And I like Scott, I do. And I know what most of you are thinking, "this roster is much better than it was when he got here." This is true, but lets think about this statement. Was it difficult to improve that roster four years ago? The answer is a resounding NO. He took one of the worst rosters in the league and improved it. Not to mention the fact that the roster was bound to improve by the nature of the player's development before Scott got here. This is a piece on draft and team management philosophy. I intend to prove that the conventional wisdom of building a team through the draft from the inside out is flawed. Teams should be built through the draft from the outside in and I will explain after the jump.
The idea that you build your team through the draft from the trenches outward not only puts your team at a high risk of failure, it does not make sense from a business standpoint either. As we Chiefs fans are all too familiar, drafting 0-tech, 3-tech, 5-tech, whatever-tech defensive lineman with high first round picks puts the team and ultimately, the player at a higher risk of failure. The chances this defensive lineman lives up to his draft status are so small, it is really unfair to him. So, how can we mitigate this risk? For one, stop drafting them this high. Draft players in rounds 1-2 that have a higher rate of success in those rounds. Positions like CB, S, LB, WR, RB, and to some extent QB. Players from these positions are coming out of the college ranks more ready to play week one than ever before. Yes, the developmental QB is dead!!!!! Get used to it.
Where do we find players to fill the trenches, you ask? Quite simply, free-agency! The price for quality, veteran, and most importantly, PROVEN defensive lineman is far less than paying for quality CB, WR, LB (or 4-3 DE). Then continuously rebuild the outside through the draft. Does this mean you never draft an interior d-lineman? Absolutely not, you need depth at the position. I am only suggesting we stop drafting them anywhere in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.
This idea will obviously be met with some resistance. In particular, "but pro football focus says we have two of the highest rated 5-thechs." Who cares what pro football focus says? How many playoff wins has that gotten us? What was our ranking against the run last year? How well are projecting it to be this year? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Please stop drafting Ryan Sims, Junior Siavvi, Turk McBride, Tank Tyler, Glenn Dorsey, Alex Magee, Tyson Jackson, and Dontari Poe in the first couple rounds.