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Old 03-09-2013, 01:03 PM  
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Mock (3/9/13)

Assumptions:

1. The Chiefs let Dorsey walk and cut Cassel.

2. They get one compensatory pick, an extra third (Carr).

3. The Chiefs try furiously to trade down, but there are no takers.

On with the show:

1. DE Star Lotulelei, Utah

Andy Reid clearly came to Kansas City to win now. And you win now by making your team better. Essentially trading out Cassel for Smith is doing just that. Keeping Bowe and Albert on hand does just that. Getting a one-year plug at CB so investments can be made at other positions does just that. And I believe the Chiefs have one more big-time investment on the horizon, be it Sean Smith, Cullen Jenkins, or Greg Jennings.

Plugging the first overall away for a right tackle doesn't help your team. Neither does investing it in a QB you don't plan to start and nobody's sure if he'll even be any good.

But replacing the mere run-plug that Glenn Dorsey was with a pocket-collapsing, QB pursuing, double-team commanding talent like Lotulelei could make life very difficult for an OL that has to face him, Poe, and Tyson Jackson.

This all assumes Lotulelei's heart checks out. I see him as a clone of Marcell Darieus, who plays pissed off and is almost unstoppable when he's on.

2. QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

The Chiefs package their 3rd and their 4th to move up about ten or so spots when they hear some team has a hard-on for Nassib. I don't think there is much of anything in this draft to get excited about at QB. I like Geno's tools, but his inability to take over and win games spooks me if I'm at 1.1 (I still probably take him in most scenarios, though).

Nassib is one of the few QBs on this platform that has another level he plays at -- it's not an elite level, but it's better value with a 2nd than you're going to get there anywhere in this draft. He is an accurate, noodle-armed game manager at the NFL, and fits like a prototype behind Alex Smith.

3. ILB Jon Bostic, Florida

Now that everybody hates my first two picks, let's do a crowd favorite at a position of legitimate need.

5. WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas

The idea here, obviously, would be to add a ridiculous speed dimension to our offense.

6. OLB Cornelius Washington, Georgia

A huge-bodied passrusher from Georgia could be useful to provide some much-needed depth behind Hali and Houston.

7. ILB Michael Mauti, Penn State

Anything to give this defense a little more depth at the linebacking corps is welcome.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:59 PM   #16
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So, we give up our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and a day 2 pick next year for Alex Smith and his backup?
The QB position is the #1 most important on the team.

The QB position is the #1 biggest weakness on the team.

And the Chiefs depth chart is the #1 worst in the league at this position.

It takes a lot of resources to right that ship.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:04 PM   #17
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You don't think a DL of Lotulelei, Poe, and Jackson with Hali and/or Houston coming off the edges poses significant difficulty for more offensive lines?
Sure. But does it matter when you'll be playing Manning, Rivers, and Geno six times a season?
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:08 PM   #18
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Sure. But does it matter when you'll be playing Manning, Rivers, and Geno six times a season?
I imagine that it would matter, yes.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:11 PM   #19
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I imagine that it would matter, yes.
Do you think that Star replacing Dorsey/whoever would have won any of the games you lost last season?
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #20
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The QB position is the #1 most important on the team.

The QB position is the #1 biggest weakness on the team.

And the Chiefs depth chart is the #1 worst in the league at this position.

It takes a lot of resources to right that ship.
Agreed on all points but not if all your draft picks go to mediocre players and draft reaches. Someone equal to Nassib will be there in the 3rd. Hell, I'd take that Scott kid in the 3d and be happy with that. Someone will be there. There are also plenty of other positions that need to be addressed.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #21
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Do you think that Star replacing Dorsey/whoever would have won any of the games you lost last season?
Not single handedly, no.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #22
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Not single handedly, no.
Why draft him at #1 then? Guys that won't win you games shouldn't go first overall.

The Lions thought Suh could win them games. Turns out they were wrong. Not only that, but Star is no Suh.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:49 PM   #23
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Why draft him at #1 then? Guys that won't win you games shouldn't go first overall.

The Lions thought Suh could win them games. Turns out they were wrong. Not only that, but Star is no Suh.
Because defensive lineman almost never win you games. Really the only guys that win you games single-handedly are QBs and the freak RBs and WRs.

That does not change the fact that they are the second most important position in football.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:55 PM   #24
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Because defensive lineman almost never win you games. Really the only guys that win you games single-handedly are QBs and the freak RBs and WRs.

That does not change the fact that they are the second most important position in football.
Von has won games for the Broncos. Why are DTs the second most important position if they can't win games for their teams?

DT, imo, is the worst position to take early. Perhaps the fact that the Chiefs love drafting DTs early and the fact that the Chiefs are horrible are not unrelated.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #25
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Von has won games for the Broncos. Why are DTs the second most important position if they can't win games for their teams?
No defensive player has won games single-handedly.

Derrick Thomas racked up seven sacks in one game and the team still lost.
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No defensive player has won games single-handedly.

Derrick Thomas racked up seven sacks in one game and the team still lost.
Did you watch the 2011 Broncos?
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Did you watch the 2011 Broncos?
I don't much care for football.
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Why do you think DTs are so important?
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:13 PM   #29
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Why do you think DTs are so important?
If you can dominate the line of scrimmage, it's like your side of the ball is playing downhill against your opponent. It's a legit game-changer.

It's much, much tougher to do that on the defensive side of the ball, where you're starting out outnumbered, outsized and with more elaborate schemes being run at you every year.

If you're a clogger, all you have to do is to be incredibly hard to move. That's very important but it doesn't require a tremendous amount of skill or technique.

But if you're expected to play as a penetrating three-tech or as a five-tech in general, you're not only responsible for more space, you're going up against tackles more often and you're expected to do far more things, such as disrupting the pocket while still anchoring in the run game. It requires tremendous strength, athleticism, and technique.

In short, it's a game-changer in your favor and it's very, very hard to do.
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If you can dominate the line of scrimmage, it's like your side of the ball is playing downhill against your opponent. It's a legit game-changer.

It's much, much tougher to do that on the defensive side of the ball, where you're starting out outnumbered, outsized and with more elaborate schemes being run at you every year.

If you're a clogger, all you have to do is to be incredibly hard to move. That's very important but it doesn't require a tremendous amount of skill or technique.

But if you're expected to play as a penetrating three-tech or as a five-tech in general, you're not only responsible for more space, you're going up against tackles more often and you're expected to do far more things, such as disrupting the pocket while still anchoring in the run game. It requires tremendous strength, athleticism, and technique.

In short, it's a game-changer in your favor and it's very, very hard to do.
That doesn't make them more important than the other 18 or 19 positions on the field.

Teams that spend high choices on DTs tend to do worse than teams that spend their high choices elsewhere.
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