The good folks at NFL Draft Scout, who we use exclusively for our player round projections when breaking down the Chiefs’ draft interests, have released their first (I think) 2013 Mock Draft.
And, bless them, they’ve given us something to talk about.
The Chiefs are selecting first overall in this mock. There are two mockers, Dane Brugler and Rob Rang. Both gentleman have the Chiefs selecting QB Matt Barkley with the first pick.
But don’t worry. NFL Draft Scout doesn’t think the Chiefs are going to be the worst team in the NFL this season. They just think they are going to be the most QB hungry team next offseason. To determine the order, they simply used the 2011 draft order as a template while adding in teams like the Raiders and Saints, that did not have first round picks this year. They also projected some trades, one of which was the Chiefs moving up to #1.
Here is the breakdown from each writer:
Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Should Matt Cassell return to his level of play in 2010 in which he helped the Chiefs win the AFC West, the team won’t be looking for help at quarterback. If he doesn’t, Kansas City may not have to trade up to be in position to land one of the top passers in 2013. Barkley is pro-ready and the odds-on-favorite at this time to be the first pick.
The Chiefs have quietly built a fairly strong roster and are legitimate contenders in the AFC West. But in this quarterback league, Matt Cassel is the engine that makes the team go and if the Chiefs fail surpass a .500 record in 2012 (for the fifth time in the last six years) then look for Kansas City to look for an upgrade at quarterback.
Check out the whole mock here.
What do you say, gents? And what do YOU say, the few female readers we have that we’ve yet to scare away.
Chiefs? #1 overall? Barkley?