Wake up and smell the mockery, Addicts! Before the Combine, or Danica, careen into the fast lane, let’s get some forecasting up and running. So, here’s a great way to start the day, with a mockery of the offseason starring your favorite news headliners, Peyton Manning, and the Chiefs of course!
I attempted to make this offseason mock as achievable as possible. Meaning… these moves could actually be done. No stretching, strangling or back breaking moves are needed to get this accomplished. Especially if you’re Clark Hunt and you have an extra $38 mil laying around. I’ll begin with free agency. However, if there’s anything free agency is not, it’s free.
Sign QB Peyton Manning
Sign OT Demetrius Bell
The Chiefs will then have the 6th best and the 9th best pass protectors in the NFL at their offensive tackle positions. They will also have the best quarterback in the history of quarterbacks (purely an opinion).
Trade- Chiefs trade back in the first round and pick up an extra third rounder
Chiefs trade the 11th pick with Chicago for… the 19th pick plus the 10th pick of the third round (which Chicago originally received from Carolina).
1st Round- 19th pick- NT Dontari Poe, 6-5, 350, Memphis
2nd Round- 44th pick- OG Kevin Zeitler, 6-4, 314, Wisconsin
3rd Round- 74th pick- ILB Vontaze Burfict, 6-3, 250, Arizona State
3rd Round- 75th pick- RB LaMichael James, 5-9, 195, Oregon
4th Round- 108th pick- OT-DE-TE Brandon Mosley, 6-6, 314, Auburn,
5th Round- 139th pick- DE Jared Crick, 6-6, 285, Nebraska (torn pectoral)
6th Round- 172nd pick- RB Terrance Ganaway, 6-0, 241, Baylor
7th Round- 203rd pick- CB Omar Bolden, 5-10, 195, Arizona State (torn ACL)
1. Dontari Poe and Jerrell Powe are the future at NT for the Chiefs. In the meantime Amon Gordon teaches Poe the ropes as they split time his rookie year. We may need another veteran NT if Jerrell Powe can’t begin to step in and share some of the load.
2. Kevin Zeitler may not be the next Will Shields but, he’ll be a very, very good Guard in the NFL and I’ve seen enough of him to know I’d want him on my team. Ryan Lilja and can show him the ropes and help to wean him from the college mistakes and give him some time to take over at Guard. Although, I don’t think Zeitler will need much time at all. In fact, he may come in and start on day one.
3.A. Vontaze Burfict. A few months ago I was sad to see Burfict fall so far from grace. Not sure what happened exactly but, whenever I watched game action I could see that his performance was not the same and he’d lost some consistency. With DJ and Hali on either side of Burfict he should benefit greatly and they can cover some of his initial blunders enough for him to become the ILB of destiny he’s meant to be. What I look forward to most with Burfict is… the opportunity to say “snot-knockers” a whole lot more. This 3.A. pick is my “Justin Houston” pick like the one the Chiefs got a year ago. They added another pick in the third then took a player who was considered a bit of a risk. Should work out Burfictly.
3.B. LaMichael James (4.32 40) is not the running back who’ll replace Thomas Jones but, together with Terrance Ganaway they can get the job done with oodles to spare. Plus, I think both of them will get along better with Jon Baldwin than Tommy boy ever did. James should help the Chiefs hedge their bets on JC and keep the pressure on opposing defenses even when JC is not in the game. He may cut into Dexter McCluster’s carries but, the result of that will be pleasing. I guarantee you. If you’ve seen Oregon play at all this year then you know that James puts the speed in “team speed.” And we could always use more team speed.
4. Brandon Mosley is an offensive tackle from Auburn. Prior to that he played TE and DE at Coffeyville Community College. Mosley ranks as the 9th best OT in this draft but, GM Scott Pioli should be interested in his flexibility and who knows, maybe he’s the next great TE in disguise. Or, at least he could line up as a Tackle-eligible on a 3rd and goal. The TE experience should mean he’s light on his feet, even if he turns out to be another developmental OT.
5. Jared Crick was thought to be one of the best defensive ends prior to this season but, a torn pectoral muscle early in the season sidelined him for the rest of the year. I think it would be well worth the risk of taking him and seeing if he heals. He could give Tyson Jackson or Glenn Dorsey the real competition they need to get motivated and raise their game. Or… Crick could eventually replace one of them, all for the cost of a lowly 5th round pick.
6. Terrance Ganaway is a one cut up the gut kind of runner. Sometimes Ganaway is… no-cut-then-up-the-gut. I saw him run one up the middle this year against Washington that he broke clean and clear on and then he ran for over 50 yards for a TD. His best recorded 40 is 4.5 but he sure looked a lot faster than that on his long run. He easily pulled away from everybody. He seems to like the contact up the middle and the Chiefs could use someone who’s not afraid to go inside. Also, he’s articulate and polite and intelligent. A dynamite combination.
7. Omar Bolden may be one too many reclamation projects in an off-season for Scott Pioli but, if Bolden can come back from his ACL injury then the Chiefs would have a jewel. You might think I choose Bolden because he’s from Arizona State and so is Burfict. It may be true that Pioli likes to take two from one school in the same year or in successive years but, Bolden was considered to be one of the best CB prospects before this season started so if he can come back then the Chiefs will have another weapon in Crennel’s defensive backfield arsenal. His 4.38 40 time will help to slow down some of the more high powered offenses in the league.
BTW… if the Chiefs make all these moves they should be playing in Super Bowl XLVII. If that happens… they should reward me handsomely.
Well, that’s my off-season dream mock… at least for the moment.
I’m just hoping we get at least a couple of these guys.
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Remember the Chiefs are picking: 11, 44, 75, 108, 139, 172, and 203 (and of course there are the extra picks that are awarded to teams at the end of later rounds that will throw this selection order off but, don’t let that stop you from mocking your little heart out).