I continue to really dislike almost all the QBs in this draft. The #1 overall pick should be made for a player who will be an integral part of your Super Bowl run -- unfortunately, not even Geno Smith looks to me like a guy who can will his team to victory. Sorry folks.
I do think some interesting talent can be had at the top of the 2nd, from Tyler Wilson to Matt Barkley to Mike Glennon, somebody will probably fall to our 2nd rounder.
Until then, I continue to use the 1st overall for what it was designed for: courting the player who will be an integral part of our Super Bowl run.
1. Quinn and Cassel walk, as does Dorsey. Hillis is gone.
2. The Chiefs resign Albert, Bowe, and Colquitt. Because this is my mock and why not. Jackson is restructured, spreading his $14 million over three seasons.
3. They have a pretty powerful offseason, bringing in QB Matt Moore as a temporary patch, RB Shonn Greene as a committee back, score a big deal with ILB Brad Jones due to the Dorsey connection, and they take care of a deep free agent safety market by inking one of the several big name safeties on the market in FS Louis Delmas, who they get for a deal.
4. They rake in an additional compensatory picks, a 3rd and a 7th.
On we go.
1. DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Our passrush is absolutely dying to breakout, but it can't quite yet in part because our offense isn't doing shit. It's also hamstrung by the fact that we don't yet have a force inside that threatens the offense on every single play. This defense sorely needs a Vance Wilfork, or a J.J. Watt, just somebody inside who threatens the offense.
Dontari Poe may yet be that guy, and running on Tyson Jackson is certainly difficult, but we need a pocket assaulter, and Lotulelei may fit the mold. Teaming him up along the inside with Poe and Jackson could finally allow Houston and Hali to put up Von Miller/Elvis Dumervil numbers.
2. QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
I've liked Tyler Wilson from the get go. Under consistent coaching and great receivers, he was a Top 10 prospect. But his coaching imploded this offseason, and his receivers all went to the NFL. I believe that Wilson has franchise QB upside, while still being capable of turning off half the teams in the NFL as a prospect. I say, let him battle Moore for the starter position. If it doesn't work out, sell out in 2014 for a QB.
3. CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
There are a couple corners this team desperately needs. Logan Ryan is an interesting roll of the dice, as he was a true shutdown corner against admittedly inferior talent this year. He's very fast and athletic, but for the most part simply hadn't been significantly challenged. I expect some growing pains.
3. CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Comes from an NFL family, and his brother plays relatively well in the NFL. The Chiefs need to heavily invest at this position.
4. WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Wheaton is a really interesting burner that this team could use. With Bowe and Baldwin, the Chiefs have red zone threats. But they have lacked a credible deep threat since Eddie Kennison.
5. ILB Nico Johnson, Alabama
A thumper's thumper, I think Nico is rocketing up draft boards and won't stay at the midrounds for long.
6. OLB Wes Horton, USC
Your typical USC passrusher -- lanky, athletic, unproductive. Has all the athleticism and size you need to succeed at this level. Will need to get more consistently with his moves.
7. SS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
Roll of the dice here more than anything. I like Rambo but I have no idea how he'll translate to the NFL.
7. OG Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Overlooked all season was how effective Oklahoma's runblocking was all season. I think Ikard could serve as effective depth for a team that loves to run the ball.