With every day bringing a new announcement from the college ranks, the Chiefs are in prime position at the top of the draft to fill most of our needs with some very good players. Safety, which was a relatively weak position with just the Senior class has now vaulted to prime position with the additions of Morgan Burnett (GaTech), Chad Jones (LSU), Major Wright (Florida) Earl Thomas (Texas) and Eric Berry (Tenn). Wide Receiver is deep as well with the addition of underclassmen Dez Bryant (OSU), Golden Tate (ND), Damien Williams (USC), Demaryius Thomas (GaTech), Dezmon Briscoe (KU) and Arrelious Benn (Illinois). While not as many Junior Offensive Linemen jumped, the ones who did are 1st / 2nd round prospects Brian Bulaga (Iowa), Anthony Davis (Rutgers), Bruce Campbell (Maryland).
This is outstanding news for our Chiefs on two fronts. First, at #5 we should be able to select the top prospect in one of our categories of need (Safety, WR, Oline, Linebacker, NT). Second, with all of these additions some of the players who were expected to go in the first round will fall to the top of the second. In essence, the Chiefs will have the equivelant of two first round picks. A guy like Terrance Cody might drop to the second round because of the increase in first round talent coming in from the underclassmen.
While the Draft is usually a "crapshoot" with some higher picks flaming out and the "steals" of the draft coming later. This draft is gaining some depth that could really make it something special. I love this paragraph from the folks over at Draft Headquarters:
The 2010 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the NFL. The amount of underclassmen that are entering the draft is rising very quickly with still a week left for them to declare. With a possible lockout and rookie wage scale looming, many players in college are under the impression that they need to get what they can while they still can. The depth at some of the positions (wide receiver, offensive tackle, defensive tackle, safety) is something that I haven’t since I started officially scouting since 2007. This is going to be a very fun four months as we get ready for the draft.
We've already started the year strong with the win over Denver and hiring Charlie Weis. Add Romeo to the mix and this should calm some of the concerns that potential Free Agents (the ones that will actually hit the market) might have. Then we can hope that Pioli can work some magic in the draft and the Chiefs turnaround might not be as far off as it seemed when we were praying we would beat Washington.