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A Draft Recipe For The Chefs (Part 1)


Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL Draft is now officially one month away. We’re up to our necks in draft coverage here at Arrowhead Addict, but it’s still an exciting time in Chiefs Kingdom. Debates are raging over what Kansas City should do with the top overall pick and that’s unlikely to change before April 25th. I’m not qualified to advise general manager John Dorsey on the draft, but I’d like to take a stab at it anyway.

The following lists will only deal with the first three rounds. We’ll finish this up next Tuesday.

Here are round-by-round options I think the Chiefs should consider:

First Round

1. Trade down

There are several teams drafting in the Top 10 with questions at quarterback. It’s possible that one of them may have interest in trading into the top spot to draft Geno Smith. This option restores Kansas City’s second-round draft pick and gives the Chiefs a chance to get better value for their R1 selection. Who they decide to take afterwards depends entirely upon where they land.

2. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M or Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Branden Albert will be the starting left tackle for the Chiefs this season, but his future in Kansas City isn’t certain. The recent signing of Albert’s franchise tender secured his rights for 2013. Beyond that, the Chiefs don’t have any security at the position. Drafting one of the young tackles secures Albert’s replacement if he leaves after the season. Both Joeckel and Fisher could also be Day 1 starters should the Chiefs find a trade partner for Branden Albert.

3. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

This is clearly the one choice the team is least likely to make. They have quite a bit invested in new starter Alex Smith and free agent Chase Daniel. Drafting Smith would create a quarterback controversy immediately. I’m not convinced that Dorsey will be fond of spending nearly $10 million on that position in 2013. That said, Geno Smith is the best quarterback in the class and limits the amount of time the Chiefs are wed to Alex Smith.

Second Round

The Chiefs traded their R2 pick for Alex Smith so unless they trade Branden Albert or the #1 pick, their only responsibility is to stay awake and watch the board. They could package picks and move back into the second round, if necessary. On the chance that they recover the R2 pick, here’s my shortlist:

1. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

The 2012 Butkus Award finalist is more football player than athlete, but his instincts and motor make him an intriguing prospect in round two of the draft. He’ll be a liability in coverage, but he’s great in run support. Minter is an instinctive linebacker with a nose for the ball. What he lacks in speed, he’ll make up for in football IQ and awareness.

2. Eric Reid, FS, LSU

Reid is a tall, athletic defensiveback with versatility. He’s rangy and can make plays at every level on the football field. Reid has a great combination of size and speed and has the kind of aggression that brings attitude to a defense. His ability to support the run and contribute in coverage make him an option at either free or strong safety.

3. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

I’m not convinced that the Chiefs have answered the quarterback question completely. Drafting Nassib gives Kansas City a good insurance policy at even better value. I was impressed with his quick release and good footwork in his Senior Bowl footage. Nassib has an arm that Alex Smith would die for. He can make every NFL throw and do so with velocity and accuracy.

Third Round (A)

1. Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon

The former Ducks’ standout linebacker could come into Kansas City and be an immediate contributor on the inside. Alonso is a tenacious defender who closes quickly on ballcarriers. He’s athletic enough that he won’t be a liability in pass coverage. He’s excellent at sniffing out (and subsequently snuffing out) pass plays out in the flat. Alonso is a high-effort player that can be used in a number of ways. He’s a defensive coordinator’s wet dream.

2. David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado

The three-year player out of the University of Colorado is the kind of right tackle Chiefs Kingdom has been waiting for. Bakhtiari is a nasty offensive lineman who plays the game with attitude. He thrives on initiating contacts and will pancake a defender, if possible. David Bakhtiari has great upper-body strength and can really immobilize a defender once he’s gotten his hands on them.

3. Robert Woods, WR, USC

Woods is a former high school All-American who went on to be highly productive at Southern Cal. He’s a great value here and has the potential to be a #1 wide receiver in the NFL. Woods plays with a sense of urgency and is very quick. He runs crisp routes and is explosive when he’s running with the football. Woods has good hands and tends to catch the ball away from his body. He’s a scrappy, hard-working receiver who will fight for every yard in the NFL.

Third Round (B)

1. Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama

There’s been some concern that Rodney Hudson might not be healthy to start the 2013 season. Drafting Jones would give the Chiefs a solid contingency plan if he isn’t. It’s a good bet that Jones’ limitations as an athlete will have him move inside in the NFL. With his technique, he’ll be well served as an interior lineman. Jones is a smart run blocker who will use good angles to create space for runners. He’s been a big part of those championship runs at Alabama and will similarly be a long-term solution for the Chiefs.

2. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Free agent Mike DeVito isn’t an ideal fit for the 1-gap scheme Bob Sutton wants to run. Montgomery is the kind of high-motor defensive end that the Chiefs need to bolster their passrush. He has a limited assortment of passrushing moves, but he hustles until the whistle blows. Montgomery could develop into a defender who can play on all three downs, but with DeVito in the fold, he’ll have time to mature at a natural pace.

3. Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

Rambo might be a bit of a risk here, due to his character issues (he was suspended more than once during his collegiate career), but his talent is undeniable. He’s a physical athlete who is willing to stick his nose in over the middle and lay a hit on a ballcarrier. He’s also instinctive and reacts quickly to the ball. If a team can see beyond his checkered past, he’ll be a solid pick at the bottom of this round.

We’re all armchair general managers at this time of the year. This is my humble attempt at identifying players who can take this football team to the next level. As always, you’re welcome to disagree with me. Do so in the comment section below. I look forward to reading your well-reasoned draft ideas for this franchise. We’ll square up again next week to go over the final four rounds. It’s your turn now. Let it begin!

Until next time, Addicts!

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Drewfish

    Ummm I think were missing half the artical….Until i see the rest this artical = FAIL

    • TAZMOSIS

      “Were”. “Artical”. “i” Not sure you have a real statement. We know you can’t spell. Come back when you can.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.g.osborne.5 Michelle Greenway Osborne

        Why do people feel the need to call people out on grammar on a football site, This is not English class and if it makes you feel good to call people out on their spelling then you must have a very unhappy life i hope things get better for you. And i know that i didn’t use correct punctuation so you can call me out on it if it makes you feel good

        • TAZMOSIS

          It doesn’t make me feel anything. One, thing, though. I guess it’s ok because it’s a football site. And everyone knows that we football fans didn’t get far in school. Or did we?

        • Jim Harper

          While Andrew’s mistakes were fairly minor and I probably would not have called him on it. I have called a number of others who needed to be called. Sometimes they are so bad that they are unreadable. Just because this site is mainly about football does not mean that we are going to post, then it should be done in a manner that is readable.

      • Drewfish

        Don’t be a dick…..so i forgot the damn apostrophe in we’re…..*we’re* not all english majors here……Maybe you should focus on the *article* instead of other peoples damn spelling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      A mistake that I take responsibility for. It ran before it should’ve.

      • Drewfish

        Its cool…otherwise great *article* (for those grammar DOUCHEBAGS).

  • Michael Shaw

    Hey! What happened to the rest of the article??? I thought you were doing rounds 1 through 3???????

    • Jim Harper

      Me too!

      • Stacy D. Smith

        It’s finished now and will run in about 15 minutes. Thanks for being patient, guys.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      My sincerest apologies. Today was a busy day for me with a radio interview on KCUR. I’m gearing up for a big event tomorrow.

  • Doug McD

    I still think we will trade out of the 1-1 and also trade B.Albert for a pick or 2. Dorsey will use the opportunity to clean house a little. After all that went down last year with this team, everyone could use a fresh start. My gut feeling is that Albert for whatever reason doesn’t want to stay. If this is true then Dorsey will absolutely trade him (even at bottom dollar pricing).
    I predict we will be pleasantly surprised with the end result when the draft is over.

    Nassib would be a great addition, go old school and actually let him watch for a couple of years. Worst case scenario he could be traded later without the loss of a draft pick.

    • Jim Harper

      I think you are exactly right Doug. I imagine Albert’s statements that he won’t play anything but LT did not set too well with Dorsey. You can’t let the tail wag the dog. Add to that the price he is asking is over the top and that will get you a one way ticket out of town. I don’t mind trading down as long as it still nets us one of the top 3 LT’s. I also agree with your prediction and think we all need to trust they know what they are doing. At least from where I sit I don’t see any reason not to trust.

      • redchiefs

        Jim, I agree with both you and Doug. R&D both said they were going to create competition across the board and they’d play the best players. BA coming out and saying what he did immediately put him at odds with his new Head Coach’s concept. They gave him top 5 money, he should have handled it differently and been more respectful to the organization. Something to the effect of, “Hey, I’m the LT on this team, they’ll have to prove to the coach they’re better. I’ve proven what I can do against NFL talent, and some of the best at that. I’m not worried.”

  • Danny W

    Can’t disagree with any of that. Kevin Minter is exactly why I want a second round pick. I think with his nose for the football behind the line of scrimmage he could be a perineal pro bowler.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I agree although I will throw this on the table, the way players with injury or conduct concerns can drop in the draft what if we managed to get our second rounder back and Manti Teo is still sitting on the board? I would love to see us land Teo or Kiko either one I think will bring that little extra hurrah to our LB corp

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’d take Te’o in a heartbeat.

  • Outback Chief

    #8 Eric Fischer OT or Chance Warmack OG
    #41 Jesse Williams DE
    #42 Margus Hunt DE
    #54 Quinton Patton WR
    #63 Brandon Williams DT
    #96 DaRick Rogers WR
    #99 Brian Schwenke C
    #134 Kiko Alonso ILB
    #170 Marcus Lattimore RB
    #204 AJ Klein ILB
    #207 Dalton Freeman C

    If we trade down with Buffalo to #8 and get two 2nd’s for B Albert from Miami we can be close to this which wouldn’t be too bad.And our lines would be strong

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Doubling down on WR, C, DE, and ILB? Not sure I like that. No help for the secondary?

      • Jim Harper

        Secondly Fisher will be gone by #8 and Warmack does not fit the need for an LT which he did not address.

      • Outback Chief

        The teams have bigger practice rosters starting this season so the smart GM will draft where the most depth is, the draft is deep with DE and WR so I thought why not go where the draft is strong and then of course we need ILB so I took two of them as well. But yes this draft looked a little strange to me as well when I finished but I stuck with it.

        • Outback Chief

          but your right I could have stuck with the first version where I had Micah Hyde in the later rd.

    • http://www.facebook.com/drew.lippold Drew Buddy Lippold

      #8 Sheldon Richardson. DE. He has a great motor and is a solid pass rusher to have at our DE position.
      #41 Barrett Jones. OL. Love his versatility. Can/has played all positions along the line for alabama. would be great pick up.
      #42 Teo. I strongly believe Teo will drop, similiar to Justin Houston. He would be a great addition to our LBs.
      #54 Brennan Williams. OT. ANother solid pick up along the Oline. The tackle poosition would be between Jones, Williams, and Stephenson. The third would give us a solid depth.
      #63 Robert Woods. Wr. Has a tremendous amount of potential. Very solid pick up.He could develop into a number one in the future and you can not have too many weapons offensively.
      #96 Brian Schwenke. OC. Would give us depth at the center position. I fully believe in Hudson but Schwenke is just icing on the cake.
      99. Justin Pugh. OG.With asamoah on one side and allen on the other we add another piece to the Oline. He can provide solid depth for us at G.
      134. Tyrann Mathieau. CB. We still need depth in our secondary and i believe a 5th is very worth the risk on Tyran. I think the honey badger, if he can sstay off the drugs, could make a good S. He has great vision and playmaking abilities.Defintely worth the risk.
      #170. Vinston Painter. Im all about picking up solid linemen. You can never have enough. Could see him as a decent backup for our line.
      #204. Lutzenkirchen. TE Auburn. A very solid TE. We need more depth there with only fasano and Moekai.
      #207. TJ Moe. Who i honestly believe is the most under-rated player in this draft. I see a lot of wes welker in him. great accelration. Very physical. Good blocker and a great leader. Would love this pick up.
      I based all available players off of http://www.drafttek.com/2013-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round2b.asp as to who would be available. what do you all think?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Aside from the 54th pick, I LOVE that mock. This defense would have the makings of a Top 5 unit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

    Like Rambo and Alonso. Still wish more people were looking at pass
    rush with out first pick. Ansah is the answer.

    • Jim Harper

      Absolutely true. He is exactly what we need opposite Jackson. He would make an immediate impact and nothing but upside beyond that.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I don’t think you can take him at 1.1, but in a trade down scenario, I might.

  • Trevor Gooding

    I don’t agree in trading down in the draft unless we can get a offensive tackle that has the ability to be a good starter in the NFL. So in saying that I say our best choice is to take Luke Joeckel with number 1 pick, thats the safest pick for the Chiefs and will fill one of the biggest needs for the team. I wouldn’t be mad if we still draft Geno Smith ether so then we can have him develop for a couple years or have him come in and compete against Alex Smith. If we decide not to draft him then we should draft a Quarterback in the 3rd to 4th round. In the second round I like the Minter pick so we can put him in with Derrick Johnson and complete the linebacking core because Cory Greenwood is not going to get the job done. In the 3rd round I agree with the Jones pick to give some more depth to the o-line which was in shambles towards the end of the year.