The new brass at One Arrowhead Drive have fell in love with the phrase 'The Best Player Available' when it relates to the up coming No. 1 Overall Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Andy Reid has stated on numerous occassions that the Chiefs will not reach for a player. John Dorsey has been well documented as only taking the best player available no matter what the current needs are for the team. The question I want to propose is how do you as Andy Reid & John Dorsey evaluate 'The Best Player Available' when you know the true value of a good signal caller? Lets take a look at two major selections of these two gentlemen leading the Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid drafted Donavan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft on a team that was 'QB needy'. McNabb was drafted after Tim Couch but before 11 other future Pro Bowlers in the first round that year.
When Donavan McNabb was drafted, many Eagles
fans booed the selection, believing that the Eagles should draft Ricky Williams
. So Andy Reid has drafted against the 'fan favorite', but to select a QB who was not the 'Best Player Available'. This should give Chiefs fans confidence in the up coming draft considering the Kansas City Chiefs need a quarterback.
Did Scott Pioli ever pick the best player available? With the exception of Eric Berry
, Scott Pioli never selected the best player available or the fan favorite, but instead reached for players to fill a need (not the biggest need) for the Kansas City Chiefs.
John Dorsey helped the Green Bay Packers
draft Aaron Rodgers
with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft when the Green Bay Packers didn't need a quarterback. The selection of Aaron Rodgers shocked all Packers fans after a season that ended with the Green Bay Packers ranked 25th in team defense. The entire Green Bay fan base debated over needs ranging from safety, linebacker, offensive guard, and even tightend, but the Packers selected Rodgers ahead of Pro Bowlers Heath Miller and Logan Mankins
. The value of a good quarterback is observed in the actions the new Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey.
Now, I think Andy Reid & John Dorsey truely want to follow the 'Best Player Available' philosophy, but their past shows the value of the quarterback position carries more weight. I know these gentlemen will get the best value from the No. 1 overall draft pick for the Kansas City Chiefs. So where can the best value be attained from the No. 1 draft pick? Will the Chiefs select Geno Smith out of need even though he is a mid- to late first round pick? Will the Chiefs draft Luke Joeckel because he is the 'Best Player Available' on most NFL Draft big booards? Or Damontre Moore? Or will Andy Reid & John Dorsey trade back to stock pile picks? We will know in 99-days who the best player available really is for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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