An interesting idea from our pal Matt Conner over at Arrowhead Pride. I totally disagree with him but it is refreshing to hear some new ideas on the draft and he does make some good points. Surprised Andrew hasn’t come out with this one yet. You hear that Crocker? Conner is moving into your outrageous idea territory. Is the internet big enough for both of you?
So while you could make a case for Joe Haden, or a pass rusher like Jason Pierre-Paul, I think it comes down to Defensive Tackle. And this, in turn, brings me to Brian Price, DT, UCLA.
Yes, I realize I’m probably the only guy putting Price in the Top 5 players in the draft. I’m the only guy linking him to the Chiefs. And so I realize that either makes me genius or stupid (read: most likely “stupid). But know, first off, that if somehow Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy are available at No. 5 OR if the Chiefs can trade up (gasp!) to get one of these guys, I absolutely believe that is the best move they could possibly make in this draft.
But the simple truth is that they won’t be available. Or at least they shouldn’t be. That’s because if you can get a franchise tackle in today’s NFL, you pay, you fight, you scramble, you search, you claw your way to get that guy and keep him. The Titans paid dearly after losing Albert Haynesworth, and the Redskins paid dearly to acquire him. (Of course, the results of the ‘Skins season undermines my argument, but go with me here since I think Washington is just a screwed up franchise). Aubrayo Franklin? The Niners aren’t stupid enough to let him go. Casey Hampton? Pittsburgh knows what they’re doing, too.