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The FUTURE: From Albert to the Two Tylers

Draft needs

1. DE (early rounds) We have 6 sacks.  Clearly we need a premium pass rusher.  There are some tall, athletic guys in the draft (e.g., Michael Johnson, Brian Orapko.)  Let’s get the right one.  That is, someone who is going to come in and actually shine in his first year on the Chiefs defensive line.  (Unlike Dorsey, McBride, Tyler, Johnston.)  Mmmmm…… My crystal ball sees us starting McBride and Hali again next year and rotating this guy in on passing downs.

2. LB (early rounds)  This is our weakest position on the team.  We need two new starters to complement Derrick Johnson (a serviceable player who is never going to be “The Man”.)  One of the top LBs in the mock drafts – James Laurinaitis or Rey Maualuga – would be a great addition.  Lucking out with a mid-round pick at LB as well would be even better!

3. QB (early-to-mid rounds)  We need competition at QB.  Competition for the starting position, at least nominal competition.  Plus depth; Huard, Croyle, or both are out of here.

4. OT (early-to-mid rounds)  We need a replacement on the right side of our offensive line.  Either tackle or guard.  They are both bad, but McIntosh costs more than Jones so a new right tackle sounds good.

5. OG (early-to-mid rounds)  See above.

6. WR (mid-to-late rounds)  Bradley is a serviceable 2nd or 3rd wide receiver.  Finding a deep threat to complement Bowe and push Bradley/Franklin for serious playing time sounds fantastic.  However, it is highly unlikely this late in the draft.  Nevertheless, we can dream.  Okay, let’s be realistic: a 4th or 5th WR who makes a noticeable dent on special teams.

7. RB (mid-to-late rounds)  The Larry Johnson Era is coming toward an end.  Really, we need special teams help.

7. LB (mid-to-late rounds)  Our weakest position.  Our defense is worse than our offense.  Our special teams are really really bad.  A linebacker would help all of that.


Really, I’d like to see us trade down for a mid-1st round pick, and gain a 2nd and a 4th in the process.

 

Free agent signings

DE

LB

QB

OL

 

New starters

Yes: DE (replacing Hali)

Yes: LB (replacing Thomas, MLB)

Yes: LB (replacing Edwards, OLB)

Maybe: OT (replacing McIntosh)

Or: OG (replacing Jones)

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Youth development (after this season)

6 in defensive backfield:

Flowers 2nd season

Carr 2nd season

Leggett 2nd season

Morgan 2nd season

Pollard 4th season

Page 4th season

 

5 on defensive line:

Dorsey 2nd season

Johnston 2nd season

Tyler 3rd season

McBride 3rd season

Hali 4th season

 

5 at offensive “skill” positions:

Charles 2nd season

Cottam 2nd season

Franklin 2nd season

Bowe 3rd season

Tyler 3rd season

 

5 at offensive blocking positions:

Albert 2nd season

Cox 2nd season

Richardson 2nd season

Taylor 3rd season

Niswanger 4th season

 

Plus 6 or 7 draft picks from the class of 2009 that will make the team.

 

That’s at least 27 players in seasons 1 through 4.  More than one-half of the team!

 

Conclusion

Shooting for .500 next year is a lofty target.  Maybe five or six wins next year are realistic.  In 2010, anything is possible.  We have so many darn rookies (and 2nd, 3rd year players) this year, players who have a lot of potential (as well as some question-marks), that projecting beyond next year is pretty tricky.  God bless parity in the NFL.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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