Chiefs Leverage the Present For the Future in the Draft

It was a long draft season. No one I’ve talked to will deny that. That’s what makes the choices that the Kansas City Chiefs have made over the past three days of the 2017 NFL draft even more difficult to reconcile. After years, no, decades, the Chiefs traded multiple picks, including a first-round pick next year, to draft a quarterback of the future. That concept was easy to grasp. What followed from John Dorsey, Andy Reid, Clark Hunt, and their staff, was clearly unclear. The Chiefs began the three-day event with 10 picks and primary needs at Linebacker, Running Back, Nose Tackle, and a quarterback for the future. When all was said and done, they came away with 6 draft picks including one RB, QBOTF, DE, LB, Safety, and a WR. While running back Kareem Hunt should be able to help the offense this season, none of the others appear to be players drafted with the idea that they will help the Chiefs make a push for a championship right away.

 

After losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers by two points in January, Andy Reid and John Dorsey must be feeling that the team is very close to making another push for a Lombardi trophy so they kept more all of their frontline players and they were able to replace NT Dontari Poe with Bennie Logan which may end up being a move that helps to fix the rushing defense. Since then, Defensive lineman Jaye Howard was released a week before the draft and many assumed the Chiefs would take care of adding interior defensive line depth in this draft but, that didn’t happen. Interior defensive line depth may have been the biggest hole in the roster going into the draft and that hole is still there.

 

What’s puzzling is… that Chiefs general manager was able to orchestrate several trades in this draft, apparently moving at will to get the players he wanted. So, now the question is, why didn’t he make one of those brilliant moves to acquire a nose tackle?

 

It appears that 5 out of 6 of these draft picks were not drafted with the idea that they could help this year:

 

QB Patrick Mahomes II- John Dorsey, Andy Reid and Clark Hunt went out of their way this offseason to say, “Alex Smith is our QB” and so it appears that Mahomes is meant to take over once Smith has moved one. Presumably in a year, maybe two. Maybe three. In any event… after Alex Smith is done in K.C.

DE Tanoh Kapassagagon– while it’s reported that Kpass has “freakish tendencies”… that’s code for, he’s a developmental player who we hope will one day be great. Not necessarily a player who will be helping right away. Watch Tanoh Kpassagnon’ Combine workout here.

RB Kareem Hunt- once Hunt learns the playbook, which is easier for RBs than for WRs, he’ll help the Chiefs make their run for history… if there is going to be one this year. Watch Kareem Hunt’s Combine workout here.

WR Jehu Chesson– a 6-foot-3, 196 beanpole wideout who may be able to help in the red zone later in 2017… but maybe not. He also needs some developing. He never gained more than 800 years in a season and appears to be like a Chris Conley-lite and Conley hasn’t exactly lit it up in his first two seasons. Listen to Lance Zierlein talk about Jehu Chesson here.

ILB Ukeme Eligwe– spent time at two different schools and ended up at a small college, Georgia Southern. Andy Reid or the evaluators who recommended Eligwe must ultimate confidence in Reid’s staff to develop these players with potential because that’s what Eligwe is… a player with potential. Listen to Chiefs scout Ryne Nutt talk about Ukeme Eligwe here.

S Leon McQuay III– A 7th round prospect with lots of experience. Perhaps he was grossly misevaluated and he turns out to be a tall (6-foot-2) Eric Berry but his 50 total tackle in his last two years of college say differently. It’s reported that the Chiefs may be looking into McQuay as a nickel or slot corner and perhaps he could help cover some of the taller TEs in the league. Maybe that will work out too. Listen to Chiefs scout Trey Koziol talk about Leon McQuay III here.

 

 

Every year I need to remind myself that the players the Chiefs draft were drafted as people first and players secondly. Sure, they were drafted for their talent but I mean they were drafted because they fit the personality mold this regime believes in. I just hope they weren’t looking past a whole lot of talented prospects simply because they like these prospect’s personalities better.

 

Alright, alright, I’ll admit it, after researching and writing this piece, I’m actually feeling hopeful about this draft.

 

 

In Other Chiefs News: UDFAs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • PaulfromnorthMO

    After thinking about things, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to give up two first round picks for a QB and then have him sit for 2 years. I don’t expect Mahomes to play much if any this year, but now I’m hoping he’ll start in ’18.
    By not drafting an OLB, I’m going to assume (at least for now) that Houston is expected back at full strength. I’m also expecting Ford to have his 5th year option exercised.
    Hopefully Eligwe will be a better student than Ford when it comes to learning from Hali.
    Apparently JARD is satisfied with the current makeup of our O-line and unfortunately with the TE’s as well.
    It looks as if none of the top Punters were drafted, but I also don’t see one on the UDFA list, so I guess Colquitt’s cap hit isn’t a concern.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Eligwe is likely going to be an ILB. Really like his speed.

      • tm1946

        Pictures look lean, what does he weigh and can his frame handle ILB weight? More weight, less speed. god knows , we need ILB help.

        • berttheclock

          Hey, sorry to go off on you yesterday. It had a great deal of frustration with seeing the direction or non-direction Dorsey was taking and I was making a last ditch stand in his defense. However, he really lost me with his last pick, especially, when, I noted the types of players left on the board. That pick looked very much akin to any late Pioli pick. So, after doing a lot of chilling, I juked and reversed my field as you can well note from my comments above.

          Better days somewhere ahead, eh?

          • tm1946

            It is not any problem for me. Everyone has opinions and I like the discussions. Then I get a little testy with the uber fan…. Dorsey does nothing wrong and I can sleep better knowing he is there types.

            Smarter guys than me have noted the draft is a crap shoot. Win some, lose a lot more. But there are easy routes, NE seems to have found them and harder ways, Pioli and Dorsey have gone that route and nuts… Buffalo and Cleveland comes to mind.

            Better days…. hope so but at 70, I have seen enough crappy Chiefs days.

    • Frank Rodela

      Rekhow signed with the Bills

      • berttheclock

        Another swing and a miss.

        • PaulfromnorthMO

          Shoot, we didn’t even swing.

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        Figures. JARD should have drafted him. Maybe they already have one in there sights for next year.

        • tm1946

          Someone in the Chiefs organ. says our players play out contracts, we do not cut contract players. Has been that way since Lamar…. so I am guessing it is a Hunt. No reason for Rekhow, we got one under contract.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Like the pick-up of WR Alonzo Moore. He dealt with Shoulder injuries last season, but of all the wideouts they grabbed so far he has the best 3-cone time and maybe the 40. He’s got build up speed, but nice hands and he’s big.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    DE Ricky Aliifua out of Utah State is intriguing. Kid has a motor that never stops and is surprisingly fast for his size. Great base for DL, arm length average, upper body doesn’t look maxed out yet.

  • tm1946

    Seems to me there is lots to talk about in this draft. If you remove Mahomes from the equation – I believe he was drafted because Alex has to be replace in the next 2 years and management could not keep grabbing names late and letting them go home – we seem to have a Pioli type draft this year. Mr D and Reid went out of their way to pick kids from lesser programs, smaller schools – why?, to show us and perhaps the NFL they know better than everyone else where talent is. True, probably not but barring Bert and a writer or two…no one even knew who the DE was or how to pronounce his name.

    All these kids may be of value some day, but remember we only control them for 5 years…. take 2 to get them NFL ready and you get a 3 year player.

    Am I missing something – were we in the SB last year? We did get a bye in the playoffs but did we look like dragon slayers? Was this team so good that we do not need a single draft pick to play until mid season?

    So, I am going with a solid C, we did what organizations need to do (could not use 10 so packaged them for better positions), address positions of interest, and little else.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Yeah, I can kinda see that. I think Chiefs hit a huge HR with the QB pick. After that, there’s a lot of intriguing guys, but the only other one I’ve been blow away by thus far was Hunt. I’ll withhold judgement for now. I’ve been wrong about Dorsey picks before, but it looks like Kareem Hunt is the only instant starter from this class.

      • tm1946

        it will take years (plural) to see if this works. At some point in time, fans of my era cannot live on “potential” or “intrigue”. Not that it matter, really.

        Take Hunt… you see interesting. I see RB by committee and no one is able to separate and run the position. Do not like that. Also Toledo is a nice school, I recall fondly a young lady in the area who was most kind…. but being a stud from there is not like being a stud at a major college.

        • Ribs

          I agree with what you are saying. I look at these picks and wonder where we get better for 2017. Maybe Hunt will be a good rotation back with Ware. KPass may get a few reps but I don’t see him starting over Bailey or Jones. Chesson isn’t going to start for at least a year. Mahomes is going to sit for at least a year.

          Grading this group can’t be realistically done for at least 2 years when we see if Mahomes and KPass develop. I hope last years team wasn’t looking for help, other than maybe special teams, there is none coming.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Personally I look at the draft like a raffle. The more tickets you have, the better chance you have of hitting it big. Very much approve of the decision to trade up for QB and RB, but not sure why we traded up for WR. That move did not make sense to me.

        • tm1946

          Take out Mahomes and what do you see. An organization who went out of their way to grab kids who flew below the radar or were in lesser programs, period. To ME, that is not a good sign and every one of these kids may well end up in the HOF, but I doubt it. (Truthfully, that is easy to say because most do not, in fact most draft picks fail or we would only need to draft every third year – but bottom line is we have needs/interests and D/R went the hard route and ignored the easy path).

  • Chiefly Bacon

    For those saying Mahomes won’t change the play-book, completely disagree. He’s already changing what they look for in WRs. Most of their UDFAs are big guys who can win contested catches and are more build up deep threats than explosive YAC guys and so was the only WR they drafted.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      That makes a person wonder how long Maclin will be around.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Wyatt Houston has some interesting tape. Average speed for a TE, but he really explodes off the line. Looks like a straight line deep threat at the moment. Blocking needs work, but he could be a PS guy this year who gets a better look at the roster when Mahomes is starting.

  • berttheclock

    Still shaking my head over how Andy Reid was able to sway John Dorsey in order to cover up for Andy’ poor play calling.

    Then, I checked the UDFAs picked up by Belichick and I was even more upset after seeing BB had signed Jacob Hollister, the very good TE from Wyoming, who will become a star in the NFL, plus, adding the Mizzou NT, Augusta.

    That KC scout, Trey Koziol should be fired ASAP. McQuay simply can NOT tackle and, yet, they are talking about him moving up into the box. Geez, the USC NT with the very long name was left on the board and was picked up just after this stupid pick.

    But, as to the upside of the UDFAs, I will continue above.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I dunno. I actually like McQuay. He definitely needs some polishing, but really nice size/speed combo and hips for CB.

      • berttheclock

        I don’t like the reports of his missed tackles and broken tackles.

        • Chiefly Bacon

          He’ll definitely need work, but for a 6th round pick, he’s a guy who actually has a chance of being a starter some day. Currently needs a bit of work, but his upside is much higher than someone like DJ White who was more polished day 1.

        • freshmeat62

          Tackling is just basic football. He should learn that freshman football. I don’t like this just throwing your body into a runner, and hoping it knocks them down. Wrap them up! Shoulder into the gut and arms around the body/legs/whatever.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            If he doesn’t pick that up quick, he probably won’t be around past the end of August.

        • Tony Parker

          I agree and it is hard to teach someone to tackle, you either have it or you don’t.

  • berttheclock

    Several interesting UDFAs signed by Dorsey. First of all and Frank will be pleased with this factoid. The father of Wyatt Houston, the TE from Utah State, played TE for Air Force But, Houston played QB in high school. Plus, he was All State in both BB and football at Horizon Christian in Tualatin, OR, which is a suburb of Portland. He made the National Honor Society and was awarded the best Spanish class student. In college, he made the All Mountain West academic honor roll all four years. So, he is smart and athletic. Ran a 4.8 4o with a 3 cone of 7.34 3 cone.

    The five eleven WR from West Florida was a Serbian refugee from the days of constant war in his nation. In HS, he played RB, Wildcat QB, corner, safety and nickel. Interesting photo of him at Alabama’s Pro Day standing next to Bill Belichick. He has trained with the same trainer Malcolm Butler uses.

  • berttheclock

    Dorsey’s scouts were at the Utah State Pro Day where they looked at both Wyatt Houston and the DE/DT, Ricky Ali’ifua. As Ransom says, he is interesting. In college he had 3.5 sacks his senior year with one more before that year, 8 tackles for a loss, 4 QB hurries and one forced fumble.

  • Laurels and limitations

    My man Tanoh Kpassagnon vs the great Forrest Lamp 🤔pic.twitter.com/CXjMwFKK0W— Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider) March 30, 2017

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      He looked more like Forrest Gump on that play!

      • Laurels and limitations

        Rag Doll Gump!!

  • berttheclock

    The DB from Oregon State was a walk on transfer from Western Oregon, who became a senior Captain at Oregon State. He has played both safety positions as well as being a fine STer.

  • berttheclock

    The TE, Emanuel Byrd from Marshall is more of a FB/H-back/TE

  • berttheclock

    The DL, Austin Gearing from Miami (OH) played QB in HS and his first year at Miami. However, he was trying to help a team mate move and his hand slipped through a glass window. The cut to his wrist was severe. He had to turn to the defensive side and gained over 40 pounds. He went from losing all of his games his freshman year at Mimai as an often sacked QB, to become a sack master his senior year.

  • berttheclock

    The wide out from Hawaii, Marcus Kemp, once scored 2 TDs against Air Force.

  • berttheclock

    Todd McShay said of Ashton Lampkin, the corner from Oklahoma State, that he has good balance and is very good in pressing. He had been projected by several sites to have been a 4-6 rounder.

  • berttheclock

    Gehrig Dieter, the six three wide out from Alabama was a senior transfer from Bowling Green. His best production years were at BG. Saban called him “crafty”, but, really did not utilize him

  • berttheclock

    J R Nelson, the Montana corner, only played 5 games his senior year because he ha failed a drug test at the end of his junior year. He has a thin frame at six two and scouts have said he needs to fill out his upper body.

  • berttheclock

    The long snapper, Nolan Dowling, is up on YouTube with a trick snap from the press box at a stadium into a trash can on the field.

  • berttheclock

    Tony Stevens of Auburn is six four. However, his best years were in high school where he was a 4 star recruit from Orlando, FL and, for what ever reasons, tailed off in college. However, at Auburn he became an exceptional English major who said in an interview about his football days at Auburn, “I ain’t do bad”

    • freshmeat62

      Was this a tongue in cheek statement or a condemnation of today’s education system. When I was in college I was astounded at how many couldn’t read…and these were people about to graduate.

  • berttheclock

    Jordan Sterns, the safety from Oklahoma State looks to be a Toub sort on STs and a backup box safety.

  • berttheclock

    Alonzo Moore, the six two Nebraska wide out ran a 4.47 40 and a 3 cone of 6.79.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      He’s the only one of the bunch of UDFA WRs I’ve been very excited by thus far.

      • berttheclock

        You are correct about the height factor showing.

  • berttheclock

    Wyatt Houston, the TE from Utah State had multiple catch days against both Wyoming and Fresno State. 5 catches per. Against Wyoming, he and Hollister were having sort of a war as to which one would catch more passes.

  • berttheclock

    The six one wide out from Marshall ran a 4.45 40 and a 3 cone of 7.47. But, he has strong hand and loves to come back for passes, plus, jump balls. He is a Falcon’s fan, but, loves to study the tapes of Amari Cooper.

  • Frank Rodela

    I noted the other day that the Bills Scouts were worried about their jobs. After the firing of general manager Doug Whaley this morning, they should be

    • berttheclock

      Hmmm, I know he was on very thin ice, but, trades with Dorsey or his rather strange pick with the 27?

      BTW, did you read below about Wyatt Houston’s father played TE for Air Force?

      • Frank Rodela

        I read something the other day that Whaley could have had the best draft in the history of the draft and would still have been fired today.

        I did read about that and it puts me in his corner and hopes he makes the team and contributes

        • berttheclock

          Should the owner of the Bills hire Brandon Beane from the Panthers, it would be a very smart move. He has spent the past 7 years working closely with Gettlemen on their drafts.

          • Frank Rodela

            And would have worked with McDermott in Carolina

  • freshmeat62

    In your yesterday’s day 3 open thread I stated my disappointment in this draft. How it seems that almost all of these picks seem to be for the future. Well I/we have been waiting 47 years for the ‘future’. This team right now has a good base of talent, w/only a few spots that need filling or shoring up to make a SB run. They didn’t do much the last 3 days to fill or shore up this team…at least I don’t see. We have been uttering the mantra “In Dorsey we trust” for a few years now. This year we are really being tested to see if we really believe it. I keep harkening(not sure that’s a word) back to the fact that JARD are the experts and know a lot more than I, an amateur. The fact that they traded up for some of these picks makes me think they must know something we don’t. I heard on the news last nite that they picked Eligwe to be moved to ILB, and McQuay to CB. That gives me a little more hope, but not much.

    If Houston doesn’t come back as before, we have no pass rush. If DJ doesn’t come back full strength, we have a huge hole in the middle that other teams found out about late last season.

    • berttheclock

      What really surprised me was the fact JARD did not strengthen the D-line, the O-line, the ILB problem, and the corner back. They did add a very good EDGE rusher who can be developed into becoming a star, plus, I like the addition of Hunt, the new RB. But, the issues which cost us games against the Steelers and the Pats were not addressed. Both of those lines in the trenches were being shoved backwards and Dorsey only brought in a solid run stopper in Logan, but, has added no depth and muscle and he could have done so deep in the draft on the D-line. He let Belichick out fox him by taking Augusta as a walk on and he left the USC NT on the board with his last pick. That player went to the very next team. Perhaps, Dorsey feels some of the walking wounded are going to heal from last season and become pillars of strength this year, but, I can not see it. In addition, he, also, left the other LB from K-State on the board when he made his last pick.

      • freshmeat62

        Way to much faith is being put into old and/or injured players coming back. That’s like Russian Roulette w/ only 1 empty chamber.

      • Merlin

        bert:

        I share some of your disappointment. However, Dorsey did strengthen the D-line (Kpassagnon) and ILB (Eligwe). McQuay may slide to nickel CB. He looks like a S/CB tweener to me. I do wish They had taken a OG somewhere in the draft. However, I think Dorsey’s track record buys him some time. I am going to be patient and give him the benefit of the doubt, he has earned it. However, I do have my concerns.

        • berttheclock

          Yes, on the Edge with Kpassagnon and he was an excellent pick, but, why did he let such as the NT from USC and the NT from Mizzou escape? The center of the D-line lacks punch. The addition of Logan is great, but, he and Jones need more help.

        • freshmeat62

          ‘Time’! We’ve had 47 years of ‘time’. I personally am running out of time. I want it now!

          Couple years ago the Royals knew they had a pretty good team that was very close to being a championship team…but not quite. They went out and got Zobrist and the pitcher whose name eludes me at this moment, to fill out the team. And they won. Now 2 years later the Royals are on the decline. You have to hit while the iron is still hot and glowing. The Chiefs were close. There is a good chance that next year that iron won’t be glowing.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Johnny Cueto

          • freshmeat62

            Thank you!

    • berttheclock

      As noted yesterday and below, I really can see McQuay. All reports from various sites concerning his play noted he is very poor in tackling. He misses a great deal and does not wrap up and allows runners to break the tackle far too often.

  • freshmeat62

    I can make a case, some pretty minuscule, for all but the Chesson pick. That one stumps me completely.

    • ladner morse

      It’s not like he went bra for Chesson… he bloody-well moved up to take him!

  • berttheclock

    One thing which still baffles me is the fact no NFL team has signed Garrett Fugate to an UDFA slot. Prior to the draft, there were countless reports of the Browns, Packers and Donkies being interested in him. The Chiefs were included in having him come to the Local Pro Day, plus, interviewing him. I even read of the Cowboys’ interest. Yet, even though the Broncos were making the most noise, Elway decided to take Chad Kelly, the injured wrist QB from Ole Miss with the next to last pick in the draft.

    Fugate must really feel lost out there.

  • larry mckinney

    What a bunch of Nancys here. After perusing various other national sites, I find much more support for the quality of Dorsey’s draft picks than is found here. And I must note how the general tenor of support here, which was high after Thursday and Friday, has seemingly gone flat after rounds four through seven. Expecting home runs with every swing? I like how Dorsey handled things, I like how he’s built the locker room. I feel his main blemish is the handling of the cap, and feel it’s incumbent on him to restructure Smith and Houston. At that point, I’ll will sleep very easily, and look forward with enthusiasm.

    • berttheclock

      I had very mixed emotions when Dorsey traded up for Mahomes II, but, decided that it was just what it was and thought it best to wait and see about the rest of the draft. As noted below, I did like a couple of his moves, with both the DE from Villanova and the RB from Toledo. But, when, I saw Dorsey was not beefing up the O-line, not beefing up the D-line in the middle, not bringing in starting thumpers at ILB, not making the corners stronger and deeper, it really began to bother me. When, he moved up to take his last pick, I was not expecting to see the Second Coming of some future HOFer, but, I expected him to address some of those issues. Instead he selected a D-back who had major problems in college with trying to make tackles and even if he tried, runners would often break the tackle. That really fried me and I decided to go with my original thoughts concerning the draft. I strongly feel Dorsey did not address the issues which cost the team wins against both the Steelers and the Pats. This is not going to be a stronger team in the trenches. It is not going to stronger in the defensive backfield. Once again, Bill Belichick has proven to the be the master at reloading his team both in FAcy, drafting and pickups of UDFAs. That Pats’ team will be even stronger come the first game of next season and the Chiefs will be weaker even if the walking wounded from last year come back. That is why I have become a “Nancy”.

      • larry mckinney

        You build a team holistically. You don’t necessarily solve problems by plugging a new draftee in place every time. Sometimes players grow into their role or even surpass predictions of their net worth to the team. Here in Denver, the local sportstalkers visited the team a week early (new coaching staff) and all of them rave about Ty Sambrailo, who added 30 pounds of muscle in the off season. One week later, they’re still breathless. He’s been a 2nd round bust. Your note about the national pundits not having the best view of the Chief’s situation may well apply to you! It certainly applies to me.

        Need another CB? Maybe the staff feels Terrance Mitchell’s sizzle late last year was no fluke. The staff and local beat guys might know this, yet you and I may well be in the dark until its written up. Yet you’re ready to fire a scout because he “missed” a Wyoming TE? Okay.

        Oh well. Everything I have is an opinion, yours too, albeit more closely focused. I will allow all the time JARD needs to continue building a winner. Their performance justifies it. Not perfect, yet the best we’ve seen manning the helm for the Chiefs in quite a while.

    • berttheclock

      Plus, I have found those national sites have little knowledge of the Chiefs.

      • larry mckinney

        Visit local lad, Terez Paylor then. His recap/grading article starts out this way:

        “Look, I am a notoriously tough grader of the Chiefs – their last three drafts earned a B, C and C — so the fact I gave this one an A after they surrendered a precious 2018 first-round draft pick should be an indication of how much I liked the big swings general manager John Dorsey took this year.”

        His article also points to certain areas where he feels the team is lacking, like you. Maybe spend a minute asking why he would rate this draft that way – he sees the team every day of his working life, after all. It might affect your Nancy moods somewhat.

    • Heilios

      I believe Dorsey knows what he is doing. Everyone wants a pick to contribute immediately and I do not be live that needs to be the case. They have spent months looking at these prospects and should know them inside and out. Lets give them time to flourish.

      • larry mckinney

        Amen.

  • berttheclock

    Dorsey will continue to “kick the tires” as he has invited the Simon Fraser University LB, Jordan Herdman to come to mini camp. Corey Goodman from Canadian football was signed a few years back after coming to mini camp. Herdman and his twin brother, Justin, who also played LB for Simon Fraser were both at the Senior Bowl.

    Herdman’s agent is Joel Linta, who negotiated the large contract for Joe Flacco.

  • berttheclock

    Just looking at the division, I believe both the Raiders and the Chargers have really improved their teams and both of them will be the teams the Chiefs will be chasing next year. The Broncos do not look as though Elway improved them and they may be fading away.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      I’m not sure about the Chargers, it looked to me they were drafting to keep Philip from crying rivers. I think their picks can be used, but I thought they had needs other than 3 OL.

      • Laurels and limitations

        like a WR that can stay healthy.

      • berttheclock

        Mike Williams is a big wide out who may well offset the oft injured Allen. But, GMs can be rated at a later date with whom they left on the board at the time of a pick. Williams upgrades their receiving corps, but, compare that pick with Jonathan Allen, who may have been the cream of the defensive crop on the line and ended up with the Redskins. Telesco, also, left a quality safety on the board. So, should the defense falter, then, that Williams pick will not look so good.

    • freshmeat62

      After looking at their final tally’s, I kind of agree…especially the Chargers. The Raiders improved their secondary, and the Chargers their o-line and a receiver for Rivers. A couple of safeties that may help also. The Chargers improved. Denver, not so much. I like the Butt pick but he’s probably at least 2 years from being able to contribute. Right now I’d say it’s Chargers, Raiders fighting it out, w/ the Chiefs 3rd and Broncos last.

    • tm1946

      Interesting read – so if teams are improving themselves, are the Chiefs so good they can draft for future years to come?

  • freshmeat62

    I’ve always been big on building for the ‘future’. Heaven knows we’ve had enough practice of it here in KC. But when the future is finally only just a couple steps away, it’s time to build for the ‘present’. I think the Chiefs were there. But instead of going full force for ‘now’, they made a turn for more future.

    I know, I keep pounding the same idea, but damn it, I’m po’ed.

    • tm1946

      Not all that outraged but believe it is ok to say…. Mr Dorsey does not shit golden nuggets and Reid is not a great HC (yes, even with 10 wins a year). Some may disagree but I am good with that.

    • berttheclock

      Earlier, you mentioned the moves by upper management of the Royals which put them over the top. Interesting about that is the fact about what happened on the road to their first playoff in years. At mid-season the A’s went to Kaufman with the best record in baseball. They were swept by the Royals as the bull pen of the A’s was very poor. So, how did “Money Ball” Billy Beane solve that problem? He traded away their best hitter and great outfielder to the Red Sox for a top reliever? No, he went for a top starting pitcher, then, made another trade with a Chicago team for a top pitcher. What happened after that was their bull pen kept letting them down to the point they had to have a one game series at the end of the season with the Royals to determine which team would move forward. In a wild game, the A’s bull pen collapsed and it was the ascending Royals who went into the playoffs. After that point, the A’s have never fully recovered from that one huge mistake by the GM. That is when I learned the hard way about being ever so close to victory and letting is slip away by an inept mistake by the GM.

  • ladner morse

    New #Chiefs LB Ukeme Eligwe: "I have my notepad ready."➡️ https://t.co/2hF64F17sR pic.twitter.com/Wa4DY8kZEV— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 30, 2017

    • tm1946

      Nice…. might have preferred “got my cleats sharpened” instead but still a positive attitude is good. LOL

      • ladner morse

        A little different than the usual hype, “I’m ready to hit somebody.”

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        Today’s NFL is for brainiacs, his notepad is probably one of those iPad things.

        • tm1946

          Ipad is that what seniors wear when they go play bingo?

  • Laurels and limitations

    The #Chiefs have signed former Virginia Tech & Maryland HB Trey Edmunds. Participated in VT's pro day. #Hokies— Nick (@Njakey) April 30, 2017

  • ladner morse

    K.C. Chiefs and the SUNDAY SUM UP!https://t.co/nfWmyfjcFEArrowheadOne – John Dillman pic.twitter.com/5GrVFIlzqT— Ladner Morse (@Laddiemorse) April 30, 2017

  • Roswell Incident

    The way I see it, this draft was predicated on our getting a QB, which most of us seemed to support. After that, Dorsey clearly felt the next highest priority was to get a RB. Based on what we gave up to get Mahommes, he got the best RB he could. The second move was predicated on the 1st move, and the rest of our draft was shaped by these two picks.

    Thereafter, I feel like being disappointed is kind of like being disappointed with the numbers someone has picked for you for a lottery ticket. They may not be the numbers you wanted, but you really have no idea if your, or their, numbers will pay off better.

    I love reading everyone’s reaction to the draft, positive or negative. Personally, I’m okay with it. It’s not as exciting as if we had a full stable of 10 new players coming in, and it’s hard not having a day 1 pick you can look forward to contributing day one, but that’s what drafting a QB does. And I am glad we took a chance there.

    • larry mckinney

      Wholeheartedly agree. Six new players. Let’s not forget we didn’t (don’t) have the money to sign 10 new players.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Well said!