Inside linebacker: Here’s another position where the Chiefs have a building block (in this case, Derrick Johnson) and some questions otherwise. Also, just like at running back, positional value would suggest inside linebacker is more likely to be addressed on the second or third day of the draft.
Outside linebacker: The Chiefs are set here entering 2013 with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. However, they need to begin preparing for the future at the position. Hali has been productive (62.5 sacks) and dependable (two missed games in seven seasons), but he will be 30 in November. He has two years left on his deal, as does Houston — who comes off a 10-sack season in 2012 and figures to garner a big-time second contract, considering the value of pass rushers. The Chiefs might want to add a mid-round prospect and groom him for 2015. You can never have enough pass-rush help.
Personally, I’m not buying this.
The Cheifs need a lot of help on their roster, but a rush linebacker is not one of those positions that is a top priority.
It would make much more sense for the team to focus on improving their offensive or defensive line. Jordan would do nothing to improve those positions.
Jordan is an exceptional pass rusher and he can cover the slot, but for Kansas City to use their No. 1 pick he would need to be an impact player and starter immediately. He would need to be a player that drastically improves their roster. With Jordan, that doesn’t happen.
The Kansas City’s cornerbacks are currently led by Brandon Flowers. Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown saw a lot of playing time last year, and could be part of the team by the time the Chiefs form their 53-man roster after training camp.
The Chiefs also have Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis as projected starters at the safety positions next year.
As always, teams will need their players to stay healthy. But in 2013, it is crucial that the defensive backs in Kansas City avoid missing games due to injuries and suspensions.
Potential number one overall pick Luke Joeckel sat down with The Sports Network’s John McMullen to talk about the NFL Draft and how he’s gotten to this point in his career. McMullen asked about the possibility of going number one overall to the Chiefs and this is what Joeckel had to say.
“It would be really cool. A dream come true,” Joeckel said. “But the way I’m just looking at tit, I want to get there. I am definitely striving to be the No. 1 pick, going through this entire process. But my dream is to just play in the NFL.”
I’m supposing that the true “dream come true” is the paycheck that comes with being the number one overall picks, but I’ll avoid the cynicism and wish the kid the best in the draft with the hopes that the Chiefs decide to go elsewhere.
“Confidently speaking, I believed I could play in the NBA,” said Gonzalez, who averaged seven points and five rebounds at the University of California. “I’d be like a 6-5 power forward. Granted, there had been only one who had done it successfully and that was Charles Barkley.”
Gonzalez, who was a little rusty, played 29 minutes and had 11 rebounds and three points. His team was winning, and he felt vindication.
“Coaches told me, ‘If you want to play this game for a living, you could do it,’” Gonzalez said. “They then wondered why I’d do it since I was playing football so well.”
Heat assistant coach Stan Van Gundy, who was coaching the summer games, said: “If we were flat-out playing, with no other objective than to win, he would be playing [a lot], based on what he showed tonight.”