There is this movie that I fell in love with when I was younger, The Right stuff. This movie was about the breaking of the sound barrier by Gen. (Ret) Chuck Yeager, the original Apollo crew and the space race. This movie had an inside joke or phrase throughout t the movie which started in Ponchos’ Happy Bottom riding Club. Poncho said "Whomever breaks the sound barrier first gets a Steak Dinner with all the trimmings compliments of Ponchos’" to which Yeager walked up to the bar and said quite smoothly " I’ll take mine Medium Rare". Another part of the movie was with Gordon Cooper and Gus Grissom in Texas. They were sitting down talking about who’s gone up and all the incentives they had received. Gordo stated "I got a house with furniture $100,000 contract with Time magazine and a steak with all the trimming and I haven’t even gone up yet". If I haven’t lost you yet follow me after the jump.
were looking for the test pilots at Ponchos’ to be a part of the first Apollo Crew they were said to be finding the guys with the "Right stuff". I know all those on the AP sight no where I am going with this. You are correct; "The Right 53". And this applies to all picks, UDFA and FA’s we eventually get (pending CBA) I think an exception might be made for Rogers from Cleveland but that’s not the topic of discussion.,..
You can read that post here .
Now while it was with the fullest intent to write my opinion on a good 3-4 draft picks that should be addressed early with a synopsis that big Beefy Braun types guys are needed for immediate involvement and contribution it was brought to my attention that BEEF is always good but what makes it great is the trimmings.
"Sometimes, just the beef isn’t enough, you need some fixin’s to get the best taste out of your beef :-)." - Falcon MF27
As in the movie and in the first post in my article was gravy boat which would start the wheels in the cranium to turn about the trimmings. Honestly, what is great about a turkey dinner at thanksgiving? Answer: The Gravy, the stuffing, the yams with marshmallows, and even the hunk of mash potatoes with more gravy on it. All of these little trimmings make the meal that much better and the volume of snoring that much louder…
So with all the examples being said I lead you to the trimmings in this draft. Now, bear in mind I am dead set on the beef in the first 3 rounds or even spread out juuuust a little bit. The example of trimmings may be ( and probably will) be a further stretch than my BEEF comparisons. But I do not digress from my take on quality beef picks.
So what goes good with BEEF picks?
The Gravy – A very tasty sauce that adds to the flavor of damn near anything it’s mixed with. And in most instances its requirement to have and what is needed to make the meal that much better! Your Gravy picks will make the BEEF we draft on the Defensive side of the ball will be smooth, seamless and will add to the flavor to the BEEF in the front 7. We picked a nice one last year #29 Eric Berry and even # 21 Javier Arenas. I believe we are good at CB for now and will be looking for a replacement for John Mcgraw.
Your Gravy Picks
Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma –
He will be gone early and if Pioli & Co. want him they will need to get him in the 2nd.
Jermale Hines, SS, Ohio State -
He is a Nickle Package specialist and may be a good option for Mcgraws replacement.
Eric Hagg, FS, Nebraska –
Hagg had a great Senior Bowl practice and Game. He looked solid to me. (Again I’m not a professional scout nor pretend to be one)
The Stuffing – This is a nice added treat for the old turkey you use when cooking it and making it right. I can see the stuffing as something that is directly used by the BEEF. The RB position is your stuffing. We need a nice hunk of stuffing that’s whole purpose of being is blend well with the O-line in blocking and pound that rock through the line for the all purpose 2-3 yards needed to make a conversion of downs.
Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville –
From what I saw at the Senior Bowl he was crushing through players on the opposing Defense. Hes 5-10' 220lbs, a nice big hunk of stuffing.
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin –
He’s another big guy, 6-1' 248lbs. I’m not a Wisconsin Fan or a Wisconsin homer but if we went with 2 O-line BEEF AND a RB from Wisconsin beef all offense that have continuity playing together and it might just mix well.
Vai Taua, RB, Nevada –
5-10' 222 lb Samoan Running Back. From my travels I have met a lot of Samoans and they are generally BIG TOUGH (sometimes a but heavy) hombres.. He just might be a good wrecking ball – side dish of Potatoes – or even a hunk of stuffing for Haley’ Meat and Potatoes offensive theme.
Yams (with delicious lightly golden brown marsh mellows) – This is a center piece item that’s looked for during this smorgasbord of a meal. It smells awesome, looks very appealing to the eye and is the key sugar needed to take that meal to the ultimate level.
The Yams picks are unique. They are needed to help this Team rise to the next tier. Many will argue that a WR is needed early and a QB is needed for a solid back up-potential starter in the future. I believe, IMHO that a WR and QB will be addressed not only in the FA but in the later rounds of the draft.
Your Yams picks
Andy Dalton, QB, TCU – He is a solid player that made his mark early in his collegiate years and has been great for the TCU organization.
Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama – I know what most think......
"Not another Alabama QB ENTER BLASPHAMY HERE ____"
He’s been scouted as a manager type QB and a NFL Back up as well. Time will tell on his future but we do have Guru Zorn to help him along his way.
Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin –
I do not know a lot on this guy other than what I saw at the East West Shrine Game. He didn’t look that impressive to me but I am not a professional scout. If we did go with the Wisconsin beef AND picked up Tolzien that would be 3 players all offense that have continuity playing together and it might just mix well.
** Side note***
And again I’m not a Wisconsin homer (if I had any team Id go for it would be K-State since I’m from Wichita KS) BUT if we picked up 2 O-line guys their RB AND their QB that would be 4 drafted from the Wisconsin Beef Factory area 2 early 2 later rounds. And would definitely serve as a major continuity, familiarization and would have a potential for a good mix for the future.
Greg Little, WR, North Carolina -
Little had a great Senior Bowl practice all week. I don’t remember hearing or seeing him make any plays during the Seniors Game. He looked solid to me. (again I’m not a professional scout nor pretend to be one)
Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State –
Now this guy caught my eye during the Senior Bowl Practice. He caught the ball with his hands and not his body. He seemed quick and smooth on his run routes. I don’t remember him making too many catches during the Senior Game. IMO he is going to be a great pickup for whoever drafts him.
** * Side note ***
I think we will draft a WR in the later rounds and go strong in the FA for a seasoned but not over the hill WR – Breaston or Smith. And have a guy like the aforementioned as a competition piece for the WR Corps. Competition seems to be the key in the mini camps and OTA’s that pushed this year’s Chiefs into player better. This idea is pending possible Lockout/ CBA agreement of course.
In conclusion, this tasty display of trimming would complement the BEEF picks in our upcoming draft. Finding the right side dish to correspond with the main meal of BEEF is tricky but is very important. The players I put down in this article are projected to be available 4th round and beyond (with a few exceptions) and correspond with my BEEF Picks I had written about before.
I will take your thoughts, opinions, comments and enjoy them all – anything to get our minds off of the CBA negotiations….
I believe in the end, no matter what you call it – fixin’s or trimmings - all we really want at the end of the day is a nice plate of Steak plus all the trimmings!
NOW WHOS HUNGRY?!?!