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

Floyd’s Thoughts: Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Draft


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Well it came and went.

The 2014 Draft started with a bang and ended on Saturday night. For the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs, I was a little confused by their draft choices. No receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the fifth, and two, unknown to me, offensive lineman in the 6th.

While I was confused, the more I thought about this draft the more I found myself becoming more at ease with it. Here are my reasons.

1. We needed defense.

When Dee Ford was announced as the Chiefs first round pick, I was like, “Who?” I admit I did my homework on the bigger names in the draft. The possible receivers that we were going to draft, the bigger name defenders that I thought might be selected. So when Ford was chosen I immediately went to Google to find out about this kid. Man was I glad. Not only is Dee Ford quick off the edge but if you saw the ESPN Sports Science piece they did on him you could not help but get chills when it comes to this skilled player.

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Being put in a category with Adrian Peterson, for his spin, and ranked at the top next to Denver’s Von Miller got me pumped to see this kid play. Now there are some out there who took to twitter to say that Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali is on his way out of KC. I don’t think that is the case. What this does is give the Chiefs an added presence on the defense that was missing when our two best defenders when down in the second half of the season. Another thought I had was that our d-line could be operated like this: Houston, Poe, Hali, Ford. Tamba is good so I think there could be some packages when he moves to the inside and Ford on the out and the offensive line will have their hands full with these guys.

2. No Receiver, No Problem

If you take the second half of the Chiefs season, one thing changed from the beginning, they were able to put up points. Granted they were playing bad teams, but the fact remains that they were still able to be productive with who they had. Even in the really sad playoff game they still put up a lot of points against a good Colts defense.

So by not drafting a receiver what it tells me is that they are willing to work with the core they got. Now will they pickup one here or there or possibly still get someone through free agency or a trade? Sure it is possible, but I think they want to work with this group and build a solid receiving corp.

Now they did get a wild card in De’Anthony Thomas.Very much a Dexter McCluster type player. He is fast, really fast and they will more than likely work plays into the system to get the ball is this kids hands. He also has return ability which is something they need with McCluster and Quintin Demps gone from the team. So while no big time receiver was selected I have faith the Reid and Dorsey know what they are doing and will continue to make strides with our receivers.

3. Offensive Line was more pressing.

With the loss of most of the offensive line starters the Chiefs are really hurting when it comes to offensive lineman. Granted the two offensive line picks came in the later rounds, however if Reid, who likes lineman, can turn at least one of these guys into a solid player then we can still add some more depth through players we pick up off waivers, or even a possible trade.

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Zach Fulton has the ability to turn into a solid pro with the right coaching. So by adding two offensive lineman late in the draft, the Chiefs not only added some depth but the possibility of a good starter.

Overall

Overall the 2014 draft seemed a bit of a surprise, however I feel that Reid and Dorsey are pros and they know what they are doing. Some people think that this was a rushed draft and not the best decisions for the Chiefs. I tend to disagree with that and have a feeling that this draft will turn some heads as the next group of talented Chiefs players make their way into the NFL.

Sounds off, Addicts. What did you think of this draft? What would you have done differently? Share your thoughts below.

Go Chiefs.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Andy Reid De'Anthony Thomas Dee Ford John Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs

  • Bryan Staley

    To me, it’s more what would I have done after the draft! There were quite a few GOOD players left out there and I believe that I would have signed more than 6 UDFA. A couple that come to mind would be Purifoy, the CB from Florida. Another that is still unsigned….and possibly my first call, Colt Lyerla, the TE from Oregon. Yes, this guy has a history with drugs, but so does Dwayne Bowe now. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to add this guy in the preseason and see what would happen! If it doesn’t work out, cut him!

    • Bryan Staley

      Purifoy and Roberson, both CB’s from Florida are still available.
      Lyerla and Joe Don Duncan (TE from Dixie State) are both still available.
      Kenny Bell, WR from Alabama, still available.

      In my opinion, I think all of these guys stand a chance of making the roster, and I think all of them could possibly make an impact as a rookie!!

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I am not sure how pressing the Chiefs felt O-line was when they waited till round 6 to take one.

    • sidibeke

      Agreed. I think they’re good with their starters and added depth to perhaps fill in later in the season if needed.

  • Andy

    Couldn’t agree more that the more I look at who we drafted, the more I like them. All of them (except qb) were picks that fill a future hole, ie someone who might be released our traded. Combined with last year’s draft, who really haven’t played yet, we might have some future core players.
    You are right OL is a mystery right now. We need to start nailing down some consistent starters.
    I disagree a bit about WR. . I do think Bowe and Avery will grasp Reid’s offense better this year, but I doubt we keep bowe, long term with his future cap numbers. If a WR takes a year ‘to get it’ we might regret getting a WR this year. To counter that, Reid’s offense is not need top end WR. RB andTE is key to this offense.
    Do you have the link to the espn piece on ford?

  • berttheclock

    Nick, I really believe our new “Larry” Duvarney-Tardif is going to be playing much sooner than many realize. He was not some throw away pick. You are going to see major improvement from him by the end of St Joe.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I was looking at this draft to fill holes and make the Chiefs better, but after giving it more thought it’s actually the players from last years draft that are going to play the biggest part in the Chiefs improvement. If Commings, Cooper, Fisher, Davis and Kelce show good second year improvement and/or can stay healthy the Chiefs will be a much better team. Anything we get from Ford and DAT will be a bonus. I am expecting them to contribute, just not as much as they will in year 2 and beyond.

  • Alan Craig

    No receiver no problem. Have you lost your mind? Bowe and McClusker were only legit starters. Jenkins had 8 receptions, Hemingway 13, and Avery 40. This group of receivers was considered among the worst in playoffs. Also, the Colts defense was rated 30th in NFL. Dorsey missed last year by not drafting WR Allen in 3rd rd and missed this year by not drafting WR Moncrief in 3rd rd. If you draft Ford to replace Hali’s salary in near future then you need to find WR to replace Bowe’s salary in near future. Failure to draft a productive 2nd WR was main reason Niners didn’t have SB wins in 2011 and 2012.

  • Stan Colbert

    It is hard to fault any of the picks on talent. Murray on record is outstanding! Fulton started 4 years in the SEC. Ford, Gaines, Thomas & Tardif are freaks!
    Grading on needs is somewhat different. No one outside Arrowhead knows status of Commings, Kelce, or the WR core.
    Hopefully, they did good.

  • e_racer

    John Dorsey marches to a different beat. If that is a good or bad thing won’t be apparent until these past two drafts have a chance to mature. If Commings Sanders, Travis Kelce, Nico Johnson, Eric Kush, Mike Catapano, Knile Davis, and Eric Fisher develop, than those who rated the 2013 draft poorly will be hushed. The same is true with the draft this year. There are so many players that fall into the category of “potential” rather than sure-fire picks.

    Once again this draft should be graded “I” for Incomplete. We will not know for another two or three years how all this works out. One thing we know about John Dorsey is he has the confidence to have a long term approach to the draft.