I'm not happy. Trading Branden Albert is worse than giving up two high picks for Alex Smith. The blood is still being spilled between the warring factions that are for, and against, these moves. But at the end of the day, we are all still Chief's fans. And somehow I doubt that's going to change. No matter how much I disagree with the afore mentioned topics.
With the news that the Chief's are ACTIVELY shopping Branden Albert for multiple picks, both this year and next, I don't think it's too hard to imagine that we won't find a suitor. The obvious trade partner are the Miami Dolphins. They currently hold the #42 and #54 overall picks in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft.
Branden Albert for the #54, and either a 3rd, or 2nd round pick next year? Just to draft Luke Joke-el, or Eric Fisher (who I prefer over the Jokey-Joeckelster) seems ridiculous. But what can I do about it? It seems like it's inevitable. It's going to happen. Just like Alex Smith. That's a tough pill to swallow. But it is what it is.
I still think there is a minute chance we could feasibly trade the #1 overall pick. And if that is the case, I would think the Eagles are the ideal trade partners. With the praise being heaped upon Geno after his pro day, it would seem that the Jags, Raiders, and Eagles all want them some Geno Smith. Andy Reid wants him some Nick Foles. So this is primed for us to move down, thanks to all the media pundits doing a 180 on their feelings towards Smith.
The Chiefs, in this mock, will have traded Branden Albert for Miami's #54 pick this year, and a 3rd next. In doing this they technically recoup the picks they
wasted lost on Alex Smith. On top of that, the Chiefs are also trading down with the Eagles for the Eagles #35, Nick Foles, and an additional mid round pick next year.
This means that within the first 5 rounds of the 2013 draft, we get picks: #4, 35, 54, 63, 96, 99, and 134. That's 7 picks in just the first 5 rounds. With another 3 left, making 10 total. That's not a bad haul. What the Chief's do with it will make it or break it. If they flubb this, they will have overpayed for a so-so QB, and lost a quality LT for less than initially paid for him (a 1st round pick). Not a good start.
To Recap: We get 10 picks, plus Nick Foles QB (he's cheap. Reid's already inquired about him. Get used to the idea. It could easily happen. This gives us a legitimate QB competition going into training camp. Something we haven't had in awhile. but it should be taken with a grain of salt. We have a solid tree of backups. Literally. Some things never change).
1. Eric Fisher OT
By moving to #4 the Chiefs miss out on Joeckel, who's drawing some interest from the Raiders and Jags. Fisher has excellent size at 6'7 306lbs. He's displayed "flawless footwork" (a term catching on fire lately), and is a phenom at pass protection. Fisher still has some room to grow and develop as a run blocker, but he is a very capable day 1 starter.
2a. Margus Hunt DE
We have a need, and the only answer? Is more blocked field goals! Hunt is the field goal blocking, run stopping, Estonia track star running, defensive end phenomenon. Did you catch all of that? And he's a solid bargain at #35. Hard to say that Hunt falls this far thanks to an impressive showing at the combine. If Hunt slips through the cracks, this raw specimen is a 5-tech freak of nature. With power and speed to burn. An excellent addition to our DL rotation and special teams. No really, he's blocked 17 field goals in his collegiate career. Dave Toub can't stop salivating.
2b. Kiko Alonso ILB
The Chief's sent the whole contingent to Oregon's Pro Day and got a good chance to talk to the guy they won't be drafting. Dion Jordan. But they also had the chance to meet and greet Kiko Alonso. Alonso had some off field issues early on in college, but seems to have made amends and embrace the game. Alonso will have to add weight (6'3 235 is a bit light for the SILB) but he is incredibly quick, instinctive, aggressive, and physical. Alonso is also one of the best blitzing ILB's in the draft. He should be a no-brainer pick here. A major upgrade over our current ILB. Which is currently no one.
Corey Lemonier OLB Lemonier is a speed rushing specialist. But that's about it. He uses his speed and quickness to disrupt plays. Lemonier is not strong against the run, and needs some coaching up to reach the potential he offers. But with his speed and natural knack for getting into the backfield, Lemonier is a great looking prospect that gives us solid depth. With a few years under Gibbs and Hali, Lemonier has the potential to be outstanding.
* I am amending this 3a pick. Brandon Jenkins has fallen down the boards due to injuries, and as pointed out in the comments below, is a virtual steal in the 3rd round.
3a. Brandon Jenkins OLB
Jenkins is a 1st round talent that was sidelined by a lisfranc foot injury in the first game of the 2012 season. Apparently these are delicate injuries and teams interested in Jenkins will have to thoroughly examine him before considering him worth a pick. However, if his foot checks out and no additional surgeries are required, Jenkins is a first rate playmaker. A solid steal in the 3rd. He is a tremendous pass rusher with great speed and quickness. He's also another guy that struggles against the run and needs to develop dropping back into coverage. The tangibles are there for that to happen though. Jenkins would be a phenomenal choice at the top of the 3rd round.
3b. Da'Rick Rogers WR
Snatching up Rogers here is a steal. He will push Avery for the #2 spot and for good reason. He can actually catch. Rogers has size at 6'2 217, and is an excellent route runner with hands to boot. He's been in a lot of trouble and the off the field issues are the cause of his slide to the late 3rd. He's managed to keep his nose clean this past season and provides great competition with Baldwin, Dex, Avery, and Gilyard.
4. Kevin Reddick ILB
Unless we go out and sign Urlacher (please lord no), we have absolutely zero depth at ILB. And that cannot happen. Reddick was not the most sensational ILB last season, but he was solid. He offers good size, and excels with the blitz. Two good blitzing ILB's? Are you hinting at something here? Why yes I am! We need to improve this awful pass rush we have going and this is the way we are going to have to do it! Because clearly we'd rather create a hole at LT and force ourselves to fill it, vs drafting one of the top pass rushers available. Makes perfect sense.
5. Braden Hansen C/G
We don't have much in the way of depth at G, or C. So this is a two-fer. Hansen is a big fella 6'6 310 and is a quality blocker. That's about all I can say. He's good depth and that's what we need him for. Plus he's versatile. I love bringing back Pioli words.
6a. Quanterus Smith OLB
This Western Kentucky phenom led the nation in sacks last season at 12.5 before going out due to an ACL tear (sounds familiar right?). Smith is another speed rushing specialist that suffers against the run. He's raw, but the talent is there for him to become successful. An absolute steal in the 6th IMO.
6b. Joseph Fauria TE
Fauria is a long, receiving type TE. He has decent speed, good hands, and was a redzone target at UCLA. Provides depth behind Fasano and Moeaki.
7. Dustin Hopkins K
Face it. Ryan Succop really sucked it up last year. he needs some good competition and Hopkins is pushing Caleb Sturgis to be the best kicker in this draft. Well worth a 7th round pick IMO.
Let me know what you think in the comments. Be sure to add your own ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Just don't try to convince me that we didn't overpay for Alex Smith. Or that trading Albert is an awesome move. Because I won't believe it. Plus, I'm wearing my foil hat, and your Jedi mind tricks won't work! At least not today. Hang in there folks, only ONE MONTH AWAY! As always GO CHIEFS!