I'm going to start off saying a few things that need to be said right off the top. 1. I love TJ he's one of favorite RBs of all time. He is an outstanding leader and has defied all the odds by rushing for 1,000 yards above the age of 30. He was just shy of being one of like 3 I think to do it twice. He is true team player and I wish he could be a Chiefs RB until he was 50, but the reality is that he can't, and what's worse is he really only has 1-2 years left in the tank.
2nd is that this is TEXAN_CHIEF's fault that I am writing this post. If he hadn't brought it up, then there would be no post :-).
3. it would be a good idea to read this article at this link since it is a big part of my argument.
OK so heres my thinking. A lot of people have been saying it would be a bad idea to a RB draft early and that we should draft a late round RB. Well, if you read the article you will see that maybe it's not as easy as it sounds. As, it says in the article, solid starting RBs are not normally found on day 3. I would as far as to say that it is rare. Most of them come in the first 3 rounds. And since we are a run first team I believe that keeping a good set of RBs is a very important thing, and should be considered a high priority. TJ was great in the early part of the season. He was tremendous actually, but as the season wore on Jones did exactly what he did last year, he wore down. He slowly, but surely began to look like 2.7 out there. Now, to all you "hey but he's a great leader and is good for the team" guys (who I agree with) How would you feel if Charles had a season ending injury game 1 of 2011? Would you be confident that down the stretch we were going to have a good running game? I love TJ, but I would think our season was pretty much over from that point. We can't win against teams like GB, PIT, BAL, ect without at least an average run game, and late in the year TJ was well below average. SO what do we do?
We draft an elite back in the early rounds. A guy like Mikel Leshoure, Mark Ingram, or Ryan Williams. A guy that could do good without Charles, and now imagine them together. Some people say "we don't need one THIS year" I agree, but I think it would be better if we did. All the great things everyone says about TJ, and you wouldn't want him to show the new guy a thing or 2 before he retires? Especially a guy like Leshoure, who, imo, is a very similar back. A stout power like back with great agility and elite burst....that sounds like a young TJ to me. How awesome would it be to have not only a young TJ, but one who's a little ahead of the game, because he got to learn from Jones for a couple years. Who wants to be JUST the number 1 rushing team when you could be better. I understand that rushing yards don't win football game, but they sure do help. I wonder if anyone can get a stat that tells you the efficiency of teams that start with 2nd 8 vs 2nd and 6? I bet the 2nd and 6 first down % trumps the 2nd and 8s %. Who knows maybe another back spliting carries increases the life of TJs career by another year. How awesome would that be?
Here are some potential draftees......(mainly my 3 favs)
Mikel Leshoure 6'0 227 lbs. Illinois. Ran for nearly 1700 yards on 281 carries and 17 TDs in 2010. Has been compared to Steven Jackson. Picks up 15-20 yards in a hurry. This guys my fav. Here's some highlights (explicit)
Mark Ingram 5'9 215 lbs. Alabama. Has 572 carries for 3,260 yards and 42 TDs in 3 years at Alabama. Won the Heisman in 2009. Has very solid strength. Has been compared to Emmit Smith. highlights
Ryan Williams 5'9 212 lbs. Virgina Tech. Had a injury plagued 2010, but dominated in 2009 with 1,655 and 21 TDs on 293 carries. Has been compared to Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy. highlights At 8:03 he drags a poor LB like 7 yards into the endzone.
Anyways you guys roll that around a little bit and lemme know what ya think.....GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How would you feel if the Chiefs drafted a RB in the 1st or 2nd round?
Heck yeah (15 votes)
TJ is getting old (12 votes)
As long as he's good (19 votes)
Nope bad idea all the way around (17 votes)
63 total votes