Herm Edwards struggled to put out a competitive football team again, and he was canned after a disappointing 2008 season. Overlord
Scott Pioli was brought in to run the show, and he started his free agency period off with a bang. He traded away the 34th overall selection
for not only his franchise quarterback, but also a capable starter at outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme!
Now, I do not think Matt Cassel
has much upside because of his arm strength, but I do feel the 34th pick was solid value for what Kansas City got in return. This team
has some intriguing young talent, but I do question the move to the 3-4 defense. How will Glenn Dorsey, Derrick Johnson and Brandon Flowers fit? The
Chiefs have made zero moves as far as free agent signings, which is disappointing because they had the cap space. Also, do not be shocked if they try
to trade Dorsey to a team like Buffalo or Tampa because he does not fit in at nose tackle or end. On to the Chiefs draft range at No. 3 overall:
Aaron Curry: With the fourth overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected the 6-3, 255-pound Derrick Thomas. Considering
where the Chiefs are picking and Curry's scary similar physical tools, this is all but locked up. The Chiefs are not drafting a
left tackle when they have Branden Albert. They are not drafting a quarterback now with the acquisition of Matt Cassel. They will not take
the injury-prone Brian Orakpo that high above a top-two consensus overall player in Curry. Curry will start immediately at inside linebacker and
be the leader this team has lacked since Thomas.
I really have an extremely hard time seeing Kansas City go anywhere else here but Curry... it makes too much sense after they traded for Cassel. Chiefs fans:
feel free to pre-order your No. 59 Curry jerseys.
After trading away No. 34 overall, Kansas City will not be on the board until No. 67. Where will they go at this pick?
They have a major hole at right guard, and Pioli would love to see Oklahoma's Duke Robinson on the board. I feel like that kind of a draft pick can get
Kansas City to its roots with that nasty, lunchpail-type mentality on the line of scrimmage. Other guards in their mid-round draft range include Robert Brewster,
Herman Johnson, Kraig Urbik, Tyronne Greene and Cornelius Lewis.
Pioli traded for Mike Vrabel, but it is up in the air as to whether Tamba Hali can make the transition standing up at outside linebacker. They might pull
the trigger on Phillip Hunt, Cody Brown, Connor Barwin or David Veikune in the third or fourth rounds. My sleeper for this team in the late rounds is Slade Norris out
of Oregon State. He has a great motor and underrated athleticism.
Dwayne Bowe is a fantastic No. 1 threat at the receiver position, but he needs someone to draw away double teams and Will Franklin seems to be a project.
Mid-rounders for the Chiefs include Ramses Barden (though he's very raw), Juaquin Iglesisas if he happens to be on the board in the third round, Brandon
Gibson, Louis Murphy, Jarrett Dillard, Mike Wallace and Tiquan Underwood.
There are a few zero technique (nose tackle) prospects for Kansas City as they transition to the 3-4. Chris Baker, Terrence Taylor, Terrance Knighton,
and Myron Pryor are in their fourth-to-sixth round range.
I think a play-making nickel to provide depth on defense could be a huge difference in the AFC West next season. I love Mark Parson from Ohio. He is physical, and
has underrated athletic ability and top intangibles. Kevin Barnes, Brandon Underwood, Keenan Lewis, and Captain Munnerlyn would be solid options in the fourth-to-sixth round range.
The Chiefs have a lot of needs, but if Cassel can deliver next season, this team could be competitive in the West. Aaron Curry should be a lifesaver on
the defensive side of the ball; however, questions remains as to why this team made the move to the 3-4 with 4-3 personnel.