The Kansas City Chiefs could be drafting ugly in 2012.
What does that mean, exactly?
Ugly. Not sexy.
I consider sexy picks to be either big name players or skill positions players. For example:
Tyson Jackson: Ugly
Eric Berry: Sexy
Dexter McCluster: Sexy
Ricky Stanzi: Sexy
Jon Asamoah: Ugly
Jonathan Baldwin: Sexy
Let’s face it, we like the sexy picks. Fans like hearing the team draft a player they can easily envision making a big impact. Everyone knew Eric Berry was supposed to be awesome. Jonathan Baldwin was going to be a big, fast WR opposite Dwayne Bowe. These picks excite us.
Looking at the Chiefs’ roster, there are a number of sexy players. There are holes in some places but it would appear as though the Chiefs are reaching a point where they need to add some players who do the dirty work so other guys can get the glory. This is a team pretty well set at the skill positions (QB debate aside) that pretty much needs lineman and depth.
Consider KC’s top non-QB needs.
NT, RT, RB, blocking TE, tackle depth, center depth, safety depth, MLB
I would say that list is pretty much in order. You could argue it is a pretty strong tie between NT and RT.
The offense needs more help than the D but still, most of the starting spots are probably accounted for. With Thomas Jones needing a time machine, Jackie Battle set to be a free agent and Dexter McCluster being blown away by strong gusts of wind, the Chiefs need to add a RB to pair with Jamaal Charles. That RB could come in the draft but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs nabbed someone in free agency. LT, RG, LG and C are all pretty much set. The “Killer B’s” should hold down WR. The Chiefs really only need a starter at RT and a blocking TE.
On defense, the only glaring need at starter is NT. The corners are set whether Brandon Carr comes back or not. The safeties are set. The linebackers are terrific. Belcher is the weakest and he isn’t THAT weak. On the defensive line, Dorsey and Jackson aren’t likely going anywhere and Allen Bailey is making a push for playing time.
What the Chiefs really need is some of those ugly draft picks. The Chiefs’ draft could very well go like this:
Rd. 1: T
Rd. 2: NT
Rd. 3: Blocking TE
Rd. 4: C
Rd. 5: S
Rd 6: RB
Rd: 7: T
Would it be an unsexy draft? Sure. But it could also be incredibly effective if the Chiefs make the right decisions.
Obviously this example is an exaggeration. What the Chiefs do could look very different because they’ve shown in the past that even if they have a need in one area, if they don’t like the players available, they will go elsewhere.
There is also free agency to consider. Should the Chiefs find a way to add a NT or T in free agency, they could use one of the early rounds to make a sexy pick on say, a QB or RB.
What do you think, Addicts? Are the Chiefs heading toward an ugly draft filled with blockers and foundation guys or will they surprise us by adding some exciting, sexy picks as well?