I love the off-season. I love to speculate who the Chiefs will draft. If I'm right, I feel like I was part of the scouting process. I think everybody who loves the off-season as much as I do also plays this game. I have read a lot of articles on here speculating about who the Chiefs will draft with their 21st pick. I'm here to tell you, you have it all wrong.
I don't doubt you will find this prediction bold but only bold predictions can achieve greatness. So let's jump into this deductive reasoning about who and why the Chiefs will select with their 21st pick.
Let's eliminate obvious positions the Chiefs will not be drafting with the 21st pick. Quarterback for one and I think we can all agree on the Secondary (hoping we re-sign Carr). That leaves Linebackers and Defensive Lineman on one side of the ball and pretty much all of the offense. Let's start with the defense.
Most of you are screaming for an OLB or NT. The problem is, most of the talent that will be left with the 21st pick doesn't deserve to be that high. Akeem Ayers and Aldon Smith most likely will be gone and the remaining talent is not near the caliber of Andy Studebaker and where his level of play is at right now. Studebaker showed flashes that he is good in coverage and has speed to get to the quarterback. Let's not forget Cameron Sheffield or Cory Greenwood. The Chiefs might want to give these two youngsters a chance before they add on a franchise LB they might not have even needed in the first place. Therefore, I'm eliminating LB. A nose tackle is simple to dismiss. There simply isn't one worth picking in the first round and I think the Chiefs will address this position, just not with the first pick. So we will rulle out a defensive player.
Now on offense. Of course everybody wants a WR and it's common knowledge that the two worth a first round pick will be long gone by then so let's rule out WR. Next is the OL. Every expert is claiming the Chiefs biggest need is a RT. It's no secret that Pioli thinks he can find OL later in the draft. Hell, Barry Richardson was a sixth round pick (or seventh, I'm lazy) and he was our starting RT who got there from hard work and dedication who also didn't do that bad of a job. I know he got handled against some good defensive linemen but remember, he's still young and is entering his prime. This position will definitely be addressed in the draft, just not the first pick for two reasons. One, the talent left available is not far from the talent projected to go in the second or third rounds. And two, I don't think a rookie selected at that slot can beat out Barry Richardson for the starting job. Remember, they're rookies, they will most likely not impact the team to the point of making the pro bowl. So let's rule out offensive lineman. That leaves Tight End and Running Back. Ruling out a TE goes without saying so that leaves us with a RB. Yes ladies and gentleman, welcome to Kansas City Mark Ingram.
Mark Ingram is the prototypical guy that Scott Pioli drafts. Team Captain, SEC, character, hard work, etc. etc. The Chiefs have a chance to replace Thomas Jones after Jones has passed on his knowledge to Ingram. This guy is simply too good to pass up and the Chiefs know it. One of our weaknesses down the road were 3rd and short. That problem is cured with Ingram in there. Do you think our newly installed "run expert" offensive coordinator wants Mark Ingram? Of course he does and so does Pioli. Ingram will have the chance to tutor under Thomas Jones and eventually replace him to form a running tandem worthy of Superbowl recognition for years to come. Just like they planned to do it. And I promise you, this guy will impact the Chiefs a lot more next year than any remaining OLB, OL,, G, or C left with the 21st pick.
You raise your hands in frustration but I know you secretly agree with me. I wouldn't mind having that guy in our uniform. Would you?