Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) is introduced as the number one overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper Talks NFL Draft, Kansas City Chiefs


ESPN’s Mel Kiper did a conference call with various media members. Why? I don’t have an answer to that. What I do know is he made a couple comments relevant to the Chiefs and the draft. Relevant enough Terez A. Paylor tweeted them out for us.

Let’s dive in.

MICHAEL SAM

Sam would make a ton of sense for the Chiefs in the sixth or seventh round as a situational pass rusher. We’ve discussed this before, but the Chiefs do not have a lot of depth on the defensive line or at linebacker when it comes to pass rushers. It needs to be something they address at some point in the draft.

What Sam brings is a motor, a great work ethic, and a natural ability to rush the passer. Look, one doesn’t become a co-SEC defensive player of the year for just being an average football player. His body and lack of natural athleticism will limit his ceiling, which is a lot of the reason why he is dropping in the draft. But he is exactly the kind of role guy Kansas City needs on defense.

FIRST ROUND PICK

Kansas City just lost four starting linemen, three of them on offense, and Kiper still has Beckham to the Chiefs if the Jets don’t take him first. Either he knows something we do not about where the Chiefs are going in the draft or he isn’t aware of all the changes on the offensive and defensive line.

ERIC FISHER

This says less about Fisher and more about how good this 2014 draft class is and how bad the 2013 draft class was. It may actually be a compliment to Fisher he is as high as number four on Kiper’s list. This year is loaded with offensive tackle talent so to be ranked fourth means you’re probably still a first round pick.

One of the main issues with Fisher in his rookie season was he simply was not strong enough to handle powerful pass rushers. This caused him to cheat on things which only compounded the problem. Throw in the injuries and it makes sense why Fisher wasn’t great in year one.

However, his issues are easily correctable. A year in the weight room and another off-season of mini-camps, training camp, preseason games will do him a lot of good. The talent is there as Kiper’s ranking would suggest. He just needed a year to develop it.

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  • Travis Forsyth

    Really hoping Ha Ha Clinton Dix falls to kc at 23…Him and Berry paired up in the DB backfield would be epic..

  • micah stephenson

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! He mocked Teddy Bridgewater to the Radiers. If that happens, I will think the football and Qb gods hate me!

    • clay simester

      No

  • Chiefs Martyball

    I hope Ebron falls to Chiefs a tight end with the abilities such as what AS11 had in San Fran in V Davis

    • micah stephenson

      ASs11 needs a V.Davis, 2 #1 wrs and the best rb in the lg to even come close to having a chance. Lol

      • Ardent Shepherd

        You mean like Russel Wilson did? He had pretty much no real #1 receivers — the one they did have was on IR for the entire regular season. No TE presence at all, and a top flight RB. Alex Smith has shown to be a good QB. If Reid had let him do so, he could’ve put up numbers all season like he did in the playoff loss to the Colts.

        • micah stephenson

          Wilsons wrs suck. They run the ball most of the time.

  • clay simester

    That’s weird, i seem to remember saying the exact same thing in this thread just a couple days ago about OT’s. Kiper must read these comments sections or something

  • iowaskcchiefsfan

    If Ha Ha isn’t there, I would like the Chiefs to trade down and get more picks.

  • mnelson52

    Everyone says they trust Dorsey and Reid yet you guys are wanting to spend draft picks to replace who they drafted last year. Kelce will be a good TE. They believed in him enough to use their 3rd pick for him last year and last year was the first time in Fasanos career to miss that many games. He has been durable his whole career. He has missed less games his whole career than Berry or Charles did in one year and no body was ready to replace them. Sanders Commings Has a better 40 time than any safety in this draft class plus was a center fielder in baseball and a very hard hitter. Abdullah was also playing very well by years end after being out of football two years.So why would you want to use a draft pick to get someone to replace them when we have more glaring needs. I would love to have these guys also, but I feel we would be using draft picks just to go sideways. I trust D&R to have a good draft but I trust what they did last year also and we don’t have many picks.