2014 AA Writers’ Mock Draft: Pick No. 23 The Chiefs Selection

Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs after a catch during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Cincinnati 39-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

With the 23rd pick of the AA Writers’ 2014 NFL Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select…

23. Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Ebron
TE, North Carolina

A successful West Coast offense thrives upon, among other things, dominant TE play. At 6’4″, 245 lbs, with soft hands, quick moves, and 4.6ish speed, Ebron fits the bill. Ebron also brings some versatility to his game, with the ability to line up not only as a TE, but also as an H-back or in the slot. It is important to keep in mind that Travis Kelce represents a 3rd round selection who hasn’t played a regular football game since college. Ebron gives the Chiefs an elite, polished athlete with the talent and ability to step right in and make a difference immediately while Kelce is frankly still a question mark. If Kelce develops into the player the Chiefs hope he can be, so much the better, which in turn could lead to parlaying Sean McGrath for a mid-to-late round draft pick. Win-win.

Previous Picks:

1. Houston Texans
Johnny Manziel
QB, Texas A&M University
Selected by Jason Seibel – Assistant Editor

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Sammy Watkins
WR, Clemson
Selected by Stacy D. Smith – Featured Columnist

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Teddy Bridgewater
QB, Louisville
Selected by Lyle Graversen – Featured Columnist

4. Cleveland Browns
Blake Bortles
QB, UCF
Selected by Nicholas Clayton – Featured Columnist

5. Oakland Raiders
Anthony Barr
OLB, UCLA
Selected by Jeffery Grasser – Staff Writer

6. Atlanta Falcons
Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina
Selected by Nick Floyd – Staff Writer

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jake Matthews
OT, Texas A & M University
Selected by Damian Nelson – Senior Contributor

8. Minnesota Vikings
Derek Carr
QB, Fresno State
Selected by Ladner Morse – Featured Columnist

9. Buffalo Bills
Greg Robinson
Offensive Tackle, Auburn
Selected by Jason Seibel – Assistant Editor

10. Detroit Lions
Darqueze Dennard
CB, Michigan State
Selected by Stacy D. Smith – Featured Columnist

11. Tennessee Titans
Khalil Mack
LB, Buffalo State
Selected by Lyle Graversen – Featured Columnist

12. New York Giants
Justin Gilbert
CB, Oklahoma State
Selected by Nicholas Clayton – Featured Columnist

13. St. Louis Rams
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix
Safety, Alabama
Selected by Jeff Grasser – Staff Writer

14. Chicago Bears
Louis Nix
DT, Notre Dame
Selected by Nick Floyd – Staff Writer

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
C.J. Mosley
ILB, Alabama
Selected by Damian Nelson – Senior Contributor

16. Dallas Cowboys
Kony Ealy
DE, Missouri
Selected by Ladner Morse – Featured Columnist

17. Baltimore Ravens
Marqise Lee
WR, USC
Selected by Jason Seibel – Assistant Editor

18. New York Jets
Mike Evans
WR, Texas A&M University
Selected by Stacy D. Smith – Featured Columnist

19. Miami Dolphins
Taylor Lewan
OT, Michigan
Selected by Lyle Graversen – Featured Columnist

20. Arizona Cardinals
Cyrus Kouandjio
OT, Alabama
Selected by Nicholas Clayton – Featured Columnist

21. Green Bay Packers
Trent Murphy
DE, Stanford
Selected by Jeff Grasser – Staff Writer

22. Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Shazier
OLB, Ohio State
Selected by Nick Floyd – Staff Writer

Topics: Eric Ebron, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • micah stephenson

    I prolly would have went with QB. T.boyd but had he not been available Ebron is the best choice. You get the best TE in the draft, and if kelce develops we have two young TEs and can get rid of Fasano’s bum ass along with his salery. I think TE is a better choice than wr becuase Alex has a weak arm and don’t like to pass deep or outside the hash marks, so a deep wr is kinda useless. Short passes up the middle to the TE is more within his skill set. Besides Bejinman would b the top wr left and he reminds me too much of baldwin. 6.5 in hight but kinda slow and he drops too many passes.

    • DoubleD

      If Baldwin could have run a 4.4, he might been worth keeping around a little longer. Smith throws deep and outside the numbers just fine as far as I’m concerned. He showed both skills in the Pro Bowl when paired up with talented receivers. Give Smith more weapons like Ebron, and I believe he will succeed. If I felt there was undervalued FS or CB worth taking, I probably would have gone that direction instead but the value of having a guy like Ebron sitting there at the 23rd pick was too much to ignore. As far as DBs go, I always wait for the combine to get a better idea of what they’re made of. Same with WRs matter of fact.

      • micah stephenson

        It sounds kinda of funny cus I know the defense is what everyone wants to upgrade, but I think the offense needs more help. We need 3 awesome wrs and 2 awesome TEs for Alex to b successfull. Alex won’t make the people around him better so we must surround him with as many weapons as possible.

        • Royals_Fan

          No QB in this years draft will be better then Smith by the 23rd pick. Ebron would be the best pick, or a WR. Quality secondary players won’t be there most likely either. Gilbert, Pryor and Clinton-Dix will most likely be gone and Varrett doesn’t fit our defense, he’s to small. Look at Keith McGill from Utah. He should be there by the 3rd round and he could be a quality pick.

          Micha I know you don’t like Smith, we’ve had plenty of debates, but T. Boyd is not the answer the Chiefs need. This year isn’t a deep draft and the QBs that can make a difference for a team will go in the top 10. The other QBs will be average at best. That you have to know. Boyd looked like a top prospect but he showed some flaws this year and I want to know what he can do without his security blanket in Sammy Watkins. I’m thinking not much.

          • micah stephenson

            How do you know he wont b better? If we leave it up to AA readers, the QB class will never b deep enough for us to pick a QB.

          • Royals_Fan

            That’s because the teams early in the draft need a QB. MIN, CLE, HUS and JAX all need a QB. There are 4 high opportunity QBs and the 4 teams that need a QB are in the top 10 . Manziel, Bridgewater, Brotles and Carr won’t make it passed the 10th pick.

            I think the big reason people argue with you is because your idea of this years draft is unrealistic. This isn’t Madden 25 where we can dictate who we want and get him. By our pick the on QBs let are ones that will have a carrer like Blain Gabbert or Chad Henne. Look good in college but can’t translate to be a franchise QB.

            Boyd isn’t the guy we need. If you look at him overall I used to think he could be a first rounder, but he didn’t wow people this year. Sammy Watkins did, but not Boyd.

            But what you’re saying is, you understand the Chiefs need WR/TEs. They need to improve the secondary. But you’d still draft a QB with the 23rd pick. Even though Smith will be starting all year. Even though Chase Daniels has 2 more years left as second string QB. And the fact that Smith has a 99.9% chance of signing an extension. You would still draft a QB with the 23rd pick. Gamble on the fact that a QB in this class that makes it that far is anout a 50/50 shot of being an alright QB or being a bust? You would pass on a TE that could be the next Tony G for us. You said it yourself, which I strongly disagree, “unless Smith has great WRs and TEs to throw to he suck” why not draft the best TE or WR in the draft this year, see if he can do better with talent on offense besides just a RB instead if passing on them to get a mediocre QB. Then if he does terrible but the defense looks good and everything else, they might draft a QB instead if extending Smith. (Although I give this a 99.9% chance of never happening and we have Smith for another 3-4 years.)

          • micah stephenson

            No. You don’t know how they careers will turn out. Thats just your own personal prediction. The future looks real bright for a bunch of these young QBs, Wilson, Luck, Kop, Foles, Newton, and others. Yes I know what we need and there are ways to get that, but QBs are rare commodities, you can’t keep passing them up like the Chiefs do. We could get boyd and still get wr/te, we have the 3rd picks plus more, free agency, trades. Yes I would take the chance at QB and there would not b a 99% chance I extend Alex. I’d let the compete for the starter spot. And you also don’t kniw if Alex will want to much money or too many yrs. He could get hurt AGAIN. Get n Boyd don’t mean that’s all you get. Lets say the Chiefs sign Wr Tate and TE pitta and draft Boyd 1st rd and a wr or fs 3rd rd, I think we would b looking pretty dam good going into next yr on offense.

          • SoCalChiefsFan

            And I suppose that we should cut Alex Smith to clear enough cap space to bring in Tate and Pitta and have Taj Boyd start right away even though he’s been a sinking ship lately??

          • micah stephenson

            Cutting Smith would b dumb. Let him a boyd fight it out, if Boyd wins, trade Smith to somebody for 2 2nd rd picks, or whur we the only ones dumb enough to pay that much for him. Tate and Pitta should not cost that much.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Smith already has succeeded. He had his best year yet with this receiving corps. Yes an upgrade at TE or WR would be great but by the second half of the season he was moving this offense just fine. If he continues his second half success into next year this offense will be a top 10 easily, even if we don’t upgrade, especially if Kelce gets healthy.

        • micah stephenson

          9 yrs in the nfl and this is his best yr??? Dam he is garbage.

          • CrispySBC

            Come on Micah you know that’s not true … he took the 49′ers to the NFC Championship game and if not for a turnover, by the Special Team’s, they’d of been playing in the Super Bowl.

    • SoCalChiefsFan

      A QB with our first rounder?? A.Smith may not have the biggest arm but it is definitely big enough! He seemed to get more and more comfortable as the season progressed and he has proven NFL talent! We already know that he can get us to the next level! He didn’t lose the playoff game in Indy…..our defense did!

      I can see taking a chance on a QB in rounds 4-7…….maybe! Reid might also think that a Bray could be the QB of the future! He’s got a big arm and he’s sitting there learning behind a good NFL starting QB! Maybe he’s our Aaron Rogers in 2-3 years!

      • micah stephenson

        I know a QB in the 1st rd is almost an unthinkable concept around here but teams do it all the time. Alex is on the last yr of his contract and will b on the wrong side of 30 real soon. So if a QB is available I’m gonna get him. You can still get a WR and FS in the later rds or free agency but you will never ever get a QB that way.

        • SoCalChiefsFan

          I’m not here to rag on you but what you’re saying is just plain DUMB! To say that “you can get a WR or FS in the later rds or free agency but you will never ever get a QB that way” is assinine!!!! As I pointed out above, stars like Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Kurt Warner were not first round draft picks! Free agency two years ago….Peyton Manning went to the Denver Broncos! Do you think they’re happy they picked him up in FA?

          • micah stephenson

            It happens but its very rare. Why do you want yo team to use methods that very rarely work to get the most important position?

          • micah stephenson

            Mark Sanchez is the top free agent QB, and what QB not drafted in the 1st rd do u think will b any good?

          • SoCalChiefsFan

            Frankly this is a non-issue! We don’t need a FA quarterback, we have Alex Smith. We have him for at least another season but we will probably lock him up for the next 4-5 years with a contract extension (which I for one am completely fine with). During that time, we can search for his replacement (if it’s not Bray). We have enough talent at the position right now that we don’t need to reach for anyone. In my opinion, Boyd is a reach.

          • micah stephenson

            Boyd would not b a reach, he should b the bpa at that point and Dorsey said that what he would draft.

          • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

            Boyd is sinking like a rock on the draft boards. His accuracy issues during the Senior Bowl practice has dropped him to a late 2nd- 3rd round prospect.

          • DoubleD

            Price aside, all three of the above.

        • DoubleD

          Micah, in light of your ongoing insistence that the Chiefs best chance for success requires drafting a QB in the 1st round, you do realize that Alex Smith was the overall #1 pick of the 2005 draft, right? I know you that don’t like Smith and all but you really can’t have it both ways.

          • micah stephenson

            Yea I know he was a 1st rd pick but he hasn’t developed into anything more than your everyday day avg joe blow. Some QBs develope and some don’t, if at first you don’t suceed, you try and try again, its been 30 yrs sinse we drafted a guy, so we ain’t even trying.

          • DoubleD

            You also realize that the Chiefs neither drafted nor developed Len Dawson, right?

            You further realize that the Raiders neither drafted nor developed Rich Gannon (didn’t win a Super Bowl but definitely good enough to get there)?

            Warren Moon is the greatest QB to never win a super bowl. He got his start in the CFL.

            Kurt Warner, etc etc.

            It is in no way an easy process identifying a franchise qb through the draft. For example, 32 teams passed on Tom Brady for more than 5 full rounds. There’s only been 2 1st rd qbs since 2008 that I truly felt, at the time, were as close as one can get to being an absolute miss: Matt Ryan in 2008 and Andrew Luck in 2012. And frankly, the jury is still out on Luck.

            In fact, aside from Luck and Ryan, you have to go all the way back to 2005 to find a successful 1st rd qb in the draft. In fact, there are two successful 1st rd qbs from the 2005 draft – Alex Smith and Aaron Rogers. Rogers has one super bowl ring to his name. Smith is still working on his first.

          • toperspective

            What jury is out on Luck? I’d be shocked if he wasn’t near the top of every GM’s list of preferred QB to begin a team. He’s only going to get better.

          • DoubleD

            Well that’s a sure nitpick right there. I agree that Luck so far seems to be delivering as promised. I also said he and Ryan were the only 2 elite-looking qbs since the 2008 draft, in my opinion anyway. So all I’m really saying here is that you can’t conclude the guy can win it all, stay healthy, etc etc, based on a body of work that only covers two years. Okay?

          • toperspective

            Ok. I guess I interpret “the jury is still out on someone” differently than you intended. What is fascinating is look over the QB drafts since 2002 and see how few QB have panned out to be anything. 2012 was a great year for QB’s but the rest have been terrible.

          • tm1946

            Not sure I am reading correctly, Chiefs did not develop Dawson? who did or you being ironic and I am getting early senility.

          • DoubleD

            Dawson was playing pro ball for something like 5 years before he came to the Chiefs. First with Pittsburgh, then with Cleveland, before joining the Dallas Texans in 1962. I believe he was in fact the starter in his rookie season with Pittsburgh. In his first season with the Texans, Dawson led the AFL in TDs and yards per attempt. When Dawson came to the Texans, there wasn’t any sitting him behind a starter and taking time to “develop” him.

            What’s your definition of “develop?”

      • micah stephenson

        I don’t agree on the defense losing the game in indy. It was a team loss. Just like if they won it would gave been a team win.

        • Troy Utt

          Can’t have it both ways Micah… Early on in the season after every game your response was, “the defense won that game!” or “The D bailed them out.” Can’t have it both ways…
          And YOU ARE WRONG… the Indy play-off loss falls squarely on the shoulders of the defensive meltdown! Especially when the offense spotted them that many points to work with, when the reg season avg for an NFL team is 27pt’s the D better strap-up!

          • micah stephenson

            Before you blame it all on the defense, don’t forget that it was the defense that kept taking the ball away from the colts and setting up the offense with easy scores to get that lead. Part of the colts comback was an easy 7 scored off a A.Smith fumble, so it was a team loss.

          • Troy Utt

            A fumble caused by DL coming from behind Smith, not even close to his fault! And Smith did not amass the passing yardage in that game playing the short field left by the D… There were plenty of long drives as well, Bowe put ut his only 100+ yd game of the season w/156 on the day, Avery & Hemmingway both contributed before clocking out… Like I said, can’t have it both ways!

      • micah stephenson

        Bray or a 4-7th round QB? What low standards. The object is to start off with the best possible QB and go from there, not get some undrafted guy or 7th rd bum and develope him.

        • SoCalChiefsFan

          Montana was drafted in the third, Brady in the sixth. Kurt Warner, Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo…..all UNDRAFTED. Jamarcus Russell, #1.

          My point……it doesn’t matter where you draft them! You get the players you know can succeed in the NFL. You say that Smith is almost on the wrong side of 30…so what? Peyton Manning is 37 and he’s still the best there is! Alex Smith had a very good second half of the season. There is no reason that we need to look to replace him IMO!

          • micah stephenson

            You named a few QBs not drafted in the 1st rd. But its not the norm. And that’s Payton Manning who is 37. A.Smith is no PM. Go look at the 32 teams QBs and see how many where 1st rd picks or very high picks. Also you can see who b will drafting a QB high this yr.

          • SoCalChiefsFan

            You’re right! Alex Smith is no Peyton Manning, but he doesn’t have to be! Russell Wilson is no Peyton Manning either, but he stands a pretty good chance of beating him in the Super Bowl! I understand that most NFL starting QBs were drafted high, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find talent elsewhere!

    • Calchiefsfan

      Boyd is okay but just like Geno Smith neither one will ever be as good as A. Smith.

      • micah stephenson

        Something tells me no QB will ever b as good as AS.

        • Calchiefsfan

          Well there is Manning, Brady, Rogers, Brees and Rothlesberger right now with Wilson, Luck, RG3, Kaepernick and Newton that are up and comers to name a few. Boyd and Geno have a long way to go before they can even carry A. Smith’s jock strap.

          • micah stephenson

            I wouldn’t say a long way. Did you know Geno ended the yr winning 3 out of 4 and over the last 6 weeks only P.Manning had a higher QB rating. That is with basically no wrs. This yr NY will start to add weapons around him. Boyd will b a rookie but you have no ideal how he will play. He could end up being as good as Wilson, Kop, Luck, and others.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Or he could bust. I’m not against Geno, I hope he has a great career. I’m just saying he hasn’t done anything yet and the NFL is full of guys with potential that never go anywhere. But then again it took A. Smith 6 years with rotten coaching before he got Harbaugh. Then he started playing like a 1st rounder.

          • toperspective

            Ryan wouldn’t
            even confirm that Smith will take the first snap in offseason workouts,
            saying ‘we’ll see who’s on our roster before we make that decision.’

            Not a ringing endorsement. I wouldn’t mind a QB if one of the top guys falls but I wouldn’t waste a early pick on Boyd. Always got to be thinking about QBOTF.

          • Troy Utt

            So what you are saying is maybe someday he could be as good as Alex Smith is as well, now that he is in a stable playing enviro? That is sense his stat’s after this season are equal to or better than Wilson, Kaep, & Luck? Just checking???

        • Troy Utt

          No Micah it’s you that has it back-asswards! No matter what Smith does, in your eyes he will never be good enough!

          • micah stephenson

            If he win us the Superbowl he will b. Of corse that’s a big if.

    • CrispySBC

      Micah … why use your Number 1 pick on a QB when there are other areas of need more urgent than QB. Plus Alex Smith has done a great job for the Chief’s … remember this is Smith’s first year in Reid’s system and look how much he developed over the course of just 1 season. He’s done everything necessary for the Coaching staff to have faith in him. If Ebron is available at 23 what a great pick he’d be. If he’s not here then look for a WR to be selected. Heck if you select a player in the first round and not start him day 1 it’s a wasted pick for a team built to win now. Also, remember we have Tyler Bray learning the system and developing as our QBOTF.

    • toperspective

      Boyd will probably be available. It’s only one assessment but he looked so bad at the Senior Bowl that a GB scout said he was undraftable. Walterfootball.com is now projecting him as a 3rd round pick.

      • micah stephenson

        Dang, I didn’t know that. Mayby I would take him in the 1st rd then .

  • CrispySBC

    Double D great pick … I was thinking a DE but if Ebron is available he’s BPA and adds a new dimension to our offense. I like Fasano and McBeard but they just aren’t elite talent like Ebron. Plus you save on cap by letting Fasano go. If Kelce stays healthy we might actually have a position with strength at TE instead of weakness. In Reid’s offense the TE is critical to moving the ball and adding diversity to the offensive scheme. Great selection I just question if he’ll be available. On a different note .. why do some people think Alex Smith has a weak arm? Did they not watch the Colt’s game or the Pro-Bowl? His arm is fine and he’s accurate throwing the long ball. The bigger issue was his WR’s getting open and actually catching the ball.

  • SoCalChiefsFan

    I love this pick if Ebron is there! Unfortunately I don’t see it happening. If he’s not there, I really hope we address the secondary with the first rounder. I don’t see Clinton-Dix falling that far but possibly Calvin Pryor might……? The only way I would go offense in the first is if we could land Ebron.

    • DoubleD

      Yeah I don’t realistically expect that the Chiefs will have a shot at Ebron here but at the same time, I wouldn’t rule out Austin Serafian-Jenkins as a distinct possibility here either. Lacks the top end speed and elusiveness that Ebron possesses but ASJ has good quickness, great hands, and represents the kind of huge receiving target that I believe Dorsey favors. Definite red zone asset at the very least. Doesn’t hurt that he also played a little college hoops.

  • tm1946

    Do not hate it but he seems a bit light in the pants, 245lb, can assume he will not be doing a lot of blocking or even chipping as he goes out in patterns. Most LBs are heavier.

    • DoubleD

      He’s not what I would call small (he’s about the same weight as Tony G) but I can see the Chiefs encouraging him to muscle up a bit, upper body-wise, as part of his conditioning goals heading into OTAs and training camp.

    • clay simester

      Actually, they say he’s a terrific and very willing blocker, especially in the run-game. And i wouldn’t exactly call 6’4 245 light in the pants. Ebron is a rock, we’re talking 245 lbs with no fat. After a year or 2 in an nfl weight program, he’ll be an absolute beast

      • tm1946

        First round pick and just wait 2 years for the beast to show up….huh? Todays NFL, first rounders play and play now. What you say could be true, will Charles be waiting until he shows up with his beastly muscles?, or Alex or Bowe or any of the 10 allpros?
        Why is Fisher not the beloved photo guy of the last draft? Maybe because he did not play like a first pick much less the first pick of the entire draft.

        • clay simester

          I didn’t say wait 2 years until he’s good. He’s already very good, and would very likely be the best tight end on the roster from day 1. What i meant was that although he’s already talented and nfl ready, he’ll only get better, stronger, and more of an asset as time goes.(just like most other players) Ebron has the potential to be elite. He’s a Vernon Davis clone

        • clay simester

          Also, we’re talking about a 23rd pick, not a 1st pick overall situation

  • Troy Utt

    DBL D… I like the pick should Ebron indeed fall that far? Personally I believe KC goes D in the 1st round… They almost have to, then again, that will be decided by what is done in FA… Finally when is everyone going to learn when it comes to the topic of Micah / Alex Smith your key-stroke energy is wasted!!! With him it’s a personal predjustice brought on by playing old versions of Madden video games!

    • DoubleD

      I definitely wouldn’t rule out FS Calvin Pryor here either. WR Kelvin Benjamin might be another consideration here as well. Just don’t think Dorsey would pass over Ebron if this was the particular hand he was actually dealt.

      • Troy Utt

        I see your point… Just as I was pointing out to Michael Shaw, w/ the meltdown KC saw over the last half of the season it’s hard to see them going any other way than D (pending what is done if anything in FA) especially in regards to the secondary. It’s all the more important when you consider Denver has all their WR’s & TE’s under contract except Decker. Tough call here I know, especially knowing that Dorsey likes to build thru the draft, but having made the statement prior to last season that the Chiefs were going to be competitive. That would certainly lead one to believe that they are not afraid to spend right up against the cap again looking for the right combo of personell… That TE would have been nice the last 9 games of last season, as Smith needed someone to hold-on to the football! I am hoping for a healthy return of both Kelce & Fasano… What are the chances the brass will have a clue as to their progree prior to the draft? Either way KC is going to have to dabble in the FA market this off-season, not to the magnitude of last season… But they will be players!

    • Michael Shaw

      Troy, Great point about Micah. Not sure why he is so hell bent on a 1st round QB. I still think that Bray might have been the best undrafted rookie we have had in a long time. The kid has the arm and looked pretty good last preseason. He has a gun of an arm and just needs to learn how to read defenses, which Alex and Chase can teach him, as well as Andy Reid.

      • Troy Utt

        LOL!!! Michael I honestly believe KC has the best “STABLE” of QB’s in which I can recall in team history??? You would have to go back a good a good stretch & even then the match-up would be questionable once you factored out the “who had what to work with.”
        None the less, IMO each of the QB’s KC currently has brings something to the table (even tho I admit not being much of a Daniel fan) the upside we have w/ Bray is what I am most curious about!
        Having got him as an UDFA after orig being slotted no less a 3rd rd prospect made him a real value in my mind! With Alex Smith stepping up as he has makes what KC has to do as a franchise in the next 2-3 years much easier! Not to mention it will alllow time for the “QB Whisper-er! (LOL) to see what we have in Bray. As far as the draft is concerned, I just don’t see us going any other direction than defense??? Not after what happened over the course of the last half of the season, & with the majority (all) of Denvers WR’s/TE’s under contract except Decker… Whom I’m sure they will lock up asap!!! That makes KC’s secondary over-haul ever more crucial.

        • SoCalChiefsFan

          I agree here Troy, I think we have good depth at QB. I am also thinking that we take defense in the first! Unless Ebron is actually still on the board, I truly think we need to look at either the best FS or DE available!

          • Troy Utt

            You are right on point… I’m just a bit skiddish right now as to what the extent of the over-haul in the secondary winds up being???
            The contract restructures, cuts, or no-opt for extension on expired contracts in that group should tell us something before long I would think. As Dorsey is going to have to start moving money/etc around in anticipation. If Kelce is on track to return a TE would be a stretch, as Dorsey is high on Kelce!!! It’s just a matter of whether or not he’s a GO…

          • SoCalChiefsFan

            I’m not sold on Kelce……YET……as his injurys have had him sidelined! Not saying that he can’t be a great player, I just don’t know right now! But say he turns into what Reid and Dorsey drafted him to be…a Jeremy Shockey clone. We then pick up Ebron who has great hands and can go up and get the ball! Could you imagine a two tight end set with players similar to Tony Gonzalez and Jeremy Shockey both in their primes?

            Alex Smith would be one happy man!!!

          • Troy Utt

            I agree the jury is still out on Kelce with him having been put on IR for the season. I only spoke of knowing how high Dorsey was about him as I spent 2 weeks at camp this last season & got an invite to the MVP tent where I spent the day watching practice & talking football w/ Dorsey, Gammon, Walter White, & others…
            Dorsey said they were excited about Kelce as he was doing the little things that make you great… As soon as he got to town he contacted Tony Gonzalez & is now on his workout program, nutrition & physical… As well staying after practice to catch 500 extra balls just as TG always did! So maybe, just maybe!
            But getting those TE’s back on the field is the most crucial part to Reid’s hybrid WCO being successful… Not only does that move the chains in the passing game, but it will take pressure off of JC & should increase his yardage on the ground.

          • sidibeke

            I’d be okay with an ILB, too. To be honest, I wouldn’t be upset if we went WR, but only if a talent dropped to us. We have enough positions to upgrade that we can take the bpa.

          • SoCalChiefsFan

            My thoughts is there is no ILB that will be worth drafting at 23. As far as the WR position…..it’s very deep this year. The only WR I would take with 23 is Watkins and there’s no way he will still be there. Now if the Chiefs would like to surprise us all and trade up to get him, I might cry tears of joy! Honestly though, I think we would find a very good receiver in the 3rd round.

        • micah stephenson

           I honestly believe KC has the best “STABLE” of QB’s in which I can recall in team history???…….don’t tell me the team has been that scrubby for that long at QB. Lol.

          • Troy Utt

            Micah, I have no idea how old you are, & quite honestly don’t care. What is relevent is the fact that at no point going back have the Chiefs had three QB’s on staff that could potentally play at some point! Irregardless of what you are willing to admit the Chiefs have a legitimate starter, a legit back-up, & what many of us feel could be from the limited work he has gotten a shot at being QBOTF!

          • sidibeke

            You know it has.

      • micah stephenson

        WTF? Tyler Bray??? He has not showed us s**t! What the beep did he show us?complacency and mediocrity forever huh?

    • SoCalChiefsFan

      I’m new to AA but I’m figuring Micah out pretty quick!!

      • Troy Utt

        Didn’t take long… Did it? There is no doubt Micah loves the Chiefs, however there is no reasoning with him on the topic of QB… Regardless the stat or numbers Smith puts up he refuses to give him credit! By the way… Welcome Aboard!

        • micah stephenson

          Stats??? What stats? Lol. Wake me up when he passes for over 3500 yards.

          • Troy Utt

            I hate having to point out the obvious, especially to someone who no mattter what will find a way to skew the “facts!” Lets compare!
            We all agree Manning, Brady, Brees, Rogers, are rare finds that only come along once every so ??? Most of which are in the home-stretch of their career’s… Since Smith & Kaep have the SF conn we will use him for comparison, as well Andrew Luck from as we faced Indy in the play-off’s, & for good measure let’s also compare SB starting QB Russell Wilson.

            Alex Smith: 60.6comp% 3313pyd 23ptd
            Kaep……….:58.4comp% 3197pyd 21ptd
            A: Luck……:60.2comp% 3822pyd 23ptd
            R. Wilson…:63.1comp% 3357pyd 26ptd

            Better listen for the rooster, set your alarm, or whatever it takes for you to WAKE-UP!!! The STAT’S DON’T LIE!!! Given the tools Smith has plenty of good years left in him, it’s just sad so many were squandered in SF under so many diff systems! That said now that Smith is in a stable coaching/playing enviro we have already begun to reap the benefits, & mind you that has been with limited resources on offense to help! Draft/sign a play-maker or two, get a couple of healthy TE’s back on the field, or get a current WR to catch the football & the Chiefs are golden on offense!

            You can’t keep changing the rules to the game just because you don’t like them! As you can see Smith is statistically even if not better than everyone of these QB’s. I don’t want to hear about how many more years he has been in the league, that is a mute point. All I care about is what he can do for KC in the next 4-5… And from everything he has shown us both in comparision & on the field he’s the man for the job! WAR CHIEFS!!!

          • SoCalChiefsFan

            One thing you have to remember is how many different OC Smith has played for. How many times has the play calling changed…..how many new systems? In the one season with the Chiefs his numbers improved drastically from the start of the season to the last play of it! I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Smith throw 4000+ yards in 2014!!!!

        • SoCalChiefsFan

          Thanks very much!

    • micah stephenson

      Madden don’t have nothing to do with Alex Smith. You think when I judge him, I go by Madden, are you serious?

      • Troy Utt

        Joke Micah… You know exactly what I’m talking about!

  • Michael Shaw

    DD, Not sure if I like the pick or not…..I will have to research Ebron more. But off the top of my head I think we seriously need a DE, Safety or ILB from #23. KC lost in Indy because somehow our Defense gave up 28 points when the offense started losing players and began to struggle. Had JC and KD not gotten hurt, I think the dynamics of that game change drastically, but it still showed we have some VERY visible and extremely fixable holes in our not too bad defense. I am hearing from other AA readers that Ebron might not be available, but even if he is I am thinking we need to go defense first. But I could be wrong and you could be right. I would kind of like to see what Kelce does before we throw him aside for another possible Tony Moeaki, who was also supposed to be similar in talent to Tony G. Who knows? All I know is that after this year, barring injuries of course, I am thinking we might have three teams in the playoffs from the AFC West again. We just have to work on our Defense to get it in a position to beat Peyton and Denver. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!

  • Michael Shaw

    Does anyone think we might surprise everyone in the draft and trade a player or two for picks and to move up in the draft this year??????? I would love to move up and snag Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix!!!!!!

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