The Chiefs 63rd Pick In The Draft


A lot can happen between now and draft day. Of course, I thought the exact same thing back in January. Well, we just couldn’t know then, what we think we know now. Kansas City GM John Michael Dorsey and coach Andrew Walter Reid have certainly been altering the landscape at Chiefs Way and Red Coat Drive, enough so that no one is sure what’s coming next.

As much as I’ve enjoyed seeing them etch their names in the new cement around Arrowhead during the first week of Free Agency, I’m a bit weary worn while watching the “professional” speculators do their speculating about who, or whom, the Chiefs may or may not be taking with the FIRST pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Not that I’m not interested, I am, but, there are other picks to speculate about as well. So, let’s take a look at the Chiefs 63rd pick in the draft, which, for now, appears to be the very next pick coming to them, following el numero uno.

6-5, 306, OT Terron Armstead is a prospect bounding up the draft boards. He started out ranked later in the 3rd round but, after running an eye popping 4.71 40 yards dash at the combine, teams are showing an increasing interest, to say the least. Because Armstead also ran an unofficial 4.65, some teams are wondering if Armstead can play TE. Comparatively, of all the QBs at the combine, only Geno Smith ran a 40 time faster than 4.65. Why bring that up? If you’re a team looking for a lineman to run clearance on a sweep — for a very fast running back — Terron is your man plus, he has the athleticism to handle the NFL’s best speed rushers.

Coach Reid may want his offensive linemen to carry a bit more weight for his power blocking scheme but, Armstead appears to have the frame to carry more pounds without losing much speed.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says Armstead was “the OT with the most upside” at the East-West All-Star game and while some teams might be thinking he could shift over to TE, it’s looking a lot more like he could be a starter from day one at OT.

If you can buy into the idea of drafting an athletic defensive lineman, one that everyone fell in love with last year, Dontari Poe, in the first round, who played for a pitiful Memphis team, then you should be able to accept the idea of drafting Terron Armstead who played for a small school, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, in the third round. Here’s his performance in the SWAC Championship game against Jackson State. Preview warning: it’s loaded with piles of pancakes of inferior talent… if that kind of thing clicks your ticket.

Although Armstead’s talent appears to be a little raw, ProFootballTalk has this to say,

Although he didn’t play against high-quality competition at Arkansas Pine-Bluff, he was a good college player who was so impressive at the East-West Shrine Game that he got a late invitation to the Senior Bowl. So there are signs that NFL scouts think Armstead can play. We certainly know he can run.

6-3, 200, WR Aaron Dobson from Marshall claims to have 4.30 speed but, had a 4.53 at the combine and 4.40 at his pro day. What is undeniable is his ability to catch the ball. Take a look at this incredible reception, appropriately named, “The Catch.” See picture at left.

An essential skill for a good WR is being able to separate from a CB. Dobson displayed this skill against CBs at the Senior Bowl. CB prospect Desmond Trufant is a player many consider a first round talent and Dobson consistently utilized his quickness to create 3 yards of space against him.

Here’s a scouting report on Dobson from nepatriotsdraft.com. They offer this player analysis:

 Aaron Dobson has quietly had a great career at Marshall, despite not having an NFL-quality arm throwing to him. With an arm that can deliver the ball down the field on a consistent basis, Dobson’s production would have been greatly improved… A tall receiver that can get over the top of cornerbacks is never over-looked on draft day…

 Adding his talents to the wide receiving core already in house for the Chiefs could create havoc for opposing defenses. In my opinion Aaron Dobson is going to be a good one and could be had at pick 63.

5-9, 219, SS, Shamarko Thomas, had a rather infamous moment while running the 40 during this year’s combine by tripping at the finish line and landing on his face. However, he should be remembered more as a potential starter at Safety in the NFL. His unofficial 4.38 should get some attention and his abilities on the field should make him someone to seriously consider in round three.

Shamarko’s speed and stocky body allow him to cover slot receivers and TEs even though his height may appear to hold him back, it does not. NFL.com says Thomas provides, “speed, athleticism, and bone-jarring tackles.” With Dorsey and Reid bringing in physical players like Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith… Shamarko Thomas would fit in perfectly.

Thomas’ ability to hit is evident when watching him take on RB’s coming out of the backfield. What should interest the Chiefs most though is his untapped skill as a cover Safety. In the event the Chiefs can find a consistently healthy complement to Eric Berry — that being a “cover” Safety — then Berry is going to only get better. Which boggles the mind!

NFL.com also says of Shamarko Thomas,

The all-state pick in football and as a track sprinter from Virginia Beach stepped into a starting role in seven games as a true freshman, moving from linebacker to safety to cornerback depending on the matchup (41 tackles, 6.5 for loss). He again started seven games and played in all 13 in 2010, racking up 67 tackles, 3.5 for loss and three pass break-ups despite playing with padding and a brace on his left elbow much of the season. Thomas started all 10 games in which he played as a junior (missing two with a leg injury), again making 67 stops, three for loss. Thomas started in all 13 games as a senior, and led the Orange in tackles, with 85. He also intercepted two passes, and forced three fumbles.

In a draft class filled with quality defensive backs, Thomas could be a legitimate fit at Strong Safety for the Chiefs. Here’s some tape of Thomas against USC in 2012. At the :15 mark, Thomas flies up the running lane to help force a fumble in the hole. At the 2:01 mark, Thomas takes down the WR in the flat just as he is receiving the ball. At the 4:00 mark he crosses to the opposite side of the field to catch the RB from behind. At the 4:50 mark, Shamarko cuts in front of 6-1 WR Robert Woods to intercept a ball thrown by USC QB Matt Barkley.

Shamarko Thomas is said to need seasoning before he’s NFL ready, but the more I watch tape of him, the more he reminds me of a Safety already on the Chiefs roster: Mr. Berry himself. Thomas’ balance, timing, speed and hitting ability are all reminiscent. Insert him as a cover Safety and watch Berry go boom.

The important thing you need to know about Thomas is that during college he lost both of his parents. His father to a motorcycle accident and his mother to a heart condition. Thomas recounted the story to Sports Illustrated,

She was like, ‘If anything ever happens to me, I just want you to know you’re my chosen one. I want you to promise me that you are going to try your hardest and your best to make it,’” Thomas said. “I told my mom I’m going to make it and take care of my whole family.

Shamarko Thomas could have come out of school last year but, because of his commitment to his mother, and family, stayed for his Senior season at Syracuse.

6-3, 238, ILB Kiko Alonso from Oregon continues to be a well kept secret during this off season and mostly because he’s recovering from a wrist injury and been unable to participate in any all-star bowls or the combine. His workout at the Oregon Pro Day on March 15th was the first real opportunity scouts and team executives have had to look at him.

The way things stand right now, Alonso could be had at the beginning of the 4th round. He’s tall for an NFL ILB but, considering the size of most NFL TEs coming into the league, Alonso could be a real asset vs. any kind of receiver crossing over the middle: something that’s been missing from the Chiefs LB corp.

During ILB Jovan Belcher’s career with the Chiefs he registered zero INTs. Kiko Alonso had 4 INTs in 2012 and 6 over the past two seasons.

While the Chiefs could use an ILB to shore up their coverage, his primary contribution would be to stop the run. He was second on his team with 81 tackles. Watching tape on him, you’ll notice he loves to to stick his nose into the middle of things, hit people and make plays. I think he’ll have to add some muscle mass to survive but, his body has room to grow.

Rob Rang of CBS Sports says this about Alonso,

I think he’s a terrific athlete. Character has been a concern and there have been medical concerns. He’s a bit of a wild card. But at the same time he has a real degree of upside to him. He has long legs and long arms and needs to learn how to use them better to get off blocks. He certainly can close on ball carriers. He’s still pretty raw. I think at Oregon they allowed him to run around and create havoc. I heard that he quit drinking. If that’s true then that’s going to be significant.

Kiko Alonso may in fact be a 4th round talent, but, his potential upside and the Chiefs need at the ILB position, makes him a player to watch on day two of the draft.

6-6, 313 OT Kyle Long is another lineman who may well be available at #63. Son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of Rams DE Chris Long, he obviously has the genes to succeed at the pro level.

K. Long’s 4.94 40 time shows he’s physically cut from the same mold as his brother and father. From Nathan Kearns at ramblinfan.com,

“There was never any doubt about his pure athleticism and ability to learn and adapt quickly. He did nothing to disappoint on Saturday, clocking a sub-5.0 40-time (4.94 s), a Top 15 broad jump (107 in.), and a Top 10 20-yard shuffle time (4.63 s). Long showed excellent footwork and speed through the drills, and drew a ton of praise from Mike Mayock, even going so far as to tag him as a potential 1st rounder and an inevitable “starter” in the NFL.”

While K. Long played the Offensive Tackle position at Oregon he’s projected by many as a Guard. Mike Mayock also lists K. Long as his 4th best Guard available in the 2013 draft. Anyone related to Howie Long has to be worth considering.

With all the focus at the top pick of the draft, let’s not forget that the Chiefs will have solid choices at the 63rd pick. Although the 63rd pick this year is the first pick of the third round, in any normal year it would be a second round choice (neither New Orleans or Cleveland have a 2nd round pick this year).

Is there anyone you’d like to see the Chiefs consider at pick #63, if they happened to land in the Chiefs lap?

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  • Da Menace

    You betcha I do! I wanna see Rex Burkhead help carry the rock for the Chiefs, he’s a reall class act that can do it all, pound down defenses, catch, and block for the QB ( just ask Talor Martinez). Which ever team snags this kid is gettin a real gem!

    • ladner morse

      Yep… Rex Burkhead is a stud. One of the smartest RBs I’ve seen in a long time. Some of his decisions remind me of Marcus Allen.

    • superman_25_58

      Ya he would be a good pick up with our 6th round comp pick or our 7th round. I think he will be kinda similar to Danny Woodhead and will surprise in the NFL.

      • Da Menace

        Heck if he dropped that far I’d have to call him a gold nugget as he can start for any team in the NFL right awsy

  • Richard Comstock

    I dont care about Smith and Daniels at 63 if he is there i want TYLER BRAY!…I think he has to at least be considered He has AMAZING talent and with nfl coaching is going to be an absolute stud.

    The guys you mentioned are also STUDS though..Dobson has the some of the best hands I have EVER seen. Watching Armstead workout was kinda like watching Poe work out. Physical freak, who as you said would be a very versatile tackle or maybe even TE. If he could catch..he would be deadly in the redzone because who the hell knows if he is gonna go out for a pass or run block!

    • elly violette

      I like Tyler Bray too but, I’ve heard that he has a bad work ethic. Know anything about that? I’d be okay if with the Chiefs taking him if he’s around in the late rounds.

      • cyberry

        I read about the work ethic but he put on good weight and looked great in the combine..you just don’t roll out of bed like that. So apparently..he’s been working. Then I also heard EJ couldn’t read defenses and Glennon had a better arm than Geno..hmm. With football becoming a business and agents spreading rumors.. I’m not doubting you..just makes me wonder..

        • elly violette

          I’d just like to be a fly on the wall of John Dorsey’s office so I could see his true evaluations of specific players. I like Bray… butI want to know what Dorsey really thinks about him… and who he ranks higher or lower.

      • superman_25_58

        I agree, if Bray is still on the board in the 5th than we should snag him up.

  • micah stephenson

    THATS WHY I LIKE YALL!!!!! I was just wondering after we draft GENO SMITH with the 1st pick, who are some of the good players we can get with our 2 3rd rd picks. Soon as I get on AA, BAAAM! There it is. Thanks. Keep up all the good and hard work. :)

    • berttheclock

      Chill and just follow your 12 step program and AA will even become more meaningful to you.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Keep the wagOn rolling buddy !!!!!

    • ladner morse

      Micah, would you rather that the Chiefs draft Geno Smith… or… trade the pick for two or three picks? I still want Geno …. but, if it means picking up 2 or 3 other good player…. it’s a toss up for me. I think Geno is going to be very good and at some point buyers remorse will take hold.

      • micah stephenson

        I like both. Of corse I want GENO SMITH but if they not gone get him might as well try to predict who will have the 1st pick next yr and trade for it if possible. Drafting GENO SMITH #1. Trade for more picks #2.

        • elly violette

          I’d be plenty happy if the Chiefs got someone’s number one this year and a number one next year. That would give the Chiefs two number one’s next year and they could then move up to get whoever they wanted.

          • micah stephenson

            Not whoeva they wanted cus if a QB is there the team will likely take the QB instead of picks. Unless you are STL or KC.

          • ArrowFan

            Throw in a number 2 in both years as well and you have a deal.

  • berttheclock

    Good points, as usual. As to the five nine Thomas, yes, more teams are looking for taller safeties to take on the larger TEs in the game. So, Chancellor is mentioned as being the goal as he is six four. However, look to his side and you will see the five ten Earl Thomas who packs a wallop against any TE in the league. Thomas is a much better safety than Berry. Yes, Berry fans will scream about his injuries, but, Thomas was better at Texas than Berry was in the SEC.
    I like your points about the Nike guys. Far too much has been made of the tremendous speed Kelly employed in Eugene, yet, many failed to see how excellent many of their offensive linemen and defensive players happened to be.
    But, I would add the name of Tank Carradine to this list, should he show on next month’s pro day at FSU that he is back to speed from his ACL tear. Should he do so, look for the many lists made by “pundits” to be rapidly changed.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Troy Polamalu is listed at 5’10″ but that is a little bit of a stretch. He’s really only 5’9″. Thomas would be a great addition at a position of need with Lewis being injury prone.
      I am an Earl Thomas fan but I would not say he is way better than Berry. Which one is better is open to debate. Both should go to many pro bowls.

  • berttheclock

    One point about the so-called pundits who make their respective Mock Draft lists. Most only concentrate of the first round and leave the 2nd and 3rd rounds to the players they don’t think will taken in the first. Many pundits are simply pack followers or they pay more attention to any thoughts gleaned from owners and GMs.
    I doubt if any of them would be employed by such as Ted Thompson, John Schneider (or any GM trained by Ted Thompson), Trent Baalke, Ryan Grigson or Ozzie Newsome, all of whom really know how to spot talent in the later rounds and even UFAs.

  • Chris Tarrants

    KIko would fit the chiefs like a glove! He sniffs out the ball on every play just like Johnson but has the body to make bone cracking hits and cover 6’5″ TE’s. I love Derrick Johnson’s game play and I think this kid would accent him and make both of them better. Also it just so happens to be our most glaring need, I really do like Studebacker too but he could be a great fill in for anybody who needs a breather

  • http://twitter.com/javierq7 Francisco Quezada

    I like the Shamarko Thomas idea

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’ll bet Armstead goes in the second round. I’d take Kiki Alonso though.
    This is ultimately going to depend on what we do with our R1 pick. If we stand pat, I think we have to go ILB in the third. If not, we may have some options.

    • berttheclock

      Before the recent QB frenzy, many pundits considered this draft to be similar to the ’08 draft as being heavy in offensive linemen, defensive players and RBs. In that ’08 draft, only Ryan and Flacco were considered to be worthy and Ryan was considered by many to be a major reach by Atlanta.
      However, consider such taken in the 2nd round of that draft. Jordy Nelson, Brandon Flowers, Tracy Porter, Matt Forte, DeSean Jackson and Ray Rice. Terrell Thomas, a DB, was taken at 63 by the Giants and ended up starting. However, 2 straight ACL tears have sidelined him.
      In the 3rd, Jamaal Charles, Mario Manningham, Tom Zbikowski, Jemichael Finley and Cliff Avril stand out among others. So, if this draft turns out to be as good as the ’08 draft, it will be very good at adding players.

    • ladner morse

      Yes, if the Chiefs trade their number one pick all bets are off because that should generate more picks before the 63rd pick ever comes around. But, if that doesn’t happen, I’m of the opinion that they’ll need to look to ILB and that’s the reason I included Kiko here… even though he’s rated a bit lower by many publications.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Bostic might also be around when we go on the clock in R3.
        ILB is one of our two biggest holes left to fill. On that point, we agree.

        • superman_25_58

          After what shook out in FA, I believe if we tade down and get multiple picks we need to draft a SILB and a WILB IMO. At some points last year DJ looked like he was hurting quite a bit so I don’t think it would be a bad Idea at all to go ahead and draft A LB like Alonso or someone and let them learn behind Johnson for a few years. Heck even draft an OLB to sit behind Tamba bc he is getting old and we are pretty young and talented in most of the positions now IMO

          • superman_25_58

            trade my bad

          • Stacy D. Smith

            A trade down gives us the best chance to answer the remaining two questions (RT & LB) and to upgrade the overall talent elsewhere.

          • ladner morse

            Filling those needs is the biggest plus for trading back…….

          • superman_25_58

            Yes but say we can get a team to swap us first along will giving us their 2nd, 3rd and a 2nd next year. We would have a 1st, 2nd, and 3 3rds. What if we could get #1T, #2 Best available ILB, 3a) Margus Hunt to sit behind Tamba if he is still around, 3b) Aaron Dobson, 3c) ILB – Kiko Alonso, #4) S – DJ Swearinger, #5) QB – Tyler Bray, 6a)TE , 6b) DL, 7) RB – Rex Burkhead?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.j.morrison Jason J Morrison

    I say they pick Geno Smith with the number one overall and trade him to someone for more picks this year and next year. hopefully get two picks this year and maybe a 1st rounder next year but with the second pick (if we get one) i say use it on a solid ILB. With pick number 63 they should pick up Shamarko Thomas. paring him with Berry and our new hard hitting defense will make us just that much more better. He can help cover some of the middle stuff like Wes Welker and any one that wants to try to receive anything over the middle he can lay them out and make them think twice. Also i think that Thomas is more NFL ready then Kiko Alonso. As much as we need an ILB i think he is too much of a risk with his immaturity level. But if Thomas is not available they should pick up Aaron Dobson. we can always use more receiving help.

  • ArrowFan

    I like the ILB

  • steve james

    ILB or the Saftey. I like Shamarko more as man that would give Horse Face and “The Forhead” fits but I think ILB is a bigger need right now right?

  • Jt

    Dobson didnt run at combine because of hamstring so that 4.53 time at combine is incorrect.