The Chiefs have cut only two (2) linebackers from last year: Donnie Edwards and Pat Thomas. They have traded for and signed five (5): Monty Beisel, Corey Mays, Darrell Robertson, Mike Vrabel, and Zach Thomas. This along with the current roster of Weston Dacus, Curtis Gatewood, Derrick Johnson, and Demorrio Williams gives us nine (9) total linebackers. As we know, we are eventually switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme. Utilizing a 3-4 scheme requires four linebackers. So, are we still in need of even more linebackers?
Just about every mock draft I see has the Chiefs taking Curry with the number three (3) pick. However, is Curry really going to be the number three (3) pick? Is Curry truly a 3-4 linebacker? Are we better suited by finding a 3-4 linebacker in later rounds?
I have been reading a couple of articles about potential 3-4 linebackers in this draft (see below). Specifically, they focus on, and rank, the linebackers best suited for a 3-4 scheme. Whether or not these authors are correct, I find it surprising that they all have a common denominator. Curry is NOT listed.
The entire Internet claims that Curry is the best linebacker in the draft. It also says he is the safest, but is he really the best pick for the Chiefs and their soon to be 3-4 scheme? The Chiefs may need a linebacker, but don’t’ they need a specific kind of linebacker? As good as he is, is Curry really that guy? As Pioli puts it: “its not the best players but the right ones”.
Maybe the Chiefs should be focusing on these 3-4 linebackers: Clint Sintim (Virginia), Lawrence Sidbury (Clemson), Cody Brown (Connecticut), and David Veikune (Hawaii). These players all expected to be available in the later rounds.