Former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is a guest expert on Path To The Draft today on NFL Network, live from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
Early in the show, Pioli sat down next to the Chiefs’ current head coach, Andy Reid, and the two went on a trip to Awkward Town. Then later, Pioli was finally asked specifically, whether or not he though the Chiefs should be targeting a QB in the 2013 NFL Draft.
First of all, I don’t think I should be telling the Kansas City Chiefs what to do at all, ok. (laughing) I had my time, it didn’t work out. There’s a solid foundation of talent on that football team. They need to get the best player available. You look at their roster, people say that they’re all set. Luke Joeckel, he comes in, hen maybe they don’t get Branden Albert signed. What is Branden Albert demanding? They’ve got three key free agents on their football team this year in Dwayne Bowe, Branden Albert and really, Dustin Colquitt, one of the best punters in the National Football League.
They’ve got to figure out where they’re using that franchise tag. That is going to have an impact on what they do in the draft. They sign Dwayne Bowe and well, maybe there’s a lot of things that they can do. Right now…I think right now the best player is Luke Joeckel. That could change here in the coming weeks.
There it is. Pioli says the Chiefs need to get the best player available and later, he says that he thinks Luke Joeckel is the best player available.
To be fair, Pioli says that could change but still, this is the first time we’ve gotten a look into which player Pioli thinks is the best in this year’s class. Had he not been fired, Pioli would be the one making the decisions for the Chiefs this year.
Can you imagine what would have happened in KC if Pioli was retained, then didn’t re-sign Branden Albert and then drafted Luke Joeckel?
The thing is, the same situation, minus Pioli, could still happen.