Dec 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos in the 1st quarter of the 2013 Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

Terez Paylor Talks NFL Draft With Daniel Jeremiah

Terez A. Paylor has another must-read piece on the upcoming NFL draft that features a few comments from Andy Reid‘s former scout Daniel Jeremiah. Jeremiah provides some interesting insight into what Reid may be communicating to John Dorsey on draft day.

Jeremiah on Reid:

“He wholeheartedly believes in explosive plays and explosive players, and that’s why I talk about getting a receiver that can really stretch the field and get you some of those chunk plays,” Jeremiah said. “And on the defensive side of the ball, (he wants) guys that can take the football away, guys that can get it to the quarterback.”

This quote would seem to indicate to me the Chiefs may go pass rusher in the first round if a good one is still available to them. The depth of this draft is wide receiver, and receivers with explosive speed and size combinations are going to be available to the Chiefs in almost every round. This isn’t quite the case for defensive playmakers, especially pass rushers.

I do understand where Jeremiah and “Team Wide Receiver” are coming from when it comes to taking a Brandin Cooks or Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round. Paylor’s piece confirms value of those types of wide receivers to Reid’s offense. The issue I have with taking a receiver in the first round is more about value than it is fit. The talent difference between HaHa Clinton-Dix and Cooks is probably the same, but Clinton-Dix value in the draft is higher because there are not a lot of safeties available in this year’s draft.

What do you think? Does this seem to indicate the Chiefs will go wide receiver or does this open the door for some other avenues?

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  • mnelson52

    I hope they go pass rusher because there won’t be any good ones by the third round but there will still be receivers. I think they will coach up Cummings and Abdulla for the safety position.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    I’m also about going with a pass rusher 1st and then WR 2nd. I’ve always, well almost always seen, a 1st round WR turn into a bust.
    I agree that they need a WR, a playmaker, 1 on the other side of Bowe. But they have a lot that improve.
    Getting a pass rusher can be a big impact on the team. Kind of like Poe. They have to double on him, if they get another player they have to double on…that makes plenty of room for the LBs or the 3rd lineman, Walker.

    Pass rusher would be best

  • Brian Dempsey

    Agreed with mnelson52 and Daniel Mayfield. A 3-4 DE that can attack the QB or an off-the-edge pass rusher are right up there with WR as far as what the Chiefs need.

  • Stan Colbert

    I really wonder which coach at any level is not looking for difference makers?
    I have thought all along the depth at WR meant the Chiefs might choose a lower depth position. S, CB, LB are also positions that seem to cause lots of turnovers.

    • Ben Nielsen

      NE is a good example of a team who focuses more on “roles” as opposed to stars.

      • Stan Colbert

        Good point! Interesting! I’ll have to think about that. Sure took Revis in a hurry, though!

        • Ben Nielsen

          Indeed, they did jump on Revis quickly. You do have to have *some* playmakers, haha.

          • Stan Colbert

            Happy Easter!

          • Ben Nielsen

            You, too.

  • Allison Bell

    Didn’t we sign walker because he could get to the qb? We need receiver worse than pass rusher I think.I think cooks is gonna be real good now, it might take a pass rusher a couple years to adjust. Just in my opinion. Go Chiefs!

    • mnelson52

      Our offense in the second half of the year averaged over 30 points a game against good teams. We still lost most of those games because of defense. There will still be good receivers in later rounds but not pass rushers. There might not be a good pass rusher by #23 much less later rounds. I know this doesn’t change the mind of people that really want a receiver first, I’m just stating why I would go this way. Walker had 3 sacks in 2013 and Jackson had 4 and wasn’t even playing in obvious passing situations. Jackson’s stats are better than Walkers, so I don’t see where he is as good, much less an improvement. Also it could take a receiver a couple of years to adjust as well.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    One thing to be concerned about with Clinton-Dix is the recent performance of Alabama secondary players in the NFL. For some reason, they tend to not perform up to expectations.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Precisely, regarding Alabama DB’s. And the Chiefs found that out first-hand with Arenas and Menzie. That’s why i don’t want Clinton-Dix. Look to different schools other than Alabama for DB’s.