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Old 05-24-2006, 10:18 AM  
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Kansas City Chiefs '06 Draft Review

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May 24, 2006

Kansas City Chiefs '06 Draft Review
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Scott Wright
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For a team with so many clearly defined defensive needs heading into the draft the Chiefs did surprisingly bad in the first three rounds. For the most part the team did not get proper value for their picks and they failed to adequately address their most glaring weaknesses, which could come back to haunt them as they hope to make a Super Bowl push in 2006.

There was little doubt that the Chiefs were going defense in round one, with a lineman and cornerback being the two most likely options, but even though they addressed a position that most expected they would the manner in which they did it was a surprise. Penn St. defensive end Tamba Hali had a great senior season and was considered a mid-first rounder at one point but his stock had supposedly fallen after a poor showing in workouts to the point where at best he was considered a late first and probably more of an early second round pick. That didn't stop the Chiefs from reaching for him at #19 though and even though he definitely addresses a need they did not get very good value for the pick. Hali was very productive but he doesn't have ideal size or speed and that combined with the failure of other recent Nittany Lion defensive ends such as Courtney Brown and Michael Haynes makes his selection very questionable in my opinion. Hali will push Eric Hicks for a starting job opposite of Jared Allen but by grabbing him where they did Kansas City made one of the most questionable selections of the first round. In round two, despite their need for a cornerback, the Chiefs chose Purdue safety Bernard Pollard. A physical player who lacks great range and excels in the box, Pollard had some character concerns and went about a round higher than most expected him to. Even though Sammy Knight is getting older and Pollard might eventually be able to overtake him he's still a solid player and the team had much more glaring needs that could have been addressed with a premium pick.

With their choice in round three Kansas City brought in what they hope will be the long-term heir to Trent Green by selecting Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle. An elite recruit coming out of high school, Croyle has a very strong arm and led the Tide to a great season in 2006 but he has an extremely frail build along with a dubious history of injuries. If he can stay healthy Croyle could develop into an average starting signal caller at the pro level but that is a big if and I see him more as a career backup. In round five the Chiefs finally brought in a cornerback when they selected Marcus Maxey of Miami (FL). An underrated prospect with ideal measurables, Maxey really emerged as a senior and the team may have gotten a Day Two steal with him. The spot opposite Patrick Surtain is wide open so look for Maxey to potentially be in the mix for that job at some point as a rookie.

With their sixth round pick the Chiefs nabbed some offensive line help by selecting guard Tre' Stallings of Ole Miss, who could be a bigger factor than some may think. With Will Shields gearing up to retire at any time the team needed to bring in some depth and an eventual successor which means that an opportunity could present itself for Stallings to earn a starting job as early as 2007, which would be impressive for a sixth rounder. With their next choice Kansas City brought in wide receiver Jeff Webb of San Diego St., who I really like. Webb had a great senior campaign and has all the physical tools you look for so with Eddie Kennison getting up their in years and not much to speak of beyond him Webb has a chance to work his way into the wideout rotation early on in his career. With their final pick the Chiefs chose another safety in Jarrad Page of U.C.L.A., who is a great athlete but very similar to Pollard and will likely be little more than a backup and special teamer if he is able to make the squad.

For the most part Kansas City ignored need and didn't maximize the value of their top picks, which is never a good combination and a sure-fire way to get a poor review from me. The bottom line is that Kansas City appears to have dropped the ball with their premium picks, reaching for both Hali and Pollard and essentially coming out of Day One with only one player who will play a key role for them in 2006. My main problem though was their failure to land a top defensive tackle or cornerback, which have been and still are enormous question marks and concerns. After a very rough start the Chiefs bounced back to a degree on Day Two with the likes of Maxey, Stallings and Webb but that wasn't enough to salvage a respectable grade and the team will get little or no help from this draft class this upcoming season.

GRADE: C-
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:22 AM   #2
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I have a news flash for Mr. Wright. A defensive end is a defensive lineman.

You get an "F" for your inability to understand this rudimentary football concept.
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:24 AM   #3
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pretty close .... although i think more of Hali than this guy does.
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:25 AM   #4
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:27 AM   #5
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Penn St. defensive end Tamba Hali had a great senior season and was considered a mid-first rounder at one point but his stock had supposedly fallen after a poor showing in workouts
I will never understand this notion that post season workouts are more important in evaluating players than actual on field production.


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For the most part Kansas City ignored need and didn't maximize the value of their top picks, which is never a good combination and a sure-fire way to get a poor review from me.
Yep, I'm fairly certain the Chiefs were concerned about how they would be rated by this guy.

They blew it!
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:28 AM   #6
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That didn't stop the Chiefs from reaching for him at #19
That right there tells you that this turd (President of NFLDraftCountdown) is a moron. Last I checked it was #20.
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:28 AM   #7
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I have a news flash for Mr. Wright. A defensive end is a defensive lineman.

You get an "F" for your inability to understand this rudimentary football concept.
he said they DID grab the position expected(lineman or cornerback)



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little doubt that the Chiefs were going defense in round one, with a lineman and cornerback being the two most likely options, but even though they addressed a position that most expected
F to phobia for his inability to read
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:28 AM   #8
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That's a pretty stupid, uninformed article. Saying that the Chiefs should not have drafted Hali because other Penn State DEs didn't pan out is like saying the Chiefs shouldn't have drafted Larry Johnson because of Curtis Enis.
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:28 AM   #9
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Yeah, let's grab a corner with the first pick and continue to have a poor pass rush. Our corners would continue to get beat regardless of their skill level. That guy is a idiot.
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:29 AM   #10
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Personally, I don't think we need a damn corner in the draft! We got Walls, and a few younger guys to compete for the Warfield spot. We might sign Law still.
Who do we have at depth at safety? Pollard was a good choice.

We need a pass rush, and Hali may or may not be the answer there. Actually, I'm pretty happy with our draft. I gave it a b+...
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Yeah, let's grab a corner with the first pick and continue to have a poor pass rush. Our corners would continue to get beat regardless of their skill level. That guy is a idiot.
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I've never understood how you can forcast a player's potential based on how prior players from his school have performed. Using that criteria you would assume that Larry Johnson would be a failure too.
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Personally, I don't think we need a damn corner in the draft! We got Walls, and a few younger guys to compete for the Warfield spot.
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That's a pretty stupid, uninformed article. Saying that the Chiefs should not have drafted Hali because other Penn State DEs didn't pan out is like saying the Chiefs shouldn't have drafted Larry Johnson because of Curtis Enis.
Beat me to the punch.
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