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Draft Strategy

So as an obssessed Chiefs fan, I have spent several hours assessing our needs and how we could potentially fill them. After looking at mock drafts, I feel pretty comfortable that I have come up with the perfect draft strategy. Obviously we all know that we have needs at wide receiver, nose tackle, OLB, and offensive line. I have devised a draft strategy based upon meeting multiple team needs with keeping the talent spread evenly throughout. Before I state who I prefer for the first choice in the draft, I want to go through rounds 2 and 3 of the draft. Our offensive line needs attention. Our starting center will be 38 in four months. Waters is 34. A potential prospect that I think may be there with the 23rd pick in second round is Rodney Hudson. Here is a link on Hudson http://www.o-lineworld.com/profiles/blogs/rodney-hudson-evaluation-cg. Do I need to justify why we need a center this high? We all know how disastrous not paying attention to the O-line can be. The offensive line affects every aspect of offensive productivity. Rodney Hudson has the projected skill set to be the best center at what we do, who can pull and do very well in the zone blocking scheme. Although this does not cover right tackle, or left tackle if you are not sold on Branden Albert, it is a significant investment considering our other team needs. And really center is arguably our most pressing need. No 38 year old man should be the starter. Another prospect worthy of consideration is WR Austin Pettis. He is a reciever that would aid Cassell in dominating the first ten yards off of the line of scrimmage. The bigger bodied, short pass and make a play possession type. However I believe that Hudson is the smarter pick here because the center position has limited prospects, and not having a center will hurt the passing game as well. Round 3. NT Kenrick Ellis. http://draftace.com/blog/2011/03/26/kenrick-ellis-scouting-report/ Ellis is a monster. His knack isn't getting into the backfield, but seems to have the potential to clog the middle and make our run D stifling up the middle. McShay thinks Ellis may be one of the steals of the draft. Forget about Phil Taylor. Ellis could potentially eclipse Taylor's run stuffing production. I don't feel that we need to rely on our NT to disrupt the pocket. I have plans for that later. Plan B - If Ellis is not available another possibility is WR Tandon Doss. Doss is a another big body possession reciever. The scouting reports that I have read all indicate that he is a complete receiver with the exception that he lacks elite speed. Great hands, route running, downfield blocking. A solid short to mid range target with size. And the guy also he finished 4th in the country in all purpose yardage. Many people want the chiefs to stretch the field with a burner but if Cassell had another reliable possession receiver, I think that would help Bowe and the ground game out alot. Round 1. OLB Justin Houston. http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2758 He is bigger and faster than Ayers. He had 44 quarterback hurries and 10 sacks in 2010. Pressure problems solved. He may not be great in coverage, but our awesome secondary, with competent cover safety Eric Berry should be able to cover his man in the .2 seconds it takes him to sack Phillip Rivers. Now we have successfully filled most of our glaring needs, with the exception of wide reciever. I tried, but there is only so much talent in the draft. This is where free agency comes in. A couple of ideas I really like are: stealing Malcolm Floyd or Vincent Jackson from the Chargers. Both are free agents and It would be nice to swipe some of the dwindling talent off of the Chargers. Plus it would feel even better seeing Rivers throw a fit when its his own boys scoring the touchdowns. Braylon Edwards is also a free agent. I know Pioli is a long term build through the draft guy, but I think throwing a 1st rounder on the scrap heap may be worth it to give us a real 2nd receiver this year. So, I have covered NT, OLB, addressed the O-line, and brought a receiver in. Anyway feel free to mock my mock draft. Go Chiefs!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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