It's way too early for me to be looking forward to the 2010 NFL Draft. But I can't help myself. So come along, friends, and watch me break down our potential choices for our first round pick.
I honestly believe that we will be picking in the top 10 again next year. You could even say that we will be picking in the top 5 and I wouldn't find that too far-fetched. I actually see the Chiefs picking at the #8 spot in the draft. I hope like hell I'm wrong. I hope we're picking higher. But I just have this feeling that we will be picking at 8 (or around that area).
So, here's my question: if we are at the #8 spot, what exactly do we need? Here are some viable options....
Offensive Tackle. We need more help on the line. Albert's play has been disappointing so far this year. If he doesn't improve throughout the year, I can see him being switched to guard or right tackle. But even if he does improve, then I wouldn't rule out the possibility of getting another offensive lineman.
Defensive Tackle. I'm against this choice but I can see Pioli grabbing a DT. It wouldn't surprise me if he picks Suh from Nebraska (if he's available). He never quits. He does an excellent job and stuffing the run and getting to the quarterback. He seems to be everywhere on the field. If we selected him I'd be okay with that.
Running Back. I know it sounds crazy but if he's a game changer (ex. Adrian Peterson), then we should get him. LJ is barely averaging 2 yards per carry. Our other backs aren't dazzling me either. The O-line hasn't helped the run game much, but it's clear that we could still use an upgrade. Remember: if we get a RB in the first round, I expect him to be a game changer. If he's there, go get him!
Linebacker. Any LB spot is fine with me. We could certainly use some more help up the middle. I don't see Derrick Johnson back in KC next year. And even though I like Vrabel, he's in the final year of his contract and I don't see him staying in KC. So I would not be opposed to an OLB either. Anything to help improve the depth of our LB corps will be appreciated.
Safety. I know this also sounds crazy. Safety isn't a pressing need for us right now. But there is a lot of love out there for Eric Berry (Tennessee) and Taylor Mays (USC). Mike Brown isn't scaring any QB and Page could be gone next year too. If one of those guys could be our version of Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu, I'm all for it.
I know that some of these choices don't make sense. I am also aware that its still October and a lot could change over the course of the season. But hey, anything can happen....