It is finally here, Addicts! Draft week is here. The rumor mill was already in full swing over the weekend, with teams releasing all kinds of conflicting information about their intentions. The New York Jets also traded CB Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick on the draft. NY now owns the 11th and 13th picks and has more ammunition to move up than perhaps any other team in the top end of the first round.
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So the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday will be the time to find a backup to Charles and another receiver to complement Bowe and Avery on the outside and compete with Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie in the slot. And if one of those draft picks can return kicks, it wouldn’t hurt either considering the Chiefs haven’t returned a kick for a touchdown since opening night 2010.
The club could also draft a developmental quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds because it’s clear Ricky Stanzi, a fifth-round pick in 2011, is not the answer.
“You can find running backs at any point in the draft,” said ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. “It’s the one position where you can be as good as a rookie as you’ll ever be at any point down the road in your career, even if you come out as a junior.”
Indeed, a year ago, the NFL’s second-leading rusher, Alfred Morris of Washington was a sixth-round draft choice; the 11th leading-rusher, Vick Ballard of Indianapolis, was a fifth-round pick; and one of Baltimore’s key contributors to the Super Bowl was rookie Bernard Pierce, a third-round pick. And don’t forget Charles was a third-round pick by the Chiefs in 2008.
The Bills appear to be the favorites for Ryan Nassib, considering that new head coach Doug Marrone coached Nassib at Syracuse. Though considering how Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll passed on USC safety Taylor Mays in 2010, it’s not exactly guaranteed that the big-armed quarterback will stay in upstate New York.
The Kansas City Chiefs could still be in the mix for a quarterback after trading for Alex Smith earlier in the offseason, though they’re not likely to make the big splash for Geno Smith as they were once considered to.
Other teams that could conceivably draft a quarterback include the Jacksonville Jaguards who have struggled with Blaine Gabbert, and the Oakland Raiders, who are still looking to replace Jim Plunkett.
1. Kansas City — Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M. The Chiefs are down to four possible choices. He’s one of them.
2. Jacksonville — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida. Gus Bradley knows defense, which means he knows he better start rebuilding there.
3. Oakland — Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon. Face it, the Raiders can use help in virtually every position.
4. Philadelphia — Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Chip Kelly knows he can’t win with Michael Vick. So who’s next? You’re looking at him.