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2013 NFL Draft: Kansas CIty Chiefs Getting Offensive

The Kansas City Chiefs may, as promised, be sticking to their draft board but if they are, their board seems to think highly of offensive players.

The Chiefs are three picks into the 2013 NFL Draft and each one of those selections have been players for the offensive side of the football.

KC kicked off the draft by selecting Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. The Chiefs then took a round off, having used their second-round pick to trade for San Francisco 49ers QB, Alex Smith.

When the third round finally arrived Friday night, the Chiefs once again had the first pick. Despite already having Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano on the rost, GM John Dorsey opted to add Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce.

Before Friday night was over, the Chiefs selected Arkansas RB Knile Davis with the penultimate pick in the third round.

The Chiefs’ focus on offense makes sense. While the Chiefs struggled in nearly every phase of the game in 2012, the team’s greatest weaknesses came on the offensive side of the football. Since arriving in KC, Andy Reid and John Dorsey have gone to work making over the team’s offense.

Here of the significant offensive additions the Chiefs have added under the new regime:

QB Alex Smith
QB Chase Daniel
WR Donnie Avery
WR Mardy Gilyard
OG Geoff Schwartz
TE Anthony Fasano
LT Eric Fisher
TE Travis Kelce
RB Knile Davis

Most of these players have the chance to be significant contributors. Smith has already been named the starting QB. Daniel will likely serve as his primary backup. Gilyard is a lower end roster guy but could find a spot on the team on special teams as a return man. Avery adds a speed element on the outside and could push Jonathan Baldwin for a starting role opposite Dwayne Bowe. Schwartz figures to challenge Jeff Allen for a starting spot at guard and he can also play tackle if need be. Fasano will take over for the departed Kevin Boss. He and Kelce will battle with Tony Moeaki for playing time at TE. Depending on how the roster shakes out, all three TEs could make the final 53-man roster. Fisher figured to start at one of the tackle spots, depending on what the Chiefs plan to do with Branden Albert. Finally, Davis is a bit of a wild card but will be thrown into the mix with Cyrus Gray, Shaun Draughn (and perhaps Dexter McCluster) to earn a complimentary role to starter Jamaal Charles.

It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs continue to add offensive pieces on day three of the draft. KC could still use depth along the defensive line at the end positions. There are also some holes in the depth chart at the safety position and perhaps most importantly, ILB.

What do you think, Addicts? Are Reid and Dorsey doing the right thing by stocking up on offense?

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  • Donkeyhater

    I thought the Kelce pick was a luxury pick based on our needs, so Im not that happy about it but looking into him I guess he could be a steal if he reaches his potential. I wanted Brandon Williams for our DL with that pick though. Really hurt us to lose our 2nd rd pick. That is where we would’ve got our ilb. The Davis pick is boom or bust but at the end of the 3rd it’s worth the risk and we needed a rb. I hope Patton is our top pick today but I bet he goes 1 pick early to Jax because that is what always happens to us.

  • Tony

    I don’t think they are choosing to merely stock up on offense. They are simply sticking to drafting the highest player on their board which happens to be offensive guys so far.

  • berttheclock

    I really like the Kelce pick. When, Dorsey was with the Packers, they kept 5 TEs on their roster in case Finley jumped. With the injury history of Moeaki and the release of Maneri, the Chiefs are light at TE. More teams are using 2 TE sets and having a backup to them makes sense. BTW, I wanted the TE from Rice, Vance McDonald, but, Trent Baalke of the Niners stole him along with Tank Carradine and Eric Reid; ah, the rich get richer.
    However, I know this would not be a glamor pick, but, consider Brian Schwenke, the Cal center/guard with the top 4th round pick. He can really play well for any read option, something AS ran with Utah. Can be troubled by a hard bull rush by a NT, but, moves very well in blocking. But, his versatility of being able to play both guard positions and center would really help the O-line.
    Other than that, which Da’Rick Rogers would show up? The off field issue guy or the pass productive on the field one? Brandon Jenkns could add great pass rushing abilities, but, could he fit a 3-4 or could Khaseem Greene handle moving to ILB and only being used on passing downs?

    • BigGil

      I also thought Kelce was a good get (especially with the way TEs were flying off the board). Still perturbed that we’re left with thin options at ILB and FS, though. Adding a DE now to groom to replace TJax probably wouldn’t be a bad idea, too.

      • berttheclock

        Getting Fisher was excellent, but, if there was ever a draft where any team needed to be loaded with 2nd round picks this is the one. I kept touting Tank Carradine, while others kept touting Eric Reid and SF drafted both of them. Carradine will become their new DE, next year. Just wish it would have been in KC.

        • Gene Yuknis

          just keep in mind, for our second pick, we drafted a great qb!!!!

        • micah stephenson

          You said you kept touting Eric and tank. How wud the Chiefs hav gotten them?

  • BigGil

    I really want to see a defensive guy get added in the fourth (Jesse Williams, Alex Okafor, Quanterus Smith, Jordan Poyer, BW Webb, Phillip Thomas, Tony Jefferson, Khaseem Greene, Michael Mauti) (no specific order), especially after what I thought was a reach on Knile Davis (a guy with his extensive injury history probably could’ve been had later), but I wouldn’t be adverse to Quinton Patton or Da’Rick Rogers, or even someone like Barkley (even though I have a sour taste in my mouth as it pertains to USC QBs, I think it’s great value at this stage of the game, and just because Cassel, Leinart & Sanchez have disappointed doesn’t mean Barkley is required to disappoint). Doesn’t hurt that, whereas Pioli always talked of drafting QBs to develop and use as lucrative tradebait, Reid actually has done that (rather than just talk about because he couldn’t even get a team a good starter let alone a good enough backup to trade, like Pioli).

  • Tyler Alexander

    I really like the Kelce pick based on the fact when Boss got hurt last year we were really limited. He’ll also give us an advantage in goal line and big formations when we can use all three at the same time. The Knile Davis pick made me scratch my head but maybe Dorsey thought Jacksonville would take him to start the fourth and really wanted him. He does remind me of DMC and fumble issues can be fixed especially when you’re as big as he is.

    Moving forward we should take Niko Johnson with our fourth and try to trade our lower picks and get a 2nd 4th rd pick. Okafor and Johnson would make our draft look a lot better imo

  • Danny W

    I don’t like the running back pick. If your gonna get one you gotta get Marcus Lattimore.

  • Kyle ferguson

    Good moves adding depth and getting a speed guy to throw in the mix. We all know how Andy can find ways to get these fast guys in the open field, we all know tony most likely wont play 16 games so to add a third te I think is a smart move

  • Danny W

    Never thought I would see Barkley fall this far.

    • micah stephenson

      I did. Hes a bum. Weak arm. No physical tools. His name is Matt. And he went to USC. Lol

    • troy utt

      I’ve heard several of the analyst going Barkley or Nassib to the Chiefs top of the 4th… I would imagine for exactly that reason, that they had fallen that far and the value was there! Although as much as I would like to have a QB to develop, I would really like to see about filling needs like WR & LB! Especially while players like Patton are still available!!!

  • berttheclock

    The two major negatives about Davis is, one), he has very small hands and even when using two hands on the ball, the top one is there more for balance than grasping, and two), he has a tendency, especially, after coming back from his ankle break, to run out of bounds whenever, the first DB comes at him. Plus, there is a third in that he tends to be impatient to allow blockers to set up for him. All right, there is a fourth. He has more upper body strength than leg drive strength. Some scouts believe that may be due to laying off the weights for his legs after his rehab work. But, should he get a clear path, he becomes a Zephyr. That is why the Chiefs need offensive linemen who can pass protect and run block.

    • micah stephenson

      I think the Chiefs have olinemen that can block. We have 2 1st rd picks at OT and 3 2nd rd picks starting inside. Stephenson and Swarzt are good back ups? We need to start get n some QBs and WRs up in this mutha******!

  • micah stephenson

    I dont want to sound like a Hater but ALL the offensive free agents look like castoff bums that noone else wanted. Alex Smith is the only decent player. We prolly shuda kept pick 34 & built through the draft.

    • Patrick Allen

      Not entirely true. Avery was extremely productive last year for the Colts. Daniel was highly sought-after and the Chiefs paid him a bundle to get him in KC. Schwartz is a bit of an unknown but has played very well in the past. Gilyard may not even make the team but he could be a contributor on special teams.

      KC is trying to beef up the depth on this already talented team. Depth has been a major issue and is the next step in building the team.

  • Gene Yuknis

    first two picks were great, third still iffy. i agree patrick, time to beef up on defense with remaining picks