Chiefs Dream Draft 2013
Team Needs as of April 8: Starting OT, starting OG, starting ILB, challenging/backup OC, starting/challenging DE, starting/challenging WRs, starting/challenging FS/CB, backup OC/OG
As of March 13, the Chiefs have traded for Alex Smith at QB, signed Dwayne Bowe and Dustin Colquitt to five year extensions. They franchised Branden Albert, who is clearly unhappy here in KC, and cut Eric Winston, making OT their biggest need. As of 3/19, the team might still be interested in FA OT Jake Long. Signing him would change everything. Ryan Lilja retired, making OG a priority. ILB is also a big need, although the Chiefs have three other Pro Bowl LBs. The team also needs a good corner opposite Brandon Flowers. And as of 3/19, Rodney Hudson might not be ready for the season, but the Chiefs have re-signed Brian Mattison, so OC may be a lesser priority.
The Chiefs signed FA Dunta Robinson, CB, on March 9, instantly upgrading their secondary, but it is unclear where the Chiefs will use him. Free safety might be his best position, so the team should draft/acquire another CB through the draft or free agency, but Eric Berry has indicated that he would rather play off the line, so he could move to free safety.
As last year showed when Rodney Hudson went down, the Chiefs also need a true backup OC who could swing to OG. Also, the Chiefs lost Glenn Dorsey in FA, but Tyson Jackson restructured his contract. Although the team got versatile and valued FA DL Mike DeVito, with no other true 3-4 D-ends, DE becomes a priority.
Chiefs signed TE Anthony Fasano, and QB Chase Daniels on the first day of free agency (March 12). With Smith and Daniels in the fold, the Chiefs will likely wait until 2014 to draft another QB. On March 13, the team signed FA WR Donnie Avery, who should start in the slot or maybe even opposite D-Bowe, since Jon Baldwin had been a bust so far. The Chiefs had already signed Mardy Gilyard, backup WR, making that position less of a priority.
As of 3/16, the team has signed FA CB Sean Smith, which either moves Dunta Robinson to S or the two compete for the second starting CB, with the other being the nickel back, and might make the Chiefs’ secondary the best in the NFL, especially if the team lands another stud S. Then, the Chiefs could shuffle around the pieces for the best fits for everyone.
The Chiefs seem to be addressing most pressing needs through re-signings, trades and free agency, freeing them up to actually pick the best players available in April’s draft. As of April 2, the biggest remaining needs appear to me to be OL -- although the team still has high hopes for Jon Asamoah, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson -- and ILB, although there doesn’t seem to be any gaping holes.
Draft positions based primarily on NFLDraftScout.com, hoping prospects fall slightly for optimum value. Remember, this is my dream draft.
As of 3/19, it is becoming possible that the Chiefs go ahead and draft Geno Smith, QB West Va., if just to trade him for picks. Otherwise…
1. Luke Joekel - OT Texas A&M 6’6” 310 -- with Joekel at LT and Albert at RT, Chiefs have great bookends, plus Joekel could take over at LT in 2014 when Albert leaves via free agency
2. Alex Smith - QB S.F. new starter
3. Larry Warford - OG Kentucky 6’3” 332 -- could be an instant upgrade at guard or add depth
4. Nico Johnson - ILB Alabama 6’2” 249 -- with Johnson, Hali, and Houston, might be best LB corps in NFL
5. William Gholston - DE Mich. St. 6’6” 280 -- adds depth and could be steal of draft if he drops this far
6. Braxston Cave - OC Notre Dame 6’3” 304 -- need true backup/challenger to Rodney Hudson
7. Etienne Sabino - ILB Ohio St. 6’3” 240 -- for depth and special teams
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