Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Scout Breaks Down Chiefs Draft Needs


NFL Draft Scout has chimed in with their evaluation of the Chiefs’ offseason to date and what they should do in the draft.  There are a few interesting tidbits to note so let’s get moving.

Eric Fisher disappointed in his rookie, according to Rob Rang, which comes as zero surprise. He’s not a bust – at least not yet – but next season is quite obviously a huge one for him. Here’s the small blip on Fisher.

Frankly, Fisher disappointed as a rookie, missing a handful of games to injury and struggling with the jump in power from the MAC to the NFL. A full offseason in an NFL conditioning program should make him better equipped to handle the league’s physicality and he’ll be moving back to left tackle, where he starred at Central Michigan.

The second note on draft needs is an interesting one to consider. Of the five positions named, two of them were on the offensive line. This includes both guard and tackle. One wonders if the idea draft for the Chiefs includes two offensive linemen, two wide receivers, and one each of defensive back and defensive lineman.

A draft going in this direction would make a lot of sense, but it would probably require the first round pick to be defensive lineman because of the lack of depth at the position in this particular draft.  How would that play out in Chiefs Kingdom? Many seem set on taking a receiver in the first round. But with the wide receiver depth may be enough to delay until day three.

Finally, Rang gives five prospects the Chiefs should target and the list isn’t too surprising. Brandin Cooks is the wide receiver Rang believes is the best fit for the Chiefs, and I would agree. More interesting is he lists tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins as one of his five targets. It would not be stunning to me if the Chiefs went the tight end route to fix their receiver woes. This may especially be the case of Cooks is taken before pick number 23.

Ultimately the evaluation seems to fit what we’ve been saying so far during the offseason: Kansas City needs playmakers on offense, depth along both lines, and a piece in the secondary. I’m ready to see how John Dorsey attacks these issues in the draft.

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    Two things I liked from Rang’s long comments about him at his site. He said Sefarian-Jenkins was more of a “traditional safety blanket over the middle”, while, less of a Jimmy Graham seam runner. The second comment said his blocking improved in 2013 when he was asked to do more blocking by the Dub coaches. That safety blanket is really important in a West Coast offense should the newly worked offensive line cause Alex Smith problems.

    I am really beginning to hope Aaron Donald could fall our way. But, unless, a trade up with the Lions comes to pass, I don’t see how we could get him. However, I am leaning strongly to defensive lineman for the first pick, with a wide out down the line, as well as a corner and two offensive linemen. Remember, at GB, Dorsey was involved with their propensity to take college tackles in the lower rounds and turn them into starting guards. In fact at looking at a possible trade with the Browns, I read the rumor that the Browns may take a RT and move Schwartz to guard, so, that leaves another scenario of a Chiefs-Browns trade if Ray Farmer is willing to wheel and deal.

    • Josh Landers

      I can hear the moans from chiefs fans already over picking ANOTHER d-lineman in the first round. Lol. It wouldn’t surprise me though. I don’t think that it’s a major position of need unless we are planning for devitos departure. Depth behind Poe maybe but I don’t think that’s a first round move. If not a wr I would say ilb or olb would be our best bet here. GO CHIEFS!!!

      • berttheclock

        You know, Josh, it really is beginning to be hard to argue for any one position over another. However, Ben makes a legitimate point concerning the supply and demand in this year’s draft. If one does believe the pass rush needs to be improved, not only with Walker, but, by adding another dependable pass rusher, then, you have to look at the lack of depth in the defensive line prospects and make your leap as high as you can. However, in other categories, such as wide out, yes, there is cream at the top, but, the lower picks bring quality as well. With corners, there is more depth. The real lack of top talent appears to be at defensive tackle and inside LB. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing a really tough defensive tackle who could be inserted, at times, at NT and move Poe to DE to really play mind games with opposing DCs.

        I still believe this draft is going to come down to much panic with GMs frantically checking who has been taken or believe who will be taken and the trade ups and downs will commence, so, it becomes even more difficult to forecast. I fall back on Dorsey zoning in on the players he believes will help build the Chiefs the most, then, zero in on how to obtain them, using the old Bill Walsh method of trading up, trading down or just sitting very chilly. But, those days of May are really going to be a roller coaster ride for the likes of us.

        • jimfromkcj

          bert, things haven’t changed at all. The only difference is that the pundits are running out of things to talk about and are changing the discourse. If you pay attention to them they will have you so screwed up that you will actually think Pioli was a genius for picking 2 5’9″ midgets in the second round coming off of a 4 and 12 season with more holes then a Wisconsin swiss cheese. Stick with what your eyes have seen, you know where the Chiefs were inadequate last year and I think you will agree that stat wise we haven’t improved ourselves in FA, and as no one seems willing to trade underperforming players with big contracts for extra picks we are not in a position of getting more than 1 starter out of this draft.

          • berttheclock

            jim, every time I start to get carried away about improving the offense first, I recall one thing, 45-44 after having a great lead which speaks volumes to reality.

          • jimfromkcj

            bert. I blame Reid more than anyone else for that loss. There is just no way that a team could overcome a 28 point deposit on me if I had a running back like Jamal. I would be pounding the ball and eating up the clock and I would have all my fastest and biggest guys in the backfield on defence and I would plant a foot up the rear of any player who let a man get behind him. Let them have the short yards, but make them pay in time for ever score and do my best to keep them scoring 3 than 7. That was entirely on Reid for mismanaging the time and continue passing the ball and getting 3 and outs without taking time off the clock. Everyone wants to blame the defence, but other than letting guys get behind them for big chunks of yardage, I can’t put all the blame on them. Perhaps 30%, but Reid is the guy who bares the biggest share.

          • Brian Dempsey

            Jim, I went back and watched the games via NFL Game Rewind & you are quite correct about wanting help in the middle of the Chiefs O-line with a guy like Gabe Jackson, as there was too much pressure coming up the middle, all year long ( and not just Allen either, Asamoah and Schwartz had their share of down moments). Defensively, the need is there for a 3-4 DE that can attack the QB, especially once teams started double-teaming Poe and the Chiefs were not getting inside pressure on opposing QB’s.

            My tell me that help is needed on the front lines on both sides of the ball, at WR and DB, but being able to address it all in one off-season may not happen.

          • berttheclock

            For a long time, that interior of the o-line has been suspect trying to handle bull rushes. One of the offensive linemen mentioned recently, and I wish I could recall his name, had one note attached to him “digs in his heels to handle bull rushes” That is the player we need and, should he be a road grader as well, icing on the cake.

      • Keyto

        No way. We have good ILB depth. #1 They won’t even play that much beside Johnson. #2 Are defensive scheme is 2 DL 3 LB 3 corner 3 safties.

        • Josh Landers

          DJ is getting old. Maybe nico Johnson can fill that spot eventually but if not we need to think about having someone in place that can. Our base defense is 3 linemen, 4 lbs, and 4 dbs though. The one you’re referring to is a sub package. DL would be fine with me too but we have a whole lot of dl on our team right now and not many lbs. or dbs for that matter. Either way I trust r and d to handle their business.

          • Keyto

            We just got Mayo from Houston. And that base defensive is only used on 1st and second downs, we need to get off the field on 3rd downs. In order to get a playoff win we have to be a top 10 defensive on 3rd downs.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I would totally agree with the idea of passing on a WR in round one if the Chiefs only needed to draft one WR. However, it is quite likely that the Chiefs will double dip and take two WR’s in this draft. That leaves the door wide open to a WR in round one.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, funny thing about that is two months ago, I ran across reading about Brandin Cooks at sfgate on a thread concerning the need of the Niners needing a quality wide out. So, when, I first posted about the Chiefs taking him at 23, I thought it was sort of simple. Since then, there appears to be so many different scenarios of need for the Chiefs, that it is no longer that simple.

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        There are quite a few different scenarios, however Cooks or Beckham are the most likely, unless Dorsey can pull off a trade down.

    • Use your head

      Weston Dressler

      • berttheclock

        Could be great, but, why not cover your bets. Trades can be made later. I have high hopes for Dressler, but, until he hits the playing field, who really knows. I, also, have high hopes the off season pickup of McKnight will pay dividends, as well.

  • berttheclock

    Rang’s other picks of OT Jack Mewhort of Ohio State. safety Brock Vereen and even OG Russell Bodine of North Carolina have merit. Bodine, may only be able to play RG, but, he has played center, as well. Not much range, but, he could be tough. Mewhort is very interesting in that he has played LT, as well as LG and RG and he has a nasty streak, while, Vereen would add depth to the defensive backs.

  • Use your head

    FS if Calvin Pryor is available, DE if he’s not. WR can wait until round 3… period.

  • Use your head

    You have Kelce coming back and Dressler coming in… We BETTER draft a DE or a FS.

  • berttheclock

    One thing about Dorsey is he likes to cover his bets. Remember, last year, when, he selected a FB in the sixth round, but, ended up cutting him and the ones Pioli had collected. Instead, he quickly made a trade with the Cards for Sherman and sent Arenas packing. BTW, for the Kewpie Doll prize of the day, what player was selected one pick ahead of the 5th round pick of Sherman by the Cardinals? If you say Ricky Stanzi, your prize will be sent shortly, unless this happens to be Easter and USPS is closed.

    • Keyto

      Let’s keep it real. The AFC west goes threw Denver. We all watched the super bowl and Seattle did it with defensive linemen. We have one really good defensive linemen Poe. He needs help. So draft the DE or DT both from ND the fighting irish, one should be there at 23. Then go WR on day 3.

      • berttheclock

        They did it with more than just defensive linemen. Yes, Avril made every penny they paid for him to come over from Detroit worth gold. But, Walter Thurmond, their nickle back jammed their slots and the other defensive backs slowed up their receivers so Manning had to hesitate. The combination of the two upset his timing and he was reduced to over throwing to Thomas, who, while having a record setting day of receiving only scored one gimme TD. All I brought up above was Dorsey does like to cover his bets in the draft and will not stand pat on any pick he takes if he believes he might improve on that pick.

        • Keyto

          Are teams problem is, no defensive line pressure. If you are relieing on Houston and Ali to get pressure every time on 3rd down. We will be at home watching the playoffs. The back end is solid. We just need pressure up the middle next to Poe..

          • Brian Dempsey

            Precisely why I’ve been hoping for a trade-down and still being able to draft Tuitt. It just makes sense — almost TOO much.

          • Keyto

            I agree that’s who we need. But I don’t see him there if we trade back. He is to good of a player

          • berttheclock

            Meanwhile, Dorsey has had both Colton Underwood, a DE and Jimmy Staten, a DT in for visits/workouts? Both have been making the rounds of other teams, as well. Lower round picks. Also, Garrett Scott, a LT/guard from Marshall has visited the Chiefs. But, the interesting one is the Chiefs looking at Erik Swoope, the six five basketball player from Miami. The Donkies had visited with him and the Chiefs and one other team heard about it and went looking for him. Swoope’s brother had made the transition to football and has been working with him to improve his strength and pass catching. Interesting about Swoope from a tony private school in North Hollywood, CA being recruited by the former basketball HC for Mizzou to go to Miami.

          • berttheclock

            The back end is far from being solid. I am not against improving the pass rush, but, unless the Chiefs improve the nickle back, you might as well forget it. You keep harping on having to go through Denver, well, Elway believes the nickle back is second in importance to only the QB for a team. Yes, you need pass rushers, but, a quality pass rush and a solid nickle back go hand in hand. Once again review Walter Thurmond and see how he worked in tandem with Cliff Avril to defeat Manning.

          • Keyto

            We have Smith flowers and copper at corner. Abdullah Berry and Cummings at safety D Johnson in the middle Ali and Houston on the edge rush. Then Poe and ????. In the middle. Devito is a run stopper.and i am not sold on walker yet to help Poe. So draft Tuitt. Then the back end will be solid.They now will be hand and hand with good defensive line play. Now when playing Denver you can brig 4 and drop everybody else.

          • Brian Dempsey

            That’s exactly the strategy that Seattle employed & so did the Jags and the Donkeys didn’t really solve it in either case.

  • Stan Colbert

    Read an article about Seferian-Jenkens at the combine. He stated he met with Chiefs, not informally, but formally. The author seemed to feel that statement was important, without really informing to my knowledge why. Can you tell me the difference in these combine meetings and the significance thereof?