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2014 NFL Draft Secondary Selection

Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Bradley Roby (1) intercepts a pass in the second quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

According to some, our secondary is ship shape! What team wouldn’t want Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith covering the first and second receivers? My team for one.

As much as it pains me to say so, I think that Brandon Flowers has reached his pinnacle and while the position of nickel corner is nothing to be taken lightly, I believe that his career as a primary corner is all but complete. I don’t want anyone to think that I’m some kind of Flowers hater (I love roses) but it’s abundantly clear that if we are to succeed against the Broncos and the rapidly improving Chargers and Raiders, we will need an elite acquisition in the secondary.

If John Dorsey and Andy Reid have enough faith in Marcus Cooper and Sanders Commings, that’s fine. But as much hasn’t been expressed to me, quite frankly, no one in the Chiefs organization really gives a crap what I think. As a matter of fact, that’s fantastic you have faith in the incumbent players but you can’t convince me that an elite secondary player in the draft won’t help us greatly, especially if Cooper falls off as he did in the latter part of last year.

I would love to have enough faith in him to put it up to chance but I’m smarter than that and I think the Chiefs brass is smarter than that. Flowers will excel superbly in the nickel and perhaps even make me second guess this article with his play in upcoming years, but that doesn’t change his size or his lack of utter execution in last years games.

Bradley Roby – 5’11″ 195lbs – Ohio State

I know what you are thinking. Roby is only two inches taller than Flowers, right? Right. But when it comes down to my favorite corner back in the draft with a splash of all the other top prospects being drafted, it becomes a little more simple for yours truly. If the best five receivers in the draft are already selected, do we select a receiver because we need one? No. We’ll end up taking the best player available.

In all honestly, when it comes to fluidity and just natural observable talent, Roby was the most impressive prospect that I saw in the combine. I don’t envy Dorsey and his scouts this year. The only thing that really pains me is that we didn’t have such a wide array of talent to chose from last year. I guess that’s just our luck, huh?

Roby ran a 4.39 forty at the combine and despite his issues of being known as a “gambler” and playing too loosely, I think that Roby will come off the board sooner than many people may expect.

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  • Calchiefsfan

    You know 5’11″ 195lbs is just fine. Look at Revis, 5’11″ 198ibs. I think Revis can hold his own pretty well in this league. This whole trend of big corners is just that, a trend. Tyrann Matthieu is another one, he’s a baller at 5’9″ and ultimately that’s what teams want.

    I think Flowers is going to be very good this year judging by his play against Hilton in the playoff game, injury is my only concern with him. Which brings up your point about adding Roby. Even if our current crop of corners plays well we have absolutely no depth. Any injuries and we have problems.

    The Chiefs can go in several directions in the draft. I’d be totally fine with Roby if Dorsey thinks he’s the BPA at 23. I do think that the secondary and our pass rush have to be addressed if the Chiefs are going to be successful this year. It’s the two most critical needs and that is if our O line comes together. A lot of question marks going into this season.

    • sidibeke

      I agree. Pass rush and 2ary are two biggest areas to improve and I feel we could get away with only improving one of them (one looks better if the other is performing at a higher level). If Roby is the choice and if he does gamble, Commings or someone at FS needs to be better, though.

  • Jacob

    I agree that we need another CB, but I STRONGLY disagree when you suggest Flowers is past his prime. He was adjusting to the scheme last year, but still showed he is an amazing player with plenty of time left. Like Calchiefsfan said, take a look at his performance in the playoff game. Hilton didn’t do much of anything until Flowers went down, and we all know what happened afterwards.

    I hate statements like this, but I’m going to say it anyway: If Flowers doesn’t go down with injury in the playoff game, we pull away with a victory.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I hope you’re right, I’d love nothing better!

  • berttheclock

    Roby? NO

    My reason is based on the fact he appears to only rely on his tremendous athleticism and will not listen to coaches for developing techniques. Thus, he makes one spectacular play and takes the next one off. John Elway believes the nickle back is the second most important player on an NFL team, second only to the QB. His reason is based on what a nickle has to do. He is not just some fill-in player. He must be quick enough to cover slots, tough enough to be a consistent tackler and let those slots take off towards the safeties, and fast enough to be able to drop over and cover on the sidelines. Elway says that type is the hardest to find in the draft

    Roby is far too inconsistent in his play.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      If he can be taught/mentored by someone like Flowers in the NFL, that tremendous athleticism could be what puts him over the top or as you stated, he may just try and rely purely on talent and not accept coaching ala Jon Baldwin…It is a gamble, no other way to look at it

  • berttheclock

    I believe Jason Verrett of TCU might be the answer. Can cover slots and outside, as well.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Verrett is really impressive and has less work ethic concerns…I believe he’s even smaller though, right?

      • berttheclock

        John Elway feels his nickle back, Chris Harris, Jr, is the second most important player on his team. Harris is five ten. Verrett is five ten, but, weighs, currently, 23 pounds less than Harris.

        • mnelson52

          The best thing about Brown was being able to get Sherman for him.