After listening to Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and all the other experts, you would think that the draft is a mere formality. Various draft sites have the Chiefs picking Aaron Curry, inside/outside linebacker from Wake Forest. They describe him as the “BEST ATHLETE AVAILABLE.” Other sites suggest Eugene Monroe, a former teammate of Branden Albert, who actually played left tackle at Virginia. But clearly these experts have too much time on their hands. I recently read an article suggesting the Lions pull a Vikings and delay announcing their selection until after the Chiefs to save $4 million in bonus money. We’re getting into silly season at this point.
But what about the Chiefs, what should they do? I have a rather simple solution — trade down 5-8 places, pick up additional picks (definitely a second-rounder to replace the one surrendered in the Matt Cassell trade) and then with their pick select J-Mac. But why J-Mac? First, Jeremy Maclin would immediately improve two of the three segments of the Chiefs — offense and special teams. J-Mac is a gamebreaker on both offense and special teams.
Unlike the so-called experts, I actually discussed this with Big 12 coaches. He was the most feared weapon in the Big 12. His potential is unlimited and he will be a better receiver as he matures(just a sophomore in eligibility) The Chiefs have not had a receiver with his speed since Carlos Carson and have not had a return man of his ability since Dante Hall. Has everyone forgotten what Dante and Tamarick Vanover would do to change the complexion of a game?
I also prefer J-Mac to Michael Crabtree, especially considering where they are projected to go off the board. Maclin is smarter, faster, isn’t injured and can also contribute as a return man. He has the speed opposite Dwayne Bowe that the Chiefs sorely need. I’m not sure Crabtree has the wheels to separate and stretch the field.
Besides his obvious talents, his great upside and his score on his Wonderlic test (25), he would provide instant star power and excitement in an aura of rebuilding. Wouldn’t J-Mac put excitement back into kickoffs and punt returns, and what better state to do that but in his home state of Missouri?
I don’t want another disappointment at linebacker like Derrick Johnson or another underachieving defensive lineman. We finally have a quarterback, so let’s give him the tools to succeed. Give me J-Mac!!