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Analyzing Day Two's Draft Picks


Round 5

I honestly don't know much about Kolby Smith and if anyone does, please chime in. He is a 5'11", 220 lb. running back out of Louisville described mainly as a possible career backup RB. This scouting report is filled with the most draft jargon I've seen in one report in a long time:

Excellent athlete with great balance and agility...Has very good size and a solid frame...Has nimble feet and changes direction well...Outstanding receiver out of the backfield...A good blocker...Plays faster than he times and is elusive...Tough, physical and runs hard...Has a burst through the hole...Relatively productive and made the most of his limited opportunities...Versatile...He still has a lot of upside.

I honestly can't translate that into anything more than he's an above average college running back, nothing more and nothing less. Where does he fit in with the Chiefs? With Derrick Ross tearing it up in NFL Europe, we could be looking at Larry Johnson, Michael Bennett and either Derrick Ross or Kolby Smith on the roster. Will Priest Holmes be back? Don't count on it.

And 11 picks after Kolby Smith, the Kansas City Chiefs took one of the three kickers chosen in this draft in Justin Medlock. The general consensus seemed to be that we drafted him in order to provide some competition for Lawrence Tynes. But didn't we already do that? The Chiefs signed Aaron Barret a little under two weeks ago. Not sure why we need three kickers on one team, especially when Tynes was doing all the kicking last year. I'm not a Tynes fan by any means but I could really care less about the kicker position. Unless you're that kicker who kicked barefoot for the Chiefs when they lost to the Oakland Raiders on the final game of the season. I can't seem to remember his name at the moment. One point to whoever can remind us who that was. Scott Bentley is the guy.

Round 6

Herb Taylor, offensive lineman from TCU, was the Chiefs 6th round pick (And there are no decent pictures of him on the internet. You have to love how the official Chiefs site for Taylor just stole the first Google image search result for Taylor and put it on their site with no credit given. I know I'm lazy about it too but I'm not the official site). Scout.com seems pretty high up on him but then again this is a network that has a habit of reporting stories way before they are true, if they are even ever true. So their judgment is certainly questionable.

I like the fact that Taylor only allowed one sack in 12 games last year while playing for the Horned Frogs. Forget combine scores. Those are the kinds of stats I want to see. Taylor does seem to get nervous enough to throw up during games, which is ALWAYS interesting.

Round 7

Like the vast majority of 7th round picks, D3 tight end Michael Allan is an expendable project. Here are a few blurbs:

He went on to earn all-Northwest Conference honors three times, and was a small-college all-American twice. Over his past two seasons at Whitworth, Allan caught a total of 89 passes for 1,793 yards and 24 touchdowns. Overall, he set Whitworth career records for TD catches (29) and yards per catch (18.7).

At 6-6, 255 pounds, Allan has the size to play the position in the NFL. At the Scouting Combine, he showed he has the athletic tools, running a 4.71 in the 40 and posting a vertical leap of 36 inches. Although far from a finished product, Allan showed he belonged with a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game. He projects as a second-day draft pick.

Where is Whitworth College you ask? Why its in Spokane, WA. And I hope that is the kind of hard hitting reporting you've come to expect from AP.

Like tailgateandwin said, we can only truly judge the players when they are on the field. Don't forget that our own Will Shields was a 3rd round pick himself...