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

Walter Football Grades Kansas City Chiefs’ Draft


Walter Football is not pleased with what the Chiefs did in the draft. Not pleased at all. Here’s a snip of what they wrote about what the Chiefs did this weekend.

WF on KC:

I get the feeling that the Chiefs spent more time trying to trade their pick rather than deciding whom they were going take. They let the clock run down because they were desperate to move out of the No. 23 spot, but they couldn’t do anything and panicked, taking Dee Ford off the board. That was a dreadful selection; not only was Ford deemed a reach by teams we’ve spoken to, but he didn’t even fill a need. There are members of Kansas City’s organization who don’t even like the pick. It was that bad. 

Kansas City unquestionably came away with one of the worst classes this year. It made multiple reaches and failed to address most of its glaring needs. That’s not how teams are supposed to draft. 

Walter Football grade: C-

The assertions made here are pretty fantastic, so A+ to Walter Football for their creativity in their writeup. I’m certain you can talk to all 32 teams and find people in the front office who are not pleased with their top selection. That’s part of the deal and something that shouldn’t be factored into the grade.

I will agree the Chiefs probably wanted to move down in the draft, but to say they “panicked” with the Ford pick is silly. Ford fills a significant need now in adding additional pass rush and fills a role in the future as Tamba Hali’s replacement. There was nobody sitting at 23 overall that was definitively better than Ford. We also know that if the Chiefs traded back Ford would not have been there as both Philadelphia and Atlanta had Ford targeted around the time KC was selecting.

All of that said, I understand the negative view about what the Chiefs did in the draft. It is hard to hit a home run in the draft with only six picks. With that said, two years from now Kansas City could be starting five of theses six picks. How often do you see five picks from a draft of six players end up starting? Between Ford, Phillip Gaines, De’Anthony Thomas, Zach Fulton, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif the Chiefs may be done just that.

We’ll see how it plays out.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs

  • DoubleD

    Trying to think back to the last time Walter Cherepinsky had something positive to say about the Chiefs…

    • DoubleD

      Still thinking . . . .

      • mnelson52

        You have to be still thinking

        • Jef

          Still thinking….. He said always bad things about the Chiefs!!! Oh Btw, im from Quebec City, and proud to have LDT on the roster. Oh yeah!!!

          • mnelson52

            I didn’t know anything about him till he was drafted, but I’m loving everything I can find out about him. I think he was a great under the radar pick. If for some reason he doesn’t make it as a starting tackle or swing tackle, maybe he could win a guard position. He’s smart with all the physical tools to make it.

          • berttheclock

            You mean “Larry”? Love it he is going to dispense with Laurent when he hits KC.

          • KCMikeG

            Dr. LDT. Welcome to the Chiefs Kingdom!

      • berttheclock

        He loved Jonathan Baldwin.

    • Ben Nielsen

      He like the Phillip Gaines pick. … That’s about it, I think.

  • Cindy Pinnick-Hendrix

    Still a know nothing HACK like Kiper and McShay and the rest of the so called experts. If these guys are such experts why are they HACK writers and not working for some NFL team?

    • John Walsh

      Other than Clowney, the experts pretty much whiffed the 1st round from top to bottom. Watching Johnny Football slide towards the bottom and listening to the experts rationalizing who would pick him next was priceless.

  • tm1946

    Chief’s never seem to get much respect from any media outside the city limits. That said sometimes you have to look at things without your gold and red glasses. I predict this draft will be liked and maybe loved after the end of the 2015 season, a good thing. Unfortunately, I keep seeing 2014 on all my calendars. I know “chicken little” reframe just there are 16 games coming and even Addict writers have to admit the first two picks will be valuable after this season…. seems to be a problem…. no, more an issue of why behind these selections. Couldn’t the team have found one draftee who could have filled a known need.

  • Bigchief

    Who really cares what he says if he was that good he would be in the NFL pass the peanuts!

  • Hawthorne

    The main thing that worries me is FS we basically have Abduhlla who is ok and Commings who should be great, but may never see the field if he keeps getting injured. Our WR core can get it done as they proved late in the season. Dee Ford should help keep our pass rush from dying out late in the year and our CBs were already in decent shape. We aren’t altering the starters on Oline all that much, but if we have some injuries, it could get pretty ugly. I think we will be stacked at TE Kelce and Fasano should be ready to go, Harris and McGrath will battle it out for the 3rd spot. Dline is better with Walker as well.

    • John Walsh

      I think Abdullah is more than okay. The big probably was letting him play. I mean, when he was in the game against the Colts, he showed me so much that I wondered why he hadn’t been a starter all season. Great awareness, tracked the QB and wasn’t decoyed, quick to the ball and ball carrier, excellent hands, good tackler. Sounds like pretty damn good FS, Hawthorne. With Commings it can only be better for the secondary. But, they have to do better up on the line. More pressure on the QB means more opportunities for the secondary and less pressure on them as well. :)

  • HChiefs

    Brandon Albert, Glen Dorsey, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr 2008 draft class netted 5 starters…but over 12 picks.

  • berttheclock

    Walter Football raved abut Jonathan Baldwin. They had Chris Harris, Jr, listed as the 48th best corner back coming out of KU. I rest my case about Walter Football.

    • sidibeke

      That’s a strong case.

  • e_racer

    I used to respect Walter Football, but they seemed to be a bit sloppy this year. They continued to pick Su’a-Filo as our selection in round one. On occasion, I commented that the Chiefs actually have a RG and RT on the team that would be better this year than Su’a-Filo or any RT selected after the 22nd pick in the draft. I still believe Rishaw Johnson will be a decent starter. I believe Donald Stephenson will be more than adequate at RT. At the end, the writers at Walter Football selected the Chiefs to draft Marqise Lee, because they felt no one would trade with KC.

    GM Dorsey kept quiet about draft prospects, and I believe this angered the writers at Walter Football. I don’t blame Dorsey for being coy. There are a few things we just don’t know, even yet. Does Dorsey believe he currently has a WR on the team to step up? For instance, is Jenkins, Hemingway, or Williams on the verge of becoming a legit #2 receiver? I just don’t know, and the man who has the best insight is John Dorsey. John Dorsey said a ton when he overlooked drafting a receiver in a draft that was fairly heavy in that category. Of course teams, such as Denver, loaded up, even though they already had three above average receivers on the team. Of course, that may mean some talented receivers will have to be cut, and available for cheap in a few months. The other thing is even though Denver appeared to jump out in front of KC to select Latimer, I don’t think it bothered anyone at One Arrowhead drive. I have seen Latimer’s game film. I am NOT impressed.

    The Chiefs did exactly opposite from what the “experts” presumed they would do or what the “experts” presumed to be the needs of the team. The point we need to understand is the offense scored points at the end of the season. The back ups did a fairly good job in certain positions. Perhaps the “experts” don’t know what the crap they are talking about.

    KC melted down in Indianapolis for a couple of reasons. First, they did not get pressure on Andrew Luck. You can talk all you want about Tamba Hali, but the fact is he did not get the job done when it counted. The Chiefs let Luck, Manning, Rivers, and just about every other talented QB they faced, too much time to throw to their receivers. Second, the secondary depth sucked. Lewis could not tackle. Robinson was a disgrace. Quinton Demps looked like he never played his position before. The Chiefs did not lose because of offense. They lost because key veteran players on defense let them down this year.

    The test will be how they play during the season. Is Walter Football right about the Chiefs? I don’t know, but my guess is Dorsey has the better answer.

    • Michael Shaw

      While I am not sure about Rishaw, I still think Su’a filo would have been great for this O-line!! Still not sure about the Ford pick, but I am also not calling for anyone’s head because I didn’t get the guy that I thought would start calling for heads. I would prefer to see what this kid can do. After all, I was vehemently against the Poe pick and I am so glad I was!!

  • berttheclock

    Possible wide out pickups down the line. Rueben Randle and Quinton Patton. Both of them may end up getting lost in the shuffle. Beckham going to the Giants is going to push Randle back to the point of being dismissed. Patton has had some moments with the Niners, but, with Steve Johnson and Bruce Ellington coming in, look for Baalke to, either, release him or trade him.

  • berttheclock

    Draft Tek does a far better job in judging talent.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      Thanks bert. I will pass that along to the big board team

    • KCMikeG

      They were way off on numerous rankings. It is all basically a scientific guess anyway.

  • sidibeke

    This is just more of the same crap. KC didn’t fill “glaring” need. It is really weird how p.o.’ed so called experts are that KC didn’t take a WR. Had they taken a WR that was slated for the early 2nd round, would we be hearing that they reached so much? R&D clearly have a different idea of what the most glaring needs are. I for one, am glad that they do. As a fan who watched last year, I know it was the D, and not the O, that needed the most help.

    • KCMikeG

      Funny how these “experts” don’t have a clue what our needs are but can say we failed because we didn’t draft to their ideas of our needs. Our offense put up 32.7 points per game over the 2nd half of the year. AS11 was rolling and spread the ball all over the field. Nobody knows better than R&D what we have in our current WR’s – not even us Addicts.
      Our defense totally collapsed when Hali, Houston and Flowers got hurt. Hmmm – then we draft OLB & CB with our first two picks. What the hell were we thinking? Drafting to improve the areas that cost us most of the 2nd half of the season and the playoff game – just terrible! Too bad the writer can’t get past his “feelings” to take the time to know what he is talking about.

      • John Walsh

        And after the draft, they go and pick up a couple of very good undrafted OL’s. More defense, more offense and some specials. I’d say they filled the depth chart and still have room to pick up some cuts and castoffs. I’d say the Chiefs did alright with the picks they had, plus some steals off the undrafted list. It’s going to be a fun 2014 season, Chief fans!

  • Andy

    You can only grade a recent draft on paper. it takes 2 to 3 years to grade a draft. Mock drafts are like a war plan. Once the first bullet flies, the plan goes to h+++. .

    • KCMikeG

      True. What was Poe’s grade after the draft? After his rookie year? After his 2nd year when he was a Pro Bowler and one of the best in the game?

    • Kcfan

      Just because mayock and kiper say we need a wr doesn’t mean we really do. If Dorsey didn’t take one in this draft he obviously trusts Reids judgement when he says he has what he needs. Don’t forget getting Kelce back will be huge. Also I love the ford pick, not only when we cut tamba next year but he will be good this year too

  • Bdiddy

    I was saying all along we wouldn’t take a WR with #23, and highly doubted we would take one with #87…now to say we wouldn’t take one at all, that was surprising to me, but I wasn’t worried about it because I have more faith in Reid and Dorsey than I have had in any other GM/HC combo in recent memory.

    AND…for Walter Football to say we didn’t fill a need with Ford is astounding. These yutzes are supposed to know football? We are certain to lose Hali in the very near future, and even with Hali, Houston and Ford on the same roster, last year proved pass rush depth to be a HUGE need.

    They don’t know Jack…If they give it a C-, that must mean a knowledgeable entity would give us a B-.

  • Stan Colbert

    Most everybody seems to be upset because KC didn’t take WR or S! I would would love to see a speedy receiver racing downfield for YDs but AS11 strength is short to intermediate. Players like Bowe, Jenkins, Avery, JC and now DAT fit that scheme well. Year 2 these guys should all improve!

    • Michael Shaw

      But we did take a safety, didn’t we??

      • Michael Shaw

        Never mind he is listed as CB. My bad!

        • Stan Colbert

          I have heard people say maybe he could play safety, I think that is because of assumed need. At Rice he was a. cb in press coverage most of the time. At 190 lbs. you would really like safety’s a little heavier.

  • mattU

    WalterFootball has no idea what he’s talking about. He’s throwing around Millen grade on Ford, which is ridiculous. I like the Ford pick but probably would have rather seen them take Dennard. However, pass rush needed to be addressed this year because we don’t have a viable back-up for Hali or Houston, and one of those guys will be gone in 2015 unless Hali decides to take a massive pay cut. Besides, Ford probably would be the top-rated pass rusher next year if he were in the 2015 class.

    Outside of the Ford D grade, the rest of his grades are A-, C+, A, B, and A-, so apparently he’s weighting the overall grade 90% on the 1st round alone to come up with a C- overall grade.

  • Norman Gunn

    What I know is this; If we had Ford, Gaines, and Thomas, playing in the Colts playoff game we most likely win that game by double digits.

  • Guest

    The same Walter Football that gave the Texans an A- on their draft? Do you honestly think the Texans are going to be able to compete this year with Tom Savage as their starting QB? Do you think Tom
    Savage and the Texans will be able to compete against Andrew Luck and
    the Colts? I can understand why they took Clowney but by taking him,
    they basically shot themselves in the foot for the 2014 season. Since
    the Texans decided not to take a QB in the 1st round, they’re basically
    handing the Colts the AFC South crown for the 2014 season.

    Going into the 2014 draft, the Texans BIGGEST HOLE was and still is the QB position and they passed on that need!

    Take Clowney-Suck this year to be back in the TOP 10 in next years draft- Draft your franchise QB in the 2015 draft. It is obvious that the GM of the Texans is throwing the 2014 season in the garbage.

  • Eclipse

    The same Walter Football that gave the Texans an A- based on how they drafted? Walter Football is a joke! Their BIGGEST NEED was and still is a QB and they passed on it! By passing on a top QB prospect in the 1st, they are basically telling their fans that they are not looking to compete this year and handing the AFC South crown to the Colts. Tom Savage as their starting QB? I feel bad for their fans……

    The Colts have dominated their division two years in a row and this is what Texans fans have to look forward to… Tom Savage as their starting QB for the 2014 season?