Big Board of Free Agents and Draft Eligible Players Part One
The purpose of this post is to give an idea of the currently available positional players that might find their way onto the Chiefs offseason lists. Granted with the Free Agents much will be contingent on cap space and which other teams in the league may also need help at that particular position. This is not about a desire for any one player, rather a list that can help us as Chiefs' fans see the depth at a particular position in either free agency or the draft. Obviously, supply and demand play a big part in the offseason and with regard to free agency age is a factor. Today, I'll start with a couple of hotly debated positions Safety and Wide Receiver.
Yesterday on 810 WHB, John Dorsey reiterated his desire to do whatever he needed to do in the best interests of the Kansas City Chiefs. What I took from this conversation was that Dorsey is continually looking to upgrade the roster. He has done this quite frequently and I would expect it to continue in the offseason. With almost a full year under his belt, I think that his off-season should be even better then last year. We've already seen how Dorsey operates, if he recognizes a need he will go out and try to improve it almost immediately. We saw that almost immediately last year. Alex Smith, Chase Daniels, Anthony Fasano, Donnie Avery, Dunta Robinson, Sean Smith. He recognized our problems at QB, in the receiving corps, in the secondary and worked to address them. Some were hits and others misses but it shows a GM who identifies problems and then actively pursues solutions. So that brings us to the options he'll have this year.I'll break the choices down by position in sub categories of free agency and draft.
We can all agree that our safeties left something to be desired, especially at the end of the year. Granted Free Safety is the greater need, but depth will be there as well since Lewis, Demps and Abdullah are all free Agents.
Available Free Agent Safeties
1. Jairus Byrd 2. T.J. Ward 3. Antoine Bethea 4. Chris Clemons 5. Malcolm Jenkins 6. Stevie Brown 7. Major Wright 8. Nate Allen 9. Charles Woodson 10. Ryan Clark 11. James Ihedigbo 12. Bernard Pollard 13. Donte Whitner 14. Usama Young 15. Kendrick Lewis 16. Mike Adams 17. Michael Mitchell 18. Chris Crocker 19. Yeremiah Bell 20. Quintin Mikell 21. Michael Huff 22. Brandon Meriweather 23. Ryan Mundy 24. Taylor Mays 25. Ed Reed 26. Jim Leonhard 27. Husain Abdullah 28. Darrell Stuckey 29. Sergio Brown 30. Colt Anderson 31. Darian Stewart 32. Craig Steltz 33. Chris Maragos 34. Will Allen 35. Quintin Demps 36. Jeromy Miles 37. Derrick Martin 38. Danny McCray 39. Jerron McMillian 40. Kurt ColemanRotoworld
What we notice from this list is that there are a couple of elite players at the top but the rest seem to be either liabilities in coverage or are older and may be living on their reputations at this point. If you are looking for a value in free agency Chris Clemons is good in coverage and should come cheaper then Ward or Byrd. Stevie Brown is coming off an ACL and could provide a lot of risk / reward.
Free Safeties in the Draft
Calvin Pryor FS Louisville 6-2 208 Hasean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama Jr 6-1 208 Dion Bailey FS Southern California 6-0 200 Terrence Brooks FS Florida State 5-11 200 Kenny Ladler FS Vanderbilt 6-0 205 Marqueston Huff FS Wyoming 5-11 195 Ty Zimmerman FS Kansas State 6-1 204 Dontae Johnson FS North Carolina State 6-2 195 Nickoe Whitley FS Mississippi State 6-0 205 Tre Boston FS North Carolina 6-0 205 Avery Patterson FS Oregon 5-9 190 Jonathan Dowling FS Western Kentucky 6-2 198 Christian Bryant FS Ohio State 5-9 193 Elisha Olabode FS TCU 5-10 193 Damon Magazu FS East Carolina 5-11 204 Isaiah Newsome FS Louisiana-Monroe 5-11 200NFL draftscout
Right now only Clinton-Dix and Pryor grade out in the first two rounds and the assumption among draftniks is that Clinton-Dix will be off the board before the 23rd pick. The bulk of the FS picks look to be had in the late 3rd to 6th rounds. Right now this seems to be the greatest need for the Chiefs and from what I see, it would seem Dorsey best option resides in the draft. However, relying only on Sanders Commings to return from injury along with a fresh mid-round draft pick might be a little daring.
It seems that Alex may be losing his slot receiver, depending on what kind of contract Dex feels he is worth. You would think even if Dex returns an upgrade is in order even though Bowe, Hemmingway and Jenkins all seemed to improve at the end. Avery was very hot-n-cold but you have to wonder what a second season working with Alex would bring.
Available Free Agent Wide Outs
1. Eric Decker 2. Jeremy Maclin 3. Hakeem Nicks 4. Julian Edelman 5. Golden Tate 6. James Jones 7. Anquan Boldin 8. Andre Roberts 9. Emmanuel Sanders 10. Riley Cooper 11. Danario Alexander 12. Jacoby Jones 13. Dexter McCluster 14. Brandon LaFell 15. Kenny Britt 16. Damian Williams 17. Jerricho Cotchery 18. Ted Ginn 19. Jerome Simpson 20. Jacoby Ford 21. Robert Meachem 22. Austin Collie 23. Andre Caldwell 24. Santana Moss 25. Marc Mariani 26. Josh Morgan 27. Mario Manningham 28. Darrius Heyward-Bey 29. Domenik Hixon 30. Devin Hester 31. Deion Branch 32. Joe Webb 33. Lavelle Hawkins 34. Dezmon Briscoe 35. Kevin Ogletree 36. Louis Murphy 37. Seyi Ajirotutu 38. Josh Cribbs 39. Kyle Williams 40. Kevin Walter 41. Tiquan Underwood 42. Brandon Tate 43. Kassim Osgood 44. Plaxico Burress 45. Marlon MooreRotoworld
Again, I'm just not sure how great an upgrade is found on this free agent list. Maclin and Nicks are both coming off of injuries and if they could be had for a one-year prove it contract may be worth a flier. Someone will overpay for Decker, unless he cuts the Broncos a hometown discount but again he is more of a #2 than the #1 payday he will be looking for. Also, not a lot of young talent especially compared to the draft.
Wide Receivers in the Draft
Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Jr 6-1 205 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M rSo 6-5 225 Marqise Lee WR Southern California Jr 6-0 195 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State rSo 6-5 235 Allen Robinson WR Penn State Jr 6-3 210 Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU Jr 5-11 193 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Jr 5-10 186 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt Sr 6-3 205 Jarvis Landry WR LSU Jr 6-0 195 Davante Adams WR Fresno State rSo 6-2 216 *Paul Richardson WR Colorado rJr 6-1 172 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Jr 6-4 200 Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina rJr 5-9 196 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin rSr 6-1 190 Mike Davis WR Texas Sr 6-2 195 Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss Jr 6-2 226 Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers rJr 6-5 220 Kasen Williams WR Washington Jr 6-2 212 Robert Herron WR Wyoming Sr 5-9 187 Tyler Lockett WR Kansas State Jr 5-11 175 Cody Latimer WR Indiana Jr 6-2 215 Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley Sr 6-3 218 Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma Sr 5-9 157 Devin Street WR Pittsburgh rSr 6-3 195 Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest rSr 5-10 190 Ryan Grant WR Tulane rSr 6-0 192 Cody Hoffman WR Brigham Young Sr 6-3 210 Josh Huff WR Oregon Sr 5-11 202 L'Damian Washington WR Missouri rSr 6-4 205 TJ Jones WR Notre Dame Sr 6-0 195 Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma State Jr 5-10 185 Kevin Norwood WR Alabama rSr 6-1 195 Eric Ward WR Texas Tech rSr 5-11 205 Tevin Reese WR Baylor rSr 5-10 170 Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan rSr 5-8 184 Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska Sr 6-2 225 Shaquelle Evans WR UCLA rSr 6-1 204 Tracy Moore WR Oklahoma State rSr 6-1 215 Dri Archer WR Kent State rSr 5-8 175 Kain Colter WR Northwestern Sr 5-11 195 Matt Hazel WR 41 Coastal Carolina Sr 6-2 190 Erik Lora WR Eastern Illinois rSr 5-9 190NFL Draft Scout
Now this could be one of the deepest positions in the draft. It is estimated that upward of 13 players could be drafted in the first two rounds depending on how the draft falls. It is important to note how successful the Green Bay Packers have been in drafting and developing wide receivers. Dorsey has learned from some of the best and with a draft this deep, this is one position to keep an eye on what Dorsey does with the draft and priority FA.