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First-year Chiefs general manager Brett Veach isn’t listed, yet

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports’s Gregg Rosenthal released general manager power rankings on Wednesday. Rosenthal recently called the Chiefs one of three teams who could challenge the Patriots for AFC supremacy in 2018.

In this edition of power rankings, first-year general managers weren’t eligible, yet.

However, Rosenthal did provide some commentary on the unlisted. Relevant to Arrowhead Pride, here were his comments on first-year general manager Brett Veach:

Promoted last July after former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey suddenly exited, Veach has worked for Andy Reid going back to their days together in Philadelphia. While the organizational flow chart says Veach reports directly to ownership, this is clearly a partnership in which Reid holds deserved sway. The early signs for Veach are strong: He made tough decisions by releasing costly veterans like Tamba Hali and orchestrated an excellent trade haul while sending Alex Smith to Washington.

Interesting point by Rosenthal to note “the organizational flow chart.” In the Chiefs’ organization, Reid, Veach and team president Mark Donovan all report to owner Clark Hunt directly and separately, but Reid’s longtime ties to Veach have to mean the two work hand-in-hand, at least in some capacity.

It is important not to forget that—for lack of better terms—Reid invented Veach, who started his NFL personnel career as a Philadelphia Eagles intern in 2004. Reid also gave Veach his first full-time job as head coach’s assistant in 2007.

Rosenthal did rank former Chiefs and now current Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey, who came in at No. 17.

Consider it a red flag that Dorsey was fired in Kansas City after the team made the playoffs three times in four seasons. The track record is impressive otherwise. While he might have fouled out with his first ever pick (tackle Eric Fisher, who was taken first overall in 2013 and later got a curious extension), it’s hard to argue with the other players Dorsey drafted in Kansas City: Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Chris Jones and Kareem Hunt, to name a few. Dorsey struggled more with setting the budget and knowing when to let go of veterans, but that’s not a huge concern for a Browns team flush with draft picks and cap space. He’s already enjoying spending that bounty, seemingly paying a Browns tax on the acquisitions of Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry (as trading for veterans and, in Landry’s case, compensating them well is the only way to get them in Cleveland).

I think 17 is low for Dorsey, one of the better if not the best talent evaluator in the entire league. That will be put to test once again in this year’s draft, as the Browns own picks No. 1 and No. 4 overall.

As a reminder, the Chiefs hold no first-round pick.