KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Offensive tackle Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs blocks linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during the first half on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Denver defeated Kansas City 17-10. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Tyson Jackson, Eric Berry and Jonathan Baldwin most likely would have been their first-round picks in the last three drafts no matter who was going to coach him. The process behind choosing this year's top pick isn't any different.
"It's an organizational philosophy and it doesn't change from person to person," said Pioli, as always very much in charge of the Chiefs' draft. "... there's going to be a way that we're going to build this franchise. ... If you don't have a core structure and you change things based on certain dynamics, you're setting yourself up for failure.
If Kalil isn't selected by the Vikings, our sources tell us the Chiefs (who own the 11th overall pick) will attempt to trade up to obtain him. Kansas City recently signed former Texan Eric Winston to play right tackle and have 2008 first-round pick Branden Albert at left tackle. Albert is solid but not great and has only one year remaining on his contract. In 2012, Kalil could take over at left tackle, which would allow the Chiefs to move Albert to guard.
2012 NFL Draft Countdown: SN's No. 4 Prospect USC OT Matt Kalil from SportingNews
While the Chiefs haven't exactly been overwhelming in the past decade - they did make the playoffs two years ago, but other than that it's been a dry run - at least their offer of hope is more tangible than that of the fraudulent Royals, whose core of young players has crumbled under the pressure of too high of expectations.
The reason we bring up the Chiefs is that their 2012 regular-season schedule was released this week and from all indications, the gloom-and-doom of the baseball season could bleed over to football.
Chiefs' Schedule Not Promising from The McPherson Sentinel
Sunday, Dec. 9, Kansas City, 1 p.m. The Chiefs are sky high to play against the team from which their coach, Romeo Crennel, drew paychecks during a largely forgettable four-year run. But the Browns spring a surprise, damaging K.C.'s playoff hopes. Browns 17, Chiefs 16. Record: 5-8
A Closer Look At The Browns' Schedule from The Dayton Daily News
Shortly following the draft there was credible information coming out of Kansas City saying the Panthers and Chiefs had a trade agreed to that would have had Carolina move up to the 5th overall pick to select QB Matt Ryan, however the Falcons surprisingly selected him 3rd and Carolina waited. Fast forward four years and if that trade took place it's likely John Fox is still the head coach, and we'd never gotten Cam Newton. It's remarkable to think about.
How The Panthers Should Learn From Others - 2008 Draft from Cat Scratch Reader
Kansas City Chiefs veteran defensive end Tyson Jackson reduced his scheduled base salary for this year from $8.05 million to $4.25 million, a league source confirmed.
Of that figure, $4 million is fully guaranteed for skill, injury and cap.
The former first-round draft pick from LSU can make another $500,000 in 2012 through playing-time incentives.
Tyson Jackson Restructures Contract from Scout.com