K.C. Chiefs 2014 Draft: That’s What The Mock Says

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Antonio TINY RichardsonRound One

A. OT Antonio “Tiny” Richardson, 6-6, 330, Tennessee

B. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-6, 266, Washington

C. FS Ha’Sean Clinton Dix, 6-1, 208, Alabama

The NFL is running their own version of monster.com tryouts… specifically as it relates to top quality offensive linemen (monster.com is a top job-search web site). The really good one’s appear to be in the shortest supply of all positions across the NFL horizon. Yes, 3 of the top 4… and 6 of the top 20… players selected in the 2013 NFL draft were Offensive Tackles. However, with injuries being what they have been across the league as well as the influx of top athletes defecting to the defensive side of the ball, offensive linemen are rare finds, in short supply and in top demand.

Antonio “Tiny” Richardson looks to make an impact at the NFL level next year. This is the huge and athletic kind of big man both GM John Dorsey and HC Andy Reid cherish. In interviews he comes across highly intelligent and is a natural leader among his peers. His weight room measurables are already strong: 460 pounds in the bench press, 535 or 540 in the squat, 33 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and he only looks to improve with an excellent attitude, work ethic and positive locker room presence. SBNation had this to say about Richardson,

Richardson possesses the ideal frame to play left tackle in the NFL… Richardson has the ability to dominate defensive linemen with advanced hand use and his brute strength. On a few occasions against South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, Richardson showed off his strength and proper hand use to completely manhandle him.

Although Antonio Richardson’s tough and competitive nature is evident on the field, it is in interviews that I notice he’s a gifted speaker, articulate and poised… and it’s these qualities that would help to make him an instant fit on any team. The Chiefs need to get tougher and better across the offensive front. “Tiny” could improve the offensive line in a “Giant” way.

I watched the Berry-Houston Bowl on Saturday (that would be Georgia @ Tennessee) and several players stood out.

1. Tennessee LT Tiny Richardson looked like the real deal at LT. Late in the game he began to lean forward a bit to block the DE but, that’s understandable and more importantly fixable. He needs to keep his back straight throughout the game and punch-with-hands & slide-with-his-feet then stay away from getting locked up with the DE. Otherwise, his feet are quick and fluid and is a huge obstruction to navigate around. Although there is something about the way he moves that makes me think he’d be a great Guard. Perhaps it’s that he reminds me of the Cowboys ex-G/T Larry Allen.

2. Georgia QB Aaron Murray is a good QB. In fact he has a wow factor and throws his timing routes getting the ball out and half way there before the receiver ever makes his break. He’s going to be a good one. Yes, he shows too much frustration (it was a close game) and needs to be careful not to alienate his teammates with his passion which is usually a positive. Murray doesn’t have the same talented targets he’s had in recent years so when rating his performances one must take that into consideration but he showed a side we haven’t seen before — he had a 60 yards run. Kinda reminded me of Alex Smith.

3. Tennessee ILB A.J. Johnson looks excellent. If he is available in the second round he’d be a good pickup for the Chiefs.

 TE Seferian Jenkins

While big linemen are the “gold stock” in the marketplace which no team should be passing on, the Chiefs don’t look to pass on top level talent either and that would include the top TE in this draft, especially if he fell in their lap. Even though the Chiefs chose TE Travis Kelce last year with their first 3rd round pick, it’s hard to see them passing on TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-6, 266 pound future NFL superstar.

I hope you have time to take a peek at this video of Seferian-Jenkins and tell me if you don’t see an Aaron Hernandez in a bigger body, supremely talented AND without the off field complications (although he had a DUI in the spring and had to miss the first game of this season, so far no one thinks he’s going to murder one of his friends). His head coach Steve Sarkisian says, “He’s a good kid who made a bad decision … he’s learned from it.”

On the field, it  makes me laugh out loud when Washington throws Seferian-Jenkins screen passes: this big man with the magnet hands and the deftly nimble feet. They also feel comfortable throwing corner fades his way as well as routes over the middle that seem to punish defensive backs who have to tackle him and it often takes three of them fellas to bring him down.

It should be noted that Seferian-Jenkins is a two-sport star and also plays baseball. However, football appears to be his sport and after only two seasons he already holds school records for catches (120), receiving yards (1,481) and touchdowns (15) for a tight end (numbers taken prior to Saturday’s game). If, by chance, Bill Belichick and the Patriots jump up and select this multi-talented TE before the Chiefs El Kabongdo, it’ll be worthy of a draft day El Kabong Fest where me and all my friends get out our cartoon guitars and continue to bash each other over the head repeatedly – El Kabong style (special thanks to Quick Draw McGraw). Like most TEs entering the league, he’ll have to gain a little muscle mass and work on his blocking techniques, however, he clearly has the frame to make it happen. Everything else, he does supremely well and you’ll delight at his cirque-de-soleil body contortions prior to his suctioning the ball.

FS Clinton DixSince Eric Berry came to town Chiefs fans have been dreaming of having a “pair” of Safeties who could rule the NFL defensive backfields together for a decade and… Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix from Alabama could be the pepper to Berry’s salt. The Chiefs may have plans for Sanders Commings who has been hurt since the first of training camp but, Clinton-Dix is long on experience specifically at the FS position with ball hawk skills that will allow Mr. Berry to do what Mr. Berry does best: play the anti-ballistic-missile role.

Off season team conversations, as well as in-season this year, are filled with how the team can win the division. Since the Chiefs are one of three teams in the league stuck with the “Peyton-fection,” an increasing number of these team discussion will be directed towards locating and procuring his anti-toxin. While FS Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix would be an excellent choice I am also very fond of Jason Verrett, the 5’10”, 182 pound CB from TCU. If you get to spend any time watching him play, it is a joy. He’s textbook and instinctive. Not only would I be thrilled to see him become a Chief but I’d deem it a big step towards ridding the league of a great plague.

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  • berttheclock

    Speaking of “Catch-22″, I am reminded of Pioli’s office being off limits to the point one could only go in to see him if he was no longer in the room. Pioli was the Major Major Major from the novel.

    No, it is not too early for “Mocks”. Should the Chiefs keep winning, they will be selecting in the lower part of the 1st round. It looks as though the cream of the QBs, OTs and, especially defensive studs will be taken long before the Chiefs select. But, there is quality out there. There are very good TEs who will be there. The stud from The Dub will be gone, but, there are others, as well as wide outs. We need more depth on the offensive and the best will be gone. However, I have faith in Dorsey and his scouts. BTW, Laddie, as to that chart of Andy Reid, it is a bit skewed. He had better drafts when he had better college scouting and a quality GM to aid him (one left to rebuild the Colts and the other to rebuild the Browns, only to get fired by the same guy, Banner, who helped ruin Philly). His last two drafts were not that good as those mentioned talents for scouting had departed Philly. What works so well now is having Dorsey and Ballard and their great scouts to be heavily involved with player selection.

    What the Chiefs do not need is have a Jerry Jones situation where the owner believes he is the greatest evaluator of talent the world has ever known.

    • berttheclock

      I wrote the stud from The Dub would be gone. Just noticed, one of the Mocks has him going to the Chiefs with the 25th selection. By then, all of the top OTs, QBs and defensive players will be gone.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    Laddie:

    Nice article. I would also look at Jordan Matthews, WR from Vanderbilt. Over at DraftTek, the Chiefs took CB/S Marcus Roberson from Florida.

    • ladner morse

      Yea… the problem is they have him ranked #15 and I think the Chiefs will be drafting much later than that.

  • Calchiefsfan

    3 weeks ago I felt that CB and LG were the Chiefs biggest needs. Now that Marcus Cooper has come on I believe it’s LG and WR. Unless Allen can improve substantially, that’s where I would be leaning. The way Dorsey has been going about his business I have an awful lot of confidence in what he will accomplish in the 2014 draft. With a full year on the job with the Chiefs he should be able to find some quality players. No second round pick hurts though.

    • Troy Utt

      With the arrival of Cooper I believe we are pretty set in the secondary for next year. I would expect Commings back full strength & that our greatest needs to be at OL & WR, in no particular order… It’s a bit early to tell which we need worse, as both appear to be glaring areas of need. While in Reid’s offense I do believe getting Fasano or ?? TE back on the field will help open up not just the passing game but the play book, allowing us to run more freely & gain seperation downfield when we finally get those mid-range targets rolling like they are suppose to.

  • jimfromkcj

    Good ideas for the most part. I have always been a proponent of bigger is better. I also think the interior of the Chief’s off line leaves a lot to be desired. I also have never been sold on Albert as a complete package at LT and I have not been pleased with Fisher either. So you could draft completely all of the Off line and I wouldn’t complain. I have always liked TE’s and linebackers mainly because they make very good special teamers, So I don’t think you can ever have too many of them on your roster. Sad to say that Pioli’s blunders will be with us for some time because some of our best players will be older and needing replaced about the same time we will be in position to make a run at the Super Bowl.

    • ladner morse

      So Jim… are you also saying now is not the time for the Chiefs to make a Super Bowl run? I look around the league and see one “great team” (to bad it’s in the same division as the Chiefs) and a whole bunch of “possibilities” and the Chiefs are in that second group. The next 4 weeks will tell us a lot bout the new upstart Chiefs. If they go to 9-0 by the bye week then anything is possible for this group — this year.

      • jimfromkcj

        Laddie, I think the Chiefs are in big trouble if Jamal is used as much as he was in this last game. If he goes down it could very well be goodbye to play off hopes. I also think that the teams that the Chiefs are playing are going to try and put a hit on him that will either put him out but to slow him up. I like Alex, but if the other side doesn’t have to load the box and can set back and double cover 2 or 3 receivers, I don’t think Alex can operate under those conditions.

  • Larry Devore

    Top priority wide reciever,wide reciever ,wide reciever and again wide reciever

    • ladner morse

      Yep… that’s why I’ve listed a couple of WRs here who could be impact players.

  • freshmeat62

    We all talk about drafting for “need” or the “best player available”. I say there is a 3rd grouping “player that will improve the team the most”. If drafting for need, you may be reaching just to fill that need. If you take best player available, there may be a Justin Houston in front of him.By taking the player that will improve the team the most, you are taking into consideration both of the other areas. So maybe the Chiefs should go to MIT, Harvard or some such institution to hire the next draft whiz that can come up w/ a formula to draft the perfect player.

    • ladner morse

      So would you call that the…. “best value available” ???

    • berttheclock

      What? And bypass Mizzou?

  • Danny W

    I’m actually enjoying not thinking too much about the draft yet. Good read though Laddie.

    • Troy Utt

      Good Point Danny! It’s kind of sad that many years we have already been forced to be at that point where we are already banking on the next years crop!

  • berttheclock

    Laddie, if you happen to come back to visit. Did you see where the Niners cut B J Daniels? He led the 4th quarter winning drive against the Chiefs in August. He is a Kaepernick option read type guy as he can both run and has a strong arm. For whatever reason, the Niners decided he was more of a long term project and signed a new QB to try to push Colt McCoy. Seattle swooped and signed him. That waiver wire change after the 3rd week allowed the Seahawks to be ahead of the Chiefs. But, with KC developing Bray, perhaps, Dorsey couldn’t envision trying to develop another QB.