Since the end of the season we have been talking non-stop NFL Draft. I was brought on board here at AA in mid December, so pretty much my entire time here has been spent covering the offseason coaching moves and the Draft.
Upon my hire, I set a goal to get press credentials for the NFL Draft so that AA could bring you the most in depth coverage possible.
I will be in Radio City Music Hall all weekend bring you live coverage. When you log in to AA tonight you will see 2 permanent fixtures at the top of the page. First will be a live chat ran by the AA staff were we can all chime in as a group on what is happening. Below that, you will find my Draft Diary. I will update the Diary throughout the night, with random thoughts and observations from inside Radio City Music Hall. Be sure to check it and check it often. After the chat and Draft Diary, you will find the usual coverage you have come to expect from AA.. We’ll have everything from staff reactions and news post to live pictures and video interviews.Now, on to my predictions.
I’ve gone through what seems like every single possible scenario for the Chiefs 5th pick in the drafting to spend a I have advocated for everyone from safety Eric Berry to nose tackle. I have looked at it from every angle I could think of and still probably haven’t looked at it the same way the Chiefs and Scott Pioli are looking at it.
My preference is that the Chiefs find a way to trade back. The team has many needs and this is a deep draft. Trading back will net KC extra picks and save them from having to spend a bundle on 1 player taken in the top 5. Still, a prediction must be made…and it is after the jump.
I think the player the Chiefs need the most is Dan Williams at the NT. While I feel he is a wild card I don’t think he will be the pick.
I thing the Chiefs need playmakers on both sides of the ball. Eric Berry and Dez Bryant would go a long way to giving the defense or offense more explosion. Still, I don’t think either will be the pick.
You can never have too many offensive lineman and there are a lot of good ones in this draft. I don’t think OT will be the pick.
The Chiefs need help on defense. If they can trade back a bit I think they might take Dan Williams but if they are forced to stay at 5, I think they reach a bit to get what they believe to be a safe pick at a position of need.
I believe the Chiefs will select….
The Chiefs need help at MLB. McClain and Derrick Johnson roaming the middle of the Chiefs defense would be a huge upgrade over Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays. That is not to say I want those two out. They both played well at times, particularly Williams but make no mistake, they will serve the Chiefs better as depth.
For Kansas City’s defense to work, they are going to need to add a nose tackle and a safety but I can see Pioli feeling good about McClain. McClain is probably the safest pick that is not an offensive tackle that Pioli can take at #5. Though I think he will do everything in his power to trade back, Pioli may be forced to pick at #5.
It is your turn, Addicts. Put up or shut up!
Let’s hear your predictions. One last time before the Draft, SOUND OFF!