As the NFL Draft draws closer and closer it has become increasingly harder to figure out who our pick will be. As I was reading the comments in the 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Pick 50 for the Chiefs I read a comment posted by a non-Chiefs fan that got me thinking about how we view our team and team needs.
More after the jump.The comment that caught my attention was:
I troll around on the KC when Im at work, and the majority of their fans seem completely unaware of their teams needs. What they dont seem to understand is position value, they have needs everywhere. This mock is a perfect example selecting Rondo then Allen.
They have issues at left tackle, even if they dont think they do. Pro haps even worse KC finished second to last in sacks, and they havent taken a pass rusher yet
This is from what I would call an "outsiders" point of view. While I enjoy listening to different peoples point of views on things that interest me (even more so about our beloved Chiefs), I can’t help but wonder who is correct in this specific topic. I spend much of my day reading about the Chiefs in the hours before and after my college classes. While I am no expert, I feel I have an above average grasp on many issues involving our team.
From time to time I find myself wandering around to other NFL team blogs, and keeping as up to date as possible with big news in the NFL but I cannot say I know enough about any other team to suggest I know what their weaknesses may or may not be. As an outsider to those teams, it would be very easy for me to throw my hat into the ring and say what needs to be upgraded. Everyone views the moves made by their team (maybe not every move) as the next big break for their team. For instance, the acquisition of Ryan Lilja and Thomas Jones this offseason. Not only did this seemingly solve our OL issues in the minds of many people but also gave Jamaal Charles the help in the backfield to give us our own "Thunder and Lightning" if you will.
Another thing that has been keeping my mind on this topic is all the speculation on which player we will take in the upcoming draft, increasing with the Bryan Bulaga speculation by many around the NFL. While I have my own opinion on who we will draft and what our team needs are, who knows what Pioli and Co. actually have in mind and I certainly don’t pretend to know.
Many view the Left Tackle position as a position of weakness, mostly those outside the AP community. Others see the problem as having a lack of pass rushing. The list goes on and on. While some see left tackle as a position of weakness, we are able to look at the numbers game by game and see how Albert improved his numbers after changing game weight, offensive lines, playbooks, and blocking schemes. While many see the drafting of Jackson last year as a far reach for a player with little production, we are able to see how his numbers improved at the end of the season and justify that DE and DL have the largest learning curve in the NFL.
While I am not saying that these two players in particular should or shouldn’t be moved, I can’t help but feel that we know more about our team than many other fans and so called "experts." Many of us spend at least two or three hours a day learning more about our Chiefs. These experts or fans from other teams spend what, maybe an hour at best reading about the Chiefs per day? While this may be true, it is important to see things from the other point of view. Do we see the Chiefs how they really are, or do we see them how we hope they are? Are we just wishing the best from Albert and not seeing a seemingly glaring hole as it’s seen by the most of the league, or are we correct in thinking that he has solidified the position?
Once that clock roles around to the Chiefs #5 pick on April 22nd we will know exactly what the Chiefs believe are our most important position of need. We will know if in fact the league is correct in thinking a Left Tackle is needed, whether Pioli really thinks #5 is too high for a safety, if we will make a "safe" pick and what that pick would be, or whether we make what many consider to be a "reach." While many hope we can trade for more picks, I for one just cannot be more excited for a Primetime draft (mixed with some drinking of course). No matter what the Chiefs do I will support the choice, whether it be Byran Bulaga, Rolando McClain, Eric Berry, or any other player or crazy scenario I forgot to mention. Here’s to counting down the next 9 days and few hours of my life!