Since, in a lot of things that Pioli says, he seems to think like me, I'm thinking that maybe he thinks a lot like me. Since I am basically an honest guy, except for a few white lies ("Oh, sure, honey, you don't look fat"), a few exaggerations ("Yeah, sure, I could still suit up and play a few plays for my old high school.") and omissions (No, boss, I'm totally good with that, no problems"), I am basically an honest guy. I think Pioli is too and, unlike Adam Teicher (Bryan Bulaga), I do not believe that Pioli made any attempt to hint at who he would draft (an omission). That would be stupid and of all the things Pioli is he is not stupid. It is therefore my conclusion that except for a few, perhaps, white lies, exaggerations and omissions, Pioli is basically an honest guy and not really a "smokescreen" guy, at least not too often. Let me explain;
Was anyone else struck with the look on Pioli's face when asked about (it's at the very beginning of the video on the mothership) the conversation with Thomas Dimitroff made famous by Peter King? It appeared to me to be astonishment. He looked like a kid who just stole a cookie and Mommy has not yet found out. In other words, he looked like he knew something the reporter did not. Then Pioli stated what should be obvious to us all. He likes "safe picks" at #5, he said, but that is not necessarily dependent on the position, except for KICKERS, but more on the player. As if Adam Teicher knew what Pioli was referring to he then mentioned two guys with CHARACTER issues- Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. Do you know what that tells me? We are not going to draft Dez Bryant at #5. That's all I could get from that! Another indication that Pioli would not be adverse to drafting a safety at #5 was that Pioli said he does not want a plan that is too strict (when talking about whether he was going to concentrate on D or O, since we had already signed a # of O players).
It is entirely possible, with the change of scenery from Boston to KC (where, in my estimation people in KC are generally more honest than Boston) and out from under Bill Belichick, and the atmosphere that Clark Hunt tries to instill here, from his father, that Pioli would,at least, feel more free to be honest here than he was with New England. I do not think he is a big "smokescreen" guy, except for the obvious omission at who he thinks would be there at 5 that he would like- and I am sure he has thought about it many times. Besides, how many smokescreens do you need at #5 when it looks like most of the picks, as Josh Looney says, Bradford, Suh, McCoy and Okung, look to pretty much be in place? Because you really never know what may happen, you still do not want to reveal too much, but why deceive? (Or cultivate the reputation of being a deceiver here in classy KC?)
One clue he gave us involves his salary model for different positions. He only wants to pay so much in salary at each positional group and the only way he would deviate from that model is to re-sign good players. The draft does not involve any re-signings. Under that model we are already paying LT/first round money to Branden Albert, who Pioli emphatically stated is our LT, so why would you draft another T at even more LT/1st rd money? To me, following that model eliminates Russell Okung, should he somehow be available, Bryan Bulaga, Trent Williams, Anthony Davis, or any other T from being drafted at 5. I have heard the suggestion that we might draft Bulaga to be a RT, but that does not fit Pioli's salary model either.
Correctly, Pioli said that, after watching film, that Branden Albert played well his rookie year and improved much in the second half of last year, and also that also improved in the 2nd half. To me, that was a clear reference to all of the offense and the difficulty of switching offenses and OCs in the middle of training camp! Also, remember that O'Call was claimed off of waivers AFTER training camp was over and he had a number of difficult transitions.
Pioli likes Albert at LT, O'Call at RT and suggested that Ryan Lilja will be RG. What does that tell you about drafting for our O-line? It might be simpler to take Pioli on his word, rather than trying to figure if he's lying, where he's lying and deciphering what the alleged lie means.