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3/14/13 MOCK DRAFT OPEN THREAD: FREE AGENT FRENZY!!!

The last one fell off the recommended column so I figured I'd put up another one. My goodness what a trip in free agency right? Here's a quick re-cap

RECENT SIGNINGS

Alex Smith, QB

John Dorsey and Andy Reid confirm the obvious. Smith is our starter this season, cross Geno Smith off the list
Chase Daniel, QB
Surprisingly, Daniel's hefty contract costs less than 800K against the cap. Good deal Dorsey.
Donnie Avery, WR
Avery comes in presumably to be the Chiefs #2 option. Anthony Fasano, TE
Solid blocking TE with very sure hands, Ideal #2 guy IMO
Mike Devito, DE
A better fit than Glenn Dorsey at a cheaper price. Has a few years left in his prime to boot. Another solid move
Sean Smith, CB
Is this guy Routt or Carr? Make no mistake about it Smith was brought in to be the #2 CB but can he do it? There's very good arguments for both haters and homers with this guy
NOW "FORMER" CHIEFS
Glenn Dorsey to San Francisco
I hope Dorsey is used effectively in San Fran. It's almost like it's our fault it didn't pan out with that guy. Mike Devito was the nail in the coffin on this one.
Matt Cassel to Minnesota
Cassel is one of the best backups in the league, and Ponder is one of the more questionable starters in the league. This is a good situation for everyone involved. With Chase Daniel in the fold he Chiefs win out as well.

That all said. It seems that we have come down to just RT and ILB as dire needs on the team, with LG being a question mark depending on what the new regime thinks of Jeff Allen.
There is still a lot of time between now and the draft and some wiggle room under the cap that could turn into a lot more if Alex Smith gets an extension or a restructure, so don't count out one of those holes being filled before the draft. Dorsey and Reid have been refreshingly aggressive thus far.
I'm keeping my eye on guys like Brad Jones (ILB, Green Bay), Sebastian Vollmer (RT, New England), and Andre Smith (RT, Cincy) whose free agent camps have been surprisingly silent.
As for the draft, there's a lot of ways this can play out, I'm going to post two scenarios and go from there.
SCENARIO 1: STANDING PAT: In this draft I'm assuming no trades.
ROUND 1
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
If the Chiefs are picking at #1 I have come around to believing this is the best thing the Chiefs can do. The Chiefs put Joeckel at RT and suddenly have one of the better lines in the NFL, in a year you can gauge whether you want to give Albert an extension, if you want Stephenson at RT, or if you have to draft for RT at that point. All that matters here is the Chiefs have locked up the most important position on the line for a long time.
Round 2
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
I still am uneasy about this move, but I have started to consider two things.

  1. Andy Reid doesn't receive bad Quarterbacks for high draft picks he generally deals bad quarterbacks for high draft picks
  2. If Reid holds the power to select ANY QB in the entire draft and decides not to, I should at least consider the fact that Reid has never started a QB that was horrible under him since Doug Pederson.
I've gotten to the point where I am at least willing to give this a chance, I'm not going to go parading through the streets that Alex Smith is our QB just yet but I'm not overly pissed about the move either at this point.
Round 3
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Jones is a roster spot dream, he can play EVERY position on the OL, he could come in and develop into a starter or sit and provide solid depth across the line. Jeff Allen is very similar so you could flip flop the two between solid depth or solid starter depending on how the front office feels about Allen. Round 3 (compensatory)
Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
Bostic has a shot of becoming something special. He came out of college a little early, he could have kicked back a year and gotten drafted higher next year. In the late third round, taking a shot on a guy who could become a three down linebacker is certainly worth it.
Round 4
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Mayock has said that Jones is one of the QB's in this draft that is better suited to Andy Reid's offense. Maybe we could Kolb him one day to some sorry team.
Round 5
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
A flyer on a DE with all the talent and measurables to be a beast. Why not?

SCENARIO 2: TRADE DOWN
Dorsey came out and stated the #1 pick is on the market, and with Geno Smith performing the way he did in his Pro Day, I like to believe that we will succeed in dealing the pick. You have to think that this is what Dorsey had planned all along, if we can get our second round pick back we will probably still get our guy in the first and second for nothing but a "prove it" third round pick next year.
I'm going to assume that our trade partner is Buffalo. Walterfootball has stated that Buddy Nix, who is generally forthcoming about his draft plans, has said he is willing to trade up for a QB, the only QB that is worth a damn in this draft is Geno Smith, who has drawn interest from the Raiders, and now apparently the Eagles, both pick before the Bills.
In this trade we get Buffalo's 2nd Round pick and a pick in 2014.
Round 1
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
We still go OT. A lot of analysts like Fisher more than Joeckel, who in this scenario is long gone to the Eagles.
Round 2
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Te'o's stock is plummeting after a bad combine, but the thing is, Te'o was never an athletic freak, people should have expected this. Te'o is a player that relies on his mind to get him in to the best situations to succeed, these are the guys that have long careers think Mike Vrabel.
Round 3
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Jones is a roster spot dream, he can play EVERY position on the OL, he could come in and develop into a starter or sit and provide solid depth across the line. Jeff Allen is very similar so you could flip flop the two between solid depth or solid starter depending on how the front office feels about Allen.
Round 3 (compensatory)
Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama
Williams is Barrett Jones' defensive counterpart. Able to play any spot on the line just as effectively as the other. Solid for depth.
Round 4
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Mayock has said that Jones is one of the QB's in this draft that is better suited to Andy Reid's offense. Maybe we could Kolb him one day to some sorry team.
Round 5
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
Thomas has played all over at Stanford, could come in and be depth for the entire LB core.
Well there you go fellow fans. Rip mines to shreds or post your own.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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