Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) hugs his mother after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 31-24 at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

AA Sunday Review: Can The Draft Be Here Now Please?

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Every Sunday morning we do our best to catch you up on everything you may have missed during the week in a series we like to call AA Sunday Review. Here’s some of the best stuff from the past week.

MONDAY: Why The Chiefs Will Draft A Defensive Lineman In The First Round by Lyle Graversen

The old saying goes that NFL games are won and lost in the trenches. While the focus of that trench battle has shifted from being based around the running game to being more about protecting/attacking the quarterback and the passing game the expression still holds true. Even in the era of the quarterback the team that can impose their will on the other team up front usually will walk away with the win.

TUESDAY: Draft Math: Why The Chiefs’ Top Pick Should Be Wide Receiver Or Safety by Stacy D. Smith

If you’ve been following my column this offseason, it probably goes without saying that wide receiver and free safety are the two positions I’m most concerned with going into 2014. For those of you who share those concerns, I should give you the bad news first. In the past 15 years, Andy Reid and John Dorsey’s combined draft histories only produced a total of four players at one of those positions. Using only the past as an indicator, it seems highly unlikely that their top choice will address their problems at wide receiver or safety.

TUESDAY: Trade Eric Berry? A Fan’s Response by Nick Floyd

Now the rational fan in me is thinking the following:

“WHAT are you insane he is one of the best players on the field. Sure the defense struggled towards the end of the last year and in the playoff game not be spoken of, but come on you don’t get rid a of a great player!”

WEDNESDAY: Playing “Who Do You Take” With Chiefs Nation by Laddie Morse

For the past four plus months Chiefs fans have been playing the game called, “Who Do You Take” in the 2014 draft? The answer is… no one knows for sure. There’s just a boatload of questions but there are also plenty of people who will tell you it’s a defensive lineman or a wide receiver or a safety but still, that doesn’t keep everyone from continuing to play, Who Do You Take?

FRIDAY: What If Bridgewater Falls To The Chiefs? by Nicholas Alan Clayton

This question bothers me first and foremost because it’s believable. Unlike the “Should the Chiefs draft Clowney?” sort of worthless thought experiments, the possibility of Bridgewater falling into the bottom of the 1st round is quite possible. There were already concerns about his durability and body type, which, coupled with an awful pro day, could send him spiraling downward.

SATURDAY: Chiefs’ Alex Smith: Worth A Second, Second Look by Laddie Morse

What Alex Smith has come to mean to the Kansas City Chiefs may not be fully appreciated by doing a comparison with the QB who replaced him in San Francisco but, it does help to highlight that the Chiefs acquired themselves an excellent QB because there’s no one in the league that thinks any less than “deep thoughts” about Colin Kaepernick.

SATURDAY: 2014 NFL Draft Secondary Selection by Jeff Grasser Jr.

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.

Thanks for reading, Addicts. How you enjoyed our work this week.

 

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