The Kansas City Chiefs still haven’t completed the Trent Green trade, which means we still don’t have a fourth-round pick. Nonetheless, I expect some very good players to still be around at the 148th and 160th picks, and even later. Here is what the Kansas City Chiefs shopping list could look like heading into the second day of the 2007 NFL Draft. I will update this list frequently, so be sure to keep checking back in from time to time…
Day-Two Draft Shopping List:
We didn’t get Brady Quinn yesterday, for better or worse, so here are a few of the quarterbacks we could take a look at today.
QB Matt Moore, Oregon State (undrafted) – I still love everything that Moore brings to the table. He may be a few years away, but he is the perfect fall-back plan in case Brodie Croyle flops. I’m just saying.
QB Jordan Palmer, UTEP (Washington Redskins) – Carson’s kid brother is a player as well. He has a ways to go, but a lot of the can be accredited to playing at a small school. With the right coaching and some luck he could become a quality NFL starter. QB Troy Smith, Ohio State (Baltimore Ravens) - The 2006 Heisman Tropy winner. You know him. You may like him. I’m not sure he has the arm, height and intangibles to play the QB position at a high level in the NFL.
Michael Bush just went off the board to the hated Raidahs. Still, talent remains on the board.
RB Antonio Pittman, Ohio State (New Orleans Saints) – I don’t expect him to be around when we pick next, but if he is we would likely take him. We brought him in for a visit, so we definitely have interest. He is way too talented not to be drafted soon.
RB Kolby Smith, Louisville (got him!) - Michael Bush’s college teammate who stepped up and played big in Bush’s absence. Smith is a big back with enough speed and versatility to be a solid NFL back. He would be an ideal back-up for Larry Johnson, especially given Michael Bennett’s frail nature. Could be available in the fifth or even sixth round.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper just raved about Kolby Smith, singling him out of about 12 players and stating that this was “a great pick at this point.” I was also very impressed with his highlight reel. He’s a physical, tackle-breaking runner, but I was also pleasantly surprised by his elusiveness and open-field moves. That spin move was pretty sick for a somewhat bigger back. He was on my list, so I can’t argue at all with this selection.
RB Jackie Battle, Houston - Battle is a versatile back who can play multiple positions. Could develop into both a nice lead-blocker and complimentary rusher. Should still be on the board well into the day.
RB Jason Snelling, Virginia – Snelling can play either backfield position. His versatility could make him a nice late pick.
We missed out on some great hogs yesterday, but there is still some hope.
G Josh Beekman, Boston College (Chicago Bears)- A tough-as-nails competitor, he’s Herm Edwards’ type of football player all the way. Beekman can play either guard or center, which could come in handy down the road. With his size and bruising playing style, I have no idea why he is still available. He would be a coup for the Chiefs at 148, and would eventually develop into an every-down starter. I would be ecstatic if the Chiefs traded up to grab him. T Doug Free, Nothern Illinois (Dallas Cowboys)- Free has the size to develop into a good right tackle. He is likely still around due to the size of the school he played for in college. I am very high on this kid. T Allen Barbe, Missouri Southern State (Green Bay Packers) – My boy went to school with Barbe, back when this kid first arrived in Joplin, MO. He says he must have willed himself into the player he has become, because he wasn’t anything special as a freshman. That’s a lot of will, because Barbe is arguably the most-athletic tackle in this draft. The fact that he is a D2 prospect is why he could still be around for the Chiefs. Could be the top sleeper of the entire second day. C Dough Datish, Ohio State (Atlanta Falcons)- Datish will likely never be a Pro Bowler, but his versatility makes him attractive — he can play any O-line position. He played a large role in helping the Buckeyes go to the National Championship last year. A solid, but not spectacular, prospect. T/G Mike Otto, Purdue (Tennessee Titans) - Due to a special request, he’s been added. Looks OK, probably would play guard for us. Good size, decent quickness and solid upper-body strength. He could possibly develop for us. Judging by his Scout.com photo he played TE in high school.
OT Herb Taylor, TCU (got him!)- Another guy that wasn’t on my radar. Scouts Inc. calls him aggressive, physical and smart, and says that if he “can get bigger and stronger while adjusting to the NFL, he could become a mid-round steal from the 2007 draft class.” I’m not jumping up and down, but I’m not upset. He could turn into something for us down the road. By the way, let’s just call him Herb, not the ultra-dorky Herbert. He’s no dork — just look at those shades!
Tanard Jackson is now gone. I liked him, even despite some character issues. Who else is left?
CB Tarrell Brown, Texas (San Fransisco 49ers) – Talented CB whose stock has definitely taken a blow as a result of a gun and drug charges. Could be worth the risk if he is available late.
CB Travarous Bain, Hampton (undrafted) - Transferred from “The U,” so he can definitely play. Ran a 4.4 40, and held his own at the East-West Shrine Game. I’ve read that many people think that he is even faster than his Combine 40.
CB David Irons, Auburn (Atlanta Falcons)- Performed well at the Senior Bowl. Possesses the confidence that all successful corners must have. Tanked the Wonderlic Test, reportedly scoring only a four. Pretty fast. Some durability issues, but no character stuff.
CB Anthony Arline, Baylor (undrafted) - Has both a nose for the ball and big-play ability, to some extent at least. Could be a steal that probably is off of a lot of other team’s radars right now.
2:44 PM EST - He’s actually sixth overall on Kiper’s board right now.
I know, I know — no longer a position of need. But look who is out there still…
WR Aundrae Allison, East Carolina (Minnesota Vikings) - I have no clue why this guy is still available. Damn good player that we would have to look at late, even after adding Bowe. Allison hasn’t gotten really any play, even during day two, but he’s extremely talented. An elusive receiver with great hands. WR Steve Breaston, Michigan (Arizona Cardinals) - We wouldn’t be interested in him as a receiver, but more likely as a return guy. WR David Clowney, Virginia Tech (Green Bay Packers) – Has the game of a poor man’s Randy Moss, but his frame is more like Kate Moss’. His nine-minute highlight video is a bit excessive, but check it out. He could be there at 160, and would be another big-time steal.
K Mason Crosby, Colorado (Green Bay Packers)- Maybe he can make PATs?
K Justin Medlock, UCLA (got him!?)- I’m not going to lie to kick it (no pun intended), he wasn’t even on my list. Scouts Inc., however, has him ranked as the second-best kicker, so he’s obviously talented. He’s a tad bit inconsistent and has a DUI on his record as well. Hey, if he beats out Tynes at least Allen won’t lose his drinking buddy. I’m not sure about this pick, especially with guys like Bain and Datish available.
Not a need, but when you see a can’t-miss prospect sometimes you roll the dice.
TE Michael Allan, Whitworth (got him!) – Allan was never on this list originally, but he’s been on my radar for along time. Covering the Dolphins for RealFootball365.com, I singled him out as a possible replacement for Randy McMichael a while back. Here’s what I wrote about him:
“This Division III standout really opened some eyes at the NFL’s Combine, despite being the only D-III player invited. He ran a 4.65 40, recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times. Most importantly, he showed dependable hands. Still, because of the talent level he played against during his collegiate career, Allan isn’t likely to be drafted before the fifth or sixth round. The Miami Dolphinscould do worse.”
So, I like Allan a helluva lot this late, it’s just I didn’t expect the Chiefs to take him. When I saw him there in the seventh, that’s when I started to think, “maybe Carl will take this kid.” He could end up being a steal, especially with Dunn aging and hurting, and Kris Wilson playing H-Back and underperforming to some extent. He’s huge, too — almost 6’7″ and he weighs 255 lbs.