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Kansas City Chiefs (Last Year: 4-12)
This is just something that happens in the NFL. You go on a run and win a lot of games with a veteran team, next thing you know you are in the cellar of the league struggling to win. The Chiefs lost a lot of talent on the offensive line and it made a huge impact on this team. I love how they haven't overpaid in the free-agent market; I'm rooting for this team in the draft to rebuild its talent.
I don't see the talent on this team to win eight games next season, but they can still play hard and develop potential leaders who have bright futures such as Dwayne Bowe, Brodie Croyle, Derrick Johnson, Tank Tyler, Jared Allen, Tamba Hali, and Bernard Pollard. I like the character of this team, but they truly need to have a great draft so they can be winners two years from now.
Let's take a look at their draft range with the fifth-overall pick:
With so many needs on this team that fit with this pick (DT, CB, and T) I think this is a near lock not to happen. Croyle hasn't been able to show us what he can do, and I like his potential. Give this offense time, build around Croyle and see if he shows some skill in the upcoming season. Drafting a quarterback this high doesn't solve many problems for a team like the Chiefs; it just creates more problems. He won't help pass protection/run blocking; he doesn't help the pass rush - in summary I just feel like the Chiefs would be missing a huge opportunity here.
I don't think Clady has enough value to be the No. 5 pick, especially if Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis are on the board.
Mike Mayock really shocked a lot of people with his first mock draft giving the Chiefs Otah at No. 5. There have been some rumors that Herm Edwards likes Otah because he fits what he looks for at tackle (big, mauler type). I don't see this happening. I would be shocked if they made this pick - it would be one of the biggest reaches in the top five in a very long time. Otah doesn't have the value to be a top 10 pick; much less go top five.
This team could really use a shutdown cover corner with the departure of Ty Law; Patrick Surtain is no spring chicken being 32 years old. McKelvin fits what the Chiefs look for as a glue corner. This is a possibility, though certainly a darkhorse.
Glenn Dorsey/Sedrick Ellis:
With the premium of pass rushers at defensive tackle I have a hard time seeing the Chiefs pass up on Dorsey or Ellis here. They are simply very valuable players because they are so good at a position that is very high in demand in the NFL. The Chiefs need to get stronger and more athletic in the middle of their defensive line. This would be a GREAT pick.
This is what all Chiefs fans and members of the team's front office are hoping for. They need offensive line help badly and they want the best lineman in the draft to still be on the board for them at No. 5. Jake Long can be a solid left tackle or an elite right tackle in the NFL. He certainly has solid value here to the Chiefs; more importantly I think he brings an attitude to their offense that they just don't have right now.
Now that we've established that the Chiefs should definitely be getting a solid player for years to come with their first pick, we need to explore their range in the second round. USC guard Chilo Rachal fills a big need for them at guard, but I think the better guard pick would be Sam Baker. Yes, I know everyone pegs him as an offensive tackle, but with this athleticism and nasty demeanor I think he presents monster value as a guard, especially in the second round. The Chiefs need to rebuild their line, and Baker would be a huge step in the right direction.
If Kansas City goes with Jake Long in Round 1, they could still consider a right tackle with their pick in Round 2. Gosder Cherilus and Carl Nicks would both be smart picks in this range.
They also could be looking at cornerback. Aqib Talib, Tracy Porter, Branden Flowers, and Terrell Thomas all fill a big need.
Wide receiver is also a possibility, but I think they would be better off looking for one in the third round to maximize their value. Jordy Nelson, Eddie Royal, Harry Douglas, Earl Bennett, and Mario Manningham are all great options for them. They could also be looking for a center here, and I think Mike Pollack from Arizona State would be a great investment into the offensive line.
I think if Edwards wants to look for a center later in the draft then Kory Lichensteiger, Jeramy Richard, and John Sullivan are all possibilities in rounds 4-6.
Kansas City Chiefs 2008 Offseason Needs
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