Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

AA Sunday Review: NFL Draft, Chiefs Running Backs, John Dorsey, Alex Smith, And More


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: Will The Chiefs Draft A Wide Receiver In Round One? by Lyle Graversen

This week’s post was supposed to be a simple draft profile on Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer. Depending on who you listen to, Latimer could be anywhere from a first round to fourth round selection in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. What started as a quest to see if Latimer was worthy of a first round selection turned into something bigger. The entire time that I was researching Latimer, what I was really trying to figure out is if KC is likely to take a WR in the first round as so many are predicting.

TUESDAY: In Defense Of Paying Alex Smith by Stacy D. Smith

Some think Alex Smith is approaching his ceiling in the NFL. Others wonder if he’s the man capable of leading the organization to the promised land after more than 40 years in the league’s wilderness. There are those who believe he’ll never be anything more than a game manager. For them, it’s entirely obvious that Smith should play out his contract. We have Scott Pioli and Matt Cassel to thank for that trepidation.

TUESDAY: Top 5 Chiefs Running Backs of All-Time by Nick Floyd

As we approach the 2014 Draft, instead of going the usual “Who the Chiefs should draft” route, I am going to do a series of Top Five Chiefs Players of all time.

This week I have chosen to focus on Chiefs running backs. So without further ado here are my Top Five Chiefs Running Backs of all time.

WEDNESDAY: Chiefs’ John Dorsey: Man Of “Steal” by Laddie Morse

I recall now, with too much clarity, Scott Pioli’s first draft pick in Tyson Jackson, the 3rd pick of 2009. What most will also recall is that later in the first round of that same draft Dorsey and the Pack nabbed future Pro Bowler DL B.J Raji. What many may forget is… that Dorsey also helped select another future Pro Bowler in the 1st round in USC’s LB Clay Matthews, while many thought another SC backer was better, Rey Maualuga. Perhaps a double-steal that year.

FRIDAY: The Chiefs Can’t Go Wrong In Trading Down This Year by Nicholas Alan Clayton

If the Chiefs are able to trade back — which is no given — they will find players at the top of the 2nd that they like, even if they don’t reap major draft pick gains in the process. Sure, some talent might fall to them at 23, but if they get back into the 2nd, they can definitely take guys like hard-hitting S Deone Buchannon or Richard Sherman doppelgänger CB Stan Jean-Baptiste who both look like handmade Sutton machines.

SATURDAY: Projecting The Chiefs 23rd Pick by Laddie Morse

What I intend to show here today is to reveal the malleable list of players who might be available by the time the 23rd pick rolls around by taking the draft five players at a time.

Hope you enjoyed our work this week. Have a great Sunday!

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  • freshmeat62

    I’ve always said that building a football team is like building a house or a car. First you build the strength of the team, the foundation or chassis. In football that’s the defense and o-line. After that is done then you can add the fancy stuff, the bells and whistles, RB’s and WR’s. The Chiefs don’t have a strong chassis. Their foundation is very shaky.

    • berttheclock

      Exactly. Reminds me of one of the great trade ups in NFL history, when, the Pats had the first pick in the draft and wanted to take Rocket Ishmael, but, the day of the draft, the Rocket signed with the CFL Toronto team. The Cowboys were at 11 and quickly contacted the Pats. They traded 3 players, their 11 pick and their top pick in the 2nd round to the Pats to move to first and drafted their “foundation” player, Russell Maryland. Maryland solidified their defensive line and went to one Pro Bowl in his five years with the Cowboys. Pioli referred to this foundation when he took Jackson, but, it never really worked the same.

      • Brian Dempsey

        There were better players on the board than Tyson Jackson at #3 back in 2009, that were either O-Lineman or D-Lineman. Specifically, BJ Raji and Eugene Monroe. Pioli illustrated what an inept clod he really was by taking Jackson over those two guys who everybody had rated above Jackson going into that draft.

        • berttheclock

          Yeah, since when is the DE the foundation of a 3-4?

          • Brian Dempsey

            He still is lost, given that he duped the Falcons front office in to giving Jackson a 25 million-dollar contract and Asamoah a 16 million-dollar contract. They could have gotten 2 similar caliber players via FA for less than half of that.

        • mnelson52

          Pioli also took Baldwin in the first round when most other boards had him projected for the third round. That doesn’t make any sense. Turns out he shouldn’t have been drafted in any round.

  • berttheclock

    Big shout out by the fans of the Niners, Cardinals and Rams as the Seahawks have just made their first serious mistake in years by hiring Ireland as a draft consultant.