So the coverage is probably better over at Arrowhead Pride, but I thought I’d give my thoughts. Earlier in the week, I predicted:
- Offensive line: 3-4 players
- Wide receiver: 2 players
- Corner/Safety: 2-3 players
- Running Backs: 2 players (1 fullback, 1 running back)
- Defensive line: 2-3 players
- Quarterback: 1 player (perhaps Michigan’s Chad Henne in a later round, if he falls)
The Chiefs ended up taking:
Offensive line: 3 players (counting the final TE as a lineman, since he looks to be the second coming of Jason Dunn)
Receivers: 3 players (2 receivers, 1 TE)
Corner/Safety: 3 players (2 corners, 1 safety)
Running Backs: 1 player
Defensive line: 2 players (although most significant was #5 overall Glenn Dorsey, who looks like a beast)
Quarterback: 0 players (not a massive surprise because all the good guys were gone and they have that Thigpen kid as well)
I didn’t expect the Chiefs to pick 2 tight ends. It seems that Carl Peterson can’t stay away from them. I’m assuming that they are a “best athlete at the pick” type of thing, but we’ll see.
When I saw the breakdown today (I didn’t watch all 8 hours of the draft today, what with church and all), I wasn’t all too thrilled, but as I look closer, it seems like Carl and Herm did the best they could – the best of the last several drafts for sure. Here are my quick-hit thoughts of all the picks.
Rd 1 / Pick 5 – Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
The belle of the ball. Beast. Will compliment Tank Tyler and free up Tamba Hali to run freely. I foresee the Chiefs moving Turk McBride to the edge for some games next season as a possible Jared Allen replacement.
1 / 15 – Branden Albert, OG, Virginia
I hope Albert turns out to be the stud tackle that everyone thinks he’s going to be. Even if he ends up being the next Will Shields, that’s a big win for us.
2 / 4 (35) – Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech
The best part of his ESPN.com overview: “he plays far bigger than his size indicates and faster than his 40 time suggest.” We need a stud corner to replace the crappy age we have out there now.
3 / 10 (73) – Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Backup plan in case Larry Johnson doesn’t recover from his foot thing? Maybe. Charles was a good player on a decent Texas team. He’s no Ricky Williams or Priest Holmes, but he could be decent enough to take more of the load off Larry.
3 / 13 (76) – Brad Cottam, TE, Tennessee
This guy is big. 6′ 7″ 270 lbs. He sounds better than Kris Wilson.
3 / 19 (82) – Dajuan Morgan, S, NC State
I suppose the Chiefs need some depth at safety, but this guy will sit behind Pollard and Page. Special teams, here he comes.
4 / 6 (105) – William Franklin, WR, Missouri
As much as I hate the Chiefs drafting players from Missouri, their receivers are good. And we need depth at receiver. I hoped that we would take one earlier.
5 / 5 (140) – Brandon Carr, CB, Grand Valley St.
A corner from a no-name school. This guy is going to be Carl’s gem of the draft.
6 / 4 (170) – Barry Richardson, OT, Clemson
I don’t like that the line on this guy was “not mean enough”, but tackles…hey, we need lots. Maybe Herm can put some mean into him.
6 / 16 (182) – Kevin Robinson, WR, Utah St.
Yay. Another receiver that won’t make the team.
7 / 3 (210) – Brian Johnson, DE, Gardner Webb
This guy gets props for going to “Gardner Webb”, which is just south of Olathe. No wait, that’s Gardner.
7 / 32 (239) – Mike Merritt, TE, Central Florida
He’s listed as a tight end, but they’re saying that he’s probably more of a guard or a 3rd tackle type guy. “Very slow and lacks athleticism.” Sounds like they drafted me.
There are too many guys on the second day that we’ll need to see in pre-season to properly evaluate. What should be noted is that KCChiefs.com is one of the worst team sites in the NFL. Stuff is hard to find, the user experience sucks, and it just looks like it came straight out of Penn Valley Community College Web Design 101…FROM 1995.
KC firm VML…you should be ASHAMED at the horror that is your nested tables and excessive use of…what is that? REALPLAYER? The Chiefs took a step backwards when they abandoned the Happy Cog design that Zeldman did for them. I suppose that’s par for the course and just another example of where the front office’s heads are at.