1. The Chiefs let Dorsey walk and cut Cassel.
2. The Chiefs land CB Sean Smith, and a free agent DE like Chris Canty or Jenkins (we'll just say Canty, since he was actively reached out towards).
3. They get one compensatory pick, an extra third (Carr).
4. The Chiefs try furiously to trade down, but there are no takers.
On with the show:
1. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
Let's break down what we think we know about the #1 overall pick:
I think this is a tough decision to make when you're the guy on the hotseat, but nonetheless I think it's the absolute right decision to make. Joeckel is a talented player, but the Chiefs should honestly make aggressive moves to lock down Branden Albert for the future. No big free agent signings this offseason are necessary -- just pick Geno, pick up Canty or retain Dorsey (or go for Jenkins), get the deal done with Sean Smith, and lock down Branden Albert, which would actually bring your cap down for 2013.
It's a tough deal, but these are the prices you pay for not having a Super Bowl QB. If we had a high caliber one, we could make all sorts of bargain bin prices like the Joeckel-for-Albert exchange. Until then, $10 million a year is a fair pricetag to keep your backside safe and your run game lethal.
3. WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
I love Patton when I watch his tape -- I obviously didn't watch any LA Tech play this past year, but he does have some tape and he did perform outstandingly well at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine. I love a lot of his mechanics -- good speed, hands, good route-running, but mostly I just love his competitive fire. He reminds me a lot of Torrey Smith because he just absolutely wants to be The Guy, or at least plays like he does.
3. ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
The last remaining starting hole on this team. Short, compact, and powerful, Arthur Brown has that angry leadership that this defense desperately needs. We are too loaded not to be elite, what's missing is a big fat dosage of heart, and that's where Brown comes in.
4. OT Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas
If the Chiefs need a developmental swing tackle, Hawkinson is as good as any. He's probably NFL ready right now in terms of pass protection, but he needs to get bigger and stronger.
5. OLB Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky
It would be such a ****ing smart decision to bring this guy along. He's recovering from an ACL tear, otherwise he'd be far up the draftboard. It's not every day you can score a guy who is an awesomely prolific passrusher in the midrounds.
6. TE Brandon Ford, Clemson
The TE position is a pretty good fit for the late rounds if you're somebody like the Chiefs, who primarily need a new receiving weapon more than they need a hefty blocker (Maneri is an excellent blocking TE). Ford is exactly that kind of tight end -- a one-dimensional receiving threat that this team sorely needs. Fast, smart, great at finding soft spots in zones, Ford is one of several receiving TEs late in the draft.
7. RB Cameron Marshall, Arizona State
Marshall has slid down big boards for a year straight because the drunk coaching staff at ASU, who decided to reward Marshall's really good 2011 season by languishing him in a running back committee in 2012. The upside, of course, is that now he's particularly fresh and ready to lend his 220 lbs frame to the Chiefs in the 7th round.
QB: Smith, Smith, Stanzi
RB: Charles, Droughn, Gray, Marshall
WR: Bowe, Baldwin, Patton, McCluster, Wylie
TE: Moeaki, Maneri, Ford
LT: Albert, Hawkinson
LG: Allen, Hochstein
C: Hudson, Patterson
RG: Asamoah, Hochstein
RT: Stephenson, Hawkinson
DE: Canty, Bailey
NT: Poe, Powe, Toribio
DE: Jackson, Muir
OLB: Hali, Jones
ILB: Brown, Sturdivant
ILB: Johnson, Greenwood
OLB: Houston, Smith
CB: Flowers, Smith, Arenas, Brown, Daniels
S: Berry, Abdullah, Lewis, Menzie
I like this one. Why are we no longer getting a comp pick for Richardson?
If they can't get a DE in FA.....then I could see them going with Floyd. Other than that....it has to be Geno Smith unless we're all 100% wrong and NO ONE views him as a 1st round project.
Once it becomes either likely or certain, I'll add it back in there.
I like the Quanterus pick a lot. Arthur Brown is a good one too. If Patton is still there then that's a Heck of a haul.
Here's my mock for the chiefs, tell me what you think!
Finally not posting from my phone, here are the picks:
1. Kansas City Chiefs
5T Star Lotulelei, Utah
Of course, this is dependent on Lotulelei's heart checking out. Andy Reid has said they will "take the best player available." Many think that is Lotuleili. In the last 10 drafts, the first player the Eagles have taken have played DT (4 Cox, Laws, Bunkley, Patterson), DE (2 Graham, McDougle), OG (2 Watkins, Andrews), QB (1 Kolb), WR (1 Maclin).
63. Kansas City Chiefs
ILB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
KC nabs the playmaking Greene to pair up with Derrick Johnson inside in their 3-4.
96 (Compensatory). Kansas City Chiefs
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Kansas City needs another Running Back behind Jamaal Charles, and Montee Ball is the kind of workhorse that can keep Charles fresh explosive runs in the fourth quarter. It doesn't hurt that he's a Missouri native, which will likely immediately ingratiate him to KC's fans.
99. Kansas City Chiefs
FS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
The Chiefs need a centerfielding safety to cover up for Eric Berry when he tries to freelance. Rambo may get more hype than he deserves due to his amazing name, but he's solid in coverage and is something the Chiefs need.
136. Kansas City Chiefs
WRp Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
With the re-signing of Dwayne Bowe, picking up another starting receiver isn't as big a priority as it was a couple days ago, but the value of Hamilton here is far too good to pass up.
171. Kansas City Chiefs
CB Nickell Robey, Southern California
The Chiefs could pick up the ballhawking undersized Nickell Roby to play the role of his namesake. Kansas City's starting corners are solid, but they have little depth behind them. Robey has good instincts and toughness, but will likely be limited to interior coverage due to his stature. This pick was made before the Robinson signing....
207. Kansas City Chiefs
RT Alex Hurst, LSU
With the release of the pricey and vocal tyrannosaurus Eric Winston, Kansas City will be in the market for a RT to play opposite the franchised Brandon Albert. Alex Hurst was first-team All-SEC at RT in 2010 and 2011. Injuries shuffled him around the line his senior year and his play regressed a bit. He's got good power for the running game, however, as evidenced by his 71.5 pancake blocks as a junior.
254 (Compensatory). Kansas City Chiefs
OG Chris Barker, Nevada
Chris Barker may not remain Mr. Irrelevant for long in Kansas City, as the OG position is a little bit of a question mark.
I have explanations for each of the 254 picks on my site, cornerblitz.com. You can view the selection by team, as well as plenty of other draft-related content.
Well, as long as he's been in the league, Smith is only 28. He can easily play for another 7-8 years. I understand the backup QB need, but I wouldn't call developmental QB a need. However, with your signing of Dunta Robinson, the nickel corner pick doesn't have to happen. I like Colby Cameron, Matt Scott, Ryan Griffin, Jordan Rodgers in that order. I still had Dysert and Landry Jones available in the 5th if you prefer a big-name guy. Not sure either is a great fit in the WCO that Reid is certain to run, though.
Don't want Smith for 7-8 years for 1 reason... He's not very good.
Fair enough, but if you're looking for a QB that's better (or will eventually be better) than Alex Smith, you're not going to get him after round 2 in this draft. At least that's how I see it.
There's Geno, then there's Barkley, then there's everyone else.
You could sell me on Bray's potential, but I think he goes in the second as well.
IMO, Nassib is overrated, Tyler Wilson is a headcase d-bag, Dysert is a nobody, Landry Jones is unreliable, EJ Manuel is maddening, Mike Glennon led the NCAA in interceptions last year and has an inaccurate deep ball, and everybody else looks to me like a career backup (including draftnik darlings Matt Scott and Sean Renfree.)
Thats one mans opinion. However, there is usually at least 1 surprise QB that comes later in the draft and you will never find him if you dont try. I'd probably guarantee that 1 of those players you just listed will be at least as good as Alex Smith.
Hell... pick a QB at #1. It's only the most important position on the field.
I absolutely hate Nickell Robey.
The guy is like 5'7", 160 lbs.
Alex Hurst in the seventh is a decent pick. And...that's about it.
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