Well, I guess this was bound to happen eventually. I mean, I've been lurking around AP forever, not too long ago finally made an account, and actually posted something. That being said, the following is strictly my opinion and should be treated as such. Also, this is my first real post of merit... I totally have the right to make mistakes, typos, and other such errors. Cheers~
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an understatement to say that our Kansas City Chiefs have seen better years; some can even argue that this is the worst Chiefs team to grace (or curse) the field. As things stand, we are prime candidates for the first overall pick in the 2013. I kid you not, folks, this is not a good thing at all. All of you that might be taking solace in the fact we'll have the top pick and have already written off the season, these words are for you...
The first overall pick should/ought be used on the player that will immediately fill the most egregious hole in a key position. This player should be an instant face to a franchise, with all the talent and expectations of the fan base backing this 'chosen one's' every play. Seeing that QB is the biggest issue out of many on our team, an Andrew Luck or a Cam Newton is a prime example of this; you're totally behind them and in return expect them to bring dynamic, positive change to your organization. They are supposed to give you a foundation to build on... they are the sure thing.
I beg the question: what is the sure thing in this upcoming draft, specifically in the QB position? Is there a Geno Smith in our future? Or a Matt Barkley? Is this the kind of quarterback that we need for the Chiefs? Are they the sure thing? I, personally, think not.
As a matter of fact, I think that they are big question marks to be heading into the next level, no matter what the NFL pundits say. They are not an 'Andrew Luck', and frankly, they could end up as like a JaMarcus Russell: a first-overall bust. Okay, that is a little fatalist, but I think you get the picture, here: the number one overall is the one you should have no questions about, and I do not get the feeling that this is a luxury we have in this coming draft.
That being said, I think the Chiefs would be much safer, much happier, with a ten-to-fifteen pick. There will be plenty of talent on the board by that point. They could safely nab Wilson or Bray, etc., and still have a new, potential QBOTF to test drive. But let's be honest here, as we stand, we're at the bottom of the heap...
So, let's suppose that we finish dead last, and do indeed secure that first overall pick. What then? WE MUST TRADE BACK. I cannot stress the importance of this; it is our safest option. The team has too many problems to toss the number one at the not-sure thing. By trading back to the tens-teens, and hopefully getting some picks for it in prime positions, we assure less risk/reward and still have a better play toward filling other problem areas in the team with the extra picks that we get for it (ILB, CB, WR if Dwayne Bowe walks, etc.). But who trades with us? Jacksonville? Arizona? The Jets? Some other QB needy team? None of them are probably willing to sell the farm for the big number one this year. (And yes, I am 99% certain the first overall will be a Quarter Back this year).
Thus, it is my feeling that the first overall pick is not what this organization needs to right itself. We should not encourage this 'let's lose' mentality that has been spread in the fanbase; no 'suck for Luck'-like campaign like we had last year. We should continue to demand excellence from the Chiefs and not be alright with being last in the league. Not only is it a shame to the organization, it hurts us in such an unclear draft class. Yes, the season is marred by a heretofore terrible record, but it is not over yet. We dug the hole, we can climb out of it. Games can be won, players can play better, reputations can be improved, and we have every right to demand that as fans. We are NOT what the record shows and it's time we started acting like it!
First pick in 2013? I'll pass... and the team can send this message this Monday.