After watching our team fill nearly every need so far during this exciting free agency period, I have come to the conclusion that the BPA for us in this draft should be a pass rusher. I strongly feel that KC will extend Albert, therefore lessening the chances of them drafting a tackle with the first pick. Not to mention, I don't think Joeckel or Fisher would be very happy playing in a position that I'm sure they would consider beneath them. With the signing of Schwartz, the competition should be good for RT with Stephenson.
Anyway, here are three reasons for a pass rusher w/ the 1st or w/e pick we get:
1) Our pass rushing sucks: Yes, we have Hali and Houston but they only managed like 19 sacks combined last season and we could not get pressure from anywhere else. Those two with 19 sacks combined while guys like Watt and Ware are putting up 19-20 sacks alone. If our new D indeed brings the crazy blitzing, hybrid D into KC.... We are going to need more than Hali and Houston.
2) Hali's production and age: Ok so he's not too old but his production has been steadily declining since he recorded a career high 14.5 sacks a couple years ago. I understand that he also applies tons of QB pressure (along with his late hit penalties) but his production has not been justifying the cap hit. 15 mil this year is a lot for a One dimensional pass rusher who can barely break 10 sacks. Even with the cap hit dropping the next two years... It is still high. I want him on the team for sure, but we also have to he prepared to replace him next year if his production continues to drop.
3) CBs will need it: Look I am excited that we have brought in Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson..... But they were also two of the most burned CBs in the league last year. Robinson is a leader and great vs the run and perhaps will make a great nickel corner. Sean Smith hasn't played with this kind of talent yet or been coached by the great E. Thomas so I am expecting an improvement from him, however.... They will need all the help they can get. If we continue having problems applying Qb pressure... We're going to most likely continue getting torched from time to time. Even our own Berry and Flowers get burned from time to time. An additional pass rusher would automatically improve our sack totals and make our secondary even scarier.
With that being said, I think the best option for us is Dion Jordan. He can still add another 15lbs to his frame but who better to coach him than the LB coach responsible for getting 3 of our LBs into the pro bowl?. Jordan is an elite athlete. He would have had more sacks last year if he wasn't asked to drop into coverage more than half the time. He's good against the run and what's most special is that he can drop into coverage and is very good at it... Which means that he's not going to be in only on passing downs as a rusher. So to me this is the best we can do to improve this team. With one pick, we can improve out entire defense. Plus you also have to keep in mind that Houston or Hali can go down at any time.... Then what??