Let me start off by saying that I think the only draft pick I got correct in my Mock Draft a week ago was the pick the Oakland Faiders made when they selected Darren McFadden with the fourth choice overall. That is why they are called “mock” drafts.
I was going to write an article this week about the Jared Allen trade and my thoughts on the subject, but after watching the first day of the draft Saturday, I got to tell you, I would like to personally send Jared a thank you card for agreeing to sign with the Vikings and thus allowing the Chiefs to have an extra pick in the first round. I will say this; He is no longer a Chief, therefore I care no more for him. I would say I wish him well, he was my favorite player on the Chiefs, but honestly I could care less how he does.
I am a Chiefs fan, not a “one particular player fan”. Period.
Instead, I thought I would write a little about the draft thing that took place over the weekend, I don’t know if you heard about it or not. Just the first day of the draft however, because let’s be honest, round 3 or 4 and beyond is really a guessing game to the avid or causal fan. Most of the time when a name is called, we get a look on our face that screams out “who?”.
I will also preface this by writing that I believe trying to grade a draft a day or two after it occurs is pretty much pointless. You can’t fairly and honestly evaluate how a team drafted until 2-3 years down the road. Having said that, let me continue on with my grade of the Chiefs first day draft.
First selection is Glenn Dorsey, my first response was, “are you kidding me, I can’t believe he fell to the Chiefs!” But low and behold, he did and right then and there, I thought that no matter what else transpired over the course of the next several hours, the Chiefs hit the lottery. Glenn Dorsey is a stud, many had him rated the highest of any player on their respective boards, including the St. Louis Rams who drafted need over ability and I think they made the correct call. Once he made it past the Falcons, I knew the Chiefs had a legitimate chance to land this guy, and I was stoked.
Glenn Dorsey is and will be a difference maker, and there aren’t a whole lot of those type of players. The type of player that forces offensive coordinator’s to scheme plays to account for a particular player. LT, Derrick Thomas, Ray Lewis, Urlacher, to name a few. I think in a couple years, you will be able to add Glenn Dorsey to that list, I really do.
Many (including yours truly) believed the Chiefs, should take the next best offensive lineman in the draft if they were unable to trade out of the 5th spot. That lineman, to me, would have been Branden Albert. The Chiefs brilliantly traded back up a couple spots from 17 (thanks Jared) to 15 and grab him then. I believe Branden will be a force to be reckoned with at the left tackle position. By the way, did any of you guys see the highlight of him catching a “swing pass” from the tackle/tight end position? Crazy.
Now, you can say what you want to , and we can all bitch and moan from time to time about Carl Peterson and the front office staff, but this is why he has more knowledge about football and how it works on the management side of things in his little pinky than you or I do in our entire bodies. That sentence should make for some interesting comments.
Braden Albert will be our new left tackle this coming season, the Chiefs went on to take Barry Richardson, tackle out of Clemson in the sixth round. So what does all this mean? Well, who knows really, we still have a lot of free agent rookies to sign and veterans that still are going to be cut at some time before the start of the season, but my best guess right now is this; Branden Albert LT, Brian Waters LG, Rudy Niswanger C, Damion McIntosh RG, and Barry Richardson or Will Svitek battling it out for the RT position.
The Chiefs went on to replace the horrid Ty Law with corner back Brandon Flowers out of Virginia Tech. Yet another wonderful move by Carl, Bill and Herm. Mike Mayock from the NFL Network who I’ve mentioned before and like his analysis, said that he had Brandon Flowers rated his best corner back in the draft. Look for Brandon to come in on day one and fill the void (well, position really, the word “void” makes it sound like Ty was productive) at corner back.
The rest of the guys will have every opportunity for playing time, all they have to do is show some heart and possess the ability to play the game—that wouldn’t hurt either. Be sure to check out Adam’s informative Day Two Recap to get a better idea of who the Chiefs selected on day two. Remember this, Jarrad Page was drafted in the seventh round. So any of the men drafted on Sunday could be a starter come September.
I’m rejuvenated fellow Chiefs fans, I feel happy once more about the direction the Chiefs are going after this draft. How do you feel?