In honor of probably my favorite college basketball squad to ever hit the hardwood (FYI, I was 12 when The Fab Five came out…to me, seeing them play Duke for the first time early in the ’91 season was like seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show)…
OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt: It’s not Big Willie Stlye, as in Willie Roaf, but it’s close–Big Williams Style. He has the best athleticism, footwork and frame out of all the LT candidates, giving him the most upside. Ryan Clady is similar, but while Radio (sorry, Cuba) could only muster a 13 on his Wonderlic, Williams wondered with a 32. Check out the big brains on Chris (a little Pulp Fiction for ya)! Your LT not only needs brawn, but also brains. Protecting the quarterback is almost as cerebral as it is physical. Peter King is saying we might trade back with Buffalo to No. 11. If that is true it would be the perfect territory to steal Williams away from the Broncos. This is the guy I want the Chiefs to pick the most today. Yes, even more than Matt Ryan. Five years from know Chiefs fans would be saying, “Jake who?”
QB Joe Flacco, Delaware: Now that I’ve finally admitted that Matt Ryan isn’t going to be a Chief, I’ve moved from option 1A to 1B–Flacco. I love his size. I love his big arm. I love his swagger. I love his tight spiral. I love that he experienced a playoff atmosphere in college. I love the interviews I’ve heard him give. Most of all, I love his mobster name. He’s a prototypical passer, and like Ryan I believe he is a natural leader. If he played at FSU instead of Delaware he’d probably be a top 10 pick. Picking Flacco late in round one or early in round two is a good call. There won’t be the same pressure to get him on the field on day one that there would be with Matty Ice. Brodie Croyle, you better watch your back.
DE Quentin Groves, Auburn: If it wasn’t for his non-life-threatening, minor heart condition (WTW Syyndrome)–which required a minor precautionary operation that he walked out from and didn’t miss working out because of–he’d be right up there with Chris Long, Vernon Gholsten and Derrick Harvey. Instead, we can most likely get him in the second round. I’ve said this a few times, but my dad is a heart doc and says this is no big deal. That’s good enough for me. I always say sell high, buy low, and we’d be getting a first-round talent in round two with Groves. I would rather us pick Groves at 17 than Harvey. Yes, that is how much I like him.
CB Aqib Talib, Kansas: I know Mizzou fans would be appalled, but screw Mizzou fans. It would serve you right for some of you ignorantly dubbing Talib the terrorist. No wonder Barack Obama can’t put Hillary away…lol. If you can get the best corner in the draft–and Mel Kiper agrees with me on this one, as do others–late in the first or early in round two, you do it. Who cares about a little toking in college. Josh Howard came out about his smoking today and still played well enough to help the Mavs beat the Hornets. Not a big deal. I don’t see any Pacman Jones in Talib. Should this happen, Beaker fans would get yet another pleasant gift. Does it ever stop in ’08 for you guys?
WR Jordy Nelson, Kansas State – You know what, Jayhawkers, if you get Talib, then I want my boy, too. When Kiper said that he’d rather have Jordy on 3rd and 7 than any other WR in this draft it validated what I’ve been saying for awhile now–this dude is worth a mid-to-late second rounder. Thing is, a la T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Wes Welker, he might end up playing like a first rounder. He plays faster than he is, catches everything, returns kicks and would be the perfect sidekick on the D-Bo show. Go get ‘em, Chiefs, even if it requires a trade.