Chiefs Ultimate Mock Draft, Round 5, Pick #140
Official Reader Pick:
Round 1: Phil Taylor, Nose Tackle, Baylor (Andrew)
Round 2: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA (Andrew)
Round 3: Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian (Andrew)
Round 4: Tim Barnes, C, Missouri (Andrew)
Round 5 (A): Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii (Surprise…Andrew)
Y’all know the drill. Poll is in the post below.
Pick: Bilal Powell, RB Louisville
Explanation: Powell is a smart, patient runner with a great short burst and good speed. He runs tough between the tackles and is hard to bring down. This skill set makes him ideally suited for a zone blocking scheme. He tends to run a bit upright and take too many big hits. However, he can be a nice complement to Jamaal Charles as he tries to refine his style. At this point in the draft, an understudy to Thomas Jones is a fine choice.
Pick: Joseph Lefeged, S, Rutgers
Explanation: Jon McGraw is a free agent and there is no guarantee he’ll be re-signed. This seems especially true with, hopefully, last year’s draft pick Kendrick Lewis able to step in for him. However, it should be pointed out that Lewis was oft injured last season and McGraw may not be there to fill in for him. Lefeged was a team captain last year and was deemed the MVP of the team and the MVP of special teams by his fellow players. With a 4.42 40-yard time, Lefeged seems to have good speed and at worst would probably be a good special teams player. At best, perhaps he fights for the starting safety spot not occupied by Eric Berry.
Pick: Jospeh Barksdale, OL, LSU
Explanation: In the late 5th round the key is to get guys you think can play in the national football league because in three years most of the 5th round guys won’t be. Barksdale is that kind of guy. A well balanced all around tackle who’s a technician at the offensive line position and a great value in round five. Barksdale is widely considered a 3rd round talent, but is lower on drafttek’s big board.
Pick: Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
Explanation: My experience in the National Football League has been pretty short. I never played football in college, was never drafted, and have never played a down for an NFL team, or even tried out. And yet, somehow, I have the exact same number of wins in the league as Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko have had in Kansas City. The Croyle experiment has mercifully come to a close, and his 0-10 record and pitiful performances were evidence that not even the coaches trust him.
So with Croyle out, and Palko being… well, Palko, we cannot enter the 2011 season with one QB. It is highly expected that Pioli will grab a late-rounder at the position like he always does to potentially groom into a sleeper surprise at the position. At our “5b” selection, we can make Pat Devlin that guy. Devlin is a physically gifted quarterback from the same program that groomed Joe Flacco. Delaware expects their QBs to make multiple reads, something virtually no other college programs do, which is why their QBs have such a great shot at pro success. As this team goes from pretender to contender, depth at this position will be of upmost importance. Let’s not leave depth at the most important position on the field to a later round. Let’s just get it done here.