Any football fan will tell you that the NFL Draft is the key to building sustained success in the NFL. While many organizations have tried and failed to build their a team through free agency, it is always the teams that draft the best that consistently do well.
The Chiefs have had a few regimes managing drafts in the last few years which is a sure sign that the drafts aren’t going particularly well. Sure, there have been some good picks, like OLB Justin Houston.
But there have also been many, many misses.
Our friends over at Pro Football Focus decided to grade the 2008, 2009 and 2010 draft classes for each franchise. They recently got to the Chiefs.
Here is an excerpt:
+1.0: The scouts nailed it!
Branden Albert, T (15th overall pick in 2008): A former college guard, Albert has gotten better and better the more time he has spent at tackle. Consistently gets the job done in pass protection, which makes it odd that the Chiefs seem intent on moving on from him.
Brandon Carr, CB (140th overall pick in 2008): Teams are desperate to find starting-caliber NFL cornerbacks, so to get one in the fifth round is something of a coup. Carr has recovered from a horrid rookie year to solidify himself as one of the better young cornerbacks in the league, even if he does lack the upside of some of the top corners out there. He has played more snaps than any other KC draft pick over the four years he was with the team, but accepted a lucrative new contract from the Cowboys for 2012.
Jon Asamoah, G (68th overall pick in 2010): Good on his heels, Asamoah is coming off his strongest year to date where he finished sixth overall in our right guard rankings. Good value.
How did the rest of the picks grade out?
Do you agree with these rankings? What do you think it means for the future of the Chiefs?