Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) as the first overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
After centuries of waiting, the NFL Draft’s first round will take place tomorrow. And the best part? The Chiefs may not make a pick tomorrow at all. Figures.
The way I see things, the Chiefs could do any of the following things tomorrow and I would not be surprised.
– Trade down from 23 into the second round pick add picks.
– Draft a wide receiver. (One of a billion of them.)
– Draft an offensive lineman.
– Draft a pass rusher.
– Draft a corner.
– Draft a safety.
– Draft a quarterback – specifically Teddy Bridgewater.
– Draft C.J. Mosley.
Any one of those scenarios could happen and I could give you a very reasoned argument about how [insert one of the options here] was a good decision. The needs the Chiefs have in the present and future are many, and it highlights just how amazing of a job Andy Reid and his coaching staff did last year to get the Chiefs to an 11-win season.
As Patrick wrote earlier today, Kansas City is still a work in progress. Even after flipping half of the roster last season, the holes in the Chiefs’ roster were pretty evident by the time the final second ticked off the Chiefs’ playoff collapse in Indianapolis. This is the reality John Dorsey and Reid were facing when taking over a 2-14 team – depth simply isn’t going to be there.
The most crucial part of this weekend is filling in the depth of the roster. Too many roster spots were spent on players who couldn’t contribute or couldn’t contribute very much. This must change next season if Kansas City is going to take the next step. This draft is about finding immediate role players with the upside to become something excellent. If Kansas City has to trade Brandon Flowers or Eric Berry or their first round to get more picks then they should heavily consider it if the right value is there. Turning one very good player into three good players is worth more to the Chiefs right now and in the future.
This is going to be an interesting weekend. What do you think will happen?