Sep 7, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) walks on the field in between plays in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

AAMA: NFL Draft, Eric Berry, and What Does AAMA Mean?

Welcome back to the friendly confines of AAMA where we intend to answer life’s most perplexing questions. Here’s what you guys had for the reading public this week.

The answer to this question completely depends on if the Chiefs traded for Alex Smith or not. So we’ll take two routes on this answer to cover all the bases.

Assuming the Chiefs traded for Smith and did not have a second round pick there is no question the Chiefs take Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney paired with Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Dontari Poe could arguably create the most fearsome four-man pass rush in the AFC, and would be in the top five in the NFL for sure.

Clowney could play anywhere in the front seven just about: defensive end, outside linebacker, or inside on the defensive line. The combination of his size, power, and speed is unmatched by just about anyone in the NFL. Passing on him would be insane.

In the modern NFL you have to have two things: A good quarterback and a good pass rush. Clowney could be the best pass rusher when all is said and done since Lawrence Taylor. You have to do it.

The only thing that would make one reconsider is if John Dorsey is really high on Teddy Bridgewater or one of the other quarterbacks in the draft. Again, in the modern NFL a team is nothing without a good quarterback. We as Chiefs fans understand this almost as well as anyone in America who is not a Cleveland Browns fan.

What may change this scenario is Kansas City would have a second round pick – the top second round pick – if they did not trade for Smith. There are some really good quarterback fits in this draft beyond the first round for the Chiefs so Dorsey could presumably filled both the pass rush need (Clowney) and quarterback need with the top two picks.

Man, the Chiefs really picked the wrong year to have the number one overall pick.

Returning the same offensive coordinator and head coach is going to be huge for everyone on offense. This is the first time the Chiefs are returning the same head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator since 2006-2007. Think about how many scheme changes that is for guys like Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Flowers, and some of the other players who have been through all the change in Kansas City since Dick Vermeil left. Stability cannot be overrated in this scenario.

This is part of the reason I do not think there will be as big of a drop off in 2014 as some are fearing. Yes, the schedule will be harder so winning 11 games in 16 weeks and punting week 17 is probably not going to happen, but it isn’t out of the question the Chiefs can be a 10-win team next year. Kansas City will open up the off season program next week with the idea of building on what they started last year and not getting to know a new scheme. The learning curve is going to be much shorter and more technical than in most other years. This will show early in the regular season.

Experience and continuity have been huge for teams like New England, Peyton’s Indianapolis Colts, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC for the last decade. Kansas City is on their way to building the same thing for the first time since Marty was in town.


Wait, you’re not talking about the same #AAMA as I am, are you? Welp.

AAMA stands for “Addicts, Ask Me Anything.” It is a rip-off of Reddit’s AMA and the traditional mailbag. Originally I was going to go with “Arrowhead Addict’s Ask Me Anything” but I hated the name almost immediately and decided to change it without telling anyone … until now.

Oh, and you should probably get your eye checked out, Natasha.

Edward is talking about Sam Mellinger’s idea of trading Eric Berry for draft picks. We talked about it a little this week both here and here.

I don’t think the idea is as crazy as some may think. There is a reasonable argument to be made about the Chiefs needing to add top-end talent to make up for what they are soon to lose in Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson. Jamaal Charles and Brandon Flowers aren’t getting any younger either. If the Chiefs could get a second and third round pick or a first round pick plus the cap space then the Chiefs could do some things.

The problem is the timing. Trading Berry in early March for two picks would have opened up enough cap space to keep Geoff Schwartz and be able afford a receiver like DeSean Jackson. A Berry trade could have easily equalled Schwartz, Jackson, Deone Bucannon, and Donte Moncrief. Add that to a first round pick and KC’s natural third round pick and the Chiefs would be in serious business.

The problem is there is no way the Chiefs can make that happen now. Getting a second and third round pick for Berry after free agency isn’t happening because the market isn’t there. Plus, Kansas City no longer needs the cap room as free agency is over and their own free agents – notably Schwartz – are elsewhere. The timing of proposing a Berry trade was bad, not the idea itself.

Not trading Berry tells me Dorsey and Reid have a lot of faith in guys that are already on the roster, and they like what they see they can add with the six picks they currently possess. Things will work out just fine.


Have a great second half of the week, Addicts.

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  • berttheclock

    For Alex Smith, it is great to have the same HC and OC, also.

  • berttheclock

    Ben, you say it is too late to trade Berry because the top FA safeties have gone to other teams. Jared Allen was traded to Minnesota on April 21, 2008 and the draft was April 27, 2008. Any top FA pass rusher was long gone. The Chiefs took Dorsey with their own first round pick and used two of the new picks from Minnesota for Albert and Charles. It is not too late to work a player for picks trade deal. Also, when teams trade picks in the draft, GMs use calculator soup to determine values. However, when a GM trades a player for picks, it comes down to good old fashioned horse trading

    • Ben Nielsen

      1. Not just the top FA safeties, all the relevant FAs are gone.
      2. The Chiefs are not getting a first round pick and two third rounders for Berry.
      3. I don’t think the equivalencies of this trade are fair. The Chiefs didn’t want to re-sign Allen because of his legal trouble and his relationship with Carl Peterson. Plus, Larry Johnson’s contract was coming to an end and Peterson clearly chose him over Allen.
      KC has no such bad relationship with Berry and clearly do not mind keeping him.
      4. 70% of why you trade Berry is for the cap space gained. What is the value of cap space gained at this point? Berry is actually cheaper next year than this year, and it stands to reason he will never be more expensive cap-wise than he is this year given what we’ve seen with Jairus Byrd.

      When the Chiefs traded Allen they entered the off season with over $20 million in cap space. They could have signed anyone they wanted who was available on the market. KC traded Allen not out of need but because they had no intention of keeping him.
      5. This is an obnoxious and unnecessarily long reply. My apologies.

      • berttheclock

        Thanks and I did not think it was anywhere close to being obnoxious. My point about picking up an extra first round pick is if the trade of Berry to Detroit for their first pick and extra lower picks or to the Bears for their 14 pick and extra picks or even to the Eagles for their 23rd plus. The Allen trade to the Vikings did pick up that extra first round pick of theirs as the Chiefs, already, had a 5 pick of their own.

        Berry is still young enough to be very valued by such as Detroit or the Bears. What those teams would be receiving is a ready made proven starter who would step in immediately and up grade their poor safety play. Yes, they could pass and take such as Ha Ha or Pryor, but, both of them are still question marks coming out of college who have not proven themselves in the NFL. Berry is a known and has high trade value. The one downside to this for the Chiefs is they would have to replace him with an unproven player. That is where the roll of the dice for Dorsey comes into play.

        However, Ben, anytime jump on my arguments. That is what makes AA so much better than posting at the Star. You and your excellent colleagues do respond. The Star writers do not.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Trade him right now. Trade him for a 2nd round pick this year and next year. Just like AS. Trade anyone we can. Have you seen our schedule?? We are not going to be over 500 so we might as well trade our assets for future studs that can play at lower salaries. I would also trade DJ to Houston for a kings ransom. How about trading D Bowe, Hali, Flowers etc etc?? With a huge haul of picks next year lets be a door mat so our draft picks are higher!!

  • jimfromkcj

    I would like to repost something I posted previously some time ago, even before free agency. This is what I would do at that time if I had control of the Chiefs. First, I would try to trade or release McCluster, Albert, Lewis, Jackson, Flowers, Asamoah and Hali. Second I would sign the following free agents, Schwartz OG, Allen FS, Moats OLB, Dansby ILB, and Starks RB. Then I would draft RD#! Matthews WR or Benjamin WR either one in that order, RD#2 Tuitt DE and Jackson OG if the trades above would allow it, RD#3 Desir CB and Turner OT if trade above allowed it, RD#4 Hurst OT, RD#5 Barron ILB, RD#6 Duncan TE and Sutton OLB. As there is considerable talk along these lines, I just thought I would repost this to show I was onboard some time ago The onl reason I didn’t have Bowe and Berry on this list is because as many can see, there is just too much resistence to getting rid of the man love for these players.