This is the time of the year that we all get a little crazy and think our Chiefs might trade Tamba Hali, cut Brandon Flowers, restructure Eric Berry and sign Alex Smith to a 5 year-2 million dollar a year deal to free up cap space to land Byrd, Golden Tate, BJ Raji and Brandon Browner for a total cap hit of 8 million in 2014. As much as I would love to see this happen...it probably won't.
And let's be honest, we all love to hope that a Mike Evans falls to us at #23. It may happen, look at Justin Houston...but in all reality you may have to look at some people that aren't on NFL.com's top players or sleepers list to build a championship team.
I don't know about you guys but last year when we drafted, I was a bit surprised/disappointed/mad at our picks in the 2013 draft but looking back I feel like that is why John Dorsey has a reputation of knowing how to build a team through the draft. He goes for the guys that slip through the cracks of Arrowhead Pride and NFL.com. Eric Fisher...yes we saw that coming but Knile Davis, Travis Kelce and Sanders Commings? A couple seemed like reaches to me but that is why I am watching the games from home and not working as a scout for the Chiefs. They may not have been the most productive/flashiest players last year but I feel that they will contribute for a long time.
If I had to guess how our offseason would shape up, I would guess that we go after blue collar players in free agency and guys in the draft that may not be on everyones radar.
Throwing darts here but I would guess free agency would look like this:
One big signing - Mike Mitchell (67tack,4.5sacks,2ffs,4ints) and some smaller, blue collar signings - Toby Gerhart (Career YPC: 4.7), Matt Shaughnessy (TJax replacement), Larry Foote (still has year or two left in him) and resign either Schwartz or Asamoah.
The draft will be the one that surprises all of us I have a feeling. We keep seeing Beckham or Lee to us at 23 but I could see Dorsey trading back to 30 with the niners and getting back our 56 pick. The draft might look like this then.
#30 - DE Scott Crichton (Animal, I have a feeling he may be defensive rookie of the year)
#56 - WR Martavis Bryant (Alshon 2.0?)
#87 - DE/LB Demarcus Lawrence (They can move him around as a LB.)
#120 - OT Michael Schofield - (Mayock - "Now, he's a right tackle only, in my opinion. They tried him at guard. Right tackle only is not a good thing to be in the NFL unless you're a starter. I think he has the potential to be a starting right tackle.")
#151 - WR Tevin Reese (Not really forgotten but he is a heck of a player…short and fast)
#177 - CB Bene Benwikere (Late round CB who could provide depth and be groomed)
#184 - QB Tom Savage (I'm sure I am missing something here but watching his tape, I don't understand such a late round grade.)
I guess the thing I am saying is that I like the fact that Dorsey seems to go after guys that maybe don't get as much media attention as others. I hope he continues to follow the blueprint for this 2014 offseason. I'm excited for the start of the season!