Kansas City Chiefs: Eye On The Future

October 6th, 2012

Geno Smith faces the Texas Longhorns defense on Saturday. Chiefs fans should have their eyes on this game. (Photo: manolith.com)

KCCD Editor: Jason Madson

Since the last EOTF post, the Chiefs depth has really been tested. Interior line is now paper thin. The defensive secondary has to deal with Brandon Flowers re-injuring his heel. The same heel that kept him out well over a month to begin the season. Kevin Boss is out for the year with a concussion. As much as we all praised Chiefs GM Scott Pioli for his building of the roster during the off-season (It was well deserved praise too) he can’t prevent injuries.

Besides not signing or drafting a QB, Pioli built what many called the “NFL’s deepest roster”. It’s being tested now and possibly long-term. That’s where this post will come in handy. For you,me and even Pioli. We’re going to take a look at 9 games and prospects within those games that may fit into the Chiefs plans in the future.

I’ll be in Columbia, Missouri for the Vanderbilt at Mizzou game on Saturday, scouting from the press box. Now that I am fully equipped with a new laptop, I’ll be commenting throughout the day on different games and prospects in our Saturday Prospect Open Thread. Check it out and comment yourself. We’d love your input on these or any other prospects from around the country. Head inside for this week’s slate of games.

11:00 AM

Kansas at Kansas State (FX)

The Jayhawks are going to get throttled in this game, but that doesn’t matter. Kansas has talent. Their 3-headed monster at running back is very talented. Tony Pierson, Taylor Cox and James Simes all average over 5 yards per carry. They can thank LG Duane Zlatnik and LT Tanner Hawkinson for these numbers. Hawkinson is making his 40th consecutive start.

Back for this game is Jayhawks WR Kale Pick, aconverted QB. He has above average hands and runsveryclean routes. Needs to stay healthy though. Bradley McDougald at FS for KU is having a monster year. He and DE/OLB Toben Opurum are 2 bright spots for the Jayhawks.

KState has talent all over the field, but I want to watch the linebackers. Arthur Brown in the middle and Justin Tuggle playing on the outside. Brown has everything you would want in a linebacker, smarts, athleticism, coverage ability, toughness and makes tackles. Tuggle, another converted QB, is still learning his role. He has athleticism to burn and the drive.

With Kevin Boss out for the year and probably not back in KC in 2013, Collin Klein would be a good option for the Chiefs at TE. Remember I said this.

11:30 AM

Virginia Tech at North Carolina (ESPN3)

The Chiefs need a QB. BAD! I’m still holding onto hope that Logan Thomas has a similar ending to the 2012 season as he did in 2011. There’s no doubt he hasbeenpassed on my prospect rankings by a few QBs, but everything he offers has to make you wonder. Logan, if he continues this play, will be staying in school for another season.

The entire VaTech defense is loaded with talent. Their middle linebackers are 2 talented players. Jack Tyler and Bruce Taylor would be upgrades in the middle for KC, especially Taylor. More talented depth is needed all over the secondary and the Hokies have this as well, all though a few are underclassmen. James Gayle is still one of my favorite pass rushing prospects.

The Tar Heels seem to always have talent on the DLine and this year is no exception. DE Kareem Martin and DT Sylvester Williams are extremely talented. They’ll be chasing the mobile Hokie QB all day. In the middle for UNC is Kevin Reddick, a player I find to be slightly overrated.

UNC has as talented aleft side of their offensive line as any team in the nation, with LT James Hurst and LG Jon Cooper. These 2 should have their hands full today, so keep an eye on them.

2:30 PM

Iowa State at TCU (FSN)

Casey Pachall has been suspended for TCU due to a DUI. Him sitting out takes a little bit out of this game prospect wise. The main reason to watch this one are the Iowa State linebackers. AJ Klein and Jake Knott are, for lack of a better word, Awesome. They play hard and smart. Each one has their strengths and they mask the other’s weakness. I’d love to see them wind up on the same NFL team to continue this chemistry.

Adding either one of these linbackers improves the Chiefs depth instantly. This has been an issue in my eyes for the Chiefs, although I’d like to see what Cory Greenwood can do in an expanded role.

3:00 PM

Michigan at Purdue (B10N)

I’m wanting to get a good look at Purdue DE/DT Kawann Short in this game. You hearmixedreviews on his play, so let’s check him out for ourselves. Purdue QB Caleb TerBush is a big bodied QB, but that’s about all I know. Looking forward to seeing him play as well.

Denard Robinson has taken a step back in his playmaking abilites this year. Maybe teams are gunning for him, but I figured to see more. I’m hoping to see LT Taylor Lewan line up against Short in this game. That will be a great preview of each players future. S/LB Jordan Kovacs is a try hard player that would fit into Scott Pioli’s “right 53″ concept. He could come in and fill the role left by Jon McGraw.

6:00 PM

Georgia at Souh Carolina (ESPN)

Talent will be covering the field in this huge game. Georgia has superstars at every level of their defense. NT John Jenkins would be a great addition to the Chiefs fron 3. Push Poe to an end position and plop Jenkins huge *** in the middle. With Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson possibly on their way outof KC, it’s important to improve those spots if possible.

Jarvis Jones might be the best pass rusher in this draft, if he declares early. Another Georgia pass rusher would be fine with me, since Justin Houston seems to be working out just fine. I’m all about stock piling pass rushers, because that’s where the NFL is right now. Get to the QB and it takes the pressure off the thin secondary.

Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Baccari Rambo are back from suspension. These 2 have the ability to beamong the best at their positions. Check out Georgia WR Marlon Brown too. I became a fan of his in the Mizzou game.

South Carolina has some ridiculous talent, but most are underclassmen. Defensive end Devin Taylor has the tools and size, but he has it made playing opposite Jadeveon Clowney. Running back Marcus Lattimore has returned to form after last season’s injury. Another player I took notice of vs Mizzou was WR?KR Ace Sanders. He’s electric in the open field, but might be too much ofa Dexter McCluster clone.

Miami (OH) at Cincinnati (ESPN3)

Did I mention the Chiefs could use some help at QB? Just checking. Miami(OH) has an under the radar prospect in Zac Dysert. He might be gaining more popularity by the week, though. He broke Big Ben’s single game school TD record last week with 6 TD passes. He will have his hands full this week with the great pass rush of the Bearcats. Really looking forward to seeing how he responds to the strong pass rush in his face all day.

As mentioned, the Bearcats have a pass rush that doesn’t stop. It’s headed by DE’s Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano. Stewart has more ability in his pass rush, Giordano is relentless.

Vanderbilt at Mizzou (FSN)

I’m sitting in the pressbox at Faurot Field for this game, so be preparedfor more info than you can handle in the open thread andonmy twitter page.

Mizzou had some off the field issues this week with super freshman Dorial Green-Beckham and 4 other teammates getting ticketed for possession. That doesn’t matter to this post though,as he won’t be featured here for a couple years.

Mizzou has some prospects on the field though. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has been a favorite of mine for a couple years now. He’s proving the doubters wrong with his tremendous level of play. He’s explosive and has a wide array of rushing skills. I like that he has a little bit of an attitude as well. The rest of the MU defensive line is talented too. Look at Brad Madison,Kony Ealy and Michael Sam. These 3 wil lbe inthe backfield all day vs Vandy.

As mentioned in an earlier game preview, the Chiefs need more talent in the defensive secondary. Mizzou has EJ Gaines to fill that need. He’s a dynamic cornerback that gets avoided on most Saturdays. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him named to the All-SEC Defensive Team.

I expect Kendial Lawrence to get a heavy workload this evening. He has proven his worth with Henry Josey out and Vandy is terrible vs the run. He should have a big game.

Vanderbilt has some talent on there roster. To be honest though, I haven’t watched them play yet this year. Looking forward to seeing: QB Jordan Rodgers RB Zac Stacy, WR Jordan Matthews and LB Archibald Barnes. Other players may jump out at me tonight, so pay attention to the open thread.

West Virginia at Texas (FOX)

If you liked last week’s Baylor vs West Virginia game, this one could be similar. The teams won’t combine for 133 points, but it will go back and forth. The Longhorns defense should be able to get a few stops, probably keeping the score in the 40s. Texas isn’t a slouch on offense either.

The Texas defense is loaded. 4 guys I will be watching closely today are S Kenny Vaccaro, CB Carrington Byndom, and DEs Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. I’m also wanting to get a better look at the monster in the middle, defensive tackle Brandon Moore.

Matching up against the Longhorn defense will be QB Geno Smith. He became everyone’s Heisman frontrunner after last weeks statistical explosion. Look for him to put up good numbers again today. We mentioned them 2 weeks ago, but his WR are partly responsible for all the success. Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are the real deal. Should be interesting to see how they perform with such talented players across from them.

With the injuries to the Chiefs interior offensive line, they need some help. Each team has a guy I like. West Virginia’s center Joe Madsen and Texas’ guard Mason Walters are extremely talented. Madsen will have his work cut out for him today when facing Moore. Watch to see how he handles the much bigger player.

 

9:30 PM

Washington at Oregon (ESPN)

Oregon is one of the top teams in the country. They have a handful of superstars, but mainly a bunch of guys you’ve never heard of. Today, keep an eye on DE Dion Jordan. Jordan is a tall, lenghty end with the ability to get to the QB as well as drop back into coverage. Behind him is linebacker Kiko Alonso, who seems to have his name called every other play. Alonso is a bigger LB, but moves well.

Offensively the Ducks have RB Kenjon Barner and Right Tackle Nick Cody that interest me for the Chiefs. I still think Barner would be a better back in a more pro style, run first system.

Washington CB Desmond Trufant will have his hands full today with the fast paced Oregon offense. He should be able to play up to his opponents though. Offensive center for the Huskies Drew Schaefer will be continuing his consecutive starts streak to 35 straight games.Very impressive for an inteior lineman. LB Thomas Tutogi has a thick build and tackles everything.

Even though Keith Price hasn’t matched his sophomore year stats, he’s still a tremendous talent. He can beat you with his arm or feet, but he just needs to prove it on the field.

OVERVIEW

The words for today are Quarterback and Depth. If the Chiefs had these two in weeks 1-4, they wouldn’t be sitting at 1-3. This weekend vs Baltimore is a huge test. A test I don’t see them passing. Kansas City has nobody to counter the badassedness of Haloti Ngata and the deep ball combo of Flacco to Smith.

The Chiefs have a bright future and possible bright present. Let’s cut the fat Pioli and make this team a winner, I’ll take care of the scouting side of it.

Tags: College Football Preview, Collin Klein, Dion Jordan, Geno Smith, Kenny Vaccaro, Kevin Reddick

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