Okay guys, now before you bestow me the next great General Manager, hear me out. I may be under qualified to hold a HC or FO job for this organization (or not, judging by recent position holders), but I assure you that all my Super Bowl rings speak loudly enough to merit some legitimacy. Hell, I'm already in the HOF on my Madden Career.
Okay, with all kidding aside - I have this scenario that's been playing out in the my head the past couple of hours. If the stars align correctly, it could give us a solid foundation to build a bright future in Kansas City. Ya know, kinda like Oakland thought before they
drafted donated to Jamarcus Russell.
So, putting myself in the position of armchair GM, my goal going into the draft is to trade out of the #1 spot, as far down as we can get. Realistically, pick #10 is realllllly stretching it. But that's the area I'm shooting for, with the stipulation I receive enough ammo to trade back into the lower-middle portion of the 1st round. This, of course, leaves us with 2 first round picks.
So we trade them both for RGIII, set the game on rookie and rewrite the record book. Sorry, Madden logic kicking in.
Now, I realize that the draft is very much so a living, breathing animal. And trying to mock who goes where with what pick is impossible. But my basic idea here is to take a WR with our early pick. If we are taking a receiver in the top 10, we are almost certainly reaching. But sometimes that is the nature of the beast - and reaching isn't always a bad thing if it fills a need. My target is Cordarerelle Patterson. He has decent size and speed, and could fit nicely in a role that stretches the field. WR - Check.
Next, I turn my attention to the QB. With a pick in the lower half of the first round, I set my sights on EJ Manuel. I believe he possesses great tangibles. I love his arm strength and athleticism. His accuracy worries me, but I believe coaching can cure that in time. To me, Manuel is here at the perfect time. As a young, developing QB, he may not scare defenses with the passing game early on. But after watching the success with which Kaepernick, Wilson, and RGIII ran the read-option this year, I find it hard to believe a tandem of Manuel-Charles would be anything less than explosive. Teams would have to stay honest against the run, and that would give Manuel good looks in the passing game as he develops under center. QB - Check.
As for LT, my solution is pretty simple. Slap the tag on Albert, try to get a deal done with him or address the position next year.
Am I way off base here? I have seen some pretty ridiculous draft/trade scenarios proposed on here, I like to think I have a firmer grasp on the reality of the NFL. While nobody would argue trading a young Stanzi for an old Manning (I'm looking at you, Archie) it just doesn't work that way. Thoughts?