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I Pretended To Be John Dorsey. Here’s What Happened


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As I mentioned last week, I have been the designated Kansas City Superfan by ESPN’s Football Today podcast for the last several years. Although the superfans don’t do much on the program anymore, the one tradition that we have maintained is my favorite — the Superfan Super Mock Draft.

What makes the mock so good is that each one of the teams is represented by a knowledgeable fan of their team and trades of current and future draft picks are allowed. In the past, our mocks have predicted some of the surprising falls and stunning rises of players a lot better than most of the mainstream ones.

It’s also always a good experiment because it shows you how complicated it is to play the board and get the players you want at the value you want them. In years past, it hasn’t always gone the way I wanted, but I stand by my decisions as a GM.

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In 2012, I traded two 2nd-rounders to move up and take QB Ryan Tannehill. I still think I would have rather watched Tannehill the last two years than QB’s Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Tyler Palko, and Brady Quinn.

Last year, I picked up a few picks and moved down to 2nd overall and drafted LT Luke Joeckel. The jury is still out on Fisher and Joeckel, but I can’t say I feel bad about that selection.

This year, as you Chiefs fans are well aware, I was in a bit of a difficult spot. I think the Chiefs really need to do everything they can to reap additional picks in the top 100, but I think it would be a mistake to miss out on one of the top receivers in this year’s class. Thankfully, I was able to do both.

Leading up to my pick, the mock draft went like this:

  1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, OLB/DE, South Carolina
  2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
  4. Cleveland Browns - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
  5. Oakland Raiders - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
  6. Atlanta Falcons - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
  8. Minnesota Vikings - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
  9. Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
  10. Detroit Lions - Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
  11. ***TRADE*** St. Louis Rams (from Tennessee Titans) - Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
  12. New York Giants - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
  13. ***TRADE*** Tennessee Titans (from St. Louis Rams) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
  14. Chicago Bears - C. J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
  16. ***TRADE*** Arizona Cardinals (from Dallas Cowboys) - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
  17. Baltimore Ravens - Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
  18. New York Jets - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
  19. Miami Dolphins - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
  20. ***TRADE*** Dallas Cowboys (from Arizona Cardinals) - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
  21. Green Bay Packers - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
  22. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Pretty realistic, I think.

Having already had some conversations with various other Superfans, I knew I had a good trade offer in hand. The Browns were willing to offer me their 35th overall and 71st overall picks in exchange for #23. This would in effect be moving back 12 spots to the top of the 2nd round, but would net the Chiefs a 3rd-rounder at the very top of that round. This is a bit more than the Chiefs should expect according to a strict following of the draft value chart.

With that trade a phone-call away, my strategy was essentially to take S Calvin Pryor or WR Odell Beckham Jr. if they fell to the Chiefs. If not, I’d accept the trade and try my luck at the top of the 2nd.

But then it happened. The Chiefs were on the clock and Beckham Jr. was still sitting there. I love this guy’s tape and seems he most Reid-ready guy among that group high-end wideout prospects. But, looking at the way the chips had fallen thus far and with more QB’s left to go, I felt better about trading back and still getting some good falling talent.

Even without some major slides, the top of the 2nd is going to be a nice sweet spot for the Chiefs’ need areas with lots of nice prospects at safety, cornerback and guard set to be available and valuable there.

So I nervously pulled the trigger and gave the Browns Superfan the virtual handshake.

23. ***TRADE*** Cleveland Browns (from Kansas City Chiefs) - Marqise Lee, WR, USC

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Then the next two picks went and the Saints, which were on the clock at 27, put out that they were looking to trade down. They had coveted Verrett as the last corner on the board that fit their system, and with him gone New Orleans preferred to amass picks and fight again another day. Most importantly for me, they were looking for a cheap sudden trade with Beckham Jr. still on the board.

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I knew Beckham Jr. wouldn’t last much longer. In fact, I’m sure that Carolina, picking just after the Saints, already had his name written down and were just chomping at the bit to put the call in.

I immediately offered the two picks I had gotten from Cleveland for New Orleans’ 1st and 3rd. This amounted to the Saints moving back 7 spots to 35 and up 20 spots in the 3rd from their original pick at #91 to #71. The Saints agreed, and I grabbed Beckham Jr.

In case you’re curious, this is how the rest of the round went.

25. San Diego Chargers – Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts) – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

27. ***TRADE*** Kansas City Chiefs (from New Orleans Saints) - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

28. Carolina Panthers - Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

29. New England Patriots - Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

30. San Francisco 49ers - Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech

31. Denver Broncos - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Not to toot my own horn too much, but I think this was pretty much a perfect outcome for the Chiefs. With a little luck and a little dealing, I was able to get the the wideout I was targeting — who is ranked as Mel Kiper Jr.’s 16th best prospect overall by the way — and still pick up and extra pick in the top 100.

Although the Chiefs still had no 2nd round selection, I got a chance to add depth and hopefully at least one future starter to the defensive backfield in the 3rd round. At #87, I took Craig Loston, the instinctive big hitter safety from LSU. Although he showed more ability in run support than coverage, I think his reliable presence there would be able to free up SS Eric Berry to do his thing a bit more. A few picks later at #91, I took Rice CB Philip Gaines, who has also shown overall good awareness and just clocked in a 4.38 forty at the Combine. The only reason he’s not in the conversation as a 1st-round pick is that he’s from Rice. Nonetheless, I think he’ll probably go in the 2nd next week.

We’ll see how the 4th round goes, but it’s a much better round for value at interior O-line and that’s the next direction I think I’ll go.

So what do you think, Addicts? What would you have done in this situation? Could the Chiefs consider this a success?

  • Montez K.

    This is a dream scenario…I’d sleep good that night.

  • Matt Dickson

    If we could trade back AND still get OBJ? I’d be absolutely thrilled and stunned. Problem is I think his stock has really shot up over the last 60 days or so and I’m afraid he’ll be the third WR selected, somewhere in the teens.

    If he were to even make it to 23 I’d count myself lucky and take him without a second thought.

    Basically there are two players slated to be there at #23– two players who I’d rather draft than trade back. That’s OBJ and Ha Ha Clinton Dix. Both those guys are really perfect players and perfect for what we need and what our schemes call for.

    If neither of them are available, I say we trade back and try to pick up an additional 2nd or 3rd rounder.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    It’s always great to be able to move back and still get your targeted player. Nicely done. Now, will the real draft present the same opportunity?

    • Ben Nielsen

      *fingers crossed*

  • Calchiefsfan

    Nerves of steel. Beckham and an extra pick, nicely done Nick!

  • berttheclock

    Excellent GM mind thought, Nicholas.

    However, I see a couple of problems. First of all, Detroit has more of a safety need than a LB. If they could latch onto Ha Ha, I don’t see them trading unless they could go for Berry of KC. More and more rumors of SF trading as high as 17 to take a wide out. There might end up being a Harbaugh to Harbaugh deal.

    However, I still believe this year will be the year of the wheeling dealing trades, both for picks and/or with players attached. I may have to award you the Bill Walsh Trophy as he was one of the finest in such trades.

  • e_racer

    Would not suck if it worked. I think QBs will go before that, but you could be right.

    • Michael Shaw

      Remember that Nick had nothing to do with drafting for any team other than the Chiefs.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, but, have you ever seen such spread among the mocks on QBs? It appears they change up daily. I even threw David Fales of SFSU into my mock and the Chiefs take him in the sixth round.

  • Michael Shaw

    There are a lot of things on here I disagree with, but not with you. Your thought process is sound, but like some have already said, I don’t see Beckham being available when we come up. If we traded down, then I would have to say we definitely would be more likely to grab Su’A Filo, but we would need to do it before Denver. I have seen some speculation they want him bad and I really don’t want our D going against the guy. Think Brian Waters on the right side with tons of ruthless DT style aggression!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Beckham and an extra 3rd? Sign me up today!
    That’d be incredible. I don’t think there’s any chance he’ll fall that far, but that would be a GREAT way to start the 2014 NFL Draft for the Chiefs.

  • John Moore

    That was great fun. Awesome job. It would be so great to get my number 1 pick for the Chiefs and to pick up another third would be awesome. But I will be surprised if Beckham falls, even to 23rd. I watched the tape on him on YouTube, and he looks sensational. I will not be surprised if he even cracks the top 10. I think Beckham and Aaron Donald will both go higher than the current consensus. Interesting also that Serafin-Jenkins was gone before 23. I was hoping that the Chiefs might take him.

  • freshmeat62

    And if they could convert one of those 3rd’s into the other half of the LSU tandem, Landry, I wouldn’t be disappointed at all. The first time I saw LSU play last year, I thought Landry stood out as the better receiver, although both he and Beckham looked good. He had great hands, and could get open. I had considered him the better receiver all season, until the combine and his 40 was known. That 4.7 was kind of a downer, but I still like him a lot. Put Beckham on the outside and Landry in the slot, and the Chiefs could be set at WR for a few years.

    • berttheclock

      His combine time suffered due to pulling a hammie. Doesn’t have elite down the field speed, but, can get open on quick bursts and he loves to fight for the ball.

  • ashton hastings

    There is zero chance of us landing Beckham jr. If we trade down he will be gone in the top 20 several drafts have him going 9

  • jimfromkcj

    When I look at the Chiefs, I see a team with a two fold problem. Not enough talent at several positions and a cap problem caused by very bad choices by the team over the last few years. I have tried to address both problems with this mock. I think it is time to start unraveling the cap problem we have let ourselves into by trading Flowers to the lions for their 2nd rd pick 45 and their 4th rd pick 133 This will give us 8 picks in the top 200 players in this draft The draft as I would like to see it would be:
    RD1 pick 23 B. Cooks WR
    RD2 pick 45 G. Jackson OG
    RD3 pick 87 P. Desir CB
    RD4 pick 124 T. Smith ILB
    RD4 pick 133 E. Reynolds FS
    RD5 pick 163 J. Britt RT
    RD6 pick 193 J. Janis WR
    RD6 Pick 200 B. Vereen SS

  • NicholasAlanClayton

    UPDATE!

    So the 3rd round just came and went. Here’s what I did: I got a chance to add depth and hopefully at least one future starter to the defensive backfield in the 3rd round. At #87, I took Craig Loston, the instinctive big hitter safety from LSU. Although he showed more ability in run support than coverage, I think his reliable presence there would be able to free up SS Eric Berry to do his thing a bit more. A few picks later at #91, I took Rice CB Philip Gaines, who has also shown overall good awareness and just clocked in a 4.38 forty at the Combine. The only reason he’s not in the conversation as a 1st-round pick is that he’s from Rice. Nonetheless, I think he’ll probably go in the 2nd next week.

    We’ll see how the 4th round goes, but it’s a much better round for value at interior O-line and that’s the next direction I think I’ll go.

    • freshmeat62

      I like both of your picks. I have about a dozen players marked that are not considered 1st rd’ers that I’d be happy to see the Chiefs get, and I have both marked.