A developmental quarterback is what the fans want, but a source in the front office told me a defensive-front-seven pick is more likely in Round 1—if the Chiefs don't trade back. "We're in a prime trade-back spot, so I could see that happening too" said the source.
The scouts followed to the Moorestown Fieldhouse for a two-hour showcase with representatives from the NFL including the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns taking in his workout. In addition, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock was back for a second look at Torgersen after the Shrine Game as well as NFLDraftBible.com and FootballGameplan.com's Draft insiders.
I put a poll at the bottom of this post to gauge how you’re feeling about the Chiefs free agency. Obviously we’re all disappointed on some level they didn’t make a big move on day one but most of also realize that the Chiefs are a pretty good team whether they make a day one free agency move or not. If the Chiefs weren’t active and they were a bad team, now that would annoy the hell out of me.
Each of the picks make sense in that a team can never have enough good defensive backs, and the injuries to veteran inside linebackers Josh Mauga, Derrick Johnson and second-year player Justin March-Lillard last year—tested the depth at that position.
The Colts have developed a reputation in recent years for being very good at closing the deal when free agents visit, which was most recently evidenced by the signing of Jabaal Sheard today. Chuck Pagano and the Colts are good at selling free agents, so that’s why it’s especially important to note that Poe will be visiting. The visit indicates that the Colts obviously have interest, and the Colts have been very good at sealing the deal.
When the Eagles released Square at the end of training camp in 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs quickly picked up the defensive lineman. But Square never got in a game with Kansas City before being released on Oct. 31, 2014. San Diego picked him up, but he finished that season without appearing in a game.
And that seems to be the preferred method of replacing talent on the roster for Hervey, who was pretty quiet when free agency opened, outside of re-signing a handful of his own players. Although, earlier this week, the Eskimos announced the addition of Toronto Argonauts free agent linebacker Cory Greenwood, who spent three seasons with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs prior to leading the Argos with 70 defensive tackles last season.
Poe, who was reported to be looking for $10 million per year, has played two seasons since his back surgery in the summer of 2015. Williams, another one of the top defensive lineman available, signed a five-year, $54 million contract. Williams is more of a run stuffer than Poe (who, to be fair, hasn’t rushed the passer really well in a couple years).