Oct 6, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown (4) during a game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs’ New Era Begins Today!

When the NFL Draft kicks off tonight with the first round, I trust there will be no surprises. The Kansas City Chiefs will select a left tackle with the first overall pick – either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher – and I will go to sleep happy, knowing we’ve secured the anchor of our offensive line for the next decade. For the record, I hope and expect that pick to be Joeckel, but honestly, either would be fine.

The real excitement will be Friday’s Day 2, when NFL teams make their second and third round selections. If the Chiefs trade tackle Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins sometime today, the Chiefs would earn either the 42nd or 54th pick in the second round as well as our original 63rd choice in the third round.

A few weeks ago, I listed a few players who Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid should consider with the second round pick. A key factor is whether they believe that Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin will live up to his first round potential. While Baldwin was a first round rookie in 2011, last year was actually his real rookie season, thanks to a preseason locker room fight with running back and veteran Thomas Jones before the start of the 2011 season that kept him out most of the year. Friday’s pick could easily be the top receiver remaining. Robert Woods from USC and DeAndre Hopkins will likely be off the board by then, but the Chiefs could select Keenan Allen from Cal, Terrance Williams from Baylor or Justin Hunter from Tennessee.

But there are a few other options here as well. I am terrified that the Denver Broncos will get Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with their first pick tonight. If they do, I think the urgency for the Chiefs to fill that open inside linebacker spot in the second round would increase. Both Kevin Minter from LSU and Arthur Brown from Kansas State would be available here, but both would be a reach for the second round.

Finally, there’s a decent chance that offensive tackle Terron Armstead from Arkansas Pine-Bluff, offensive guard Kyle Long from Oregon and at least three quarterbacks – Tyler Wilson from Arkansas, Landry Jones from Oklahoma and Mike Glennon from North Carolina State – will still be available when the Chiefs choose second. Honestly though, all three of those quarterbacks are a reach for round two.

All in all, while I’m tempted to want the Chiefs to choose guard Kyle Long, I think the smart choice is wide receiver Justin Hunter with our second round selection on Friday. If Baldwin blooms this year, fantastic. If he does not, we simply do not have a tall, fast, downfield threat, which as we know, results in capping Dwayne Bowe’s effectiveness.

With our third round pick, my vote is for Arthur Brown to compete for the open inside linebacker slot.

So there you have it, Addicts:

Pick #1: Luke Joeckel, left tackle

Pick #2: Justin Hunter, wide receiver

Pick #3: Arthur Brown, inside linebacker

If we end Day Two with these three players, I will be one happy Addict! We will have secured the anchor of our offensive line, made defenses cover Dwayne Bowe AND Justin Hunter and added an aggressive tackler to complete our linebacker corps.

What’s your dream scenario for picks 1, 2 and 3, Addicts?!

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  • Bigtexjayhawk

    If Brown falls that far I will go streaking to the quad. Ravens take him in first round is my bet. Take best WR/TE

    • unclejesse40

      I totally agree. There is no way that Brown makes it to the 3rd round. My feeling with the Albert to Miami trade is they better get the right value. I would rather have Albert be our LT this year and let Joekel or Fisher come into the league as the RT and move over next year once Albert doesnt want to sign a team friendly extenstion. I would make Miami sweat this one out and give up more than what Albert is worth in picks. The Chiefs hold all the cards and to let him go for a late 2nd seems stupid to me. He is worth more than that.

      • Bigtexjayhawk

        What if BA would sign here we grab Fisher. Move him to RT. we are set on the ol for years if they can stay healthy

        • chiefdeorty

          I’m with you we should keep BA and take Fisher. I also think this would cause JAX to go LT because of what their new coach said about him. Really I want the fins to have to pay a steep price to get a starting LT for the way they are playing this AB trade out. I hope the Ok LT also goes before they can get him so the fools down in Miami can really think about this one when they have their back up QB running around for his life this year. And their Gm better not come here and apply for the water boy job when he loses job after the season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • dakotachief

        What if….we re-sign albert to a cap friendly extension and instead of going tackle we go Guard and pick up womack. I know guards aren’t worth the #1 but many say he is “the best player available”

  • berttheclock

    Yesterday, to muddy the waters, Ron Jaworski said he thought Reid would take Geno Smith and he used the tiresome argument used by some AA posters that in hindsight, does Miami wish they had taken Matt Ryan instead of Jake Long. What really negates that argument is the fact had Ryan gone to Miami, he would have been playing behind an offensive line which had given up 42 sacks the year before and, even with Long, the ’08 line gaveup 24 sacks. The ’08 Falcons O-line with the veteran LT, Weiner from K-State and the young RT Clabo only gave up 17 sacks and he had Michael Turner at RB and Roddy White at WR.
    Had Ryan gone to Miami, few would even be talking about him today. The drafting following the Jake Long pick went downhill for a long time. Ryan would have been wasted.

    • micah stephenson

      O line give up waaaaay more sacks when the QB sucks. If Mia drafted Matt Ryan, they wud not hav given up as many sacks. Mia shud hav drafted Matt Ryan and addresed the OT via free agentcy or or later n the draft. Draftn olinemen in the 1st rd is not the only way to get olinemen. Its waaay harder to get a franchise QB in free agentcy than it is to get a QB.

    • micah stephenson

      If a team wanted a QB right now what wud they hav to do to get one? Draft and develope 1. If you want a OT right now wat wud u hav to do? O its many options for that, u can trade for 1, u can draft 1, u can sign A.Smith or Calabo. Its manys ways to get a OT. Not many ways to get a QB. Bert I dont think you get how much the QB has skyrocketed in importance over the last couple yrs. QB are like gold. OTs are a dime a dozen.

    • micah stephenson

      So thats why Jake long is on his 2nd team now and Matt Ryan is still going strong.

  • kmon

    Brown is definitely 1st rd early 2nd pick

  • ladner morse

    I’d go…

    1. OT Eric Fisher
    2. ILB Kevin Minter (if we get this pick)
    3a. S Eric Reid… and if he’s not there –> C Travis Frederick
    3b. ILB Kiko Alonso or K/CB Tyrann Mathieu (Reid can fix this wounded soul)

  • Brandon

    The Chiefs need to take Brown in the 2nd, IF he falls that far… He would make our linebacker corps unbelievable.

  • unclejesse40

    Just read that the Dolphins are shopping WR Davone Bess. Do you think they would trade Bess and their #2 2 RD pick instead of us asking for the 1st one for Brandon Albert?

  • Chiefblackfoot

    1.LB Dion Jordan- Oregon 2. OT Terron Armstead- Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3a. CB Tyrann Mathieu- LSU 3b. WR Stedman Bailey- West Virginia 4. RB Marcus Lattimore- South Carolina 5. OT Xavier Nixon- Florida 6a. LB AJ Klein- Iowa State 6b. LB/DE Meshack Williams- Kansas State 7. CB Sheldon Price- UCLA

    • calciomoti

      We don’t have A 2nd round pick…

      • Chiefblackfoot

        Thats if we trade Branden Albert. Which Id be happy if we kept Albert. I don’t like the idea of using the #1 pick on a position we are solid at already.

        • calciomoti

          I agree…take Geno! We already have two stud olb…just sayin’

          • Chiefblackfoot

            I would rather take Geno then a tackle #1 overall. My reasoning on takin Dion Jordan is for the fact. Tamba has only 2 or 3 more seasons under his contract. He also is over 30 and his numbers have been dropping the past 2 seasons. It would be nice to have another beast on the outside for when tamba is done and Jordan is a beast!

          • calciomoti

            I think Jordan will be a special player, but I don’t think you can go wrong with having qb’s with talent, over EVERY position on the field.

          • Chiefblackfoot

            After the garbage qb play we have had to watch the last few yrs I can’t argue! I was the biggest Geno fan at the start of last CFB season. About midway through the season I was starting to question if he could handle pressure. Then the west virginia vs Syracuse bowl game made me jump off the band wagon. I might have to eat my words but im not sold on Geno.

  • KCPauly

    trade albert 1) fisher, 2) Minter, 3)AJ Manueal if there if not Alonso 3B) BPA
    No trade Albert 1)Geno 3) Alonso 4) BPA I almost hope we don’t trade so Miami can eat a dick while scraping their 3rd. string QB from the turf

  • KCPauly

    Oh Ya…GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick

    No chance Arthur Brown is available in round 3

  • tm1946

    After reading these posts and article, I am comfortable in saying we, as a group, have no clue about what this management team is planning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

    looks like geno and tim teblow could be a package deal