First off, I'd like to say hello to everyone. I've lurked around Arrowhead Pride for some months now (despite what my join date says) and haven't found the urge to post anything until now (besides when I originally made the account and found a 24 hour delay in front of me). What finally pulled me in enough to make a post was something I've been thinking about a lot lately and, I'm certain, you have been too.
The 2013 NFL Draft. Now, this realization is something I believe I should have noticed as soon as it fell into place, but for some reason, I find it just now catching up to me – nearly a week after the event took place. It's nothing incredibly important or anything that will boost the optimism/Kool-Aid chugging of the fanbase, but I do find it really interesting and it's something worth thinking about.
This past Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Knile Davis of Arkansas with the 96th pick in the draft. This pick has been widely touted as "boom or bust" and with good reasoning. Knile didn't play the entire 2011 season of his collegiate career because of an ankle injury and had a dull performance in 2012. With those two outliers diminishing his draft stock, he went out and had one of the best combine performances of any halfback in this year's draft class.
Seeing how the Chiefs already drafted Dontari Poe – last year's "workout warrior", some people have to take the selection of yet another combine breakout with a grain of salt. No knock at Dontari in any respect, though. He's shown development and commitment. I'm indifferent about both selections at this point. I like the 'measurables' and the potential I see in them; combining their gifted bodies and even their displays of absolute dominance – although few and far between, there's a lot to be seen from these two if they can take to the game mentally, while staying healthy too.
Getting back to the root of the story, this pick wasn't very conventional and seemed strangely similar to the quixotic workings of a deceased legend who often found himself investing in athletes, who he trusted he could mold, while passing over the 'proven' mechanists of the game. This legend was Chief's rival Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis. And those gambles he took had even success and failure rates, up until around the 2000's. The game just started evolving and he was, a lot of the times, just dealt a bad hand – or taking too much of a gamble, in retrospect (looking at you JaMarcus Russell). His former team would, not much later in the draft, make a selection that seemed very unlike something he himself would make.
With the 112th selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select, Tyler Wilson! Yea it wasn't a make or break point in the draft when concerning drafting a QB, but THAT'S exactly what I mean when I say that the Raiders made the opposite move of what Al MIGHT have done, had he still been with us. It was a rational pick. It was the 'logical' selection between the two Arkansas players. Everything about him is what Davis strayed away from, I believe, though I could be wrong.
It'll be nice to see how these two guys pan out and how they'll take to the team rivalries. I think it was pretty interesting how the die landed and hope for some exciting games in the future. I'm especially anxious to see what Bieniemy can do with Knile and see if Wilson ever gets his shot. When you think about it, both of these guys could become the faces of each own's franchise. They could be the sleeper picks that prove to be the kick either of us need. Or they could bust and not do a single thing for us. We'll just have to watch and see I suppose.