November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (left) talks to quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Alex Smith, NFL Draft, Jennifer Lawrence

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

Good morning, Addicts. One week from today we will know what the Chiefs did with their first round pick. Giddy.

KC Kingdom takes a look at the Chiefs’ third round wide receiver options.

This draft is loaded with talent at wide receiver and if the Chiefs are patient, there’s a good chance they can find a difference maker at that position in the third round.

Adam Teicher says Alex Smith cannot seem to avoid Peyton Manning.

The comparisons between Manning and Smith are natural since both players were once overall No. 1 draft picks. Smith hasn’t succeeded like Manning on the basis of personal or team achievements and it’s unlikely he will ever get to Manning’s level without beating him, preferably more than once.

Alex Smith gave the commencement address at Utah on Thursday night. Here is the transcript:

“I tried to promote my strengths and conceal my weaknesses, and on paper I kind of succeeded. I was the first pick in the draft. And with that, I inherited this big shiny trophy that I carried around that had one word engraved on it, and that was ‘anxiety.’”

Something to consider when looking for a trade partner for Kansas City.

A better method for figuring out the value of each individual pick comes from Football Perspective’s Chase Stuart, who used the Approximate Value metric to figure out what teams could expect to receive, on average, from each draft pick. The measure is far from exact — the word “approximate” is there for a reason — but it’s unbiased and should be useful enough for a concept like this. I’ve gone through and measured each team’s expected draft haul given the pick capital it has per the values found by Stuart, which you can find here. I’ll also include the ranks in terms of the more traditional trade value charts in the table at the bottom of this piece.

Impact players in the 2014 NFL Draft, via Arrowhead Pride.

Again, we’re looking at potential draft choices on the first two days of the 2014 draft under the premise that you can get starters all the way down in the third round like Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston. This type of analysis cannot represent instincts or experience because this is a “could do” versus “does do” distinction.

Two non-football stories:

– A breakdown of Louis C.K.’s rant on standardized testing.

– Jennifer Lawrence is FHM’s “Sexiest Woman In The World” for 2014. Do we agree?

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