Jan 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey (left), chairman Clark Hunt (middle) and coach Andy Reid pose for photos during the press conference at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Draft 2013: Dorsey and Reid Press Conference


The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone and now it appears that the undrafted free agent frenzy that immediately followed the pick of Mr. Irrelevant is winding down as well. Having completed their first drafts as the Kansas City Chiefs, general manager, John Dorsey and head coach, Andy Reid gave a press conference to the media at One Arrowhead Drive.

The main theme of both press conferences were focused on the draft. When asked about how the teams stands, Dorsey had this to say:

I feel we’ve upgraded our roster at certain positions I feel were weak. We’ve added some depth to them, we’ve added competition. We’ve done that through pro-free agency, we’ve done that through the draft and I think we’ve done that through college free agency.

When asked about the roster and whether or not the Chiefs were ready to go to camp, Dorsey replied:

We’re about 95 percent there.

Dorsey then touched on the team stature and where it stands.

This team had a hard year last year. I think the moves we make are to improve and get better. We’re not done yet, by any means.

When asked about the transition from Scott Pioli to John Dorsey, Dorsey gave this answer:

I don’t have all the answers. I took some things I thought were good, I took some things from those guys so I could make the transition easy for them and easy for me. I met everybody in the middle and we moved forward and this is the end result.

John Dorsey on what he thinks about the 2013 Chiefs draft class:

I’m very happy with this draft class. I think we got all of the players we targeted. And that’s all you can ask for.

Dorsey had some high words of praise for Nico Johnson.

I like Nico Johnson. I think he’s played a level and caliber of football. He’s demonstrated a very unique ability against the run. I don’t think the speed of the national football league will make him flinch at all. He’s a perfect fit for us and we’re lucky to have him.

Andy Reid on Nico Johnson:

I had a chance to speak with [Alabama Head Coach] Nick Saban this morning, before we picked him, and he said he’s one of the tougher guys on his football team. He was one of the leaders on his football team. And we’re talking about a National Championship football team.

In talking about the state of the roster moving forward into camp, Reid had this to say:

You’re not going to fill whatever you consider every hole with all-star players. I don’t think you need to do that. I think you need guys that are willing.

Overall, I was pretty happy with what the Chiefs leadership had to say about the draft and the state of the roster. They both seemed to make it very clear that they didn’t feel they reached for any players nor did they take anyone they didn’t think held value with where they drafted them. They both seemed to work together well and compliment each other. This was quite the departure from the Pioli/Haley era. It would have never gone down like this.

As the off-season marches on, we’ll see how well the duo of Reid and Dorsey continue to work and bring in players on this roster.

If you want to check out both interviews, they’re posted now on KC Chiefs.com.

What do you think, Addicts? Did Dorsey and Reid win the draft?

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs

  • sidibeke

    I like it. I feel like Reid knows what he’s going to run, knows the types of players he needs and we’re getting those players. The GM and HC are working together…not the GM picking up players the HC doesn’t want and then they sit on the bench (Gaither, Routt…)

  • chiefdeorty

    All things considered I think it’s okay, there were a lot of big name players out there we did not get but that’s the way it goes. I think we could of traded up to go after some players but then you lose picks.
    But that has a costs and at this point I think we need depth more at this time, we can add with UFA’s or later on off the waver wire when teams start letting people go later in the preseason.
    With Dorsey coming from Green bay they always seem to have done well with the UFA’s. I am hoping it was it was because of Dorsey.

  • Erik Hild

    Personally I was surprised we picked Kelce. I thought Moeaki and Fasano were enough but apparently not. It will be interesting to see how that position plays out

  • redchiefs

    I am going to go by faith. I can see the history, track records, of both R&D. A QB alone can not win anything whatsoever. I remember Hank, Marty, and Dick. They used the players they had and won often. Reid’s winning percentage is very impressive, and unlike Marty, Reid’s winning percentage in the post season is even more impressive. Green Bay’s history shows that JD has been in a very good place for a long time, he’s been a part of something very special. They are both honestly in a happy place, knowing full well this is just the start. You can see the good feeling they have about where the Chiefs are, who they’ve added, and where they think they can go. Did they draft everyone that all the fans thought they should? No, but we fans do not spend 10, 12, 14 hours a day leading a professional football team, so I’ll bow to the powers that be and I will keep myself on a simmer of excitement, and hope we get a lot of information from our front office, as per Clark Hunts intent. We fans need to remember that Clark was down on the sidelines when the Chiefs came into being, and when the won that Super Bowl. I have the faith. GO CHIEFS!

  • toperspective

    The Davis pick appears idiotic but time will tell.

    • TAZMOSIS

      Soon after the pick was made, I had the same thought. But I see that Davis was a top two or three RB before his ankle injury. If you look at his stats and size, he may be a steal. Dude has got size and blazing speed. I think that it was early for him to get picked, but, like you say, time will tell. I gotta’ trust R&D.

      • toperspective

        R&D have my trust until proven otherwise. I don’t mind high risk, high reward picks, but it seems he would have been available later. Of course you never know whether this was the case or not. Everyone seems to be surprised by the pick.