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Donovan's Draft Redo

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Here’s the first half of our Friday Fan Week doubleheader, from long-time commenter Donovan…

Having been two weeks since one of the most exciting days in my life, I wanted to create a 2008 NFL draft Re-do. Over the past three years we have made some good first round decisions followed by some debatable second/later round decisions. So I’m going to take a shot at being a GM. If any NFL organization likes my opinions please email me with any job offers.

These selections that I will make are merely based on my own personal opinion of the players; although, I did a vast amount of research on “professional” opinions from websites such as Walter Football, Draft Tek, Draft Consensus, and Rivals. My selections will be tailored to two things:

  1. I can only select players that were chosen after the actual Chiefs’ pick. For instance, I would not be able to select Chris Long because he was taken before our selection; however, I would be able to select Gholston at no. 5 over Dorsey. (This isn’t true, this is just an example)
  2. I must respect all 34 trades that were made and not alter the selection order in anyway.

For the sake of brevity I’ll go ahead and tell you I kept the first three picks the same. Nicely done Carl and Herm!

Round 3

73rd Selection – Early Doucet WR LSU

  • I understand that Charles is a great compliment for LJ, but if you notice we have a pick merely three selections later after. Many people say Charles was probably the best available on the board but Doucet is also a great prospect still available.
  • What about Jamaal Charles? Either select him three picks later, after Carolina whom drafted Stewart and San Francisco whom are the worst drafters ever, or go elsewhere. Our offense was horrid last year, especially the run game. A good way to help the run game is having receivers that the opponents have to worry about. I going to guess that not many teams were worried about Jeff Webb making a huge play; therefore, the opposing defense crowded the offensive line making it difficult to run. This along with a good line can help our offense drastically.

76th Selection – Mario Manningham WR Michigan

  • So two wide receivers back to back you say? Absolutely, you want to know the reason. Devard Darling is our no. 2 receiver. That’s why. Anybody doubting Mario’s character must not fear. Herm Edwards is a great mentor to players.
  • What about Brad Cottam? Alright I’m starting to second-guess my decision. Maybe Cottam is the perfect player for the Chiefs. Good Blocking, Hands, and Speed. But I’ll stick with Manningham I want to keep it interesting and I’m looking forward to your opinions on this draft.

82nd Selection – DaJuan Morgan FS NC State

Round 4
105th Selection – Anthony Collins OT KU

  • I am surprised that Collins is still on the board. He was an All-American who possesses athleticism, long arms, great mobility, and a lot of upside. This will give the Chiefs the ability of moving DMac to RG allowing Collins to learn to play at the next level at RT. This selection almost solves all our O-Line starting positions.
  • Will Franklin? WR problem was solved in the third round.

Round 5

140th Selection – Carl Nicks OL Nebraska

  • I originally had Owen Schmitt at this pick, but I took him away because I absolutely love Mike Cox at FB. I said I wouldn’t be biased but come on Mike Cox ROCKS!
  • On Carl Nicks, it’s hard to pass up a guy who was projected in the mid 2nd round to early 3rd round with our 140th selection. It was reported that Nicks looked fantastic at the combine. Nicks is 6’5” 340 who can run a 5.2 40. Hard to pass up in the Fifth. The only problem that arises is that he is 25, but why not take a chance. I also seem to remember a guy we drafted in 1992 out of Nebraska to play on our line and he was one of our greatest selections ever. (Will Shields)

Round 6

170th Selection – Brian Johnston DE Gardner Webb

  • Gives us added depth at DE and may be the next Jared Allen.

182nd Selection – Kevin Robinson KR/PR Utah St.

  • Best Return Specialist in the draft. Let’s hope he pans out.

Round 7

210th Selection – Anthony Aldridge RB Houston

  • Since we did not select Jamaal Charles in the third round, I needed to find a replacement for him. Aldridge wasn’t selected in the draft, but I’ll give him a chance, after all it is the seventh round.

239th Selection – Kirk Barton OL Overrated State

  • Kirk Barton posted great numbers at the combine and his pro day (34 bench reps, 4.9 40) so why not take a chance on him.

The importance of the Re-Draft is for you guys/girls to get an appreciation for the players that we did select (and I wanted one last Draft Hoorah before I have to give it up). None of us are a General Manager or Head Coach in the NFL, so let’s hope that Herm and Carl did their jobs. We still have a lot of work to do to get back on top but we are well on our way. As long as Chan doesn’t let Herm go anywhere near the Offense’s playbook, I can see us getting back to the playoffs within the next few years.

IT’S GOOD TO BE A CHIEF IN 2008!!!

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