This is my first post on AP, and I want to say that I have read so many opinions on here about what the Chiefs should do. I am not going to go around bashing anyone, because I think that is classless.
On to more important matters concerning the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.
Of course, it will be difficult trying to predict what the Chiefs will do with the Free-Agency, Draft, and what-not. However, it is one of the most fun offseason activities for the fan. Therefore, my first post of Free-Agency and Draft Predictions ever. Enjoy!
Top 4 UFA Targets:
Look for Scott Pioli to aggressively pursue improving the offensive line, starting with the interior. Lilja is undersized and Nicks is a beast and a mauler. He's a perfect fit for a long future with the Chiefs.
I am not the biggest fan of Pouha, but there is likely no long term fix at our NT position in the draft or on our current roster. Pouha gives the Chiefs a solid starter for the right money. I am a firm believer that stopping the run starts at the D-Line, but ends with the LBs. Look for Pioli to draft or sign an ILB in Free Agency to compete or start over Jovan Belcher.
If the Chiefs cannot land Carl Nicks, Ben Grubbs is the next best option. He will cost less than Nicks, and offer better play than either of our current guards. If Pioli could score both Nicks and Grubbs, look for the Chiefs offensive line to quickly ascend to an elite level.
Jackson had a good year coming off of an injury. He won't need a ton of money to be satisfied, and barring injury, he has a ton of upside that would be great for competition amongst the Chiefs LBs.
Soliai would be cheaper than Pouha. However, Soliai isn't as dominant as Pouha. His age is an advantage, and if the Chiefs can't land Pouha, expect them to take a look at Soliai.
11/12. Trade down with Chicago (19 and 50). Chicago takes David DeCastro, G, Stanford.
With the Free Agent acquisition of Nicks and/or Grubbs, David DeCastro's talents are not needed in KC. Pioli pulls off his usual stunt and trades down, stockpiling picks in the 2nd round.
19. Donta' Hightower, ILB, Alabama
With the first selection by the Chiefs, they select a heady, beast of an ILB, who will pair well with DJ. In DJ you have a tackling machine. In Hightower you have a thumper who can come in and help stop the run.
44. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
In the 2nd round, the Chiefs pick up a talented offensive tackle to replace the horrific Barry Richardson. This is also a friendly move for Chiefs C/G Rodney Hudson as the two of them were teammates in college.
50. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Adding depth at the DT/NT position is a must for the Chiefs. With Kelly Gregg most likely retiring, and with the addition of Sione Pouha, Ta'amu can provide solid depth and learn the reigns from a legit veteran like Pouha.
75. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
McNutt is the next Josh Cribbs, except probably a more consistent receiver. McNutt looks like a prime candidate to run all of Daboll's wildcat schemes, and looks like solid WR depth and will provide Jonathan Baldwin with some legitimate competition, making them both better.
107. Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Adcock is one of the most underrated Tackles in this year's draft. The kid is a stud, and the Chiefs would be lucky to land him at such a bargain. He could provide depth at either Tackle position, and potentially compete for starting time in the future.
118. Trade with Cleveland, #171 and 2013 6th Rd. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Isaiah Pead looked very impressive in the Senior Bowl, and will probably be overlooked for a long while. The Chiefs seem to always take a RB in the draft, and this year we actually need one. Pead can be a very good 3rd down back, backing up Jamaal Charles. Obviously, this would bring in competition for Dexter McCluster, who hasn't quite lived up to his 2nd round hype.
138. Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Scott Pioli's token late-round QB comes at pick #138. Still trying to discover the next Tom Brady, Pioli drafts Keenum. I like the pick. Keenum's a good quarterback, and will challenge Ricky Stanzi for the backup QB position.
201. Tysyn Hartman, S, Kansas State
Hartman is a local guy with a strong work ethic and a nose for the football. Reminds me a lot of a younger Jon McGraw, and not just because they both came out of KSU.
206. Chris Galippo, ILB, USC
In all honesty, I don't know a whole lot about this guy. I've merely heard the name "Galippo" here or there. I just know that USC linebackers tend to be pretty good. So, Galippo could be a steal.
And that, in my opinion, is how the Kansas City Chiefs should handle the 2012 Offseason. Let me know what you think!