In 2013, everybody and their mother knew that Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was taking either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher with the first-overall pick. Last year, most pundits and fans expected a receiver to Kansas City, only to be stunned by the selection of outside linebacker Dee Ford.
With 2015 shaping up as a true best-player-available scenario, would Dorsey pull the trigger on a corner in the first round?
The cornerback class is not exceptional by any stretch. Most mock drafts only have a few corners with first-round grades including Jalen Collins of LSU, Michigan State's Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest and Washington's Marcus Peters. All come with question marks, save Waynes, who appears the cream of the crop.
So if Waynes somehow falls to the Chiefs at the 18th pick, will they send up the card immediately? Kansas City has a need at corner with Sean Smith in the final year of his contract and about to get very expensive. Phillip Gaines is a promising second-year player, but the rest of the group is in flux. Marcus Cooper and Jamell Fleming are back, but can Kansas City rely on them? Also, who is the slot corner with Christopher Owens still on the market?
The Chiefs need another receiver, but the top three are likely to be drafted already in Amari Cooper, Kevin White and DeVante Parker. At center, only Cameron Erving gets a first-round designation and he might also be off the board. Additionally, do you want a center to be the first pick when you can usually grab a quality player at that position later on?
Corner is definitely the sleeper position for the Chiefs. Even if Smith returns after 2015, why not attempt to build a killer secondary? Ron Parker is locked in, hopefully Eric Berry will be back soon, and then you would have a trio of capable corners should the pick pan out in Smith, Gaines and the rookie.
If Waynes is gone, Dorsey will have to seriously consider if any of the other aforementioned corners are worth such a valuable pick. If Waynes is there, it is tough to see the Chiefs passing on a 6'0, 186-pound corner with long arms and 4.31 speed. Best of all, he loves to press.
The draft is only another month away. It's getting harder by the day to wait for it.