The NFL combine, the Pro days and the NFL draft embossed with the start of the NFL season Free Agency and list of trades that will undoubtedly flood AP are upon us. As a Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan we had 2 great weeks of news.. We were in the spot light and then back into the depths of no news coverage I'm fine with that. Though I was very excited about the Shields - Myers trade (though I'm kind of bummed about it) this is not the proper forum. As far as our beloved Chiefs are concerned I remember sitting in my truck yelling out loud hearing 610 report that Pioli was gone and being looked at like a crazy.. In addition to the hiring of Andy Reid. Now that that limelight is gone and the luster has settled and the debates of who is #1 and hearing the pundits say no QB is worth number 1 overall KC is picking a Offensive Tackle... NO they are drafting OLB Jarvis Jones and trading Tamba.. NO they are drafting Star Letliolluiee-(however you spell it)... I, personally, am more interested in the depth picks of this year's draft, which I like to call the back 9 of the draft.
GM Dorsey (GMD) and the rest of the brain trust have a knack of drafting quality players as back up players. Its something that has made Green bay competitive; one prime time player goes down and then the 2nd string dude becomes a pro bowler type. It's their system their model. I am hoping that over time GMD will build that within our organization. We do have core nucleus of good/borderline great players, however no championship team is elite with a solid supporting cast. I consider this back 9 of draft picks from picks 4-7.
My thought process on this is the boom or bust rate of players. This is where the rubber hits the road and there are either hits or misses. This year as a good crop of players that would be 1-2 round picks but due to issues off the field, injures or a year of a bad season of play they have dropped.
We have seen players that have had issues mentioned above become starters, turn around their careers or become UDFA superstars. I truly believe that the failure of Pioli's picks over the last 4 years has more to do with quality players in the 4-7 range than the 1-3 studs of the draft class. That may or not be debatable with the rest of you but this is my thoughts written down and as usual am open to criticism and debate.
Players of interest In the 4-7 range in which I believe that are worth targeting due to availability and need are the following. The projected information on HT/WT projected 40 times and round taken are based off of walterfootball.com.
4th Round Tyrann Mathieu*, CB/S, LSU
Height: 5-9. Weight: 175.
Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
Projected Round (2013): 4-6.
This kid screwed up. He got into drugs went to rehab and tried to get right. Prior to him getting into troubled he was a Ball Hawk. He plays with tenacity and is great jumping at the ball. He his undersized and a bit small but he is a game maker with a chance to be a game changer in the right supporting cast of a team's secondary. I read an article in Sports Illustrated about him after getting in trouble and his father's history of the same trouble. If I remember correctly he is incarcerated. It was a good read and worth researching if you guys are interested in his back ground story. Was a good PR move? Yes. No one here is perfect and this is America jack everyone deserves a second chance. And Andy Reid has given those second chances before- see Michael Vick.
5th Round - Marcus Lattimore*, RB, South Carolina
Height: 6-0. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2013): 5-FA.
Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina: Before this hard working RB became injured the first or second time he ignited the SEC with his stellar play from his freshman year as a gamecock. I remember watching a SC game early freshman year and he was flashing a bulldog running style with flashes of JC speed. I remember thinking this kid along with JC would be a perfect fit. He had 2 devastating injuries and though he overcame the first the second came just recently. Now with the rehab of Adrian Peterson and his quick return I believe this kid deserves a chance to be paired with the nest the NFL has and Kansas City is the perfect spot for him to rehab and have no pressure to be an immediate impact player that he will become in the future.
6th Round Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2013): 5-7.
Now I will admit I am a Notre Dame fan. This kid is a solid player he still tackles with proper technique and seldom does the arm tackle let me strip the ball and make a play tackle as we see so much in today's NFL. We have Berry, we have Macenzie who is an unknown we have Veteran Elam and Kendrick Lewis. Adding another player to the mix never hurts and Id rather go for solid players than hopeful WR or TE's with this pick.
7th Round - Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2013): 7-FA.
Jordan Rodgers - QB Vanderbilt: Why? Because of his bloodline and it's a 7th round pick. Why the heck not. He may have the same abilities of his bigger brother. Or he may just be a Camp Fodder and next year's Alex Tanney. I haven't seen him play at all and he may in fact suck worse that Brode Croyle but with an Organization that lacks anything resembling a QB on this current roster I am more inclined to flyers on QB's in the late round; it beats picking a DT named Long or TE named O'Connell.
7th Round (b) - Sam Schwartzstein, C, Stanford
Height: 6-3. Weight: 290.
Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
Projected Round (2013): 5-7
He played with Andrew Luck handing him the pigskin and blocked the middle well enough to keep him upright and dealt with him rubbing on his nuts for a few years.. ok that was an attempt to be funny. As the aforementioned QB I would hope that the Brain trust would look at C/G position in the late rounds rather than waste t on another pick that won't amount more than another camp fodder. As we have seen you can never have too many O-line guys in your "bull pen" waiting to go. I can see KC going this way if they don't look for a G/C in the earlier rounds.
This may go unnoticed or it may cause a lot of back lash but it's this Bloggers opinion that with this year's draft there are some quality players and former 1st rounder's in this draft that can be had in the later rounds. So instead of debating who's the sex number 1 overall pick or if we are going after Vick or trading for Alex Smith I decided to write this little ensemble to stir the conversation. Let me know what yall think,
Stay Classy Kansas City