"A fool returns to his folly."
It's hard to say that the Alex Smith trade is a good or bad decision. We will know that when we get four or five games into the 2013-14 season. However, I find it incredibly bold of the new brass to essentially repeat the ways of the no-good-used-up-thrown-in-the-garbage brass. Bold. Or stupid. Take your pick. I will leave it as an option in my disposition, because the guys upstairs know what they are doing, and, well, I don't.
All that to say, I am disappointed that the new brass has taken the same shortcut the old brass did. It frustrates me as a fan. I'm 23. Just turned it today. I find that as I get older, the more frustrated I get with this team. I find that there's a certain "adulthood" plateau of wisdom that people get to, and some inevitably are wiser than others, some are just stupid people and don't know what a plateau is and don't know to look for it. As a 23-year old I find it hard to believe that repeating the same process that the old regime went through is in any sort of way a good idea. It seems like everybody in the NFL is trying to catch lightning in a bottle, thus forsaking the tradition of building a football team from the ground up at every position. For some odd reason, it appears that John Dorsey and Andy Reid have fallen prey to this foolish thinking. As a result, we have another trade of a high 2nd round pick for somebody else's backup QB that they don't need anymore. So, as a fan, I am disappointed. In life, you don't take shortcuts. There is no substitute for hard work, effort, initiative, and responsibility. It is the same in the NFL.
I understand their thinking, though. Win as soon as possible and hit the ground running. Alex Smith has won some big games with a pretty great football team. There is a big difference between the 49ers and the Chiefs, though. Time will tell what he does in these new shades of Red and Gold.
I know it is still early for Mock Drafts, really. Free Agency has not even begun, so very much of what we interpret as need could be filled by Draft Day.
Pre-mock draft insights: I believe that the Chiefs will target a FA cornerback like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Sean Smith. So, I do not have them taking a CB. The same goes for ILB. I would love to see Danelle Ellerbe in a Chiefs uniform beside DJ, even though that may not be likely.
2013 Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft 1.0
1. Luke Joekel, T, Texas A&M
As much as I hate this. I think it is somewhat likely. And, because I know of no other real possibility, I put Joekel to the Chiefs No. 1 overall.
Also for consideration here: Bill Williamson's suggestion of the Chiefs trading back from 1 to 9 with the Jets for Darrele Revis and the #9 pick is mighty intriguing, and would solidify our defensive backfield. If this is the case, I like Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon, Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma, or even Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas, here.
2. Traded for Alex Smith.
Players I would have loved here: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame; Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State; Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
3. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
I think Landry Jones will slide this far, and I think the Chiefs would be wise to take him here. With Alex Smith out of the market, there are not any more QBs worth wasting money on in FA. So, Landry Jones presents Andy Reid with a project in the wings, and a backup quarterback that is better than the only Chiefs QB on contract, Ricky Stanzi.
4. Brian Schwenke, C, California
I watched Schwenke in the Combine, and was thoroughly impressed with his athleticism and size. He's a bowling ball of a man, and would be a great addition as depth to our offensive line. We would have two guys who can play C/G, and that is valuable to saving space on the roster.
5-7. An assortment of bottom-feeder skill position players per the usual.