As we roll in to Championship week, once again our Kansas City Chiefs appear to be a lock to win the off-season. This is my first FanPost. I joined Arrowhead Pride in 2009....and 136 mostly sarcastic, unproductive comments later, I have decided to take a shot at contributing a little more to the conversation on AP. You can always tell it has been a tough season when most of the regular season conversation is dominated by draft talk. There is no debating our number one need. The question is how that player becomes the next Chiefs signal caller. Much to the chagrin of many Chiefs fans, it may not come in the first round of the draft this spring.
I have assembled a mock draft that does not include taking a QB with the first pick. For the record, I would be happy a QB....I think Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson both have a chance to be really good players. However, I don't think we are going to draft either of them, at least I don't right now. Alot will happen to shape peoples opinions about the players available to us between now and April. The East-West game, the Senior Bowl, free agency, and of course the Combine will all shape the topography of the draft. Your opinion, and mine, will probably change several times based on what we learn about these kids.....or at least it should.
My mock draft assumes the following. Matt Flynn will be a Chief. Dwayne Bowe is signed to a long term deal. Dustin Colquitt is franchised. Branden Albert is lost to free agency, and Glenn Dorsey is released. Obviously I'm not an insider, but I can see it playing out this way. So without further adieus....the pick is in, and Roger Goodell approaches the podium. "With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select......."
R1:P1 - Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
Andy Reid values offensive linesman, and with the new rookie wage scale, Joeckel will be less of a cap hit than signing the often banged up Brandon Albert to a long term deal. The Texas A&M product has drawn comparisons to Jake Long and will have a pro-bowl career according to most scouts.
R2:P34 - Ryan Nassib, QB Syracuse
For the second time in his coaching career, Andy Reid looks to an athletic signal caller from Syracuse. The 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete has a live, accurate arm, and has the gray matter to run Andy's offense. If he makes it past Buffalo at nine, I expect him to be available at the top of the 2nd round. If Jacksonville doesn't take him with the 33rd overall, he's the pick.
R3:P63 - Traded to Seattle for Matt Flynn.
R3 - (Compensatory pick for Brandon Carr) - Jamar Taylor, CB Boise State
They say you can never have enough quality DB's. Rumors will swirl about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but even if the Chiefs pick him up in free agency, at the end of the 3rd round, Taylor could very well be the best player available, and with Manning and Rivers in the division....like I said, you can't have too many.
R4:P96 - Tavarres King, WR Georgia
This guy is a certifiable field stretcher, averaging 22.6 YPC on his way to nearly 1000 yards and 9 touchdowns. Oh yeah, and he did it in the SEC. Versus Alabama in the SEC Championship game, he had 5 catches for 142 yards....a ridiculous 28.4 YPC.
R5:P127 - Kevin Reddick, ILB North Carolina
Reddick is a physical specimen. Described by scouts as an impressive athlete and physical tackler. His draft stock has dropped him from a projected 1st day selection to a middle to late round pick due to inconsistent effort late in games, and when the play doesn't come straight at him. It was also noted by CBS Sports that the perceived lack of effort could be fatigue due to the fact that he is on the field on nearly every defensive snap. 1st day talent, could be a bargain at the top of the 5th.
Entering the 2012 season, Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o was the consensus No. 1 player at his position for the 2013 NFL Draft. But \Reddick wasn't far behind in most rankings. While Te'o has lived up to his high-billing and just about cemented his first round value, Reddick has done the opposite. - Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
R6:P160 - Eric Martin, DE Nebraska
A former linebacker moved to DE, he had 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss in 2012. Regarded as one of the most formidable defensive players in the Big Ten.
R6:P - Compensatory pick for McClain/Orton - Cierre Wood, RB Notre Dame
In 2012, Wood ran for 760 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per touch. Scouts describe him as a balanced runner with great feet, that's hard to tackle. Peyton Hillis won't be invited to return next season. Cierre Wood could compete for playing time with Draughn and play on special teams.
R7:P191 - John Boyett, FS Oregon
If you watched a lot of Pac12 football last year you may know this kids name. He's a hard hitting, tackling machine. Always around the ball. He led Oregon in tackles in 2011, but didn't play a down in 2012 due to surgery on both knees. The surgeries were not the reconstructive type, and won't keep him from playing at the next level. It does keep him, however, from being selected anywhere near where his talent alone would justify. If he goes undrafted, he will have teams lining up to get him into camp as an undrafted free agent.
Thank you, AP readers, for taking the time witness the cherry popping of my fan-postery. Feedback welcome.