Merlin's Magic: 2009 Chief Draft Review

While the draft is one of my favorite events in football, the post-draft analysis is fun too. Going into to the draft, my biggest question was about the defensive direction. Is the 4-3 under defense our base set for years to come or is it a transitional phase to a 3-4 defense? This draft provided some of the clearest signals to what our future defense will look like. Let’s go through the picks and my reactions to them.

Round one, Tyson Jackson, DE - Word of this pick leaked out in the days before the draft. Jackson was a solid pick. It’s a risky pick, leaving Aaron Curry, the best defensive player in the draft still on the board. Jackson fills a need as a run stuffing DE, but it doesn’t answer our defensive direction question.

Round three, Alex Magee, DE – OK, here is where alarm bells went off in my head. This is another run stuffer DE. This pick makes it fairly obvious that a 3-4 is the ultimate destination. There are other ramifications to this pick that I will talk about later.

Round four, Donald Washington, CB - I understand the thought behind this pick. The Chiefs are looking for a larger nickel back to work against slot receivers. The rumor is that Pioli wanted to trade back into round three to draft Washington. Pioli must really love this kid. This was far from our biggest need.

Round five, Colin Brown, OT – A big development OT tackle type. The Chiefs lack of higher round attention to the O-line continues. This has been a several year trend. Brown gets throw into the mix, but you can’t count on him starting. If he emerges fast, great, but don’t count on it.

The remaining picks are all guys to compete for jobs, not guys you can assume are going to get a lot of playing time. Lawrence is a fast WR and fills a need now that Franklin is gone. Williams at RB, O’Connell at TE and Succop at Kicker will all compete. As with all drafts, if we get one of those guys to be a decent player we did well.

What does this draft mean? Well, it means we are starting all over, yet again. This does not bode well for the futures of players like Tamba Hali, Turk McBride and Maurice Leggett. Even Glenn Dorsey and Brandon Flowers should be concerned.

The draft surprised me in several ways. I was surprised with the third and forth round picks. I was shocked that we didn’t draft both a pass rusher and later on, a inside linebacker to develop. We still have gaping holes at pass rusher and at right tackle. At this point, Jason Taylor in a Chief uniform would not surprise me at all. After mini-camps, don’t be shocked to see a veteran right tackle signed.

All in all, this was a Chief draft filled with reaches. Giving it anything more than a ‘C’ grade would require copious amounts of that drink called Pioli-aid. Since I don’t drink that, I’ll stay sober and look forward to Chiefs rebuilding year one, part deaux. Next week, I will have some thoughts on ”The Plan’.

OK Addicts, sound off. Are we back to square one, yet again?

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