NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
With the draft less than a week away, rumors and anticipation are reaching an all-time high with who the Kansas City Chiefs will take with their 1st round pick. Mind you, this may all become much clearer if/when the Chiefs trade LT Brandon Albert to the Miami Dolphins.
Since this will be new General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid’s first draft with the Chiefs, I wanted to look into what the two’s prior drafting tendencies were. For Reid, I looked back to the start of his career in Philadelphia, starting back to 1999. For Dorsey, I looked into the Green Bay Packers’ drafts dating back to 2000, when he was Director of College Scouting until 2011, then becoming their Director of Football Operations for the 2012 season.
Here is all first round picks for the two.
Philadelphia Eagles 1st round under Reid:
2012 – Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State – 12th pick
2011 – Danny Watkins – OL – Baylor – 23rd pick
2010 – Brandon Graham – DE – Michigan – 13th pick
2009 – Jeremy Maclin – WR – Missouri – 19th pick
2008 – No first round pick
2007 – No first round pick
2006 – Brodrick Bunkley – DT – Florida State – 14th pick
2005 – Mike Patterson – DT – USC – 31st pick
2004 – Shawn Andrews – G – Arkansas – 16th pick
2003 – Jerome McDougle – DE – Miami (FL) – 15th pick
2002 – Lito Sheppard – DB – Florida – 26th pick
2001 – Freddie Mitchell – WR – UCLA – 25th pick
2000 – Corey Simon – DT – Florida State – 6th pick
1999 – Donovan McNabb – QB – Syracuse – 2nd pick
Green Bay Packers 1st round under Dorsey:
2012 – Nick Perry – DE – USC – 28th pick
2011 – Derek Sherrod – OL – Mississippi State – 32nd pick
2010 – Bryan Bulaga – T – Iowa – 23rd pick
2009 – B.J. Raji – DT – Boston College – 9th pick
2009 – Clay Matthews – LB – USC – 26th pick
2008 – No first round pick
2007 – Justin Harrell – DT – Tennessee – 16th pick
2006 – A.J. Hawk – LB – Ohio State – 5th pick
2005 – Aaron Rodgers – QB – California – 24th pick
2004 – Ahmad Carroll – DB – Arkansas – 25th pick
2003 – Nick Barnett – LB – Oregon State – 29th pick
2002 – Javon Walker – WR – Florida State – 20th pick
2001 – Jamal Reynolds – DE – Florida State – 10th pick
2000 – Bubba Franks – TE – Miami (FL) – 14th pick
Reid chose a defensive lineman six times during his tenure, Dorsey four. Both men drafted this position more than any other. I know this will make Chiefs fans cringe, since it seems every draft we take a D-Lineman. Each only took two Quarterbacks in the first round. But with good reasons: Reid secured his franchise QB early, grabbing Donovan McNabb in 1999. Dorsey had Brett Favre in Green Bay and wisely helped to choose Aaron Rodgers during his draft day slide in 2005. So, both positions were handled correctly. (It would be great if that was ever said about the Chiefs quarterback position.) Dorsey then helped to grab three linebackers during his tenure, all key contributors to the Packers defense. Both also drafted OL two times each.
I think it’s easy to see that both men value both sides of the line of scrimmage, totaling 14 picks between the both over their tenures with their respective teams. Buzz with the Chiefs dating back to forever has linked them with Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. Seeing the history, some names that have been associated with the Chiefs also were DT Sharif Floyd of Florida, OLB Dion Jordan of Oregon, DE Ezekiel Ansah of BYU, and DT Star Lotulelei of Utah. All of these make sense due to the Dorsey and Reid’s prior tendencies. Mind you, I am not predicting a pick; I’m just showing the tendencies of the new regime. I will leave the pick up to you now, Addicts!