressions among NFL analysts in the lead-up to this year's draft.

"Just watched tape on Utah S/CB Eric Rowe," tweeted NFL Network's Charles Davis prior to the combine. "If Iím Press/Man team I want him."

Rowe finished in the top five among safeties in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches; tied for third), bench press (19 reps; tied for fourth) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.48 seconds; fifth).

LiL stumppy
04-15-2015, 10:50 PM
I like this Mock, a lot.

Saccopoo
04-15-2015, 10:58 PM
I like this Mock, a lot.

**** that.

Kendricks is totally overrated. He can't stack and shed. He makes most of his tackles past the line of scrimmage. He doesn't make many impact plays. He's small. His frame is completely maxed out.

Shitty pick.

The only pick worth a damn in this whole mock is the Greene pick in the third. The rest blow.

DaneMcCloud
04-15-2015, 11:06 PM
**** that.

Kendricks is totally overrated. He can't stack and shed. He makes most of his tackles past the line of scrimmage. He doesn't make many impact plays. He's small. His frame is completely maxed out.

Shitty pick.

The only pick worth a damn in this whole mock is the Greene pick in the third. The rest blow.

LMAO

I was waiting for your response.

Psyko Tek
04-15-2015, 11:17 PM
Without knowing the prospects, I wouldn't mind the positions being taken in the places designated. I'd probably move WR in the place of the OL in the third, but that's kind of insignificant.

take BPA, then need

bigbucks24
04-15-2015, 11:34 PM
Norrisí Mock Draft:


Round 1 (18): LB Eric Kendricks (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/CFB/133282/Eric-Kendricks), UCLA - A perfect fit for a team with a drastic need for a three down linebacker. There are some rumblings Kendricks will not be selected in the first round. I find that insane. It used to be said that only pass rushers are worth this type of investment. Remove that idea from your brain. Kendricks is aggressive moving forward but is so comfortable in coverage.

From the same article, Miami Dolphins mock draft.

Norris' Mock Draft

Round 1 (14): LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA - Jelani Jenkins is a good player even if some teams had medical questions. Kendricks is one of my favorite prospects in this class, because he makes an impact moving forward and back. His comfort in coverage is uncommon. This might not be the team's top need (according to Evan), but true every down linebackers are difficult to find. The two would be a nice combination, especially adding Misi on the strong side.

Guess both teams will be drafting him?

BlackOp
04-16-2015, 12:19 AM
I like this Mock, a lot.

Me too...KC got their #1 WR in JM. ILB is a huge need...they were near dead last in run defense...and the two returning are coming off devastating injuries. This is priority #1..then OL...then CB. trace their off-season moves...KC can afford to sign/tag S. Smith next year if he performs like last season. They signed two O-line, one premiere WR,...and really nothing at ILB or corner.

Direckshun
04-16-2015, 02:17 AM
For what it's worth, I mocked Jones and Williams to the Chiefs.

DaneMcCloud
04-16-2015, 02:27 AM
For what it's worth, I mocked Jones and Williams to the Chiefs.

FWIW, you've mocked every player to every team.

It's like the guy that puts a chip on every number when playing roulette, then saying "I Win!" once the wheel stops spinning.

ct
04-16-2015, 04:42 AM
Knowing what we know of Dorsey's patterns to this point, pretty good chance CB and ILB are very high priorities. Would be clear sign Smith and DJ will not be retained.

They do list WR as a need, in the final 'footnote' sentence for need #3. I put CB/ILB as 1a/1b need with WR right behind it.

To me this evaluation is pretty good, only issue I have is downplaying Kush legitimacy w/ the 6th round comment, then taking a 'starting' C in the 5th.

MahiMike
04-16-2015, 09:30 AM
No mention of WR as a team need?

That is just incredibly stupid.

At least the idiot doing the mock did draft one.

Exactly. I was expecting #1 need. Instead, not even top 3.

keg in kc
04-16-2015, 12:14 PM
It's like they tried to create the draft that I would least like.

RealSNR
04-16-2015, 12:51 PM
It's like they tried to create the draft that I would least like.

That's kind of why I'm upbeat.

Dorsey in the two years he's been with us has done some pretty unexpected things when it comes to player selection. Most of these mocks fucking suck, so I think we'll actually be okay, because he'll likely do the opposite of what people generally perceive about the path the Chiefs should take.

Mr. Laz
04-17-2015, 02:14 PM
Don't the Chiefs pretty much have to draft a CB early with the possibility of Sean Smith being suspended?

Guy needs to be good enough to start for a couple of games right out of the gate

RealSNR
04-17-2015, 02:33 PM
Don't the Chiefs pretty much have to draft a CB early with the possibility of Sean Smith being suspended?

Guy needs to be good enough to start for a couple of games right out of the gate


I favor going CB in the first more than WR or OL. We've done a good job steadily improving that position group, and now it's time to really solidify it inside and out, forwards and backwards.

58-4ever
04-17-2015, 03:26 PM
As an OU fan, I actually love the Blake Bell pick. He's a HUGE target and he understands the game. He was actually a good blocker too.