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Old 05-01-2014, 04:39 AM  
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Rotoworld's Top draft needs for Chiefs

NFL Draft Needs: Chiefs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@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.


No. 1 Team Need: Offensive Line
Silva's analysis

Left tackle Branden Albert, right guard Geoff Schwartz, and top interior reserve Jon Asamoah all left in free agency. Left guard Jeff Allen struggled mightily for a second straight season, while C Rodney Hudson is entering a contract year. 2013 No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher was a letdown as a rookie, and swing tackle Donald Stephenson is best suited for a backup role. Beyond Fisher, the Chiefs have little settled long term on their offensive line. They may use multiple draft picks here.

Norris' options

First day option: G Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA - The top pure guard in this class, Su’a-Filo is extremely agile for an interior offensive lineman. He easily gets to the second level and can reach laterally when needing to seal off opponents. Despite his pear shape, Su’a-Filo is an extremely strong and aggressive blocker. He is always looking for an uncovered defender when left open at the snap.

Second day possibility: G Dakota Dozier, Furman - Dozier is another prospect making the move from left tackle to guard, but he looked very comfortable in tight spaces at the East West Shrine Game and when covered by a tight end at Furman. He can bend at the knees to absorb in pass protection or drive block with an athletic lower half.

Third day flier: C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma - Ikard will struggle to hold up against face up nose tackles at this point in his development, but he is a move center with mobility. His game is all about reaching and getting in front of defensive linemen or linebackers. Ikard is an occupier.

No. 2 Team Need: Safety

Silva's analysis

The Chiefs predictably let incumbent FS Kendrick Lewis leave without a fight, and salary-cap constraints prevented them from replacing him before the draft. Converted cornerback Sanders Commings is currently penciled in at free safety. It's a position at which Kansas City figures to use a high draft pick, perhaps as early as No. 23 overall. As SS Eric Berry is at his best playing close to the line of scrimmage, Bob Sutton's defense could use a rangy safety to roam center field.

Norris' options

First day option: Jimmie Ward, NIU - I think I have mentioned Ward more often than any other prospect in these previews, but for good reason. After Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Ward is the next best safety in this class, but could be the third one selected. Ward played man coverage at the line of scrimmage, in the box and in the deeper portions of the field. He has some Kenny Vaccaro in his game.

Second day possibility: Brock Vereen, Minnesota - There just are not enough true free safeties in this class. Vereen has played more in the box and in man coverage as a nickel corner. Many teams are moving towards three safeties in nickel situations rather than three corners. Vereen can fill this role.

Third day flier: Ed Reynolds, Stanford - Reynolds is at his best keeping the pass and the run in front of him. He loses ground when opening his hips and transitioning. He can read the quarterback’s eyes in the hopes of getting a jump on the intended target.

No. 3 Team Need: Wide Receiver

Silva's analysis

The Chiefs were the only team in the NFL in 2013 whose tailback led them in targets, catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Andy Reid deserves a lot of credit for expanding Alex Smith's willingness to pull the trigger over the course of the season, but Smith won't continue his growth without better weapons. Kansas City also lost Dexter McCluster's 53 receptions in free agency.

Norris' options

First day option: Marqise Lee, USC - Lee had a down 2013, specifically due to a drop rate of over 12 percent. He was mainly used on inside and outside breaking routes in the short to intermediate levels of the field. This is where Alex Smith is at his best. Lee is a fluid mover with body control, which allows him to separate on the ground or create a sliver of space when adjusting for the catch.

Second day possibility: Jarvis Landry, LSU - Landry is a thick slot receiver who wins with little wasted movement, timing and the best hands in this draft. He’s not a straight-line speedster, but Landry would help Smith in the short and intermediate levels. He can also win in contested situations.

Third day flier: Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest - You all might think I’m stereotyping, but Campanaro does his best work in the slot. With that said, he did flash a few vertical catches.

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Old 05-04-2014, 11:23 AM   #16
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Drafting in 2014 for the 2015 cap
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Reggie McKenzie (a Ron Wolf disciple like John Dorsey) said this
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You draft for the future. You don’t draft for right now.
When you look at the chiefs 2014 cap, it should be obvious that certain players are locked in because there would be no benefit cutting them.

For example, Bowe and AJ Jenkins will be chiefs in 2014 because their contracts are guaranteed. Same could be said of Donnie Avery since the savings from cutting him make it worthless to do so. There is really no player in which the chiefs have a strong incentive in replacing with a draft pick because those players (Alex Smith, Eric Berry, DJ, Hali) are still core players.

Things change drastically for 2015.


As another article stated
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Draft picks are so cheap right now...that they are incentivized to just pay about four or five star players and have the rest of the team near or at minimum contracts. Under this new CBA this trend is here to stay.
One can see that there is a strong incentive to replace these players if they are not playing as a star player:
WR: Bowe, Avery, AJ Jenkins
DB: Flowers, Sean Smith, Berry
LB: Hali, Mays, DJ,
DL: Devito,
RB: jamaal Charles
QB: Chase Daniel
K: succop
TE: Anthony Fasano


Thus the 2014 needs in preparation for 2015 are:

2-3 WR
2-3 defensive backs
1 OLB
2 ILB
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #17
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If OT/OG Brandon Thomas is there in the 5th, good god take him!! Redshirt and train him for 2015, he's easily good enough to challenge the starters.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:48 AM   #18
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If OT/OG Brandon Thomas is there in the 5th, good god take him!! Redshirt and train him for 2015, he's easily good enough to challenge the starters.
I somewhat agree, but the chiefs only have 6 draft picks and really cant afford to spend 1 of those on a "redshirt" player.

Teams like the 49ers who have a ton of picks can do such a thing (as they have done in the past with Latimore).
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