For the next two months, there will be massive conjecture when talking about the Kansas City Chiefs and who the team will draft. Certain people will pound the table for certain players, screaming that it fills a need. Others will howl for the best player available, regardless of whether the position appears weak on the roster.
General manager John Dorsey won't care, and he will draft an inside linebacker.
Dorsey has shown during his first two years at the helm that he sees the draft differently than us. A former Green Bay Packers special teams ace, Dorsey understands what it means to have good depth and a complete team, rather than a handful of splashy stars without much substance behind them.
In 2013, coming off a 2-14 season, Dorsey took Eric Fisher. Fisher has been a disappointment by most standards to this point, but the pick was made for obvious reasons. Fisher was the best talent available according to most everyone who follows the draft, and Fisher was about to fill a hole. Branden Albert had one year left on his contract and was about to cash in on a major payday. Everybody knew it, and Dorsey cut the issue off at the pass.
Fast forward to last May. The entire football-loving world believes the Chiefs will take a receiver, a place of desperate need. Dorsey, seeing that Tamba Hali is likely to be a cap casualty because of his $11 million cap hit in 2015, knows Kansas City has future problems. Dorsey takes Dee Ford, Hali's eventual replacement.
If Dorsey is wrong about Fisher and Ford, the team will feel the pain shortly. If he's right, long-term success will be cheap and sustainable.
All of this brings us to the 2015 NFL Draft. Again, the Mel Kiper's and Todd McShay's of the world are mocking Dorial Green-Beckham and Devante Parker to Kansas City. It makes plenty of sense, but it is wrong. Look at the roster, and the logical conclusion is staring you in the face.
Derrick Johnson is on the wrong side of 30, has one year left on his contract and is coming off a torn Achilles. The Chiefs, picking 18th, are in the prime spot to take the premier inside linebacker in the draft. Do you really believe Dorsey is going to pass that opportunity up?
If Dorsey does take a player such as Denzel Perryman or Eric Kendricks and hits the jackpot, he will have a dominant linebacker group for years with Ford, the aforementioned pick and Justin Houston. After creating some cap space, look for Dorsey to be aggressive in the free-agent market in regards to a top receiver and offensive linemen.
In the meantime, sit back and relax. Take a puff from that cigar and a sip from the glass. Dorsey will be, knowing damn well who will be coming to Kansas City this autumn.