Off-Mock: Predict Chiefs Whole Offseason

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Mocking the offseason or… mocking the draft? For me, one is becoming passe and the other provocative.

Have you ever wanted to play General Manager of the Chiefs? Well, here’s your chance without all the real risk of course. It’s kind of like being a Fantasy Football League General Manager for six months. Just funner and faster.

So, what does it take to mock the Chiefs whole off season? Here are some possible guidelines:

1) Create a one-team specific 7 round mock (see fanspeak link below)

2) Make at least one free agent signing (3 tops)

3) Make at least one trade- either inside or outside of the draft

Fanspeak draftTo complete #1 of my Off-Mock, I used an online mock draft generator at http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/ which helped pick all of the other teams picks for me after I told it which team I was drafting for (the Chiefs). My fanspeak automated draft turned out like this. See the chart to the left.

You’ll notice that Fanspeak didn’t provide me with the opportunity to draft a second round pick… because the Chiefs don’t have one… currently.

However, I will be making a trade for a second round pick, and with that pick I will be drafting, WR Jarvis Landry, LSU.

After reading my “Off-Mock” narrative please go to Fanspeak and create your own “Off-Mock.”

Some writers this offseason have suggested that John Dorsey will need to “hit home runs” with all of his draft picks, so… it’s obvious to me that Mr. Dorsey needs our help.

So, I’ll begin… and give you not only my complete seven round mock but, a free agent signing and one big trade. Well, at least a trade bigger than Javier Arenas for Anthony Sherman.

And away we go….

Round One: DT Aaron Donald, 6-1, 288, Pittsburgh

In the past few weeks I’ve fallen in love with DT Aaron Donald. Donald is an interior penetrator, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Megatron punched Optimus Prime in the stomach.

Donald’s long legs and stocky torso appear perfectly suited to slipping past anyone the offense places in front of him. Donald is quick and fast and when comparing him to other, successful defensive tackles, Warren Sapp comes to mind. Although, Donald doesn’t look like Sapp, his ability to fight off of blocks and move around offensive linemen is reminiscent.

The primary advantage of having Donald in the middle is that, while Poe can drive Centers in this league back easily, Donald can use his skills to, for the most part, evade contact and dive up field. The primary advantage of that is getting to the QB in the fastest amount of time possible. IN a passing league gone wild for even more passing, getting to the QB ASAP is at a premium and Aaron Donald should help with that immediately. Plus, Donald is terrific at wrangling RBs once he clears the Center or the Guard.

At this point, Donald looks like a player that would have to be double-teamed on a regular basis. If that’s the case… then the Chiefs will have reached an primary goal: forcing teams to choose who they will double-team. One thing is clear in that case, no team can double-team Dontari Poe plus Justin Houston plus Tamba Hali… and a DT.

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A Draft Related Trade

Do you remember Terrell Owens? You know… the guy who stood on the Cowboys star after scoring a TD to mock their whole organization and branding. You know… the guy who had contract conflicts with San Francisco, who tried to trade him to the Ravens but he ended up signing with the Philadelphia Eagles… and Andy Reid. That Terrell Owens.

Do you remember Michael Vick? You know… well, you just know. The point is, Andy Reid takes in stray beasts who happen to have a bit of toxic national news identity to them. He’s unafraid to take on the project especially when that “project” has tremendous upside.

Enter Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins… and Branden Albert.

Ben Nielsen at KC Kingdom says of the Chiefs situation with Branden Albert,

“Letting Albert walk, franchising him, or franchising him in order to trade him seem to be the three likely outcomes for Albert and the Chiefs.”

Ben NielsenAs John Dorsey and Andy Reid sort out the best possible ways to deal with Albert, I’m sure they’ve long ago come to the realization that getting something for him is better than nothing. That’s why they spent all that time, last year prior to the draft, trying to work out a trade with the Dolphins.

Now, with Andy Reid penchant for not being afraid to deal with a player’s bad behavior… or a player with an estranged background…  MARTIN FOR ALBERT trade could be a romance made in the land of BETTER THAN NOTHING.

I believe this is part of Andy Reid’s make up. Knowing a little about Reid’s Mormon heritage, which includes a major component of “grace” is be played out in Reid’s, “next-play, next-game, next-man-up” approach. Players who play for him find this freeing. They can be themselves, without judgement, when they play for him. It’s a huge reason you’ll find a high number of players who feel loyalty to him even years after playing for him.

Consequently, you shouldn’t be surprised at all if the Chiefs make a trade with Miami and part of that trade includes Jonathan Martin.

What to do with Martin is another conversation, because I think he’d best be utilized on the interior of the Chiefs OL.

If Martin were to end up in KC, it will be controversial but, I would welcome the addition. Firstly, because the Chiefs would be getting something for nothing. Secondly, Martin will come in with a something to prove and players like that usually do well. Plus, I believe that Martin could develop into a top notch Guard.

Next, if the Chiefs could sign Richie Incognito to help motivate Martin……..

I hope Reid has enough grace to forgive me for that one.

Now, if for some reason the Chiefs do trade Albert, hopefully a second or third round choice will be part of the deal. If both Arizona and Miami are interested it will be a positive for the Chiefs to get a bidding war going because Albert is worth it.

In the end, I’m more interested in seeing the Chiefs acquire draft picks than other team’s tradeable pieces (players).

So, why bring a “possible” trade up here? Because I’m going to present this full monty mock with a second round pick. That’s where the Chiefs go for a talented wideout.

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Round Two: WR Jarvis Landry, 6-0, 195, LSU

Landry appears to be the quintessential Andy Reid WR: quick and fast with good hands who can get open on his own and advance the ball up the field. Landry however, offers much more. Jarvis Landry has attitude and fire to match his 4.38 speed. He frequently, jumps high as he locates the ball at it’s zenith and as he’s leaping is turning in a planned 360 degree circle. I’ve seen him, many times, go up, running full steam, catch the ball as his back is turned to the goal line, finish his sky-bound-pirouette then land on his other foot without missing a step.

Landry has speed. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him run faster than a 4.38 at the combine. Unlike many wideouts with speed, he uses his, all the way through his routes and continues his acceleration as he catches the ball.

Some may be asking why he’s a second round choice but that may simply be because he was on the same team as WR O’Dell Beckham and those interested have been forced to choose between the two. Well, my father always taught me to recognize a great deal when I saw one and Landry is that great deal. A first round talent with first round speed and first round hands… shuttled to the second round for no other reason than… well to honest… I can’t think of a reason why.

If, and that’s of course a big if, the Chiefs can snag a second round pick, Mr. Jarvis Landry would be incredible to see streaking down the sideline in red and gold this coming autumn, in front of a capacity Arrowhead noise breaking 12th entity crowd going bonkers.

 

Round Three: ILB Christian Jones, 6-4, 232, Florida State

Christian Jones is a big strong inside linebacker who could be “the one.” Jones runs a 4.54 40 and when DJ came out he ran a 4.52 so Jones is right there with him. While Derrick Johnson was in on 482 tackles in college, Jones was only in on 223 so let’s not confuse the two. However, the Chiefs would likely be asking Jones to take on blockers so DJ could fly to the ball carrier.

Here’s what Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has to say about Jones’ strengths and weaknesses,

“Tremendous athlete with has fluid footwork who flawlessly flips his hips to blanket tight ends or receivers down the field in coverage. Tall and long, which he uses well in coverage. Plays with excellent range and speed to chase down the action, taking proper angles in pursuit. Flashes the take-on strength to blow past blockers when he uses proper technique…

Needs to improve his awareness to turn his head and find the ball. Length is advantageous, but at times will cause him to play too upright, and he needs to improve his overall leverage, especially on tackle attempts. Will get hung up on blocks at times.”

 As you can see in this highlights video of Christian Jones, he plays some inside and outside linebacker. This may be another reason the Chiefs actually do give him a look come this May on draft day.

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Round Four: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, 6-6, 262, Iowa

Tight end is one of those positions that is not only critical to the success of Andy Reid’s offense but is a position that the Chiefs have had trouble keeping anyone in on a regular basis since Tony Gonzales defected to Atlanta. Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce, last year’s third round pick, may both come back strong this year but, the Chiefs can’t afford to not make sure they have the TE position infused with talent. Fiedorowicz is probably closer to 6-7 and has a sure set of hands. With a 4.68 40 he has the speed to get down the field. He doesn’t have elite moves but has good moves and will be a load in the running game.

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Round Five: S Kenny Ladler, 6-0, 200, Vanderbilt

Kenny Ladler’s 4.46 40 time and his 87 tackles, 5 INTs, 5 forced fumbles and 2 passes broken up in 12 games makes him a player to watch on draft day.  Walter Football sayd of Ladler,

“Ladler was very good for Vanderbilt in 2012. He is an instinctive and gritty player who flies around the field and is always around the ball. Ladler is impossible to ignore when watching the Commodores. “

Sanders Commings may be the answer or splitting time between Quintin Demps and Husain Abdullah but, the Chiefs must bring in players like Ladler who can step in and improve the position.

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Round Six: WR Mike Davis, 6-2, 195, Texas

Mike Davis 4.4 40 time is just what Alex Smith needs to help stretch defenses, especially if the Chiefs choose not to bring back WR Donnie Avery.

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Round Seven: OG Brandon Lindler, 6-6, 319, Texas

If the Chiefs are going to trade for Jonathan Martin, who they may use inside or out, it’s important to bring in big Andy Reid type linemen plus, Lindler is listed as the 8th or 9th best OG.

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Free Agent Signings

Aside from signing several of their own free agents, if the Chief are going to have one big offseason signing this year it would be WR Jeremy Maclin. With Maclin’s familiarity with Missouri and coach Andy Reid, as well as Reid’s offense, the possibilities of him coming here increase greatly.

With Jeremy Maclin and the two receivers I have drafted, the Chiefs should be able to go into 2014 with fire power they haven’t seen in 10 years or more.

Well ladies and gentlemen, that’s my first “Off-Mock” and if you’d like to give one a try… please let us know how yours comes out.

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  • Ben Nielsen

    I like where your head is at with the Martin trade idea.

  • Troy Utt

    Laddie, As usual great article! Love the prospect of picking up that #2… However I believe it’s in KC’s best interest to cut bait w/ BA if they aren’t going to keep him. We’ve been down this road w/ Miami… Getting a 2nd round pick for Albert just doesn’t seem to be in the cards, & quite honestly I’m not so sure I would want Martin… Issue’s aside!
    As you will recall last season before the wheels came off the track in Miami, Martin had just been demoted on one of the crappiest OL’s in the league! I’m not so sure I wouldn’t take Incognito, at least you know what you’re getting!

    • ladner morse

      I can’t disagree with you at all about Martin. We do know more now about why Martin was not feeling comfortable their and you’d have to think that was having a major effect on his play. In college I wanted the Chiefs to take him and thought he’d eventually be pretty good. Coming out of Stanford and protecting Andrew Luck has always made me believe he was an intellectual type and I think that’s a big reason he didn’t fit in with, nor understand, the street language and attitude of one like Incognito. However, that doesn;t mean to me that he no longer has the talent within him. In fact, I think the opposite is true because of his intelligence. Since his story has gone viral… it will always BE viral and so he will have extra motivation to show every one in the world he’s in the right… and no better way to do that than to succeed. With regards to Andy Reid… I think he’s an opportunistic coach… during games… AND off the field. Like I said… if the Chiefs can get a pick for Albert… it would be the preferable solution but the Dolphins might just be willing to throw Martin in becaue most of their players have stated their loyalty to Incognito and sending Martin off to the Chiefs solves that problem for them too because I expect them to take Richie Incognito back at some point.

      • CrispySBC

        Why not package both Albert and Asamosh for a trade package? I think we could get a couple of 2nd round picks from the Cards … that’d go a long way to fixing their O-line and get KC back our 2nd pick this year and an additional next year.

  • Tristian Shelley

    I agree with the picks for the most part. But getting Landry (especially in the second round) is a stretch. That dude has keenan Allen written all over him.(Likely rookie of the year) Ive watched about 6 LSU games and he and Odell Beckham are both beasts. Not to say it couldn’t happen but im in favor of taking him with the first pick we have in the draft. I believe theres enough dtackle depth to get a guy later. But I do agree with trading to aquire a second round pick if you can. I understand your mock is going defense first with a hole next to DJ and needing more up front. Stronger front 7 equals better secondary. Except Alex Smith likely gets extended so u have to give him more and with an offensive coach like Reid id be suprised if the 23rd pick is anything other than a WR. At the very least he trades down in the first round to the second and he would then have a second round pick and 2 3rds after signing a WR or 2 (Emanuel Sanders in my opinion) in free agency. Then u go DT/ILB in round 2 and FS and wide receiver in round 3. I do like your picks though except the Iowa TE. Dude is slow as Molasses. We already have McGrath. I don’t think we need one given we took one early last year. Can’t wait to see the process unfold. Go Chiefs!

    • ladner morse

      Both DraftTek and CBSSports had Landry ranked #55… the exact spot the Chiefs would pick should they had a second. Fanspeak generator had Jarvis Landry ranked #67.

      • Michael Tavis

        I did a couple Chiefs Mocks and it changed pretty significantly each time. Some players dropped a complete round or gained a complete round. The second Mock I did Marqis Lee fell to the Chiefs. The first Mock he was gone in the top 10. Im sure it just uses percentages based on need and who is available. So if the first pick changes then that would set off a domino effect and would change percentages throughout the draft. Still a fun little mock draft.

  • Michael Tavis

    23

    WR

    KELVIN BENJAMIN

    FLORIDA STATE

    87

    CB

    STANLEY JEAN- BAPTISTE

    NEBRASKA

    120

    S

    TERRENCE BROOKS

    FLORIDA STATE

    151

    ILB

    MAX BULLOUGH

    MICHIGAN STATE

    177

    WR

    MIKE DAVIS

    TEXAS

    184

    S

    TY ZIMMERMAN

    KANSAS STATE

    This is how my draft went. I almost drafted ILB Christian Jones but I could see the Chiefs releasing or trading Flowers to free up some money and with Stanley Jean- Baptiste on the board I think he would be a steal at the 87th pick. I doubled up on WR and S because I expect us to let McCluster walk and wouldnt be surprised if we released Avery. If our WR corp next year consisted of Bowe, Maclin, Benjamin, Davis, and Hemingway I would say that is a significant upgrade. Then for safety I think its safe to assume that Lewis will not be a Chief next year and Demps probably wont be back as well. Enter Terrance Brooks and Ty Zimmerman. Max Bullough should come in and provide good depth and be a nice young prospect to learn under one of the best ILB in the game.

    • ladner morse

      Cool OFF-Mock…. excellent!

  • Lyle Graversen

    Love the piece Laddie and think you made some solid moves. I hadn’t tried the draft simulator before, very cool. I would freak out if my draft came true:

    23 WR MARQISE LEE USC

    87 S DION BAILEY USC

    120 CB KEITH MCGILL UTAH

    151 DT DEANDRE COLEMAN CALIFORNIA

    177 QB TAJH BOYD CLEMSON

    184 OT CORNELIUS LUCAS KANSAS STATE

    Marqise Lee would be perfect in Reid’s system (IMO) and a great compliment to Bowe. Bailey would be a huge upgrade over Lewis and should be able to start right away. McGill is a little raw, but has been compared to Richard Sherman because of his size/strength/athleticism combo. DeAndre Coleman is big enough to replace Jackson as a starting 3-4 DE stopping the run but is more athletic and could also rush the passer next to Poe in the sub package. Boyd would obviously be a great developmental QB under Reid to get in the 6th round. K-State’s Lucas is MASSIVE and is a good RT prospect, Reid usually likes big linemen.

    Is there any way I can just lock this in today and guarantee that KC can have them come May?

    • ladner morse

      I’ll call the NFL and see if they will let the Chiefs have all your picks… because it looks awesome to me too!
      I was concerned about Bailey awhile back when I saw him play I don;t think he had a good game. But, you know he has 4.42 speed and that a whole hell of a lot better than Lewis and Bailey not only played some LB too but the big reason he’s coming out after his junior year is… he’s already graduated… so he’s kinda a smart guy.

      So Lyle… do you have a trade and a FA signing to finish up your Off-Mock?

      • Lyle Graversen

        I don’t really have a trade in mind, I like your idea of tagging and trading Albert, I just don’t think anyone will give us much for him knowing we can’t afford him. They have the upper hand. I can see Martin and a 5th rounder maybe, which would still be better than just letting him walk. I hope I’m wrong. As far as signings go, I don’t think we should spend big bucks on anyone. If Maclin comes cheap, great, but I’m not comfortable spending big money on him. My piece for Monday is related to that so I’ll just be a tease and say you’ll have to wait and read it!

        • Michael Tavis

          I see you have us getting Tajh Boyd. Does that mean you believe that the Chiefs will release Daniels and let Bray step in to that back up roll?

  • CT Chiefs

    23 DT Ra’shede Hageman
    Should be a beast next to Poe, creating pressure and fortifying our defensive front

    58 (Trade with Saints for Flowers) WR Jordan Matthews
    Saints need a CB and we need another solid, pro ready WR

    87 ILB Shayne Skov
    Should be a steal in Round 3 to pair with DJ

    120 CB Keith McGill
    Another big body CB in the mold of Sherman to add to our CB group

    151 OT Seantrel Henderson
    Talented, yet oft-injured, tackle to develop and be our swing tackle

    177 S Kenny Ladler
    Commings with be the starter, but Ladler with be a young, big, and fast safety to develop and come in as possibly our third safety

    184 TE Colt Lyerla
    Talented, yet troubled, TE to add to Smith’s arsenal

    Free Agents:
    WR Jeremy Maclin
    Great fit in Reid’s offense, and another weapon for Smith

    OT Geoff Schwartz
    Deserves to be a starter and played very well for us last year

  • KCMikeG

    23
    TE JACE AMARO
    TEXAS TECH
    87
    CB JAYLEN WATKINS
    FLORIDA
    120
    DT CARAUN REID
    PRINCETON
    151
    OT CORNELIUS LUCAS
    KANSAS STATE
    177
    S TRE BOSTON
    NORTH CAROLINA
    184
    QB TAJH BOYD
    CLEMSON

    I would trade Albert to the Cards or Falcons (screw the Fins they had their chance & I don’t want a quitter like Martin) for a 2nd round pick and add WR KELVIN BENJAMIN – FLORIDA STATE.
    Our 2014 WR crew – Bowe, Benjamin, McCluster and best two out of the next three of Dressler, Hemingway or Jenkins.
    I wouldn’t give up on Flowers but would want his contract restructured. He missed most of camp, wasn’t 100% healthy all year, had a new system and changed positions.

    FREE AGENTS –
    I would target Vinny Rey ILB from the Bengals who is starting material buried behind Maualuga. He was a beast after Ray went down and was only making $550,000 last year so he wouldn’t break the bank.

    Offensive Tackle Anthony Collins was the Donald Stephenson of the Bengals last year playing both LT & RT and could serve the same role for us if Stephenson or Fisher falter or are injured.

    Randy Starks and/or Paul Solial from the Fins would be great additions to our DL replacing Jackson & DeVito.

    I can’t stress this enough but we HAVE to bring in real competition for Succop. He is unreliable and is so bad over 50 yards at 25% that time and time again we have passed up even trying long FG’s. TWICE in our playoff game we passed on a 57 yarder at the end of the half and could have tried a 60 yard kick to win the game. Chandler Catanzaro from Clemson as an UDRFA or any of the top 6 FA kickers are all better than Succop.

    UDRFA
    ILB ANDREW JACKSON WKY – I was high on this guy last year and he decided not to come out. He would be a fantastic ST/development player who is a beast with an attitude. We need that bad ass mindset. He talks a good game too. He called out interstate rival Kentucky by saying “We just need to punch them in the mouth and get it over with.” He followed up his talk with the hit below. Watch how quick he is up the middle and imagine the #15 QB at the 1:30 mark on the video being Manning.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czbepe2hUzU

  • Hawthorne

    1. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. A dynamic receiver who will do
    everything Avery should be able to.

    3.1 CB Pierre Desir Chiefs trade Brandon Flowers for a
    mid to high third rounder freeing up cap space and draft his replacement on the
    outside.

    3.2. DE JACKSON JEFFCOAT Tyson Jackson’s replacement and an
    upgrade (knocks on wood) in pass rushing ability

    4. S TERRENCE BROOKS Good speed and ball tracking
    skills. Will compete with Commings for snaps. Abdullah is resigned for depth. Demps and Lewis are gone.

    5. ILB JORDAN ZUMWALT Decent ILB best player available

    6.1QB TAJH BOYD Sucky senior bowl sank his
    prospects but he still has the tools to be a great QB if Reid can supply the
    mental side he could be a QBOTF for us or solid trade bait.

    6.2OT CORNELIUS LUCAS He may need a lot of developing,
    but this dude is HUGE 6’ 9” 328. Chiefs will need depth as we let Albert and Asamoah
    walk, but resign Schwartz.

  • Frank Rodela

    23
    CB JUSTIN GILBERT
    OKLAHOMA STATE
    87
    ILB CHRISTIAN JONES
    FLORIDA STATE
    120
    S DION BAILEY
    USC
    151
    RB DEVONTA FREEMAN
    FLORIDA STATE
    177
    DE JOSH MAURO
    STANFORD
    184
    C RUSSELL BODINE
    NORTH CAROLINA

    I also traded Flowers for an early third round pick. With that pick I got Jarvis Landry WR LSU. With flowers moved it frees up some cap space to bring in Golden Tate WR from Seattle.

  • Corby

    23 Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma St.- Better fit than Brandon Flowers and probably the best CB in the draft.

    87 Deone Bucannon SS Washington St.- Has natural ability to seek the ball. Could make the transition to FS and fill the shoes of soon to be departed Kendrick Lewis

    120 Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers- It would be great if he falls this far. Big receiver, good speed, great hands. Some have him as high as late 1st early 2nd round.

    151 Seantrel Henderson OT Miami- Coming out of college Seantrel has similar skill set to DJ Fluker. Big bodied tackle that would be an ideal fit in Andy Reids offense. Because of off the field trouble his stock has taken a big hit.

    177 De’Anthony Thomas HB Oregon- Can someone say replacement for Dexter McCluster?

    184 DeDe Lattimore ILB South Florida- Would come in and compete for playing time next to DJ

    I would have made a trade to get an additional pick in the late 5th early 6th rd to get Jake Murphy TE Utah. Has the athleticism and soft hands to be effective at the 2nd level. Entered the draft probably a year too early. Otherwise, could have been a 1st or 2nd rounder next year.

    Trade away Brandon Flowers if possible to get more picks.

    Let go of Albert, Asamoagh, McCluster, Tyson Jackson, Kendrick Lewis.

    Resign Schwartz, Akeem Jordan, Frank Zombo, Husain Abdullah, and Quintin Demps.

    FA Signings: Golden Tate WR and bring in more under the radar guys like last year that teams let go. i.e. Marcus Cooper, Mcgrath, Ron Parker, etc… Rely heavy on the scouting department to solidify depth at DE, WR, OT, OG, and ILB. (Will not break the bank)

    Let me know what you all think.