Cris Collinsworth has Chiefs taking first-round QB and hilarity ensues
By Matt Conner
“This here’s a guy who has… apparently no idea what the Kansas City Chiefs need in the 2023 NFL Draft.”
As the 2023 NFL Draft gets closer and closer, it’s understood that some weird things are going to be said. For the sake of throwing out a smokescreen or in the name of diverting attention, we’re somewhat accustomed to asinine things being said or unseemingly takes being offered up in the name of pre-draft madness. It’s like watching my father lose his lid the closer we got to the time we were supposed to leave yet everyone is still getting dressed and/or trying to find their shoes. Eventually he just started shouting random things to relieve some of the madness.
Maybe that’s what Cris Collinsworth is up to these days. Or maybe he’s just lazy as hell when it comes to offering up this year’s mock draft.
In his mock draft posted before the draft, Collinsworth put forth his opinion on a number of teams and players. However, at the end, he just plopped down on pick 31 like a camel who refuses to carry the obese tourist and sits in silent protest.
Consider the following: Collinsworth says the Chiefs are going with Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker at pick No. 31 overall. Here’s his take:
It’s insane. It’s lazy. It’s stupid. The Chiefs would be fine with help from almost any other position on the field that early in the draft. It’s not as if Mahomes is getting older a la Aaron Rodgers and Brett Veach wants to lock in a long-term plan of succession. It would even make more sense to go with kicker because at least Harrison Butker struggled a bit last year. And, hey, why not have a Super Bowl winner grab a kicker in the first just to shove it in everyone’s face one more time over draft weekend?
But seriously, Collinsworth doesn’t even really defend his pick. He just says “I like Hooker too much to let him out of the first round.” That’s it. He then justifies the pick from that perspective. It’s like trading your only cow for some magic beans only to then go home and start your argument with, “Look, these beans are magic.”
This whole thing is so stupid that it makes me mad. I mean, at least just say “I think the Chiefs trade out of this pick and someone comes in for Hooker.” Then you can get your pick in and justify it well. But he doesn’t even do that. Lazy.
Anyway, while this stupid prediction made us a bit mad at the idiocy of the whole thing, the good news is that so many others were able to make us also laugh in response with their takes on Twitter. But first, the shock of it was hard to understand.
Some of us could only muster one-word takes.
But maybe there’s a bit of merit to Collinsworth’s argument. And in that case, why not double or quadruple down on the whole angle?
Our own Scott Loring points out an angle that makes all of this even more bananas.
And please, while we understand the urge, we only get to host this thing one time if something like this happens.