What I Saw: NFL Draft Day 1 Edition

From the FanPosts -Joel

Well with Round 1 of the NFL Draft over with, this was definitely a crazy one to say the least. Some records have been broken and some have ended.

Here is what I saw in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

  • 25 years- That is how long you have to go back to see a QB not taken in the first 15 picks before tonight. Chandler Williams was drafted by the Colts back in 1988 in the third round. EJ Manuel was taken by the Bills 16th overall. There have been cases where only one QB was taken in the 1st Round but this was the furthest in 25 years a QB has been taken.

  • Bad day for RB's- Since 1963 a RB has been taken in the first round every year. This shows that the days of a run first offense is surely numbered. Marcus Lattimore has the talent to have been taken in the first but due to his knee injuries, he likely fell to the third. Lacey from Alabama was a 1st round grade but there were just better players available.

  • Where's the beef- If you are big fan of linemen, this was a first round for you. Only 14 of the 32 picks were not either Offensive Linemen or Defensive Lineman Let that sink in for a minute. Only 12 picks were WR, S, QB, CB, or LB's The first 7 picks were all either DL or OL.

  • QB Class is as bad as everyone thought- At first it seemed like the QB class may not have been as bad as the pundits said but after tonight, it is. EJ Manuel was the only QB drafted in the first round this year. That is the first time since 2001 that only one QB was drafted in the first round. Drew Brees was drafted 32nd overall that year but that was before Houston became the 32nd team so he is technically a second round guy. There are some good guys left like Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley so a QB needy team will have their pick.

  • WTF Moment of the 1st Round goes to...the Miami Dolphins- They trade up to number 3 and it seemed like they were primed to take Lane Johnson but instead took LB/DE Dion Jordan. They could have taken Johnson and left the Chiefs to dry. That made no sense unless you wanted the Chiefs to know that the 42nd pick was never on the table. If that is the case, Miami can hit the bricks and the Chiefs can play highest bidder with the Chargers, Cardinals or even the Eagles for Branden Albert. Speaking of...

  • Branden Albert just became more valuable- With a run of OT's like we had tonight, the Chiefs just became a whole lot richer. There are a lot of teams with a need at LT and there are not really that many guys left that are worth taking. The Chiefs hold a lot of leverage because they can eat the 10 million and keep Albert and have Eric Fisher play RT for a year (he has said that he is willing to play on the right side) while Donald Stephenson gets and extra year to learn. The only reason the Chiefs have to trade Albert is to clear up some cap space. That is it.

As for how I feel about Eric Fisher, I actually don't mind the pick. Luke Joeckel was the odds on favorite but Fisher has a higher ceiling than Joeckel. Right now the Chiefs have some nice depth on the line with Geoff Schwartz being able to play either Guard or Tackle and Stephenson playing the swing guy. If Rodney Hudson does go down again, they can slide Jon Asamoah over to Center and Schwartz can play RG.

If the Chiefs want to trade Albert, they can use the picks to help better the team. If the Chiefs keep him, it allows some stability; if only for a year.

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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