Jan 22, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Newly hired Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid scouts the Senior Bowl south squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
As the Chiefs prepare to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft for the first time in franchise history, we’ve made our own draft board. Adam Teicher, The Star’s Chiefs reporter, has ranked the top 10 available players who fit the Chiefs’ most pressing needs. Not all are worthy of the No. 1 pick — the Chiefs may decide to trade down — but all are worth keeping an eye on before the draft starts April 25.
That was the pinnacle of a career that began with Dawson languishing for five years in Pittsburgh and Cleveland as an unknown backup but eventually landed him in the Hall of Fame in Canton, 18 miles from his hometown in Alliance, Ohio.
It was also a game and a week when the face of the Chiefs for 14 years had to grapple with off-the-field distractions that would be served up as red meat in today’s media climate.
Andy Reid’s going to bring some fresh air and new life to Kansas City. And though the Chiefs are due for a change at the quarterback position, I’m just not sure that quarterback is in this draft. Make no mistake about it: There’s no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this 2013 draft class. Joeckel — not even ranked in the top 10 of some of the other mock drafts — is one of the most promising offensive tackles to enter the league in the past five years. Very athletic. Nimble. He was fantastic in Mike Sherman’s scheme and even better in Kliff Kingsbury’s. This may not inspire the fan base, but it’s a franchise cornerstone. There’s talent in Kansas City. Now, there’s an offensive guru as the head coach, too. They’re a veteran QB away from being relevant.
Tinker met with a slew of NFL teams in speed-dating fashion. The group included the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen