In the wonderful world of AP we have been sitting stagnant on news. Sure, we have little tid-bits here and there ranging from the CBA and a possible lockout to the Re-signing of our beloved Chiefs players... Tamba Hali, Shaun Smith ect.., or the rumors and on occasion we even get news that we are waiting for (Mr Zorn coming to KC) BUT we all love a draft opinion or plan of action. And for myself I like Beef, more after the jump....
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Websters defines beef as the following;
n. pl. beeves (bvz) or beef
1. a. A full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow, especially one intended for use as meat. b. The flesh of a slaughtered full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow.
2. Informal Human muscle; brawn.
3. pl. beefs Slang A complaint. intr.v. beefed, beef·ing, beefs Slang To complain.
beef up Informal To make or become greater or stronger: beef up the defensive line. ( I editied this part)
Now I would like to take the time and say I am no expert nor do I pretend to be. I am simply giving you a good idea of what the Draft should be like if I had Scott " The Don" Pioli for 5 mins in his War Room. IMO we need 2 types of beef the grade "A" Black Angus & the Texas Longhorn.
THE BLACK ANGUS
Black Angus cattle are a beef breed of cattle raised for the production of meat. They are so good at what they do as a breed (creating the ultimate beef production herd) that they are often called "the business breed.
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The Beef type players we need have to be of the caliber of the Back Angus; The players we draft need to be of the highest caliber, not a late round edition. Drafting quality not quantity will improve our team’s performance on both sides of the ball. IMO, I believe that the following positions have to be addressed early in the draft, regardless of which method used (BPA or Positional needs). And the player/position we draft has to follow with the definition of the Black Angus (some parts)
They are so good at what they do as a breed ..... that they are often called "the business breed.
The Black Angus Beef = C, NT, OT
Center - Thus guy is the anchor of the O-line and we need a Quality guy here to help us on this side of the Business. Having a Quality type player, ready to start, will improve our rushing/passing game overall. Wiegmann is aged, and though I love what he's done, we have to replace him now.
Tim Barnes , C, Missouri
Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU
Kris O'Dowd, C, USC
Nose Tackle - This guy is the Anchor of our 3-4 Scheme Defense we run. He is there at the Point of Attack, the very tip of the spear of our D.
Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss
Offensive Tackle - We have to have a guy here that is going to be Quality from day one. Whomever we draft has to be the guy to watch the QB's backdoor.
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
TEXAS LONG HORN
After researching the Texas Long Horn I found this information and pasted the following descriptions in this article.
While they originated in the West, Texas longhorn cattle are highly adaptable to other environments. The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America states that the breed "thrives in climates from the hot, damp coastal regions to the harsh winters of Canada." This means that any farmer or rancher with sufficient land area in North America can raise Texas longhorn cattle. The cattle are hardy and can graze on a wide variety of grasses and herbage.
Does this make you think of what a Pass Rushing OLB is adapting to his environment, blocking schemes an play formations to meet the end goal..
The cattle also are known for their intelligence. Ranchers say that they are easy to train and to work with. Texas longhorns can be trained to pull carts and wagons, and can even be ridden. They are described as "persistent," and can be stubborn but are also easily taught a basic vocabulary and respond well to commands once trained.
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Now this might be a stretch, but then again this whole article has the "stretch-i-ness" given the relations from cattle to football players....
They are described as "persistent," and can be stubborn but are also easily taught a basic vocabulary and respond well to commands once trained.
Persistent, relentless, stubborn (in such a way that they wont be stopped), overall Intelligence (reading schemes knowing when to pursuit and when not to pursuit) is/are the traits we need to look for in a complimentary OLB we need to draft to aid Tamba Hali.
The Texas Longhorn = OLB & ILB
Now we have Tamba Hali who has grown into a pretty darn good pass rusher but we have to have his complimentary guy. Though I may get some backlash for the comparison, drafting a OLB for Tamba is like having Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas. Though Tamba is not on the same caliber as our fallen hero DT, he needs his Neil Smith to take our Defensive pass rush back to its former version.
Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas
Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona
Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma
Beef is what we need to focus on. WR, FB, RB QB, S those positions that we are need of depth should be dealt with in the FA. I believe that we have weakness in depth, and in positions in all areas of our team. BUT we have to build for the future and the game starts with the trenches. We need new BEEF in the lines that are not aged old men, but younger QUALITY guys that will fill the lines for years to come.
The Draft, FA, & UDFA is a game of Chess no Checkers. We have to think 5 steps later instead of doing what other teams have done, which is to buy their way into the Super Bowl or possible contention (i.e. Haynesworth - Redskins... or how the Broncos current affairs are..ect )
In closing I do not have a by round player draft selection, I only have the positions we should draft ( in no particular order)
NT,C, OT, OLB, LB
And the players we select need to be of the highest Quality and Calibur. By definition #2 & beef up Informal
2. Informal Human muscle; brawn. beef up Informal To make or become greater or stronger: beef up the defensive line. ( again..I editied this part)
This may not be a sexy draft if we do go for the Beef but look below;
So with that being said, we have to draft Grade "A" Black Angus and the Texas Longhorn beef...we have to get the beef.
Now whos hungry?!