NFL Draft Grades 2013: Kansas City Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs completed their 2013 NFL Draft class yesterday when they selected defensive end

As we always do, we polled the Arrowhead Addicts to get an instant grade and reaction.

We all know that draft grades are a fun, if not useless way to pass the time from now until the Chiefs are actually back on the field making us miserable again (hey, I’m optimistic). It can sometimes be hard to accurately judge a draft class because some players take a little bit longer to develop than others. Not every player comes in right away and starts playing at a Pro Bowl level.

This year is slightly different, however, because the Chiefs held the No. 1 overall pick. Since KC could have has any player they wanted in the entire draft, the guy they did pick, LT Eric Fisher, had better come in and start playing well immediately. Sure as we are sitting here, there will be players drafted after Fisher that will come in and play at a high level from their very fist snap. If Fisher isn’t one of them, well, Andy Reid and John Dorsey have some explaining to do.

The Chiefs had a big gap from their first pick to their second pick because the team was not able to deal LT Branden Albert for a second-round pick. Still, the Chiefs did get four players in the top 100. If KC made good picks then Fisher, TE Travis Kelce, RB Knile Davis and ILB Nico Johnson should be able to make significant contributions next season.

Alright, enough blabber. Let’s get on with it and see how Chiefs Nation graded each pick.

Here are your results in one fancy slideshow!

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  • Rcjk

    Obviously time will tell but overall I like most of the picks. Either way still should be a major improvement over last year. I don’t understand wasting a pick on Knile Davis though

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.hoskins.391 Nick Hoskins

    Agree. A back that is so injury prone scares me, especially with Lattimore on the board. If I’m gambling on a back with an injury concern its Lattimore everytime

    • KCMikeG

      When evaluating injury concerns you have to look at the type, frequency and level of seriousness. Davis has had a couple broken ankles and a broken collar bone. No lingering injuries or major ligament issues like ACL’s.

  • freshmeat62

    Not so sure about picking an injury prone RB in Davis, where they did, but if he can stay healthy, maybe they got a steal. Was really hoping they’d pick Chris Harper there. I think Seattle got the steal when they took him in the 4th.

    • Norman Gunn

      I heard that the scout team is allowed one pick. My guess is the compensatory pick was there’s.

  • freshmeat62

    Hoping the rumor is true that the Chiefs signed Bray as an UDFA. I’ve seen too many conflicting reports to say it’s a sure thing yet. If this is the case, it may turn out that their FA signings may be the hilite of this draft season.

    • Rcjk

      Highlight* and yes they did sign him from what I’ve heard. Bray has a bad attitude but i’ve heard has an NFL arm and if Reid can fix his ego than he can be a good player

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

        Bray reminds me of Cryin’ Leaf

        • redchiefs

          Mebbe, well see. I believe that he’s in a good place in KC and will be surrounded by good coaches and a good mentor in Alex Smith

        • Spencer

          reminds me of Mallet with the Patriots…has some character issues, but has a great arm, Mallet to Flaco level, dude has arm talent…everything else thou he needs to work on…he is a project, that has a ton of potential and was touted as a 1st rnd pick coming into the season..never lived up to that but he can be good given the right circumstance and a reliable/steady coaches backing him up…Mallet and Osweiler with the Broncos will be studs because

          1) they got to back up greats for awhile, 2) they have great arm talent coming into the league, 3) steady coaches, allowing him to develop…we so far hit 1/2 i hope…Andy is going to be here awhile i believe and hes got that arm talent, give him a couple of years to better himself and he/they can be special…arm talent is rare…he’s been gifted, just needs to work/learn how to work hard and have reliable coaches backing him up

      • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.eckstein.31 Tyler Eckstein

        Come out as a junior and not getting drafted… I bet that humbled him!

        • KCMikeG

          It’s a start. His rookie orientation by the veterans will put him in his place and Reid will straighten him out. I’m going out on a limb here but I predict Bray is Reid’s next develop & trade for a #2 pick QB ala Freeny & Kolb.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    I guarantee the KC brass are ecstatic. Got their #1 player. Got Davis who they liked before the draft. Have to believe Nico was high on their list since they couldnt get back into 2nd round. TE is the new WR in the NFL. Kelce is going ti kick it!! Secondary depth and a blocking FB. Still need DL playmaker and one more receiver. Can get later after cuts possibly. Restructure Hali and sign Albert saving cap $. I cant wait to see the blitz packages we throw at Peyton. Hit hom hard an often!!

    • redchiefs

      It would be nice if Hali would restructure. It would be a good example to Albert that this team is worth allowing the front office some space to bring in the upgrades we need to improve the team.

  • #1 CHIEFS FAN IN GA

    I like the picks,but after the texans snagged sam montgomery one pick before us at the end of 3rd ,that should’ve alerted us to snag the DE okafor from texas instead of davis,that was the bigger need. Where is our DL depth?

  • Justin R Groth

    I see two good picks two questionable from fan pov picks and not to worried bout 6 and 7 round picks. Fisher and Nico definitely add to this team (as long as we have Albert, without him Fisher just replaces him). Both will probably be game 1 starters. Kelce has had off field issues but looks good on the field, however I ont see him as an improvement over either of our TE, however having all three would give us strong depth. Davis is big and fast, if jot for his injuries I would say this was a great pick because he can work on fumbles. This was a good depth draft that tells me R/D werent lieing when they said they felt we could compete next year. My inner homer is saying we will be good. however I see us as a 8-8 team at the moment. draft grade;C+

    • xxxlp

      8-8 IS good when you just went 2-14. A six game positive swing in games won is fantastic, and any team would (read: should) be happy with that every time. 8-8 next year, add quality pieces in the following draft, build on where we left on, and we’re in business.

      • Justin R Groth

        Never said it wasn’t however I have seen people say that we would be a playoff team next year. Also many of our playmakers are around 30 so if we wait to long we will be back to 8-8 in a couple of years if we are lucky.

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