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We’re 85 days away from finding out who Kansas City’s top draft choice will be. The staff here at Arrowhead Addict is already steeped in draft conversations. A few weeks ago, we held our very own mock draft. In case you missed it, have a quick look at the final results. The debates are ramping up about who the Chiefs should take with the 23rd overall pick. The Chiefs will have options, but I’d like to share my personal favorites with you today.

Keep in mind that it’s still quite early in the draft season. The NFL Combine won’t take place for another couple of weeks (scheduled for February 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis). There are also individual pro days to consider. It’s possible that the Chess pieces might move a bit over the next two months.

As of today, here are the four players I have at the top of my big board:

1. Calvin Pryor (S), Louisville

Louisville Football v Kentucky

The three-year man out of Louisville is one of the most complete safeties in this entire draft class. He may well be the top prospect at his position in 2014. Several draftniks think he could come off of the board ahead of Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. In his final season with the Cardinals, Pryor received All-American Athletic Conference First Team honors. He was a second team All-Big East selection in 2012. Along with Hakeem Smith, the two players made for one of the best safety tandems in college football last year.

Pryor’s the kind of player who would fit in perfectly next to Eric Berry. He’s a hard-hitting defensive back with a physical presence that can bolster a run defense. Pryor hasn’t been called on in man coverage all that often, but he’s an instinctive ball-hawk who can shine given the opportunity. In addition to his game, he also has a great combination of size and speed.

2. Kelvin Benjamin (WR), Florida State

Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin seems to be a virtual favorite for Kansas City. He’s come up in multiple mock drafts, across the web, as their No. 1 pick. Next to safety, the wide receiver position is one of the Chiefs’ biggest problem areas. The starting spot opposite of Dwayne Bowe is still very much in question. Donnie Avery was mostly a disappointment for the Chiefs in 2013 and Dexter McCluster, barring a new contract, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Kansas City has only a trio of unknowns left in the cupboard (Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins, and Weston Dressler).

This may not inspire confidence, but Benjamin reminds me of former Chiefs No. 1 pick Jon Baldwin. He stands a towering 6’5″ and weighs 234 pounds. He’s another receiver with the ability to track, high-point, and snatch a jump ball away from a defender. Benjamin made exactly that kind of catch to seal the BCS Championship for the Seminoles in early-January. Unlike Baldwin though, he plays the game much more physically and offers more as a run blocker.

3. Jace Amaro (TE), Texas Tech

Amaro

There’s some question about whether or not Amaro will still be available when Kansas City goes on the clock. If he is, despite several recent investments into the tight end position, the Chiefs would be hard-pressed not to take him at 23. It’s no secret that Alex Smith loves having a reliable tight end as an offensive option. Anthony Fasano, Sean McGrath, and Travis Kelce provided anything but reliability in year one. It’s almost scary to think what a physical specimen like Amaro could mean for an offense that made major strides over the final eight games of the season (including the 44-point postseason performance).

Last year, Amaro had an eye-popping 106 receptions for the Red Raiders. He posted 1,352 receiving yards, a 12.8 yard per catch average, and 7 touchdowns. If Fasano and Kelce can stay healthy in 2014, the addition of Amaro would make tight end one of the deepest and richest position groups on the team. Amaro compares favorably to Rob Gronkowski and Jermichael Finley, but hopefully only in stature and style of play (the two veteran tight ends haven’t been the picture of health in the NFL).

4. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S), Alabama

Tennessee v Alabama

I’m doubling down on safety options since I believe it to be the Chiefs’ single biggest problem area this offseason. Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps, and Husain Abdullah are all pending free agents come March. By then, it’s reasonable to think one or more of them may be re-signed, but the latter two have previously been nothing more than roleplayers in the NFL. Sanders Commings will return from injury in 2014, but it’s impossible to know if he can contribute in year two having missed all of his rookie campaign.

Hasean Clinton-Dix, in some NFL circles, is regarded as the best safety available in this draft class. He and Calvin Pryor are likely to be the only two safeties taken in the first round. There’s a pretty significant dropoff after Clinton-Dix and Pryor so if one or both of them are available, I think they’re likely picks for Kansas City. Clinton-Dix is an incredible athlete who is yet another product of the Crimson Tide football factory.

What do you think about the aforementioned prospects as potential picks for Kansas City? Who else deserves big board consideration for the Chiefs in the first round? Will John Dorsey get good value from the 23rd pick or should he consider trading back? Use the comment section below to chime in. As always, we appreciate your readership and support!

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • Tristian

    The 2 safties would be b good but at 23 theres no guarantee they will b there. Benjamin is ok and gets very little seperation for a big tall wide out. He also led his team in drops and in my opinion he looks mike williams-esque (USC). Big body who does well enough in college butbin the pros will get exposed. Im not sold on him outside of the 3rd round. Im sorry ive seen 5 florida state games including the championship game where he had 4 drops. I like Amaro but the chiefs dont need a first round tight end. Now if they grab him they could have a poor mans gronkowski/hernandez combo with him and fasano or him and the kid we drafted last year. As long as it isnt Benjamin id be ok with the other 3 guys. Amaro seems like the one who may be special moreso than the other 3

    • Stacy D. Smith

      It’s February 11th so this article isn’t about guarantees. I’m looking at needs, positional value, and the best players likely to be available around 23 (as of today). The NFL Draft has and will always be a gamble. At 23, I think all of these players have skillsets conducive to NFL success. Will they realize that potential? That’s a different discussion for a different day.

      Kansas City doesn’t have many glaring holes and I tend to agree that tight end isn’t one of them (necessarily). Amaro will be one of those prospects that might be too good to pass up though. That position is only settled in theory. Kelce’s never played a down for this team, Sean McGrath is nothing more than a roleplayer, and Fasano will be 30 years old coming off of an injury-plagued season. If Amaro’s there, I’d take a long look at him.

      Wide Receiver’s always a toss up, but given the kid’s size and talent, I think he’d be worth taking at 23. If he can mature and refine his game, he’ll be a BEAST in this league.

      • berttheclock

        IF, he can get off the line of scrimmage. As with Baldwin, most college receivers never see many really tough and aggressive defensive backs in college. In the pros, they see them on every game day. Baldwin was tall and could leap and ran a 4.5 at the combines, but, his type of speed demanded long strides to get up to top speed and he hated to use his hands to hand fight aggressive D-backs. If the Chiefs go wide out at 23, I want to see a receiver with both quickness to get open and great speed to separate down field.

        Yes, the draft can be considered to be a bit of a gamble, but, when, one sees several GMs consistently drafting well, I view that evaluation ability to be more than just being “Maverick”. Of course, there was an element of luck considering Pioli, but, the luck really was with the GMs facing Pioli in the draft. Schneider was very “lucky” to find Pioli had taken Gabe Miller and Richard Sherman. He was, also, very lucky to see Stephenson taken instead of Russell Wilson. Schneider and even Trent Baalke were very lucky to have Pioli as an opponent. No GM can consistently find gems in the lower rounds and even with UDFAs by just being lucky. If they are that lucky, they could destroy Pick Sixes at Santa Anita, Belmont and Gulfstream on a regular basis. In the long run, skill trumps luck.

        Now, how about Dorsey inquiring about the number for the agent of Gabe Carimi, the former 29th pick tackle, just cut by the Bucs. Apparently, he did not agree with Lovie Smith and did not want to move to playing guard, but, he is six seven and weighs 315.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Benjamin’s going to need some time to adjust. He could stand to gain from another year in college, but he’s already 23 years old. His time to declare is now.

          I think I’d probably prefer a Lee, Evans, or Watkins but none of them will be there. I think Benjamin might be the only prospect left, after the aforementioned three, with a true R1 grade. He has too much talent there not to give him a real look at 23.

          As for Carimi, I just don’t think there will be a spot on the line for him. I wouldn’t want him to displace either of the tackles. I’d consider him at guard, but we both know he doesn’t want to play there.

          • berttheclock

            Thanks for your quick reply. This is one of the reasons I prefer AA over the Star. The writers for the AA, actually, respond to posts. At the Star, one would believe they are hunkered behind some major bulwark and do not like to mingle with the Hoi Polloi.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m not a Star apologist, but I’m sure those guys are probably a lot busier than I am. I enjoy the discourse though.

  • tm1946

    WR seems like a crap shoot to me. Snake eye keep coming up. Is there any possibility of a pass rushing DE at 23? Do not follow college all that much but Dorsey needs more wins with this draft than the last.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Stephon Tuitt ALMOST made my list, but I like Bailey to take over for Jackson and Catapano to be solid depth behind him.

      • berttheclock

        I still would love to see Poe moved to DE and a solid NT replace him. But, one question to you. I know the Sutton uses a hybrid 3-4, but, in checking the sack totals between the 4-3 Seahawks and the 3-4 Chiefs, the Chiefs only had 3 more sacks. The major difference was which type of player accumulated the most sacks. For the Chiefs, it was at LB, whereas with the Seahawks, they came from the DEs. So, the question, do you believe Reid and Sutton would envision switching to a 4-3? I notice this question came up in Green Bay and they are going to stick with the 3-4. Some pundits say the benefit of the 3-4 is it makes audibles tougher for opposing QBs.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I don’t think it’s a good time for a scheme change.

        • micah stephenson

          No. You do not move a 350 lb guy to DE unless its a run down. Poe needs to stay put.

          • berttheclock

            He is the fastest defensive lineman, no matter what he weighs. How would you like to line up across from Poe with Houston just behind him asking you, ala “Animal House”, “Do you mind if we dance with your ladies?” So, then, who and your buddy, the TE, are you going to try to block?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I hope he stays put. It takes a Nose a while to get acclimated to the NFL. It’s not time for this defense to take a step backward. We can’t wait on a young player to develop in that role and I think creating a hole to fill via free agency is poor personnel management. Run with Bailey, Poe, and DeVito. Address the areas where we don’t have answers.

          • Troy Utt

            Poe’s not your typical def bigman… He is not only fast, but is exetremely well conditioned! You practically have to pry him off the field! That TE better hope he’s got instructions for a dbl-tea, as if he’s going it alone… Poe will wear him out! Big guys aren’t suppose to be able to move like that…

      • tm1946

        Thanks, it seems to me if you have pedestrian Ss, a strong pass rush can cover shortcomings.
        Got to say get who they want as long as he plays better than Fisher in first year.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          A more imaginative DC might help a bit too, but Sutton’s not going anywhere.
          What I wouldn’t give for a guy like Wade Phillips in a consulting role though.

          • tm1946

            Yes please, may I have another.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Maybe after the season if we see the same kind of defensive deterioration.

          • Priest4Prez

            We may not have another season. The Hali and D. Johnson show are rounded out on their careers. Draft an boom or bust OLB in the third or fourth; someone with some attitude. Maybe that’s what this team is missing, so grit and a voice. The AFC West was shown as soft in the playoffs; we need grinders

          • Calchiefsfan

            Have to agree on Sutton. Wade Phillips as defensive adjustments coordinator. Has a nice ring to it. Paying a lot for coaching doesn’t affect the cap.

      • micah stephenson

        Tuitt will work too. Bailey can play left and Tuitt can replace a 30 yr old Devito. That way we have 2 pass rushing ends.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          He can replace DeVito in another year or two, but certainly not his rookie season. DeVito was our most consistent defensive lineman next to Poe.

          • micah stephenson

            Devito is solid but gives us no pass rush. Our whole Dline including Jackson is under rated. Tuitt and Bailey can play LE and rotate in the middle on sub paks. Then in a yr or 2 Tuitt could start. He is not my number 1 choice, but if all the other players I wanted was gone we would b an option.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Wasn’t an option for me this go around, but he’s an honorable mention. I may be re-visiting my list after the Combine and pro days.

          • kcndaock

            Devito is a big ugly Italian on that dline and we need him there. He puts his fist down and plays the run pretty good. He never showboats acts like he’s been there before. I can’t even remember a flag thrown his way this yr.
            Bailey is a ball player the chances he got he’s made plays.

  • micah stephenson

    I like Pryor and Dix. The TE would help too. I’d have too wait till the combine for my take on the wr. I think we should go defense. Sea showed us what good D’s can do. In 10 out of 11 of our wins the D held the team to 17 pts or less. When we gave up more than 17 we lost, except the raiders game, which we still gave up too many yards and pts. On top of that it was a lot of no name QBs that was able to do a lil more than I’d like them to do against our D. Besides that, I feel better about Alex only having to score more than 17 instead of 30. I’m shifting to wanting all D. I’d want a FS, Pass Rush DE, and a back up Pass Rush LB. We still need a speed wr on offense. If Dorsey is any good he can get all those pcs.

  • micah stephenson

    Its funny how a lot of yall feel like its ok to keep trying to get a wr 1st rd but not QB. we got Bowe, a 1st rd pick. Baldwin a 1st rd pick. Traded him to SF for another 1st rd pick in Jenkins. Now draft another1st rd pick wr. If that don’t work, then try again. When we gone start having the same attitude about QB?

    • berttheclock

      Well, the Chiefs did take a Number One in Pete Beatherd, who had mixed results and ended up playing better for the Oilers. The Chiefs did take Todd Blackledge at Number One and he ended up being a so-so college football analyst. The best QBs the Chiefs have ever had were, either, walk ons such as Cool Lenny, or from trades, such as Trent Green, Joe Montana and, now, Alex Smith. There is a legion of draft busts throughout NFL history who were “can’t miss” 1st rounders and some of the finest who ever played the game were from lower rounds. Not one size formula fits all in the NFL.

      • berttheclock

        BTW, the Green Bay Packers have more SB wins than the Chiefs. micah, do you know how many of their winning QBs were 1st rounders? Only one being Aaron Rodgers. Bret Favre was a 2nd round pick by Atlanta and, then, traded, a year later to the Packers. The great Bart Starr, who QBed two winning SB teams, was a 17th round draft pick.

      • micah stephenson

        Its been 30 yrs sinse we tried. You will never suceed if you don’t even try. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t. If you don’t get it right, then try again. Never stop trying till you get it right.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      What QB is even going to be there at 23? Carr? I’m fine with drafting a quarterback at some point in this draft, but I wouldn’t go there with my No. 1 pick. He isn’t going to play for at least two-three years, but I know how you feel about the “starter.”

      • micah stephenson

        I here what all yall saying. We must get over that not trying attitude tho. I really only like 2 QBs this year and both will b gone by 23. Its the mentality that we got to get over tho. The not even trying. I know we not drafting a 1st rd QB this yr but we must shed that always finding an excuse not to do it mentality.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          We have to stop recounting the history and previous regimes when it comes to the issue of drafting a quarterback. It’s an accumulative issue for fans because we’re here for the long haul. Carl Peterson’s refusal to draft a quarterback in the opening round says nothing about an organizational bias. That was his thing. Same with Pioli. I don’t think, for one second, that Dorsey will hesitate to pull the trigger in the right situation.

          The Chiefs have filled their starting role with a free agent (one of the other ways teams acquire quarterbacks in this league). He has a year left on his deal and it looks as though he’s going to get extended. If that happens, it won’t make sense to draft a quarterback with your top pick.

          The alternative? Allowing him to play out the current deal, drafting a guy at 23, and handing the keys over in 2015. Problem with that though? You concede a shrinking window of opportunity with a veteran core of players in their primes. That’s essentially starting over. All of that just to say you drafted a quarterback in the first round?

          Using your R1 pick on a quarterback is necessary at times in this league, but not under every scenario. That simply doesn’t fit this team at this point unless there’s a stud sitting there for some reason. If Bridgewater were to fall, sure… Drafting Derek Carr to tick a box off on some draft bucket list ignores the few holes this team has.

          We can’t do that in a year where we’re already down a pick. It’s very possible that we lose three or four starters this offseason. At some of those positions there are zero answers left in the cupboard. We have one at quarterback.

          The year to draft a quarterback #1 was last year. They went another way. Our own personal biases aside, that’s not the best move for this team where they currently stand.

    • Hawthorne

      Frankly I don’t see a QB in this draft available at 23 who can score 44 points on the Colts with our current receiving core. The guy who drafted Foles and McNabb wanted Alex Smith. You wanted Gino. Who do you think is more likely to be right? After watching the superbowl, I’d much rather have a pass rusher or a shutdown DB than a luxury pick where we already have a solid starter.

      • micah stephenson

        Of corse you can’t see one, you ain’t a physic. That don’t mean that there won’t b a QB at 23 that will end up being better than alex. I’m just saying when we gone get over the complacency about QB around here. The this is as good as it gets attitude.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Which quarterback will be there at 23?

        • berttheclock

          I wonder if your English as a second language is nearing the “m” section for such words as malaprop or malapropism. Obviously, they have not reached the “p” section or you wouldn’t be thinking about laxatives or even studies of nature.

          • micah stephenson

            Dude. You need to work on yo jokes. They are not funny.

        • Hawthorne

          We already picked up Bray who has first round talent that needs a little developing. If we were to do the same with Tahj Boyd in the 6th I would be ok with it. You have to look at where the value is in the draft. Lots of good QBs are found in the third and even later rounds (Foles for instance). What you won’t find very often in the later rounds are stud pass rushers starting tackles and elite WRs. Even discounting the whole Smith isn’t good enough argument (next year should settle that for us), there’s no reason to reach when our defensive backfield looks like Swiss Cheese, our depth behind Hali and Houston is basically non-existent, and we are losing a DE starting T and likely a starting G or two. Seattle proved that a great defense is more valuable than a great QB.

    • SoCalChiefsFan

      So I’m just curious who you think the Chiefs should pick in the first round? The last time I saw you pulling for a QB, you were going for T.Boyd. He is now a projected 4-6 round pick. Are you still pulling for him in the 1st? We could possibly draft him in the 4-5 rounds!! I really, truly don’t see the Chiefs picking up a QB in the draft at all, nor do I think they should, but I’m curious which players you are high on??

      • micah stephenson

        I want the best defender at a postion of need I can get IF A QB didn’t happen to fall. You always got to b keep n yo eye out for a QB, its the hardest position to fill and you must b opportunistic about getting one. I don’t want Boyd in the 1st, didn’t know his stock dropped that low. I like Bridgewater and Menziel but at 23 that ain’t happening. I’d love to trade this yrs 1st to a scrubby team that will have a top ten pick next yr, I’d want they 1st next yr and 2nd rd this yr. I might throw them a 6th or 7th to sweeten the deal. So I’d have a 2nd this yr, top ten pick next yr, plus our picks.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          If something crazy happens, like Bridgewater having an Aaron Rodgers-like plummet to 23, we know how Dorsey will handle that.

    • Troy Utt

      And just who exactly might that QB be on your “Madden Big Board?”
      Just what QB can the Chiefs get at #23, or even in the lower rounds as a project that is balls-on PROVEN better than what we have? What QB could be brought in & not set the franchise back from the progress that’s been made? And foremost with the dire needs at the other positions who then & how will KC reconstruct a secondary which was the team’s down-fall over the second-half after spending that pick?
      I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again… KC has the Best stable of QB’s they have had in as long as I can remember! I could care less about Daniel & wish we did not have his cap hit, & believe without it Bray would most likely be our #2. Which brings me to my point… Reid is known to have the talent to evaluate & has had success at the QB position. With Bray having shown the obvious talents to be a QB in the NFL, originally being projected as a 3rd round prospect, why would KC not want to eliminate him as a possible QBOTF before wasting a pick on another? His draft stock fell due to maturity issues, not performance & I can think of at least one other recent player who has excelled after being labelled the same “Honey-Badger anyone?” That is exactly why extending Alex Smith makes sense… KC then has a QB who on the field has been as good as any over the course of the last 3 yr’s, giving us options for the future while Reid evaluates his level of talent.
      Barely a year into the job it’s hard to complain with what’s been accomplished! Unless of course as you suggest you re-evaluate in hind-site!

  • Hayes

    I like Pryor but I strongly dislike Dix. At bama all he did was play in the box, similar to what Eric berry does for us. We don’t need someone like that, we need someone who can play centerfield and prevent the deep ball, I think Pryor would be great for that. If we don’t end up with him I wouldn’t mind seeing KC draft Kelvin Benjamin but I would rather draft Brendin Cooks out of Oregon St, I think he’s the whole package, he can play at the slot or as a #2 wr, he goes inside with no hesitation, can go get the deep ball with his speed, and get YAC with his physicality. You can tell in excited for the draft! Go Chiefs!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I prefer Pryor. I think he’s the more versatile safety of the two.

    • berttheclock

      Watch Brandon Cooks on the 23rd at the Combine. I really would like to see him as a Chief, but, I am afraid he might climb up the ladder too fast if he has the times I expect from him at the Combine. Writers at sfgate have been touting him, as well, for the Niners.

  • Priest4Prez

    Go defense in the first; the safety concern is huge. Besides offense is overrated; ask the Broncos

  • Hawthorne

    We need to draft based on 1. What we’re losing and 2. What players are costing us most. That means DBs, Pass Rushers maybe Oline or WR late. I would go Aaron Donald, Keith McGill, Seantrel Henderson, Kenny Ladler, Jonathan Dowling and Dontae Johnson. Also sign Nick Collins for a 1 year show me contract.

  • Ed

    DB or FS. Thats what we need in the first round.. Agree with one of the post that WRs are a crap shoot in the first round. We wait till rd 3 where this draft is deep in WR.
    Michah, my man, I think we have to keep A. Smith for now. We don’t have a major need in that position and he shows that he can win. Dorsey will get this team better. Lets fix the defense and in two years draft a QB.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I like all of them and maybe add Donald to the list if he’s available. But if I had my pick it’s Pryor. He fills the Chiefs second biggest need. The first, of course, is being able to make second half adjustments on defense.

  • KCMikeG

    I would pass on Dix. More than likely he will be gone before we pick but if not I’m feeling bust potential. Flip a coin between Pryor, Benjamin & Amaro as all three are critical points of need.

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