Digging Around More in the Draft Day Mind of Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs


Courtesy of AP reader soybon

Trying to guess what players teams will draft at the end of April is at best a complete spin of the roulette wheel. That's why all of these mock drafts (ours included) are best used as information conduits about top prospects rather than a specific, pick by pick plan. That's why we're talking about draft trends today, AP readers.

As the vast majority of you already knew, Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli spent 2001 to 2008 in charge of the New England Patriots personnel department. During that time, in case you can't recall, the Patriots were pretty gosh darn good then. Super Bowls and stuff. Pro Bowls even...

As the person in charge of pro personnel, Scott Pioli was heavily involved in the NFL draft. I know Bill Belichick and others were big players in the Patriots draft war room but for now, we're going to try to draw some draft day conclusions about what Scott Pioli may do based on those Patriots' drafts from '01 to '08. More specifically, since this year's draft talk seems to center more on positions than marquee players, let's look at how Scott Pioli drafted by position while he was in New England. Yes, I'm sure this has been done before on AP. But since you're already here, buy the ticket, take the ride.

Eight years of drafting. 67 players drafted. That's our starting point. FIrst, the offense.

1  3 6 4 4

A couple things we can immediately glean from this. First, Pioli isn't likely to chase after too many running backs. Aside from the BPA pick of Laurence Maroney in the first round of the 2006 draft, Pioli hasn't spent higher than a fourth round pick on a running back. It's clear the Patriots were ahead of the league in the running back by committee trend we're seeing now and that Pioli puts less emphasis on the position.

One really interesting stat to me is the six tight ends drafted, with two of those picks coming in the first round. Seems a bit contrary to normal football strategy, no? Is this another indicator that best player available is the draft day mantra in Pioli's head? Perhaps.

Pioli is all over the draft map with his offensive linemen picks. The highest pick was spent on the offensive line was a guard in 2005 (32nd pick of that draft). After that, Pioli picked tackles and guards throughout the draft.

One more interesting aspect of the Pioli Patriot drafts is that half of the six wide receivers taken were drafted in the second round.Two of those players, Chad Jackson and Bethel Johnson, were pretty much busts. The other second round pick, Deion Branch, had productive years in New England and then the Patriots did what they do best and parlayed Branch into a first round pick from the Seahawks.

Okay,  on to the defensive picks.

14 9 4 1 5

Right off the bat I'll mention that Scott Pioli didn't mess around when it comes to defensive ends for the Patriots 3-4 defense. Two of those five DE picks were in the first round and one more was in the second round. On top of that, the one nose tackle pick Vince Wilfork, was also chosen in the first round.

Other than the high priority on defensive ends, there realy isn't anything earth shattering here. Pioli has spread his picks fairly evenly across the positions requiring the most depth and players.

After the jump, I've listed all of the New England Patriots' draft picks from 2001 to 2008 so you can take a look at them for yourself.

Anything jump out at you?

Year Round Pick Player Position
2003 5 164 Dan Koppen C
2007 1 24 Brandon Meriweather DB
2003 2 36 Eugene Wilson DB
2008 2 62 Terrence Wheatley DB
2005 3 84 Ellis Hobbs DB
2001 3 86 Brock Williams DB
2004 3 95 Guss Scott DB
2004 4 113 Dexter Reid DB
2003 4 120 Asante Samuel DB
2008 4 129 Jonathan Wilhite DB
2005 4 133 James Sanders DB
2001 6 200 Leonard Myers DB
2007 6 202 Mike Richardson DB
2006 7 229 Willie Andrews DB
2004 7 233 Christian Morton DB
2001 1 6 Richard Seymour DE
2003 1 13 Ty Warren DE
2004 2 63 Marquise Hill DE
2002 4 126 Jarvis Green DE
2006 6 191 Jeremy Mincey DE
2003 4 117 Dan Klecko DT
2007 4 127 Kareem Brown DT
2006 6 206 LeKevin Smith DT
2003 7 243 Ethan Kelley DT
2006 4 106 Garrett Mills FB
2003 7 234 Spencer Nead FB
2005 1 32 Logan Mankins G
2006 6 205 Dan Stevenson G
2007 7 247 Mike Elgin G
2006 4 118 Stephen Gostkowski K
2001 7 216 Owen Pochman K
2008 1 10 Jerod Mayo LB
2008 3 78 Shawn Crable LB
2001 5 163 Hakim Akbar LB
2005 5 170 Ryan Claridge LB
2007 6 180 Justin Rogers LB
2008 6 197 Bo Ruud LB
2007 7 211 Oscar Lua LB
2003 7 239 Tully Banta-Cain LB
2001 7 239 T.J. Turner LB
2004 1 21 Vince Wilfork NT
2008 3 94 Kevin O'Connell QB
2002 4 117 Rohan Davey QB
2003 6 201 Kliff Kingsbury QB
2005 7 230 Matt Cassel QB
2006 1 21 Laurence Maroney RB
2004 4 128 Cedric Cobbs RB
2007 6 208 Justise Hairston RB
2002 7 237 Antwoine Womack RB
2001 2 48 Matt Light T
2001 4 96 Kenyatta Jones T
2005 3 100 Nick Kaczur T
2006 5 136 Ryan O'Callaghan T
2007 5 171 Clint Oldenburg T
2007 6 209 Corey Hilliard T
2002 1 21 Daniel Graham TE
2004 1 32 Ben Watson TE
2006 3 86 David Thomas TE
2001 4 119 Jabari Holloway TE
2001 6 180 Arther Love TE
2005 7 255 Andy Stokes TE
2006 2 36 Chad Jackson WR
2003 2 45 Bethel Johnson WR
2002 2 65 Deion Branch WR
2008 5 153 Matt Slater WR
2004 5 164 P.K. Sam WR
2002 7 253 David Givens WR
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