When the final seconds run off the clock and the Super Bowl ends, football fans all over the world start looking forward to free agency and the draft. It’s a never-ending process to either keep your team contending or build your team into a Super Bowl contender. We are now 22 days away from the draft where the Chiefs will look into adding some more important pieces in their quest for the Lombardi Trophy. The draft is a powerful force that has the power to set your franchise years ahead (See Seattle Seahawks) or years back (see Cleveland Browns). From a fan’s perspective, we are at the mercy of the team’s owner and coaches to make the big decisions that bring us joy or sorrow when Roger Goodell reads the name on the card.
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
It’s only natural that we all speculate and try to guess who the Chiefs might be taking with the first pick but neither fan nor “draft analyst expert” has access to the almighty draft board of our beloved Chiefs. The one thing we do know is that, if anything, the Chiefs are going to stick with their board on the best player available. When you look at the current needs of the team, just about all Chiefs fans agree that the smoke coming from several different positions stems from fires that need extinguished. Ah, but which fire is the most intense? This is where Chiefs fans can be more divided, and there’s really no right or wrong answer as to what position has to be addressed in the first round. There is no fail-safe guarantee that drafting one position over another is more likely to spell success for the Chiefs. In 2013 Eric Fisher was considered one of the top left tackles in his draft class, and how has that worked out so far? Now, I know he could still turn things around, surprise us, but it has not been a great first two years for the big guy (or “bigfish” as he likes to call himself on Twitter) responsible for protecting Alex Smith’s blind side.
Last year most of us were caught off guard when John Dorsey and Andy Reid selected Dee Ford in the first round. The fact that he hardly saw the field last year makes it even harder to swallow, considering a player like WR Kelvin Benjamin was still available. I’d step out on a limb and say there’s no historically bad streak involving no touchdowns from a wide receiver in 2014 with Kelvin Benjamin starting opposite of Dwayne Bowe. Maybe drafting Benjamin could have been the difference between making the playoffs and just missing with a less impactful pick? Hopefully Dee has a better second year and produces in the way the Chiefs front office thought he would. What this tells us though is that they could have a board with players we don’t even have on our radar, and, brace yourselves, because the same thing could happen again this year.
What do you guys think? Who is this year’s possible Dee Ford pick?